COVID-19 may not directly be affecting you, however it does have consequences for all of us. As more schools send out communication of early closing following the Presidents eventual address last night I thought why not share some ideas that Parents and Caregivers can use to keep the kids entertained (and their own sanity) whilst being restricted at home.
1. Teach your kids the WHO safety precautions
Wash your hands frequently
Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
Maintain social distancing
Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
Practice respiratory hygiene
Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.
2. Educational subscription box options
Everything you need for 16 educational activities per month delivered to your door
Every 2nd month we put together a beautifully packaged range of fun and educational toys, books and activities that are hand picked to suit your child’s age and gender. Items included are chosen according to the specific developmental needs of children from ages 0 – 5. It’s simple!
The THINKER BOX – the only 5 box modular learning program to help your children reach their core developmental milestones. With a box for each day of the week containing flashcards, equipment and a milestone tracking chart, we make learning simple, fun and interactive.
Welcome to Charley’s Boxes where fun combines with absolute baby must haves!
Charley has carefully chosen products from around the world to satisfy your babies educational, developmental and fashion needs! We also take the stress out of gifting with a delivery, gift wrapping and personalised note service as well!
3. Get CRAFTY with COVID-19
A good ole DIY and arts & craft projects always go down well with kids – here are a few to try out while we wait out the COVID-19 mandatory extra long school holiday
Fingerprint Family tree craft – Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly and sanitize when doing this craft
Check out a post I did years ago on some DIY crafts for kids HERE
4. Do sensory activities
Get create with the kids and stimulate their senses with sensory activity or 2 like drawing numbers, letters and words in sand and flour, making multi coloured salt dough, creating an obstacle courses, building forts in the lounge, setting up a scavenger hunt.
5. Lastly stay up to date with school work
The last thing we want or need is our kids to struggle or get left behind when returning to school. During this period go over currently school work with your kids, draw up a study times table (including 30 – 60 min of reading daily and outdoor play). Make maths fun by incorporating it into baking or lego building – bring the classroom into your home.
Goodluck Parents, the next month is going to stretch us all!