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Top 10 tips for keeping the kids entertained at home during isolation

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Are you looking for ways to keep your kids entertained at home during the isolation period over the coming months? We have put together our top ten activities that should help them from getting bored by embracing their creativity and imagination. You never know, you may even find yourself connecting with your own ‘inner child’!    

Every child is born blessed with a vivid imagination" - Walt Disney

Top 10 tips for keeping the kids entertained at home during isolation
1
Design a treasure hunt
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Hide something like a treat somewhere in the house. Give your kids a clue and let them run wild trying to find it. If you make it a bit tricky to find, you'll build up their resilience and their ability to find things without begging for your help.

2
Encourage garden play

Self-isolation does not mean no playing in the garden, with the weather becoming warmer, let them play outside as much as possible, great for exercise too.

3
Build a den

Give your child a few pillows and a duvet/blankets and challenge them to turn the front room sofa into a fort.

No child will turn down the chance to make a secret base and they'll be much more likely to play inside on their own once they have built it.

Build a den
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Listen to an audio book

There are currently free audiobooks everywhere, so pick a story that you and your child will enjoy, put it on and you can then work or relax with your children.

https://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/books/david-walliams-free-daily-audio-books-kids-a4397036.html

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Have messy mixing time

Set up some bin bags on the floor and give your child some bowls and things from the kitchen they can mix together. Big pots of paint, or try making some slime, always guaranteed to entertain!

https://mommypoppins.com/new-york-city-kids/crafts-recipes/simple-slime-recipes

6
Create a scavanger hunt

You don't need to make a whole list just say, “Find me something that starts with the letter B," and let them run around the house searching. To keep your kids motivated, give them a treat perhaps or let them earn time in front of the telly!

Create a Scavanger Hunt
7
Grow a garden

Try re-growing items from the fridge, let the kids experiment with everyday items you have already and get them to grow from them.

https://www.diyncrafts.com/4732/repurpose/25-foods-can-re-grow-kitchen-scraps

Grow a garden
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Suggest a science project
Create a science project

Let your kids discover the world. Teach or show them something about an object or their surroundings and let them explore it.​

9
Give new tools to explore

Handing a child, a new tool can keep them occupied for a pretty long time. Give your kids a torch and ask them to see if there is lost treasure under units, their own beds and reward such treasures with logs of how many treasures found for time in front of the xbox/PlayStation, for example 1 treasure =15 minutes. Teach them how kitchen tools work, get them rolling out some pastry, making bread, slicing up some vegetables, all learning and helping too!

10
Keep in touch with friends!

Best video calling apps from Houseparty and Zoom to Whatsapp and Facebook are all how to stay in contact during social distancing.

As greater numbers of people self-isolate, video conferencing apps are seeing a surge in demand.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/0/best-video-calling-apps-how-stay-contact-communicate-social-distancing/

We have compiled a helpful list of links to activities that may help you over the coming weeks and months…

We hope you enjoyed our top 10 tips, there will be more coming from the team at Richmond Oak, we hope everyone is staying safe and healthy.

Thank you for reading.

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