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How to keep children busy during the corona crisis?

How to keep children busy during the corona crisis?

Children should also learn during the Corona holidays

The fact that the children are now staying at home because of the school closure does not necessarily mean that they can be lazy all day. Many schools are trying to create an emergency curriculum and/or homework schedule so that students can continue to engage with the curriculum during the corona crisis. Exactly what that looks like is hard to say. In Berlin, for example, there is a “learning management system” for interactive learning. Students and teachers can use this to communicate. Teaching materials and learning recommendations can be sent via email distribution list. It is best to check with your child’s school to see if there is a curriculum or homework schedule. If your child is about to take exams, you should find out whether they will still take place and how they will take place. Childcare in case of school failure

Employment for children during the corona crisis

When the child has completed its tasks, it wants to be kept busy. Parents should get creative here, otherwise children will quickly get bored. This is how you can keep your child busy during the Corona holidays:

  • Depending on their age, involve your child in the household chores .
    For example, children can take out the garbage, set the table, load the dishwasher, tidy up the children’s room. You can also use the time and cook together. This is how children learn to cook – by the way! Depending on their age, let your child take over some of the steps here too. Small children can stir or cut out something, older children can wash, peel and cut vegetables and the teenagers can then cook or roast a dish under supervision.
  • Increase internet time.
    Normally, the kids should not surf the Internet for too long. In this time of crisis, however, you should increase the time significantly. On the one hand, the child needs the Internet to learn and to communicate with the teachers, but also to keep in touch with his friends. In addition to Facebook and Whatsapp, the kids also like to use Skype – so they can see each other. Nevertheless, you should limit the internet time so that the child does not just sit in front of the computer or mobile phone.
  • Increasing TV time makes sense.
    You should also increase the TV time a little. The WDR has announced that it will show a daily episode of “The Show with the Mouse” from March 18th, 2020. (This is broadcast in the morning and is available in the media library.) Other programs such as “Löwenzahn”, “Sesame Street” or “Wissen macht Ah!” you should let your kids see it. The kids should also watch the children’s news so that they are informed about the crisis in a child-friendly way. In the evenings or at the weekend you can watch a child-friendly film or a couple of episodes of a children’s series together.
  • Play, play, play…
    Playing is also important during this time. Smaller children like to occupy themselves for hours with dolls, racing cars or cuddly toys. How about a big jigsaw puzzle (with 500 or 1000 pieces)? Learning games (also available online) are also good pastimes. But always take the time to play together. Board games are especially good for this. Be sure to read the age information so even the youngest can have fun! More tips for a family game night
    Or build a fort together in the children’s room. Simply stretch a few cords through the room and attach cozy blankets to them. This creates a kind of cave. These can be furnished comfortably with cushions, cuddly toys and blankets. Ideal for rainy weather!
  • Reading educates!
    To pass the time, the children can also read a book. Also pay attention to the age here. It is also nice if you read the book together. Don’t have any books at home? Then simply download a corresponding e-book reader app. Many books are now also available as e-books – some even free of charge. Does your child not like to read? Getting kids to read
    Teens should also have access to a daily newspaper. Most of these are also available online.
  • Fresh air is good!
    If possible, the children should not sit in the apartment all day. Fresh air is healthy and does you good. Maybe just go for a walk together. Forests and extensive parks are suitable for this . Or take a bike ride . Even a picnic can become an adventure. If necessary, prepare the food and drinks together the day before and off you go into nature! Sitting on a cozy blanket in the sun, the delicacies you brought with you are then eaten. Please think about the environment during the picnic and take the resulting waste home with you. It is important to keep your distance from other people! Don’t shake hands! After returning home, wash your hands immediately and thoroughly!
    Do you have a garden, let your child romp there or build a tree house together.
  • Handicrafts, painting, making music
    Creativity is also important. Make pretty decorations for the apartment together, such as window pictures. Have your children draw pictures on different themes. For example, about the book they read together or what happened today. If your child is musical, you should play music together or let the child practice every day. This is how you encourage creativity


Structure the day

With schools expected to remain closed for a few weeks, it is important that you continue to structure the day. There should be fixed mealtimes, study times, TV times, internet times, free time and bedtimes . If you let that slide too much now, it will be very difficult for the kids to get back into normal everyday school life. Do as much as possible together so that your child does not feel alone or even left out. However, social contact should be avoided as much as possible. Use the phone, SMS, Whatsapp, Facebook or Skype for this.

Talk to your children about the current situation. Explain to them in an age-appropriate manner how they can protect themselves from infection and make responsible decisions with whom and with how many people your child is allowed to meet. Of course, your child still wants to meet up with their friends. But keep in mind that the fewer direct contacts your child has, the lower the risk of infection for your child and your family. Please also note the information from the authorities.

We hope these tips will help you keep the kids busy during the coronavirus crisis. Stay healthy!
Also Read: Morning Routine With Kids


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