Daily Life,  Parenthood

Creative activities for kids during the quarantine

I still can’t really believe that we are going through this difficult world crisis, the Coronavirus, or the Covid-19, which to this day has already infected about 300,000 people around the world.

Yoga practice

Here in Germany, as in several other countries, including Canada, schools are closed and children are at home.

And not only that, we are ina voluntary quarantine, but in a few days the “lockdown” can be confirmed officially, basically restricting not necessary errands in order to contain the spread of the virus.

Well, having the kids at home 24 hours a day is pretty challenging, you totally know that at this point! Here we are trying to entertain them, with the many activities that Alice is getting from school ( a lot of homework), but in the many hours that she is not studying, we try to introduce interesting activities, that should avoid them staying in front of the TV or internet all the time (if you let them, they stay there all day!).

During the last few days, I’ve received a lot of ideas, both from teachers, friends and the internet, and here’s my first selection of things, which we’ve already tested or will soon test!

Activities for children during the quarantine by Coronavirus

1. Yoga

Physical activity is a great way to spend time and keep the kids healthy. Yoga can still help the mental health of the people confined at home. The videos seemed great for young children, like Arthur, being 2 years old, and even up to 10 years old. Link below!

2. Origami

We found this channel on YouTube recently and we loved it. So many cool origamis! I loved it and I even want to do it myself!

3. Arts and Crafts

This channel also has videos that make you want to do together. They draw there and the children at home can follow. Great to practice drawing or learn some new things!

4. DIY Flour Clay

Alice’s teacher sent this recipe for clay with very basic ingredients, things we usually have at home:

  • 2 cup wheat flour
  • 2 cups of salt
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup water

Mix the flour and salt. Add the oil. Add the water slowly. Finally, pad a little to obtain a homogeneous “dough”.

Let the children create their arts. Preferably, nothing too thick, so it won’t crack when it’s in the oven. Bake in the oven at low temperature (120°C/250°F) for about 1 hour (depends on the oven, but the sculptures can not start to brown).

After it cools down, it’s ready to color! Recipe below!

5. Easter Crafts

I also received from Alice’s teacher a link with several Easter crafts, which we barely remembered that is coming in a few weeks. I found several cool ideas and several of them, very simple! Check them out!

In conclusion, I hope everyone will have quiet mental health and strong physical health. Staying at home, that is, social detachment really seems to be a strong weapon in fighting the spread of Coronavirus.

Stay home and stay healthy everybody!