4 creative ways to get the kids active whilst they’re off school

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COVID-19 is totally transforming how we carry on with our everyday lives. Indeed, with schools closed and strict social distancing in place, we’re all having to spend more time together at home. Do you have young children stuck indoors at home? Are you already tearing your hair out, and wondering how you are going to survive the weeks ahead? If so, then our guide on 4 creative ways to get the kids active whilst they're off school is a must read.

1. Make chores around the house a rewarding thing to do

Young girl gardeningLet’s face it, not many people really enjoy doing housework, and especially not children. However, unless you adopt a strict regime, your home could soon become untidy. Make house chores fun for your children, by rewarding work well done. Set up a tuck shop scheme with a difference. Make a list of all the chores they need to do, feed the pets, wash and wipe up, gardening etc. Then give each chore a monetary value. Allocate set times in the day for the chores to be done, and then open a tuck shop. It is important that snacks are only available when the tuck shop is open. Price up their favourite treats and make them pay for them with their chore money. Not only will your house stay tidy (ish?) your food cupboard will stay fuller too! Importantly, it will help teach your family the value of money.

2. Set up daily sporting challenges that can be done anywhere

It’s important that you help your children to burn off all their energy during the day.  Exercise will make them feel and sleep better. Don’t worry if you haven’t got a garden or large home, as you don’t need lots of space to keep fit. Set yourself and your family fun challenges. Grab a broom handle and learn to limbo, perfect your planks, even have an arm wrestle.  Get your children to come up with fun ideas too. Exercise and laughter are not only good for the body, they're good for your mental health too!

3. Get free lessons from the rich and famousBoy singing

Facebook is littered with free lessons offered by the rich and famous for your children to enjoy. From Myleene Klass’s music, Carol Vordemann’s maths, Oti Mabuse’s dancing, David Walliams’ story time through to Bear Grills Great Indoor adventures, the list is endless. Go to Google and see what free, fun, learning is available. Create a school style timetable and stick to it. Children are happiest when they have structure to their day, and something to look forward to. Happy children mean a happy you!

4. Teach them about the world we live in

World mapThere is no doubt this is a deeply unsettling time for everyone both old and young. Take time to talk about the pandemic with your children and help them to understand what is going on in the world. What better time to teach your children world geography (you might even secretly do some learning yourself)? There are many fabulous websites offering free online maps, which you can have fun exploring. You could also dedicate a day a week to researching a country. Cook a family meal of their local cuisine, learn a few words in their language, and maybe dress up in their traditional costume.

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