Lockdown can offer an opportunity to bond with your kids and maybe even let your own inner child come out to play. But it can also be a stressful time when working full time with kids in the house too, so here are some tips to keeping your kids busy. All it takes is a little planning ahead of time but is really simple and quick to do. Here are our tips on how to work from home with your little ones...
- Online Exercise Tutorials – Lots of celebrities and fitness fanatics alike are posting great exercise content online especially for toddlers and kids. It’s totally free to watch and take part in, and it is a great activity to get the whole family involved.
- Make an assault course – Why not assemble your very own assault course in the back garden. Old pieces of wood, boxes, buckets, garden chairs, anything that can be jumped over, under or around. You can time one another around the assault course. The course can be completed on bikes, scooters or simply by running. Make sure you’re careful as you don’t want any falls or accidents!
- Have a treasure hunt - At this time of year a treasure hunt is a great way to get your little ones running around and burning off some energy. Make a map with clues to find some treasure you have hidden somewhere in the garden. It doesn’t have to be expensive, any treasure will be exciting when it is found outdoors.
- Take nature walks – Use your daily exercise allowance to go on a local nature walk with a purpose. Give them a map to plot the route you are taking and set them the challenge of seeking out different things such as trees, plants, birds and bugs. By giving them control and a plan it will ensure they don’t get bored too quickly.
- Day Off - Finally, don’t forget to let them have a “Chill Out Day”. With all the activity planned, children will also need some ‘down time’. Take time to plan some days where you just chill, watch some films, read some books, and take it easy.
Working from home tips: Also, be sure to get the children involved in the planning. They will be less likely to complain about the activities chosen if they have taken part in the decision-making and will be happy to play while you are working from home.