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What are some effective ways to keep young children entertained while staying at home?

Hi everyone,

I hope you're all doing well. Due to the ongoing pandemic, my family and I have been spending a lot more time at home than usual. While I enjoy the extra time with my kids, it can be challenging to keep them entertained for long periods of time without relying on screen time.

I have a two-year-old and a four-year-old, and I'm looking for some creative and effective ways to keep them entertained at home. I'm open to any ideas - from indoor activities and games to fun outdoor adventures. I'm also interested in hearing about any products or toys that have been particularly successful for your little ones.

Thank you in advance for your recommendations!

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rziemann

Hi there! I completely understand where you're coming from, as I also have a two-year-old and a four-year-old at home. Here are some ideas that have worked well for us:

- Sensory activities: My kids love playing with sensory bins filled with different materials like rice, beads, or water. You can also create homemade play-dough or slime for them to play with.

- Imaginative play: We've set up a few different play spaces that encourage imaginative play, like a homemade kitchen or a small tent to play camping in. Dress-up clothes and props are also great for sparking their creativity.

- Outdoor exploration: Even if you don't have a big backyard, you can take your kids on "nature walks" around the neighborhood, collect leaves and flowers, or go on a scavenger hunt.

- Board games: My four-year-old loves playing board games, and there are plenty of options that are appropriate for younger kids. Some of our favorites are "Hi Ho Cherry-O" and "Candy Land."

- Arts and crafts: There are plenty of YouTube channels and bloggers with great art projects for young kids. My two-year-old enjoys using dot markers and stickers to create pictures, while my four-year-old loves making paper chains and bead jewelry.

I hope some of these ideas help you keep your little ones entertained!

betsy13

Hello, everyone! I have a six-year-old and a nine-year-old, and keeping them entertained while staying at home has been quite the challenge. However, here are some things that have worked for us:

- Virtual tours: With the pandemic, many museums, zoos, and aquariums now offer online virtual tours. It gives my kids the chance to learn, see animals up close, and have new experiences from our living room.

- Science kits: My kids love getting science kits that they can build and experiment with. These activities not only keep them entertained but also develop their interest in science.

- Learning a musical instrument: We created a music corner in our living room, and my kids are learning how to play a musical instrument. It provides a good opportunity to teach them discipline and improve their focus and creativity.

- Arts and crafts: We stock up on supplies like paint, markers, crayons, and paper, and my kids work on various art projects. It's a great way to let them express themselves and see their creativity come to life.

- Nature walks: We try to take a nature walk daily, observe nature, get some vitamin D, and let them blow off some steam. It's always an enjoyable experience for both kids and parents.

These are some of the things that have helped us keep our kids happy and having fun while staying at home.

zrippin

Hey there, I have a three-year-old and an eight-year-old, and I know how challenging it can be to keep them entertained while staying at home. Here are some things that have worked for us:

- Cooking and baking: My kids love to bake cupcakes, cookies, and other treats with me. They always get excited about measuring ingredients and decorating the finished products.

- Outdoor games: We play outdoor games like football, soccer or basketball, as it helps them burn off energy while also keeping them entertained.

- Learning apps: We have downloaded several educational apps that both our kids enjoy playing. It enhances their knowledge and analytical skills while ensuring that they are having fun.

- Video calls with family and friends: It's always great for them to catch up with their grandparents, cousins, and friends over a video call, which keeps them excited and engaged.

- Tinga Tinga Tales: It's an animated show that has become a favorite for both my kids. They love the colorful characters and the fantastic storylines.

I hope some of these ideas will work for you, and you're able to keep your young ones entertained while staying at home.

napoleon74

Greetings! I can definitely relate to your dilemma. These past few months have been quite challenging for me as I also have two little ones at home. However, here are some of the things that have worked for us:

- Cooking and baking: My kids love to help me in the kitchen, especially when we're baking sweet treats. It's not only a fun activity, but it's also a good opportunity to teach them about measurements and other cooking techniques.

- Building with blocks: My two-year-old can spend hours building towers with his blocks while my five-year-old loves to make imaginative structures.

- Virtual storytime: Some of our local libraries have started hosting virtual storytime sessions which have not only been beneficial for our kids but also given us a bit of a break.

- Exercise games: Our kids love trying out different dance routines, yoga poses, or follow-along exercises on YouTube. It's an excellent way to get them moving and burn off some of their little energies.

