I'm an Aussie girl who has suddenly found herself living in Europe
Published March 18th 2020
It is a crazy world we are living in now! I feel that there is not one person in the world that isn't affected. But as a parent, I need to make sure my little humans smile and have fun.
Here are 5 technology free activities for children to do during a forced lockdown, school holidays or any other time you cannot leave the house. And to be honest, great activities for parents to join in with too!
More an item than a specific activity, chalk offers an endless supply of activities. And if you don't already have some lying around at home, a very cheap product to purchase. General drawing is one thing but for a family of more than one child, think tic tac toe and hangman or the classic hopscotch for teamwork fun.
2. Box creations
No point in whinging about excess packaging on products - use them to your advantage! By just adding some tape and glue, children can have hours and hours of fun inventing creations and making their own "toys"
Giving children a sense of achievement can take their mind off of social stresses and boredom. This is a great time of year to add more plants to your garden; no matter where in the world you are. Children can then monitor the plants and their growth and depending on what you plant; they can arrange flowers or cook with vegetables and herbs once their new garden reaches maturity.
Find a sunny spot in the garden or from a window seat and sketch what you see. Just with some paper and a pencil, children can use this task to calm down and practice focus and patience
Head out into your own back yard and go for a stroll. Really look at the shapes of the leaves and the colour of the flowers. Recently my children collected gum nuts and pine cones to make characters for their box creations
I recommend starting a list of things to do as you find them and placing the list in a place your children can see and you can easily add to it, so you don't run the risk of being stuck for something to do.