It’s important that you help your children deal with boredom during quarantine. Staying at home over a prolonged period can become frustrating very fast for them. After all, their routines have been profoundly disrupted as well.
With these four fun and open-ended activities, you can help your children get the most of their time at home.
Puzzles date back to 18th century England. They have stood the test of time for good reason: They’re an affordable, entertaining and educational way to deal with boredom. Putting a puzzle together can be an individual activity or a collective endeavor. The concentration it requires makes time fly, beating weariness almost effortlessly. Besides, puzzles are a great way to strengthen a host of cognitive abilities, from spatial reasoning to mental rotation.
Few activities are as reliably entertaining as dancing. Moving to the beat of music puts us in contact with our more playful side and it’s a good way to bond with your children. You can take turns deciding which music you’ll dance to. This way both sides will get to know more about their respective music tastes. If you want to add an original touch to a dance session, drumming is an interesting possibility if you can make some noise. You don’t need a drum set: Setting the rhythm can be as easy as hitting a table with the palm of your hands.
Read Stories to Deal With Boredom
Dancing is physical fun, and on the other side of the spectrum we have reading, a more intellectual way to amuse oneself. However, this doesn’t mean that reading can’t be as social as dancing. On the contrary, telling stories aloud is as old as society itself. Reading can be thrilling, but also intellectually engaging. For example, you can ask your children questions about the story, listen to their answers and then encourage them to consider the plot from the vantage point of one of the characters to see if they change their mind.
This is an evergreen family activity. Scavenger hunts allow children to practice problem-solving in a tangible way, fostering teamwork. They also help your children become more aware of their surroundings as they develop their observation abilities. Scavenger hunts are versatile and endlessly customizable to adapt them to your children’s tastes and sense of humor. The prize may be a toy, candy or getting the right to organize the next scavenger hunt.