The monotony of the nationwide lockdown is gnawing away at scores of adults. But for parents of children, the struggle is real.
How do you keep your children occupied for the duration of the lockdown? How do you ensure they remain stimulated and have fun at the same time?
The Newcastillian looks at creative ways to entertain your children.
Build a fort
Grab pillows, blankets and any cardboard boxes around your home. No young child can deny the magical world of a fort.
Get your children to help build it, making it a family project. Once it is complete, you can put some toys, books and even boardgames into it and offer your child an escape from the tedium of the lockdown.
With some spare time on your hands, now is the time to encourage your children to play some games around the house.
Card games such as snap, board games such as monopoly, as well as hide and seek can help pass the time by.
Reading or listening to books
With scores of free online libraries available, one does not need to spend any cash to obtain books for your child.
Baking such as cookies is the ideal way to spend time with your kiddies, while teaching them something new.
You can try your hand at Basic Cookies:
- 225g butter
- 110g caster sugar
- 275g plain sugar
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon (optional)
- 75g white or milk chocolate chips (optional)
- Heat the oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Cream the butter in a large bowl with a wooden spoon or in a food mixer until it is soft. Add the sugar and keep beating until the mixture is light and fluffy. Sift in the flour and add the optional ingredients, if you’re using them. Bring the mixture together with your hands in a figure-of-eight motion until it forms a dough. You can freeze the dough at this point.
- Roll the dough into walnut-sized balls and place them slightly apart from each other on a baking sheet (you don’t need to butter or line it). Flatten the balls a little with the palm of your hand and bake them in the oven for around 10-12 mins until they are golden brown and slightly firm on top. Leave the cookies on a cooling rack
Recipe sourced from BBC Good Food
Visit a virtual museum
While we are encouraged to remain at home during the lockdown, this does not mean you and your children can’t visit beautiful museums around the world.
You can visit the following digital museums:
- British Museum, London
- National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
- Musèe d’Orsay, Paris
- Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
With a number of days ahead of us, these simple activities are sure to keep your children entertained.