From Old School to New
Isolation and social distancing might seem like a blessing for adults but how do you keep children from bouncing off the walls all day! Team TOS has put together a list of activities and viewing suggestions to help manage your child’s social distancing period.
Social distancing seems to be a great way for families to spend time together. Catch up on what’s happening in each other’s life or carve out time for some together activities.
1 Old Board Games – Carrom, Ludo, Chinese Checkers, Life, the likes.
2 Blocks – Lego or basic, blocks are always fun!
3 Do-it-yourself – Remember those DIY projects saved on Pinterest?
4 Treasure Hunt in the house
5 Photo session – Dig out those old photo albums to flip through together.
6 Practice Penmanship & Spellings – teach your child calligraphy, revise spellings.
7 Kitchen time – Get cracking on basics of cooking/baking.
8 Story time – Reading aloud your favourite children’s books.
9 Indoor picnic – Make some picnic food, set up a spot in the living area with bolsters/games/cards and enjoy a summer picnic.
10 Dance party – Dress up, blast the music and dance your heart out.
There are several age appropriate activities that a child can spend working on with occasional monitoring.
1 Daily timetable – Let your child decide on their daily routine.
2 Learn a language – With the number of apps and online tutorials, this is one fun learning!
3 Vision board – Visualise and create what you want the year to look like.
4 DIY & arts-crafts – Do we need to spell out the kind of fun! Here are a few ideas to start you off – Slime | Play Dough | Macramé Rainbow | Pen Stand | Dreamcatcher | Paper Rainbow | Paper Umbrella | Bookmarks
5 Best out of waste – Find ways to pep up old stuff, turn old jars in to flower vases, use old spoons to make a clock, use old paper plates to make art cut- outs, make a wind chime from waste, the list is endless.
6 Time capsule – Filled with non-perishables, photographs, news clippings, notes, make a time capsule to open after a decade.
7 Letter writing – Write letters the traditional way; keep them ready to post later.
8 Greeting cards – Stock up on handmade greeting cards – use vegetable prints, sand art, handmade stencils for variety.
9 Declutter – Learning to live minimal is a lesson for all ages.
10 Workout – Get them into a habit of daily exercising.
With several educational institutes moving classes online & parents struggling to balance work from home with family time, monitoring screen time is difficult. We get it. But it’s okay to take some extra screen time to watch a movie with the young ones too. Here are few recommendations that the entire family can watch together; find them on Prime | Netflix | Hotstar; so pop the corn and set up your private movie time!
Alice in Wonderland (1951)
The Never Ending Story (1984)
Home Alone (series 1990-2012)
Free Willy (1993)
The Lion King (1994)
Stuart Little (1999)
Harry Potter (series 2001-2011)
Finding Nemo (2003)
Nanny McPhee (2005)
The Hunger Games (series 2012-2015)
The Lego Movie(s) (2014-2019)
Mary Poppins Returns (2018)
Christopher Robin (2018)
The Christmas Chronicles (2018)
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018)
Gnome Alone (2018)
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
A Dog’s Way Home (2019)
Captain Marvel (2019)
The Kid Who Would Be King (2019)
Wonder Park (2019)
Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (2019)
Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)
The Incredibles (2004)
Baby’s Day Out (1994)