With this lockdown getting the best of all us, not being able to take your little one to the local soft play or even just out for a casual walk without having to think where your child is going or what they are touching can lead to a very grumpy and irritable child.
We have had a look into some of the best things to do with your child during lockdown that can take the fun of outside and bring it inside.
Fun things to do with your children during lockdown:
Playing with edible paints
Babies are attracted and fascinated by colorful things. During this age the younger ones are developing their ability to grab so they want to touch things, get their hands on them, play with them and of course make a mess.
A fun way to lay their hands on stuff and entertain them is to play with edible paints. It requires simple home based items (i.e. cornflour and food colors) to make different colors of edible paints.
It is easy to make, so much fun to play with and above all safe to use as babies love to put everything in their mouths.
Playing with water
Summer is here! Another fun filled activity that you could easily do during lockdown with your toddler is to play with water.
Children love water and enjoy spending time in water tubs splashing water, jumping and making sounds.
A water play can be as simple as filling the tub with water and allow the child to play in it or you can add little games and make it even more fun.
Grab some toys, put some soap and wash the toys with your toddler. It is a fun game that works every time and keep the children busy for a longer duration.
Babies like to make sounds and also they are fond of hearing it. A good way of making the baby learn new things is to make use of sounds.
There are plenty of rhyme videos available on internet which help the baby in the development of speech and auditory skills.
Rhymes teach children to learn new words, their correct pronunciation and increase their vocabulary. It also help toddlers to learn words that rhyme together or produce the same sound which later helps them in writing.
In rhymes when words are linked to actions it aids more in the learning of the child.
Telling a story using toys or puppets
Toys are engaging and toddlers get pleasure by playing with them but your child might have gotten bored by playing with same old toys in this lockdown.
Well there can be many other ways to use these toys to entertain your little one. One such idea is to make a story in which these toys play a part.
Toddlers find a story more interesting when they can see its visual characters. You can also make finger puppets simply by stitching a piece of cloth with two buttons on them and use them in your story. Your baby will love this idea.
Activities and games that are enjoyable yet educational are the best like learning the names of body parts by touching them or by showing them entertaining educational videos similarly making them recognise different sounds of birds and animals or helping them learn the names of colours.
The baby gets entertained and at the same time get familiar with educational stuff and the parent also feel pleasure and a sense of accomplishment by making their toddler learn new names and sounds.
Both the parent and child get enough time to be close to each other which is satisfying for both of them.
In summary, we have looked into only five fun things to do with your children during lockdown but there are loads of fun and interesting things that can be done whilst locked up at home.
We have tried to bring together the best use of fun, whilst also keeping these things educational. Its too easy to plonk your baby in front of the TV to some peace and quiet, its such time wasted when you can be doing these great and educational activities.