I’ve been seeing a lot of posts/articles giving advice for keeping your kids occupied, especially if schools close. I’m worried that parents will feel under pressure to do lots of elaborate lessons and activities. The simple solution is to change the things children like doing passively into something active.
If they are playing video games, encourage them to design one of their own. For example, there’s RPG Maker for designing ‘Zelda’ style games, but there are plenty of great tools out there, many for free or very low cost.
If they are watching Youtube videos, get them to make their own animations. There are brilliant tools for stop motion and traditional animation available online and on app stores.
Idly looking at the internet – design your own webpage.
If you find your kids are constantly talking at you rather than with you, try asking them questions like “Where does the sky start?” and “Is not going fishing a hobby?” to get a debate going.
Like sport but can’t get out? Try learning to juggle. There are lots of Youtube tutorials, it’s fun and great for coordination.
Oh, and one more: learning to type is a really useful life skill. Try “Dance Mat Typing” or “Nitro Type”