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Occupying Your Kids During Quarantine

School is canceled, and those working from home, which is the majority of those who are still employed, are spending a lot more time with their children. Parents are now the teacher, principal, lunch lady, and coach of their children, not to mention they also have their own job responsibilities. This goes without saying, but this time is extremely challenging for parents who are working remotely. Kids need to be entertained 24/7, not by anyone’s rules, but by their own.

Kids have fast-moving minds and fast-moving bodies, so keeping them entertained can feel like a whole new job, but one that you don’t get paid for. Keep reading for some cheap, some free, and some awesome ways to keep your child preoccupied during this time. If you need some extra help, don’t forget that Lighthouse Explorers is offering temporary emergency school-age care for children in kindergarten through the fifth grade. For more information, contact us today!

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Make It Educational

If you want to keep your children preoccupied but want to do what you can to limit their TV time, then try encouraging them to pursue educational activities. Ask them something they’re interested in, whether it’s a different planet or a species of fish, and let them research it and find a list of fun facts. Then, they can present it to you and you can both talk about it.

Have the Kids Help With Yardwork

This time has been great for getting things done around the house and redoing the backyard. You can invite your kids to come outside and play games, and between games, encourage them to help you. It could be planting flowers in the garden or raking up leaves. They will like the chance to get dirty and maybe even the opportunity of doing work like a grownup!

Create An Indoor Scavenger Hunt

Create a treasure hunt inside of your house and in your backyard that makes your kid follow a list of clues that leads to a treasure at the end. The treasure could be candy, a movie, or whatever you want it to be really. It’s a great way for them to burn some energy before sitting and relaxing with their prize for a bit.

Bring the Wild Outdoors Into Your Home

Thank goodness for technology. If your child loves wild animals, then take a look at the live video feeds that the San Diego Zoo and Monterey Bay Aquarium are providing. This will keep your child entertained for a while, and if you feel so inclined, you can even ask them to research the coolest animal they find and tell you five interesting facts.

Remember to Cut Yourself Some Slack

This is uncharted territory for everyone and no one knows exactly what to do. It’s more than trying to live at home with your kids — you’re trying to keep them safe, yourself safe, and also get some work done while working during a pandemic. Cut yourself some slack when you need to, and if your kids end up watching TV the entire day, remember that that’s okay. There will be days that are tougher than others, and we can only do so much. If you ever need some help, Lighthouse Explorers is open and offering temporary emergency school-age care for children in kindergarten through the fifth grade. If you would like more information, then contact our Christian childcare center today.