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We are all getting to grips with staying at home and playing our part in the community effort to limit the spread of Covid-19. This can be challenging for children, and parents, without the routine of normal activities like school, playing outside with neighbours, and  trips to see grandparents or further afield. We all know that kids can get bored very easily, so having a range of fun ideas and activities on hand can help keep homelife running as smoothly as possible for now.

We’ve Pulled together some tips from the parents in our team at Arachas with a few ideas on keeping your kids amused as your family adjusts to working/learning from home.

 

1. Make learning fun

We know it is not business as usual for schools, but children and young people need as much stability as possible and learning is crucial for your child’s ongoing development.

During this time at home, why not ask your child what they are interested in. For example, if your child’s favourite subject is maths why not try and make math’s a fun game that everyone in the family can get involved in such as Maths bingo.

You can create bingo cards that contain answers to different multiplication tables and divide them amongst your kids to get everyone involved. We recommend that they have a  separate sheet for calculations. Finally, instead of calling numbers, use equations such as 8 × 7 and whoever has the answer of 56 on their cards can check this off their list of numbers.

 

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2. Boardgame Olympics

Now is as good a time as any to dig out those classic boardgames.

Games such as Monopoly, Cluedo and Mouse Trap are sure to make the time spent at home much more enjoyable, and maybe even a little competitive. We would suggest that you stagger the games you have across 3 or 4 different days of the week.

If you can’t find any boardgames in your house, there are plenty of classics you can download onto a tablet or play online.

 

3. Make Some Memories

Why not  make use of the extra time at home to create some fond memories and stories with your family. Sometimes it’s the simple stuff that people remember the most. Whether it be baking your kids favourite treat with them, or even cuddling up to watch the family’s favourite movie  - now is the perfect time to capture those memorable moments.

Ask your kids to put on a concert, they choose their songs, poems or dance routine. They can practice and choose their outfit while you catch up on work. Then film it on your phone or invite family and friends to join remotely on programs such as Zoom.

 

4. Do What The Kids Do

This comes back to making some memories.

If your kids love building Lego, then why not build the Lego with them. If painting is their thing, become the next Van Gogh of finger painting and get involved. You never know, you might end up finding your hidden talent!

 

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5. Virtual Play Dates

This is a very useful tool for keeping a bit of normality in your kids’ life. Face-to-face contact with friends isn’t really an option at the moment. However, living in the digital age allows us to keep connected using video-call apps like WhatsApp, Facetime, Skype and Zoom. Virtual play dates will allow friends to keep in contact while doing organised activities together e.g. colouring, Lego building, games etc.

 

6. Me, Myself And I

Whilst this is a list to entertain the little ones at home during this unusual time, it is so important to look out for yourself too. This ties into all tips on this list. While the kids are entertained and enjoying themselves, if there is a fitting opportunity to step away from the madness… do it!

Read a book, start up a home workout routine, have a cup of tea, run around your back garden, dance like no one’s watching - do anything that brings you joy. This is possibly one of our most valuable suggestions on this list. A little self-care goes a long way to remain calm and keep things moving forward.

 

7. Stay Active

We all know how important it is to exercise in our day-to-day lives. This becomes especially important when faced with the challenge of remaining within our 2km radius.

Some of the best solutions we’ve found include, fitness programmes for kids on YouTube, playing games in your garden and going for walks while adhering to social distancing guidelines. It is important to get off the couch and get moving as much as possible. This will impact positively on your body and mind.

 

There are plenty of ways to add fun to our new daily routines and find a moment for ourselves. The most important thing for now is that we keep in touch with loved ones, friends and extended family through virtual connections while we stay safe in our homes.

Remember that we are all in this together, across Ireland and the world, and we will get through this.

Arachas is Ireland’s largest nationwide insurance broker, with a fully equipped team of insurance experts working remotely and access to leading insurance providers. We’re here to help with insurance advice and answer any policy queries for you or your business. Give us a call on 01 2135000, email us at insure@arachas.ie or take a look at our website www.arachas.ie to see how Arachas can help you.

Stay safe and mind each other.