5 Ways to Keep Kids Entertained at Home

By 4/01/2020 10:36:00 AM

Looking for ways to keep children entertained and active at home? Then check out these 5 tips from Allison Klein, of Rose & Rex , a boutique offering elegantly designed toys that promote imaginative play.


Get physical


If you’re stuck in your house or apartment, look for ways to get moving.

Build a fort with couch cushions. Put on music and have a dance party or play a game of freeze dance. Create an obstacle course around your house. Create a scavenger hunt for your kids that leads them from room to room. Make a doorway puppet theater.


Turn to sensory play


Children, especially young children, learn about the world through their senses. Engaging in sensory play is one of the best ways to keep children engaged and learning at home. Here are a few ideas:

  • Make frozen paint popsicles! Use an ice cube tray and popsicle sticks to freeze paint (child safe paint, of course!).
  • Have a colorful bubble bath. Combine 1 cup of children’s shampoo + 1.5 cups water + teeny, tiny amounts of food coloring. Essential oils are a bonus!
  • Gather some household objects and head to the bathtub to play sink or float.
  • Cover a baking tray in shaving cream. Invite your little one to write letters, explore with kitchen tools or simply feel and explore.
  • Create a sensory bin by filling a large container with sensory materials like rice, pom poms, or found natural materials.

Look to what you already have


Everything you need for a meaningful play experience is already in your house. Play with recycled, repurposed and household materials helps to foster innovative thinking, creativity and togetherness.

Save toilet paper rolls and use them to create a life-sized marble run on the wall with painters tape. Use shoe boxes as giant building blocks. Make a collage using only recycled materials.

Our Everyday Play Deck, written by child development expert Lisa Zaretsky, shares 125 ways to play with repurposed and household materials. Here is one tips from the deck that promotes connection through play with family photos in a time of social distancing: “Line up family photos on the floor to create a family photo walk: ask your child to jump near "someone who wears glasses" or stomp near "someone who has a dog." This is engaging for the body as well as the mind!”

Make playdough


Playdough is a sensory material that is not only fun (and easy!) to make, but also an ongoing catalyst for imaginative play. Involving kids in the whole process, from creation to playing, makes the experience even more valuable.

Ingredients:

1 cup flour
1 cup water
1 teaspoon oil
2.5 teaspoons cream of tartar
1/4 cup salt
A few drops of food coloring
A few drops of essential oils (optional)


Directions:

  • Mix all ingredients together
  • Cook on low/medium heat
  • Stir until the mixture solidifies
  • Remove from heat to cool

Practice Mindfulness as a Family


In a time of uncertainty and anxiety, mindfulness is a powerful tool that we can teach our children and ourselves. When we practice mindfulness we are paying attention to what is going on inside and outside of our bodies right now.

A great way to begin a mindful practice is with deep breathing. When you take a deep breath you tell your central nervous system that the body is safe, which turns off the "fight or flight" response and immediately connects the mind and the body, grounding us in the present moment.

When it feels like things are frenetic and unsettled, it's important to teach children how to pause and recalibrate. Below is a simple breathing exercises to do with your little ones at home.

Waves Breath

  • Lie down flat on your back and place a beanbag or stuffed animal on your belly. Let your arms rest by your sides
  • Take a slow breath in and watch the beanbag rise. Then let out your breath slowly and watch the beanbag lower as your belly deflates.
  • Pretend your belly is the ocean and the beanbag is floating on the surface. Your breath is making the waves!
  • Take several breaths in and out, bringing your beanbag for a gentle ride, up and down.

The Rose & Rex team has compiled a list of resources to help keep children engaged, calm and happy despite school closures and social distancing.

Note that a portion of all purchases on the site will support NO KID HUNGRY, an organization working to ensure that children get the meals they need during this challenging time.

For more ideas visit Rose & Rex - www.roseandrex.com/blogs/blog/covid-19-resources


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