How to Keep your Kids Occupied During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Childrens craft kits can help keep your kids occupied for hours during the COVID-19 Pandemic. In the meantime you can get some work done if you are working from home. If not, how about spending some quality time with your kids and helping them with their craft projects. This is a new adventure for many parents. There is no need to be overwhelmed. Families across the globe find themselves with a lot of time on their hands and this can be a time for structured activities.

Here are some suggestions for the creative, enjoyable and different things you can do with your children during the COVID-19 crisis instead of sitting glued to the TV, watching the News Channel and getting more and more confused, stressed and anxious. Check on breaking news in the morning, midday and in the evening but try not to let it consume you. Easier said than done I know. We are all in the same boat. You are doing the right thing by staying at home with your family and only going out when it is necessary. While the kids are occupied, you will have time to call your loved ones in nursing homes or wherever they may be and see how they are doing, order groceries online or even concentrate on work if you are working from home.

Cooking or Baking

As you have to cook meals for your family anyway, you may as well make it a combined fun effort. There are quite a few traditional things parents don’t teach their children anymore. Cooking is just one of them. It’s just one of the common sense chores busy parents neglected before the pandemic.  Most kids really enjoy cooking; if only because it gives them a sense of accomplishment.

It encourages a creative side too. That said, here are a few tips to make the whole adventure go as smoothly as possible.

  • Planning ahead is important. That generally means choosing a simple suitable recipe with not too many ingredients, that your children and the family will enjoy eating afterwards. Make sure the kids feel like they are included and part of the process. That can be something as simple as sprinkling shredded cheese on top of the pizza dough. Teach them what vegetables,etc. are suitable for the meal you are preparing. Use whatever ingredients you have handy. You certainly don’t want to make a trip to the supermarket if it isn’t essential. Have the utensils ready.
  • Let them add ingredients step by step. This makes it more fun for your children. Not only that, it gives them a good idea about foods that are healthy for them. Make sure to advise them to always use a clean spoon and not their fingers when tasting.
  • Perhaps your kids may prefer baking some cookies and icing them. A bit messy but fun!

Creative Crafts and Kids Craft Kits

Promoting your children’s creativity while they are not at school is essential. There are several activities you can do at home to ensure kids are kept stimulated and active during these trying times.

  • Designating a unique space for creating is the first step. It doesn’t need to be a complicated area either. Experts suggest a tiny corner of the room with something as simple as a box of clothes or different costumes to dress up in.
  • Keeping things simple and traditional is a good idea. Why not buy kids craft kits and stencils online. Most brick and mortar stores are closed as a result of measures to prevent the further spread of COVID 19. However, don’t despair; you can still purchase crafts online. Different craft stores offer different options. Some kids are quite happy with a colouring book and Crayola markers. If you also need some relaxation, you can keep the kids company and help them with their colouring in.
  • Kids love painting T-Shirts and showing off their creations to their friends. They can use a T-Shirt Painting Kit which includes a T-Shirt with a design already imprinted on the T-Shirt, instructions, non-toxic paints and a paint brush. Alternatively, they can use a plain T-Shirt they already have in their closet, buy a couple of stencils and some fabric paint and create a unique design on the T-Shirt with the stencils of their choice. Before painting a T-Shirt, remember to place a piece of cardboard inside the shirt so that the paint doesn’t seep through to the back of the T-Shirt. Wait until the paint is dry and if the instructions say to heatset the paint, follow the instructions on the kit or on the paint bottle, as to how to do so. After heatsetting it is preferable to wait 24 hours before washing the T-Shirt. Most fabric paints will require heatsetting unless otherwise indicated. This prevents the paint from washing out. Girls and boys will enjoy these painting kits.
  • A Pillowcase Painting Kit is something different, fun and useful to paint. Adults may also enjoy painting them to give as a gift.
  • Diamond Puzzles are very popular. Parents can help their kids with this project. Everyone will be excited with the end result. It is not difficult to do and looks awesome once completed. This I think would appeal to girls more than boys.
  • Knitting Kits can be a fun and useful activity for kids and adults. Clear instructions are provided. Knit a hat, scarf or head band. Otherwise, if you have some spare wool at home and a pair of knitting needles, why not teach your child how to knit. If you need step by step instructions, look on Youtube. This is just one example https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHlsW0wI144
  • Dream Catcher Kits will keep you and your kids occupied and happy with the end result.
  • Jigsaw Puzzles are always a favourite as everyone can participate. These JaCaRou puzzles are unique and the designs are “distinctive”. They are designed by Anie Maltais, Quebec Canada. The designs “are different, colorful, highly detailed” and “puzzles enthusiasts will love them”. They are made from recycled materials. Your kids will love them and I’m sure you will too!

Why Promoting Creativity Matters

These are difficult times for parents and everyone has a lot on their minds. That’s why we thought it would be a good idea to spend a little time outlining why creativity matters so much to your children.

Here are just a few of the things I discovered..

Creativity and your children’s physical development are tied together. If you think about it, it makes quite a bit of sense. Children taking advantage of Kids Craft Kits  are developing fine motor skills as well as coordination and control. All important tools for later on in life.

Your Child’s Physical Development

Your child’s physical development isn’t the whole story when it comes to the benefits of creativity. Psychologists and other professionals tell us your young children use arts and crafts to express thoughts they don’t have the language for. In fact, young children can release pent-up emotions by the kind of artwork they create through kids craft kits. 

The creative process also helps them to take pride in their accomplishments.

Dance

One of the best ways to help foster your child’s creativity is by finding something that keeps them physically active at the same time. Letting them dance while they are isolated at home is a great way to channel their energy into something rhythmic and creative.

Dancing helps them to develop things like imagination and motor skills.

Music

Children seem to love music from the time they are very small. Singing along to their favorite tunes helps them understand the differences between concepts like fast and slow. Learning how to play simple instruments teaches them teamwork and self-control.

It’s important to foster your children’s creativity even while you are self-isolating at home. Sharing and interacting are two important parts of learning this skill.

Dancing Sparks Necessary Social Skills Too

Experts think that actions like dancing and singing spark the development of necessary social skills like respect and sympathy.

Having a solid plan and a checklist for activities helps to keep your children motivated. We offer lots of choices and activities that can keep their creativity sharp. The Jacarou Paintings (diamond paintings) we have in our inventory are the perfect thing. As an online business, we’re happy the inventory we carry can do its part. 

Here’s something else to consider while you are planning COVID-19 activities for the kids. As hard as you try, being away from the classroom won’t be as stimulating for your children. That’s why it’s a good idea to throw some items in that will stimulate their intellectual development.

Here are a few easy games to play with them to accomplish this goal. Counting is always a good way to help them build critical thinking skills. They can count the number of shoes in your front foyer or their own closet for practice.

If they are a little older, you can ask them to describe shapes to you. Giving them choices about what they wear can help keep their minds sharp too. Ask them if they would rather wear the blue or red shoes.

As an online gift and craft store, we have many craft kits for kids to keep them occupied during these difficult times. Sure, it’s about running a business too, but there is more to it than that. The crafts we sell for your children are safe. They are also fun and help to develop the skills they’ll need later in life.

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