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Boredom Buster Activities To Engage Kids At Home During Corona Virus Outbreak

As millions of children are displaced from their schools due to the coronavirus outbreak and playing outdoors is becoming riskier, a sub-crisis has risen for parents: What will the kids do all day?
Are you looking out for ways to engage your kids at home efficiently during this time??
Well we have curated a list of easy to perform, yet engaging activities for you. Best Part? They are all FREE! So, be ready to turn your isolation period to a meaningful bond, play and learn periodThese activities are completely safe to keep your child busy and don’t require any gadgets.
So let’s go!

1. Fruits and Veggie Stamping

Explore patterns and symmetry by making fruit and vegetable stamps with your young artist. Make your child understand that when the fruits and veggies are cut down from the center, it will showcase the symmetry that exists in nature.
Materials Required
Paint (edible paint can be used by combining yogurt and food coloring if desired), Paper, Variety of vegetables ( Lady Finger, Bell peppers, Potato, Lemon, Apple, etc.)
Skill Focus
Creative Expression, Fine Motor Skills, Vocabulary
Prepare for the activity by setting up the stamping station in a particular area. You can put sheet or newspapers underneath to prevent any paint from spilling on the floor. Cut the vegetables into small pieces so that the child can hold them with one hand. Put all the materials required and invite the child to start stamping with you. Be sure to introduce a new vocabulary, including the names of the different vegetables and the colors. When the child is finished, allow the paint to dry.
Safety Tips:
• Be aware of any allergies before beginning the activity.
• Ask children to wash their hands before and after the activity.
• Remind kids that the fruits and vegetables they are using to make prints are not for eating.

2. Fish Paper Plate Craft

Ready for an amazing crafting session with your little champ? Nothing beats crafting with a disposable material and we can all agree paper plate craft is an amazing activity to do with kids. There are so many fun things you can create with paper and some colorful paints.
Materials Required
Paper Plate
Black Marker
A pair of Scissors
Color the paper plate with any color of your choice and allow the paint to get dry completely.
Cut a small triangle out of the paper plate which will be the fish mouth and the extra bit can be used for the tail.
Glue the triangle on the paper plate.
Punch a circle out of white paper. Draw a circle inside the white circle with a black marker. You just created the fish’s eye. Glue that eye on the paper plate above the mouth.
Now take all the colorful papers ( more the colors, more the merrier) and start punching.
Punch, punch, punch.
You’ll need quite a lot of paper circles.
Fold all of the circles in half. Press down nicely so they look like a semi-circle.
Start gluing them in rows on the paper plate.
Cut fins out of blue paper.
Glue them on the paper plate fish.
You’ve got yourself a nice looking rainbow fish paper plate craft.

3. Hula Hoop Activity

Hula hoop activities are fun to play and promote gross motor skills like strength, coordination, endurance, balance.
Get hours of entertainment with these clever and creative hula hoop activities. Grab your hoop and challenge your kids to get the hula hoop spinning around your waist and see who can keep it going the longest. While the trick is very basic, it takes practice to master.
To play Hopscotch, you’ll need several hoops. Lay each hoop on the ground in a pattern your child can hopscotch through. You can also place two parallel rows of hoops for kids to race through like a tire run.
For centuries, children have been using sticks to roll upright hoops along the ground. For a modern take on “hoop rolling,” have your child see how far they can roll a hoop with their hand or stick before it falls over.
Once they get the hoop rolling, draw a line with chalk and challenge them to trace the path with the hoop. You can even put up obstacles (such as small traffic cones, plastic bowling pins or even lawn chairs) or make a clever maze for them to navigate.

5. Convince them to clean their room

Motivate your kids to get their rooms clean. This is probably not perceived as a fun activity- Neither for you nor your kids. You can turn cleaning into a game to make it fun, though. Let your kids ring a bell when they finish a task. Put a timer and see if they can beat the clock. It doesn’t take much time and effort to make cleaning fun for kids and it can make all the difference in their attitude about helping out. You can even play their favorite tunes and make work fun.