- Virtual playdates: We've also set up virtual playdates where our kids can play online games with their friends, and it's been a great way for them to socialize while remaining safe at home.

I hope these ideas work for you and keep your children entertained while at home. Remember to keep it simple, and let them engage in activities they enjoy.

stanton.nolan

Hi everyone! I have two kids - a five-year-old and a seven-year-old, and we've been looking for ways to keep them entertained during the pandemic. Here are some things that have worked for us:

- Building forts: My kids love to construct forts out of blankets, pillows, and furniture. They spend hours inside, playing with their dolls, Legos, and other toys.

- Nature walks and scavenger hunts: We have a park nearby where we take a nature walk, look for birds, flowers, and insects. It's always an exciting adventure for both us parents and the kids.

- Science experiments: We've started conducting simple science experiments at home, like making slime, lava lamps, and baking soda and vinegar eruptions. It's a great way to keep their hands busy and learn something new.

- Gardening: Both my kids love to play in the dirt and help out with gardening. We've planted vegetables and fruits, and they love watering them and watching them grow.

- Music and dance: We play kid-friendly music, and my kids love to dance and sing along. It's an excellent way for them to burn off some energy while also having a good time.

These are just some of the things that have worked well for us. I hope they give you some ideas on how to keep your little ones occupied and engaged at home.

kulas.joaquin

Hello everyone, I feel your pain as I am also in the same boat with two kids under five. Here are some activities that have proven useful in keeping them busy and entertained:

- Educational activities: Educational activities are always a great way to keep young ones busy and productive. Something like painting numbers and letters or singing the alphabet song gets my kids excited.

- Science experiments: I try to include my kids in making small science experiments or projects, such as making volcanoes or trying out basic chemical reactions. It's always fun to watch them marvel over their creations.

- Puzzles and board games: One-on-one playtime with games, such as puzzles, matching games, or board games, is a great way we spend time together. It not only provides an opportunity for us to bond but also encourages critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

- Creative play: By setting up a designated art station, dress-up area, or a building block area, we encourage our kids' imaginative play while aiding their development.

- Screen time limits: Despite the pulls of electronic devices, we try to keep screen time to a minimum. We want our kids to engage in activities that do not hinder their social, emotional, and cognitive growth.

I hope these suggestions will help you keep your young ones occupied while you work from home and stay safe.

vkiehn

Hello there! As a parent to a four-year-old, I've had to find several ways to keep my daughter entertained at home. Here are some things that have worked for us:

- Reading books: I have discovered that my daughter loves it when I read to her. It's a fantastic way to bond with her, improve her vocabulary, and stimulate her imagination.

- Role-playing games: We love to play dress-up and create stories with my daughter's dolls or stuffed animals. It's amazing how engaged she gets when she is acting out her role.

- Movie nights: We choose movies that are child-friendly and which she can get excited about. We always have popcorn and juice, and it's an incredible way to unwind and spend quality time together.

- DIY projects: Creating DIY projects like making a birdhouse or scrapbooking is an excellent way to keep your kids' hands busy while stimulating their creativity.

- Sensory activities: Our daughter loves playing with slime, playdough, or kinetic sand. It provides an exciting sensory experience and is always fun, especially when you join in.

I hope some of these ideas work for you and your little ones. Remember to always choose activities that fit into your family's interests and passions.

luz25

Hello there! I have a five-year-old and a ten-year-old, and homeschooling them while keeping them entertained has been quite the challenge. Here are some ideas that have worked for us:

- Learning a new language: We've started teaching them a second language with the help of online programs and apps. It's a great way to provide them with a new skill, and it helps keep their minds engaged.

- DIY projects: My kids love making DIY projects like tie-dying t-shirts or creating their own slime recipes. It's a great way to stimulate their creativity and keep them busy.

- Strategy games: We play board games and strategy games that are complex enough to challenge their critical thinking and strategy skills.

- Lego challenges: We set aside a bin of Legos, and we give them challenges to build specific objects or structures. It's always fun to see their creativity come to life.

- Virtual dance and music classes: We have signed up for online dance and music classes. It provides an excellent opportunity to let them learn a new skill and build their confidence.

These are just a few activities that have worked for us, but I hope it gives you ideas on how to keep your little ones entertained and educate them while staying at home.

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