During the coronavirus lockdown throughout the country, children may get bored very easily with no access to playgrounds, parks, etc. Keeping this in mind, we have listed a few ways to help keep your children happy during the lockdown. These creative ways will keep little hands and minds busy during lockdown period.
1. Oobleck Slime
You will require: water, cornflour, food colouring
Oobleck slime derives its name from the book Bartholomew and the Oobleck, authored by Dr. Seuss, wherein a gloopy green material falls from the sky and results in chaos and mayhem.
This classic experiment, which will entertain both adults and children for sure, produces a special slime, called a ‘non-Newtonian’ fluid. This fluid has characteristics of liquids as well as solids.
First mix one part of water to two parts of cornflour. Now, add a few drops of food colouring to it. You and your kids may now squeeze, shake, roll and write in this interestingly gooey mixture and have fun with it. Oobleck slime is a good way to keep your children happy during the lockdown.
2. Lava Lamp
You will require: clear plastic bottle, water, oil (cooking oil or baby oil), food colouring, torch, Alka-Seltzer tablets (or salt/baking soda)
For children who like all things related to science, a DIY lava lamp offers the perfect means to be experimental. Older ones may take it one step further as well and discover the science behind what they observe.
Commence by filling the bottle one-quarter with water. Now, tilt it and fill to the top using oil. Mix a few drops of food coloring and lastly the Alka-Seltzer tablets or substitute. Then, after dimming the lights, shine a torch through the bottle for a groovy ’60s experience. You may add more tablets for more fun and enjoyment. Lava lamp is an attractive approach to keep your children happy during lockdown.
3. Treasure Hunt
You will require: paper, pens, objects to be found, prizes
Treasure hunts are easily adjustable for all age groups, which can be fun and enjoyment not only on Easter Sunday but at any time.
For early readers: Give your kid a slip of paper with an easy and simple word on it, like ‘chair’. They will reach where the word informs them, get the next word and so on until they get the treasure. Alternatively, hide letters of the alphabet surrounding the house and cross them in your list as they are already found.
For older kids: Challenge them to generate a map of your house and leave signs where ‘A’ marks the spot. Treasure hunt is one of the best methods to keep your children happy during lockdown.
4. Hallway Bowling
You will require: plastic bottles, water or sand, markers, ball
Hallway bowling is perfect for the entire family. Stay active with a game of bowling making use of empty bottles with little water or sand in them. Number the ‘pins’, organize them in a triangular fashion, and off you go.
There are limitless chances to inspire learning in this game. Younger kids may only identify or count the numbers on the pins knocked down. On the other hand, older kids may keep score utilizing tally charts or generate a table of consequences just like at the bowling alley. Hallway bowling is one of the effective methods to keep your children happy during the lockdown.
5. Musical Instruments
You will require: toilet roll tubes, empty cans, elastic bands, sticky tape, stickers and pens for decoration, glue, rice
Make your living room your stage and get a nice old sing-song together by producing DIY musical instruments making use of recycled things from around your house.
Get as creative as possible and make the best use of those toilet roll tubes by filling them with rice, covering the ends using the card, and embellishing with anything you can get your hands on for your musical shakers.
Custom your own drum kit utilizing empty cans covered with balloons (apply different materials for different sounds) or cover elastic bands surrounding a tissue box for a temporary guitar. The potentials are limitless. Thus, preparing your own musical instruments is one of the best methods to keep your children happy during the lockdown.
6. Invisible Ink
You will require: paper, lemon juice, lamp or light bulb, cotton buds
A great method to motivate kids to write, these unseen messages display themselves only when they are exposed to heat. You need to dip a cotton bud into lemon juice, and using it, write a message on a piece of paper.
Leave the paper for some time and let it dry. The words will disappear very soon. Taking help of an adult, hold the paper close to a heat source like a lamp or bulb (or an adult can iron the paper) to expose the hidden message written on it.
One more variation of it is to write the message with a mix of baking powder and water, then expose the message once dry by painting over the paper using a dark fruit juice like cranberry or red grape.
This invisible ink will prove to be one of the best approaches to keep your children happy during the lockdown.
7. Salt Dough Creations
You will require: 2 cups plain flour, 1 cup salt, 1 cup cold water, food colouring or paint
Making use of only kitchen cupboard staples, salt dough is a fast and easy modelling medium to use with child of any age.
Make a mixture of flour and salt. Then add it in the water slowly. For 10 minutes, knead the dough, then rest for around 20 minutes. Mould it into the preferred shape and bake in the oven for around 2 hours until they get dry and hard.
Make efforts to shape the dough into jewellery ornaments or beads by embellishing and threading through a string or generating tealight holders, pen pots, or egg cups.
You may also plait and swirl to prepare to pretend bread for the play kitchen or form handprint keepsakes.
Salt dough creation is a perfect method to keep your children happy during the lockdown.
8. Yoghurt Bark
You will require: baking paper, yogurt, shredded coconut, crispy cereal, honey, fruit, nuts, etc.
Make this healthy snack that is easy and quick but tastes delightful. This recipe for eatable yoghurt bark is flawless for teething toddlers as well as fussy teenagers.
First, line a tray using baking paper and make use of a spatula to spread across the yoghurt, around half an inch thick. Now is the time to get creative. Sprinkle over nuts, fruits, a drizzle of honey or anything of your choice.
For 2-4 hours until frozen, stick in the freezer. Now, peel off the paper, break using your hands and have fun.
Yogurt bark is one of the best means to keep your children happy during the lockdown.