4. Home Gardening

Do some gardening with your children on these holidays. Here are some good gardening activities to keep them busy for at least a few days! Getting in the garden is a nice way to spend time with your kids, and the current situation has given an unexpected opportunity.
Creating a Vegetable Garden is one of the best activities as kids get to reap real rewards for their efforts, and you’ll be surprised by what they will eat if they’ve grown it themselves. Which vegetables can they plant will largely depend on the time of year, but there’s always something in the planting season. You can try your gardening adventure to grow plants your child may not have tried before.
You don’t need to make a huge garden as there are many vegetables you can grow in pots also. Cherry tomatoes, capsicums, and chilies are all easy to grow and provide some fairly quick results. Your children will love the idea of actually producing something, and will get real joy in picking the vegetables of their harvest. Simply use an empty egg carton as your seed tray and fill each compartment with potting mix, and plant your seeds. Bean seeds and grass seeds grow quickly so that kids don’t lose interest.
Ask your kids to paint and decorate plain terracotta pots, rocks, and pebbles. Old bowls also look great painted in bright colors for the garden. You may want to spray or coat the finished product with a sealant so it lasts outside.

6. Fingerprint Art

Help your young ones learn the letters of the alphabet with the help of fingerprint activity. There’s a fingerprint design for every letter and some letters even allow for more creativity – all you have to do is dip those cute little hands in finger paint or fingerprint ink pad. Press the hands down on a sheet of paper and do some doodling with a black marker to give the little characters life!

7. Reading Books

Inculcating the reading habit in children can be a challenging task. Kids mostly love to go out, play and have fun; they find reading books boring! To solve this, keep book characters “alive.” For any daily family situations, ask your kids how their favorite characters would handle it, maybe like a little role play. Give your child a storybook with all the pictures in it to start developing their interest in books

8. Indoor Treasure Hunt for Kids

Keeping the kids inside while keeping them active is a dilemma! Try a classic scavenger hunt or a treasure hunt in the house to keep the kids engaged. Place some toy or a treat—at the final destination. Hand the first clue to a child, and get out of the way! Make your treasure hunt a workout for the brain as well as a physical activity. Rhyming clues have an undeniable built-in appeal. A version for toddlers can be created with pictures that you draw or print out from your computer.

10. Cotton Blowing Race

Air is all around us and invisible, which makes it an interesting and challenging science concept for young ones. Engaging in activities about air helps teach young kids about all the things that air benefits. ClassMonitor presents you with one such engaging activity for your child. You will require a colorful masking tape, straws, and cotton balls. Make a track with the help of colorful masking tape. Have medium-sized cotton or pom-pom balls at the starting point. Give your child straw to blow the cotton ball/ pom pom to the finishing point. If they win, give a reward at the end of the activity.

9. Tearing, Crumpling and Pasting paper

Tearing, Crumpling and Pasting paper are great activities to develop fine motor skills. To tear, crumple, and paste paper your child has to hold the paper between the thumb and the index finger, thus strengthening the pincer grip. Give your child some tissue paper or pages from an old newspaper or magazine. Ask them to crumble the pieces into small balls. Now take an empty paper and draw any shape or character on it. Let them dip the paper balls in glue and stick on this paper. Let your child glue the crepe paper balls until the character is fully covered. Your colorful art-work is now ready.

12. Rock Painting

Make learning time interesting for your toddlers, kindergartners, and preschoolers with interactive learning activities using watercolors, acrylic paints, sharpies, markers, and even glitter pens. Enjoy a few family games with a twist by using painted rocks. Happy rock painting day!
Smooth rocks are the best to work with. You can get the ideal rocks/pebbles for painting from garden and pound shops.
Wash rocks with detergent and water and dry it before performing the activity.
Make-up brushes are good to use and can be found in pound shops.
Dip the brush in the color and ask your kids to paint the rocks slowly. Don’t worry about your kids dirtying their hands. Let it dry.
Protect your finished designs with a layer of PVA glue and ask your kids to decorate them at their favorite place.


11. Make A Paper Lantern

Paper Lanterns are very easy to make and will give your child a very happy feeling at the end of it. It makes a fun crafty activity to do with Kids. Materials required will be color paper, scissors, stapler or tape, glue, ruler, and pencil.
Things to decorate your lantern with gift wrap paper, double-sided tape, ribbons, sequins, stickers, glitter glue, small buttons, etc.Procedure:
Start with a rectangular sheet of paper. Start the strip of paper about 1″ width for the handle of the lantern.
Fold the paper in half-length. Cut the strips crosswise: cut from the folded edge towards the raw edge. Be careful to keep all the strips connected and do not cut any strip off.
Unfold the paper.
Loop the paper around to form a tube. Join the short ends of the paper together with tape or stapler
Staple the handle and you’re done! You can make a lot of colorful lanterns and string them together – use a small piece of tape to keep them equal distance from one another. You can now stick small buttons, ribbons to make them look more beautiful.
Try these fun activities with your kids at home and let us know how it went. If you have any suggestions, please comment below.

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