For many parents, the first week of the social distancing measures was ok. You embraced daily, family walks, combined some home schooling with outdoor learning and enjoyed cooking and baking together. But as we look set to head into more weeks of social distancing, many of us will be struggling to come up with new and innovative ideas to keep everyone entertained and happy.
Here are some ideas that we hope can help and at least inspire you this April and May.
- Online workouts
There’s no denying that Joe Wicks has done an incredible job with this 9am PE lessons Monday to Friday. But if you’re looking for something a bit different, why not try out Les Mills Born to Move classes. Appropriate for children of all ages from 2-16 the classes offer a everything from learning cool new moves from the world of dance, martial arts and yoga. Each class is jam-packed with popular music and foundation fitness moves, fun and games. The classes are sure to leave everyone feeling great!
- Make an activity dice
Each week create an activity dice with new and some old favourite activities on. Each time boredom sets in or squabbles start, give it a roll and focus everyone’s attention on a new activity.
- Eat healthy
Eating healthy and nutritious food is of course the advice we all try to follow but it can be tough to prepare three healthy square meals a day, entertain and home school your children as well as fitting in the work that you still might need to do not to mention exercise! Therefore, why not get the whole family involved in at least the preparation of some healthy meals. Even if it’s measuring out ingredients or mixing and stirring. It will be great to integrate the whole family in this and it might make them enjoy / appreciate it more.
- Back to basics
Do you remember the games you would play as children during those long summer holidays? Games like hopscotch (with chalk on the pavements), hula-hooping or creating an obstacle race provided hours of endless entertainment. Try and re-create your old favourites and see how your family enjoys them.
- Play “fitness deck”
All you need for this activity is a standard deck of cards. Assign a different activity to each suit. For example, hearts could be jumping jacks, spades could be squats, diamonds sit ups and so on. Shuffle the deck and take turns with your family picking up the top card. The number on the card represents the number of times you need to complete an activity. Before starting, decide the value of Aces, Jacks, Queens, and Kings or indeed give them a different exercise.
- Create a 2020 CV19 capsule
There’s no denying we are living through history right now. Something our great-grandchildren and their great-grandchildren will learn about in years to come. During this time, as a family, fill a box with things that your future self or your future family can look back on and learn what life was like. You can all draw pictures, write stories, record height and weight etc as well as including photos and other items. You can bury the box in the garden or somewhere on your favourite family walk or just keep it to look back on in years to come.
- Discover new walks / cycle routes
Like most families you might go on the same walk / cycle route each day and this was fine for the first couple of weeks of the “lockdown” but as we approach week four, five and six the excitement could be wearing off. Firstly, we’re not advocating you need to drive to the coast or go out of your way to innovate your daily outdoor exercise but try to be creative and research some more local walks and routes you could try. You could even list / write them on some paper, pop them in an envelop and then each day a member of the family chooses a new route.
- Grow your own
Do you have the space to create one or two (or more) raised beds in your garden (or even on your window sill) in a bid to start growing your own, fruit, vegetable and herbs? Some herbs and vegetables take no time at all to grow (with the right amount of water etc) so within a couple of weeks you could be enjoying some of your own fresh produce at mealtimes.
- Talk, share, listen and learn
We are all in the same boat. All racking our brains to come up with new ideas to keep everyone entertained, fit and healthy. If you’re struggling for ideas talk to your friends and family. They can share what they’ve been doing and vice-versa, and who knows you could be helping them out too. Equally, talk with your children about how they are feeling. It will be a very confusing time for some and upsetting for others, not being able to see friends and other family members. It’s important to listen and help all members of your family through this time.
We hope you are all staying healthy, well. Please do come back for more help and advice during this time.