If you haven’t heard of COVID-19 (also known as Coronavirus) by now then you must be living under a rock. This new virus has literally been wiping out the whole of the world and is currently flooding the headlines everywhere. At first, I will admit I was very stupid and naive about the whole situation. I guess I just thought it was yet another headline that I would never see the effects off however, I was SO wrong. We’ve had many touches of flu in the past such as; bird flu, swine flu, etc. but I’ve never experienced anything quite like this one. It’s always a different story when you are personally affected. As well as seeing everyone all around you being affected too.
Due to this currently pandemic, it is very likely that England will end up going on lockdown. That means that we will do the same as Spain, Italy and China and we’ll all have to self isolate at home. In all honesty, I think this is quite possibly every working parent’s worse nightmare. How on earth are we meant to keep the kids occupied whilst we try to earn a living at the same time? I struggle to occupy my daughter for an hour let alone all day, every day. Well, I have decided to be every parent’s fairy godmother and put together 10 super easy ideas to help us all get through self-isolation.
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PJ DAY WITH MOVIES:
Turn your lounge into your very own cinema screening with loads of cushions, blankets and SNACKS. Luckily for us, the only thing that is still in stock at the stores are sweets. You won’t find any bread or milk but who needs that stuff anyway!? We’ve decided to start with the traditional Disney movies and then move onto a good old fashioned comedy after. So far we have watched the new Disneys Aladdin, lady and the tramp and Jumanji. If you’re struggling for ideas on what you should watch then click here for some of my favourite movies. Don’t get me wrong, they are mostly Halloween films but then again who doesn’t like a spook or two. There are films on there for all ages and all occasions so make sure you take a look. Kids will love the idea of having a PJ day! Not just the kids but the adults will do too so it’s a win-win for everyone really.
SWAPPING NEW TOYS FOR THE OLD FAVOURITES:
Kids quite often have loads of toys that they don’t actually play with anymore. This is mostly down to kids being spoilt rotten and having so many toys that they forget what they have. I must admit I am a culprit of spoiling my child with more toys than she actually needs. Being stuck indoors is the perfect opportunity to recycle the toybox! By this, I don’t mean you have to throw them away but rather just have a little swap around. Take the toys out from the back of the cupboard and reintroduce them to your children. There’s a chance that they have completely forgotten that they have them. It will be like getting a whole bunch of brand new toys! How’s that for a day of entertainment?
Party games! who in this world doesn’t love a good house party game? This is something that actually stems back from my childhood. I will most likely find out that nobody else did this and I’m actually from a really weird family. We used to spend loads of evenings together dancing and prancing around the front room. We would also spend hours playing games like musical statues, what’s the time Mr Wolf and hide and seek. These are very popular games that will always go down a success with the children. Please tell me that over kids did this too or are we crazy? If you aren’t familiar with these types of games I’m sure you could find loads of examples online.
PAINTING OLD RECYCLING MATERIAL:
I actually recently saw this idea on another mums blog (I’m extremely sorry that I can’t actually remember which blog). Anyway, the lady mentioned the idea of painting old recycling material such as; egg boxes. I thought this was a fantastic idea as you’d already have everything you needed. Not only saving you time but also the effort of having to go to the shop. It’s also saving you a hell of a lot of money so what are you waiting for? Let the kids get creative and see what ideas they come up with.
Just because we have been told to stay indoors during self-isolation it does not mean you can’t go in your garden. There’s nothing wrong with getting out and about and getting yourself some fresh air! If anything it will do you good as long as your garden is not in Italy or China (Sorry that was a very bad joke, I do apologise). All you need to do is get yourself some seeds and let your children grow their own garden. This will give the kids something to look forward to every day. Even if it is just going outside to water the plants they will still love doing it.
EASTER EGG HUNT:
With Easter just around the corner, it’s well and truly worth preparing before we go into isolation. I know it’s not a priority so please don’t go out your way just to get Easters bits. If you happen to be in the store at that time there’s no harm in getting some stuff in advanced. An easter egg hunt is a perfect way to keep the kids happy and entertained during isolation. Just think that the harder they are to find, the longer they will take trying to hunt them done. I’m no mathematician but I reckon that’s enough time to head to the Winchester, have a nice cold pint, and wait for this all to blow over.
As you’re stuck indoors why not use your time wisely. Get the jobs done that you wouldn’t normally have the time or energy for. For example; sorting out the kid’s toys, clothing, or bedrooms in general. This is the perfect excuse to get some spring cleaning in action as well as bonding with your kids. You might be sitting there thinking ‘Why on earth would my child want to be sorting out?’ Well, that’s where you are wrong. I will be honest, your child isn’t likely to be any help whatsoever but they will be occupied attempting to help. If you’re anything like me all you want is your child to be quiet for a bit and give you some time. Well, this is the perfect opportunity to kill two birds with one stone.
One of my favourite memories of being a child was dressing up and hosting talent shows. Yes, I was an extrovert! no idea what happened to me as an adult because now I’m as introvert as can be. Tell your children to go off and find whatever they can around the house. If you’re happy to allow it, you can always let them use your wardrobe to find props and accessories. Once everyone in the house has created their masterpiece you can hold your very own talent show. It gives the kids a chance to be creative whilst having lots of fun at the time same. When we were younger this sort of thing often ended with my dad having lipstick on and us painting his nails pink! How cute.
ARTS AND CRAFTS:
The bane of all parents lives but the most fun part of any little one’s childhood! There is no denying that kids love anything messy, glueing and a whole load of sticking. If you’re planning on doing lots of arts and crafts during the isolation period I recommend checking out The Works. They currently have a special offer on their home deliveries. You can get free home delivery with a minimum spend of £5, so barely anything! If you’re wanting to stock up on your arts and crafts collection you should definitely try them. Let’s be honest, we don’t know what’s happening and how long it’s going to last so I recommend you mums and dads do.
I know that there is a huge lack of food at the moment but if you do have any spare bits then let your children get involved in the cooking. Children love to be involved and like to feel that they have a very important role in the task. Rather than taking it seriously and trying to pretend your Mary Berry, just have lots of fun with it. Got no eggs? well, then it looks like you’re making cakes without eggs. Kids honestly don’t need anything spectacular, they just want to feel apart of it and I promise you they will love every minute of doing so.