Ideas to keep your child busy without screens

17 Jun 2021Updated: 4 hours ago | 52 people are reading

Ideas to keep your child busy without screens

© Shutterstock During self-isolation, TVs, laptops, tablets and phones are useful, but not the only solution ...

In these times of self-isolation, you probably want to do some things for yourself every now and then. At the same time, you don't want your kids staring at a screen like zombies for hours. However, it can be tricky to come up with other fun activities for them if they have to stay indoors all day. To help you a bit in these difficult times, we have four ideas for you:

Let your children help

When it's time to cook or clean, it's a good idea to involve your children in the activities. Of course, let them do a job that is appropriate for their age. You can let very young children play in a chair with some dry pasta or a tomato, for example, or you can have them bring their plate to the dining table. Older children may already be able to help sweep or vacuum the house, or cut vegetables.

Give them an 'important' task

Young children love taking responsibility for a task. Make sure that it seems super important that they draw a picture for grandpa or grandma and they will start working very concentrated.

Go treasure hunt

Hide something like a coin or sticker somewhere in the house, and give your child directions where to find the 'treasure'. You can make the search a little more difficult. In this way they become more independent and they may not be so likely to ask where something is in the future.

Let them invent their own 'cartoon'

This is very good for the development of creativity: give your child a sheet of paper and some crayons or markers and the assignment to draw a 'good guy' and a 'bad guy'. When they are done with this you can ask them what the story of the two characters is. You will be amazed at your child's imagination!