Many schools have started 'Wellbeing Wednesdays' with ideas for how parents and children can work together to keep the stress at bay and stay connected and positive.
These ideas include breathing exercises, yoga, baking, drawing, dancing together, singing, painting, meditating, jigsaw puzzles and even knitting and crocheting! The internet is full of ideas and suggestions.
Sometimes it feels too overwhelming to do any of it and that's okay too, because maybe everyone just needs a few pyjama days to reboot the brain's sense of security and safety.
Asking the children what they would like to do if it wasn't for lockdown, is a good way to get creative. Maybe you can't go on holiday at the moment, or to the cinema or bowling alley, but is there a way you could do these things at home?
Here are a few thoughts and ideas.
Organise a Zoom call with a difference, play some party games that translate easily like Pictionary or Hangman (using the whiteboard), Simone says or Captain's Coming - your children will probably know several games from school. Keep it to an hour so they leave wanting more and you aren't exhausted hosting it. (See Nipperbout's Virtual Childcare video for ideas)
Set up a scavenger hunt around your regular walk; include some landmarks they may not have noticed and google some facts to ask as questions about eg : This building used to be a school - True or false?
Have a family movie night with popcorn and cinema food, or set up a bowling alley with tin cans or empty milk cartons.
Pick a country and cook a meal from that country, help the children to make some themed place mats and paper hats to wear. For an educational slant get everyone to google one fact to share at the meal table or a song to sing or related story/poem to read.
Why not have a family "camp in" night and sleep together in the lounge, watch a movie, play charades or take it in turns to tell each other one thing that’s really important to you in your life?
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