Looking for some ideas to entertain the kids whilst staying at home?
We’ve rounded up some of our favourite resources to help keep your kids happy whilst staying in!
ART AND CRAFT
Kids love getting messy with their art and craft time, and there’s no reason it has to stop because they are stuck inside. Use recycled materials such as cereal boxes, empty paper towel rolls, and yogurt containers to assemble creations from their imaginations.
If the kids need some inspiration, Mister Maker teaches art and craft in a really fun and imaginative way, and ArtVenture offers online art classes.
HEALTH AND FITNESS
It’s important to keep our kids moving their bodies for their health and wellbeing. Take the kids for a bike ride outside to get some fresh air, or into the backyard for a game of backyard cricket, soccer, tip or practicing handstands and cartwheels.
If you don’t have a backyard (or the weather is bad) you can still keep the kids moving with a game of indoor hide-and-seek, or a session of kid’s yoga on Cosmic Yoga (the Pokemon and Frozen episodes are favourites in our household).
Playing with the family pet dog or cat can provide children with endless entertainment. But if you don’t have a pet, there are other ways to connect with animals and wildlife.
National Geographic Kids is packed with lots of fun games and activities as well as learning resources about animals and nature.
Did you know that many zoos and aquariums are offering live streams with their animals? Tune into Sydney Aquarium, Melbourne Zoo, Wild Life Sydney Zoo and Auckland Zoo with many others more to come, to spend time up close and personal with their animals.
Spending 20 minutes a day reading with your kids (either reading to them, or them reading to you) is a fantastic way to build literacy skills and spend quality time together too. Have a chat about the story afterwards to find out their favourite parts of the story or to explain any interesting words they heard.
There is a huge range of fantastic educational resources online to keep your kids learning even if stuck at home. The Ministry of Education (MOE) has released two online spaces; Learning from Home contains advice and resources for parents and whānau, teachers and leaders spanning early learning through to senior secondary. And Kauwhata Reo for those learning in Te Reo Māori.
This is the time to pull all of those board games out of the cupboards! Family games are a fantastic way to entertain the kids and create some fun family memories.
PUZZLES AND BOARD GAMES
Another idea is to get out a pack of cards and look online for loads of ideas on how to repurpose the cards for many different types of games, to build maths and problem-solving skills, plus a little healthy family competition. Getting down on the floor and doing puzzles with your kids is a great way to work on problem-solving skills as well as bond with your kids.