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Keep the Kids Busy

Being home with the kids during self-isolation can be challenging so we want to help you get through this. After all there are plenty of fun, low-cost and free activities to keep them busy.

MAKE A TIMETABLE 

You may now find yourself working from home and juggling your kids' home-schooling at the same time, which can definitely be tricky! Try to keep your daily routine going as much as possible – get up at the same time each morning and go to bed at the same time.’

Children love structure: one of the best things you can do is create a timetable for them, so they can understand exactly when they'll be doing school work and when they can have a break. 

USE YOUR OUTDOOR SPACE (if you have it)

With government guidelines suggesting we should avoid leaving the house, the challenge is to make better use of the space we do have. Luckily, there are still so many activities you can do with your kids to help them stay active at home. Getting some fresh air (even if it's just opening all of the windows) and adding in exercise to their daily routine is amazing for overall wellness for both you and your kids.

Get them out in the garden if you have one – kick a ball around, bounce on the trampoline, do cartwheels, or find some fun dance videos online and do them together in the sitting room.

GET GARDENING 

Perfect for getting outside AND teaching your little ones a bit about plants in the process, gardening is a great activity for all. Kids' will love digging holes in the soil, patting in new seeds and plants, helping to water them and watching how they grow. And if you don't have a garden space, why not try planting some herbs in a planter?

CREATE A MEMORY BOX

A memory box will keep imaginations flowing and small hands occupied, creating something they can continue to contribute towards in the future.

Pick a box that’s big enough to hold lots of items – like a wooden one – then get decorating. They could write their name on the box, cover it with glitter and draw all their favourite memories from the last couple of years. Then sit down with them and look through family photos and other memories to put into the box.

GET BAKING

Baking is the best way to get your little ones involved in something fun and hands-on in this period of time at home - while you might be trying to juggle work and play.

Try these recipes from ASDA

GET CRAFTY

Click HERE to find colouring pages, kids crafts, educational resources, puzzles, printables and worksheets.