10 healthy things to do with your kids when you’re in self-isolation

24/03/2020 Help for Parents, Uncategorized

Whether you’re self-isolating or following the social distancing recommendations, you will most likely find yourself spending lots of time indoors. The health and safety of you and your family are important, but keeping your young ones entertained for hours is important for your own wellbeing. In an attempt to make the upcoming weeks easier, we have come up with a list of healthy, easy kid-friendly ideas that will keep everyone occupied.

  1. Establish a routine:
    Ensure that everyone still wakes up at a reasonable hour, eats a good breakfast, brushes their teeth and gets dressed for the day. Break the day into small chunks and mimic their regular routine. When are they used to having: breakfast, recess, lunch, morning tea and dinner? If your kids have schoolwork try to keep to the school routine unless advised differently by your teachers.
  2. Get creative in the kitchen:
    Gets kids involved in the kitchen by letting them help out with preparing meals, or even making afternoon tea together. Here is the link to some of our recipes to help get you started.
  3. Picnic time:
    Have a lunchtime picnic with your kids in the garden, on the balcony or set up one of your rooms as in a safari theme for a safari picnic! Fill a basket with sandwiches, vegie sticks, fruit, pizza fingers and banana bread for everyone to enjoy!
  4. Get moving:
    It is important to get moving! Opportunities to be loud, run, climb and jump are needed. Some ideas are:
    • Turn up the music and have a dance party
    • The floor is hot lava, don’t touch it! Place cushions on the floor and walk, jump or crawl from one to the next
    • Create an obstacle course using some toys, pillows and easy to move furniture
    • Indoor basketball: Grab a bucket and rolled up socks – each player throws the socks into the bucket.
    • Play a game of footie or cricket in the backyard.
    • Chase the dog around the yard.
  5. Get growing:
    Growing herbs and vegetables can help reduce the cost of groceries and gives everyone something to look forward to. With the temperature cooling down it is a good time to plant leafy greens, rosemary and thyme. Balconies and windowsills are excellent for a blooming herb bed.
  6. Snacking station:
    Have cut-up vegetable sticks and fruit pieces easily accessible for hungry little hands. Keep water bottles filled throughout the day.
  7. Cooking lessons:
    Make cooking educational. Not only can you implement lessons learnt in the classroom, but you can also educate on both nutrition and cuisines from around the world.
    • Science – talk about how yeast works
    • Maths – what is a quarter cup plus half a cup?
    • English – what does the label or recipe say?
  8. Screen Time:
    Allocate a small time slot in the day for screen time – this could be to play a game, or video-chat with a friend. The less time on the screen, the more creative they can be!
  9. Embrace nature:
    Take the opportunity to become closer to nature and allow your children to grow plants from seeds, paint and decorate stones, look for four-leaf clovers, make daisy chains and do some crafty collages with the leaves from the different plants in the yard.
  10. Most importantly – relax:
    Introduce your kids to meditation or yoga. A little Zen goes a long way. There are some great YouTube videos or mobile applications that can get everyone calm.