Keeping Kids Meaningfully Engaged Indoors

Dear Mums and Dads,I was encouraged by the number of views on my previous post Covid-19: 8 Stay-at-Home Activities for Children. As an educator in Singapore and a proud mummy to a 4+ year old and a 5 month old, I know it can be daunting (if not absolutely exhausting) to have to think of activities daily. We are all trying to keep our kids indoors. For me, screen time is limited daily as I believe that there is a lot more we can do as parents with our little ones during this challenging period.I hope that through my weekly posts I can share ideas that(1) Promote awareness of the evolving Covid-19 Situation(2) Encourage the use of materials easily available at home and take minimal effort to set up(3) Allow for a balance of activities; some require parent participation whilst others can be carried out independently.Remember to make a schedule for you and your children that has time for structured activities as well as free time. This can help children feel more secure and better behaved. Children can follow this better if they help to make it with you. Include exercise and even household chores! Ask your child what they would like to do, and which part of the day.

(1)Art & Craft: Leaf Painting

  • Apply a generous, even amount of paint to the back of any leaf!
  • Press firmly onto your paper, making sure to rub and press every part of your leaf so the veins on the back of the leaf will make an impression on your paper.

20200328_12055020200328_114139I particularly enjoyed this activity as not only did it allow for some messy fun, it allowed for some creative thinking as well. If working with paints with only basic colours, you can challenge your child to create other colours such as purple ( red+blue) or even brown or orange. Children will naturally adapt a process of trial and error to create their desired colours.

(2)Awareness of Virus : Covid-19 Quiz

Unicef has a quiz that tests how much you know about Covid-19.Fact or Fiction Quiz


(3)Technology: Bring 3D Animals to your home!

To begin with, you’ll need an eligible device. I tried it on the OnePlus 7, Galaxy S10+, Pixel 3a XL, iPhone 8 Plus, and it worked without any issues. To check the list of compatible devices, you can even head over to Google Developer site here. Now, once you have the compatible device, just head over to Google Search app or Chrome, and look for an animal in the search box.ncikwnckwsTap on “View in 3D,” and a 3D model will appear on your screen. You can rotate and get a 360-degree view of the animal. Next, you’ll see a small box and text that says “View in your space.” Here, the camera app will open and you’ll have to scan the environment to place the animal on a place, and well, you’ll be able to see the 3D animal in augmented reality.TRY this! Your children can google Giant Panda, Tiger, Racoon and a host of other animals and have oodles of fun posing with them at home!

(4)Kitchen Fun: Stuffed Mushrooms

A short and quick trip to the supermarket inspired us. We shopped and picked up mushrooms and had some fun in the kitchen making stuffed mushrooms.Ingredients: Large mushrooms ( brown, white, shitake- up to you), garlic, onions, tomatoes, olive oil or butter, shredded cheeseStep 1

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Gently twist off or cut off the stem of each mushroom.
Step 2
Coat mushrooms with olive oil/ butter and bake in oven for 4 mins at 170dg
Step 3
Heat oil/butter in pan and add garlic, onions and tomatoes ( diced) and fry 5 mins.
Thinly chop onion and garlic and fry in oil until glassy. Dice the ...

Step 4Add some shredded cheese to the above mixture and scoop mixture and place in the baked mushroomsBackground Photo Of Shredded Mozzarella Cheese Stock Photo ...Step 5Drizzle some shredded cheese on top and bake mushrooms again for 3 mins in the oven for 170dgStep 6Serve warm!Follow to view video of recipe.

(5)Art: Draw 12 of these within a time limit

Screenshot_20200328-003938_InstagramTake a piece of paper, divide it into 12 portions and ask kiddos to draw all the above.Be fussy when assessing work and ask them to edit/ redraw if necessary. Drawing prompts are super useful when you cannot figure out what else for them to draw! If you have more than one child, pit them against each other to complete all 12 drawings in 30 minutes. (Use that time to unwind!)

(6).Grow a Bean Sprout!

All you need is Green Mung Beans, Cotton Swab and a container! Do remember to space out the beans and place them on damp cotton in a container. Ask kiddos to water daily and place in sunlight. You can even carry out experiments, 3 different sets and 1 without water and 1 left in a dark place. A simple activity that requires them to be responsible and to understand what plants need to survive- Water, Air, Light.

(7)Secret Agent: Write an invisible message some lemon juice, dip in a cotton swab and write an invisible message on paper!You can also use baking soda and milk!

(8) Bake a potato!

Recipe:(1) Choose high starch potatoes, wash and poke through the potato with a fork about 20 times ( all around the potato)(2) Coat potato with olive oil and salt(3) Bake in oven at 180d for 40 minutes(4) Cut potato into half and add sour cream, yoghurt or Tzatziki sauce, tomatoes, chives(5) Italian herbs or cheese to garnish.I hope this post has given you some ideas and you have picked up an idea or two from this post.Stay healthy and safe, everyone! #SGunitedFollow me on INSTAGRAM!Like the Facebook Page