Time at home doesn’t have to be boring, and staying at home doesn’t mean that your children stop learning and developing new skills.
The following suggestions will provide you with simple but rewarding activities for your children. There are options for everyone, from those who love art to the more scientifically-inclined.
A science experiment is a fun way to learn more about chemistry and physics. There are many experiments your children can conduct at home with items found in most households. For example, growing a bean in a jar is a classic, but still fascinating home experiment. Those looking for something a little flashier can opt for a lava lamp, which can be made easily with food coloring, vegetable oil, and alka-seltzer. National Geographic Kids has a website dedicated to other simple experiments similar to these.
Create a Website or Learn to Program
Creating a website is easier than you think. You children can take advantage of their time at home to learn a skill that can be very valuable in the future. HTML is the programming language used to create websites and the basics can be learned over a couple of days. There are many tutorials for children available online. HTML is important not only because it’s useful to create a website, but also because it’s a very basic form of programming that can introduce your children to the world of computer science.
Java and Python are programming languages more complex than HTML, but still within the grasp of children. Just as with HTML, there are many tutorials and videos online made with the youngest in mind.
If your children have artistic inclinations, this may be a good time to explore their creative side. This is a very rewarding endeavor that requires very little in the way of equipment. A pen and a notebook are enough for those who want to write or draw. If there’s an instrument at home, those who love music only need time and a place to practice. Future actors or directors can use their living room to stage plays or sketches. Time at home can be pleasant and creative, and it can provide ways to explore venues for future development.
Learn a New Language
Learning a new language is easier and less expensive than never before in history. Technology offers a vast array of learning options for which you don’t have to spend money. First, define the language your children would like to learn (Spanish, French, German and Chinese are some options), and then find resources for them to use. There are entire Youtube channels dedicated to teach languages, and you may be familiar with Duolingo, the free app that allows users to learn the basics of a new language using their smartphones.
If your children are stimulated by mechanical challenges, this is an excellent time to encourage them to follow what may be their calling. Legos and building blocks are great to create forts, or to emulate famous structures such as local buildings or monuments. Building Rube Goldberg machines under your supervision can be entertaining and fun, and a great idea for a video post on your family’s favorite social media platform.