Helping Kids Thrive During Lockdown
Posted on September 07 2021
We recently offered suggestions about changes you could make to ‘love your home’ during lockdown. Lockdown is tough on everyone, but kids especially. We already suggested that you might rearrange the kids’ furniture, but we have more ideas from a seasoned lockdown mother of four, that are specific to helping kids (and their parents) thrive and enjoy their extended time at home.
Ideas for younger kids
- Wherever the toys and books are stored, either a playroom or bedroom, rotate them around. Bring things down from top shelves or face some books out. Just putting the same toys in different containers can make a big difference.
- Bring out the toys that allow for open-ended play like dress-ups, pretend shops or cooking. If you don’t have any of these, take a deep breath, and let the kids loose in the kitchen cupboards or your wardrobe. Girls especially will spend a solid half hour trying on all of mum’s jewelry.
- Create a craft zone. Gather all the gluesticks, textas, paints, paper, pipe-cleaners, glitter and stickers you can find and put them all in the one space. An old set of drawers would work perfectly to hold everything. You might use an old sheet to protect flooring.
- Think about using spaces in new ways. Can