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Tips to keep them busy
The Deputy Minister for Basic Education, Makgabo Reginah Mhaule, confirmed in a press conference on January 15 that schools in the private and public sectors will postpone their opening dates by two weeks. Teachers will return on February 1, but learners will not return until February 15, 2021.
“We came up with 5 low-cost ideas to keep your children entertained and protected throughout the lockdown process.”
This isn’t exactly amazing news for countless parents who work from home, juggle work, and cut salaries while still trying to home school their children. Add to this the added burden of trying to entertain and adequately educate your children under the lockdown rules without spending a fortune. It’s not an easy task! That’s why we’ve come up with 5 affordable ideas to keep your kids entertained and protected throughout the locking process. You’re welcome.
Indoor treasure hunt
Hide things around the house that your children can find. Create a clue to find a place or item, then let the next clue wait at that point. In the end, leave a toy or treat waiting for them.
Do you want to play for several days? You can also reward them with points. Once they get a certain number of points over a period of time they can get something like an item or privilege / responsibility they want.
Earn your screen time
Let them work for their screen time by either doing dishes, cleaning your car and / or vacuuming, cleaning a specific room in the house, etc. This can delay the time they spend on their devices and keep them active while they are “to earn”. their screen time. This will save you money on car washing later.
Create an obstacle course
Who doesn’t love a good old fashioned obstacle course? It’s fun and helps burn off extra energy.
Include running, jumping, climbing, crawling, swimming, and balancing if you can. Set a timer and have them compete against their siblings and / or friends. If they have no siblings and you are avoiding having their friends over COVID, then you can humor them (and your spouse) by going up against them yourself. Who knows you might be having as much fun as they are?
Create an edible garden
Have some quiet time together creating a vegetable garden. If you don’t have an outdoor garden, you can use containers and pots that stand on window sills or in sunny spots around your house. This will also save you money if you can eat all of what you have planted. No matter how small the harvest, nothing is more rewarding than eating something (really something) that you have grown yourself. It can also help the kids appreciate their vegetables for a change.
Podcasts for children
Yes, you heard that right, podcasts for kids. Parents can watch available, appropriate podcasts for their children. For example, Circle round is created and produced by parents of young children. They have some great (and free) podcasts that can keep your kids entertained for hours and teach them good things at the same time.
Keep them entertained and keep your sanity
Yes, it is certainly possible to keep your sanity and children entertained during the lockdown at a minimal cost.
“Yes, it is certainly possible to keep your sanity and children entertained during lockdown at a minimal cost.”
With some simple planning and new ideas, your children could be busy. You learn new skills and run out of hair, which is ultimately a win-win for everyone.
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