30 Apr 2020 • 3 min read
Being at home for so long, it is understandable for most of us to feel bored and uninspired. Things that you usually find interesting might suddenly begin to lose their appeals. You may even feel unproductive and struggle to do the things that you have to do. The good news is: that is totally normal.
What you can do to fight boredom is to find other activities to fill your time before you return to do your work or study. If you happen to be a parent, you also have to remember that your kids might be just as bored as you. Here are a couple of things you can do at home to lift the boredom from you and your kids and make your time at home more fun and productive.
Draw daily doodles
If you happen to have a lot of colourful pens and papers lying around, you can get your kids to doodle together! This will not only be a fun bonding activity but also be an excellent way to hone your kids' budding artistic talents. You can doodle about anything with your kids: things you miss doing, something you want to do once you can go out, people you want to meet, etc.
Try to do this every day. By the end of this quarantine, you and your kids might have a portfolio of artworks to put in an album to show to your friends and family!
Watch and learn something new
While it is easy for your kids to get sucked in in front of their phones or tablets, it may be better for you to make sure that they spend their time watching things that are actually good for them. It could be a virtual tour of a zoo, an aquarium, a theme park, or a short DIY tutorial. Here are a few recommended videos for you to watch together with your kids:
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Read books together
When was the last time you told a story to your kids? Being at home together for so long, this may be a good chance for you to stimulate your kids' imagination with a fairytale or two. After all, books are windows to the world. Do this every night before bedtime, and spice things up by telling your kids to write their own stories! You will be surprised at just how deep your child’s imagination and creativity will go.
Virtual play date
Do you miss going out and hanging out with your friends? Your kids might feel the same way. Take the time to set up a video call with fellow parents and let your kids talk to their friends via video call. Let them doodle together, play games, or just catch up and tell their friends about their days at home. You’ll see just how much a social call with their friends may brighten up your kids’ day!
During your stay at home, cooking is something that you naturally do every day. Why not spice things up with cooking along with your kids? You can prepare a recipe for your kids’ favourite dish and ask them to contribute.
Let them learn small things such as mixing the spices, peeling the onions, or scrambling the eggs. Not only will this be a fun experience, but it will also be a meaningful bonding experience
If you've only been watching videos on YouTube about urban farming so far, why not take advantage of your extra free time by actually beginning to do it? You don't have to own a large lawn in front of your home. Just start by buying pots, top-soil, and plant seeds. Ask your kids to tag along and help plant the seeds. Undoubtedly, your kids will enjoy this type of outdoor activity.
Do you happen to own a guitar or keyboard that's been gathering dust in the corner of your house somewhere? If so, this is the time to play them. Start by playing your kids' favourite song and ask them to sing along or even teach them basic chords. This will be very beneficial to your kids' creativity development
Those are a few recommendations of fun activities to do together with your kids at home. Staying at home will not be so bad now with a lot of quality time with your family, will it? Happy trying!