There’s so much that children can do without spending a penny. Here are five low-cost hobbies for kids in quarantine. Read on to know more.
What if kids demand your attention when you're in the middle of something important? How do you keep them engaged and entertained while juggling with presentations, video calls & team meetings? What when they lose interest in regular activities or snack breaks and want something new to do, during the quarantine?
Staying at home amidst the Covid-19 pandemic is a big adjustment for kids, as well as their parents. While practicing social distancing, children stay away from playgrounds and friends so, they get bored & restless. Online classes held during the lockdown serve as critical tools for skill-building and learning at home. However, adults seem concerned about the growing screen time of children, due to lack of entertainment options & social interaction. Many parents are on a constant lookout for new and interesting low-cost hobbies for kids to indulge in during the lockdown.
There’s so much that children can do without parents spending a penny. We’ve compiled a list of five no-cost hobbies for kids in quarantine. Read on…
1. Shadow Puppetry
Remember the times when we made shadow puppets against the candlelight during blackouts? Let's re-visit our childhood! How about engaging kids in shadow puppetry? Rabbit, crab, fish, dog, bird—you can make so many shapes. All you need is a dark room, a light source & your skilled hands. Shadow puppetry helps improves observation and fine motor skills. Once kids start practicing, they begin to notice subtle differences between sizes and shapes, learn how to cast a shadow at different angles, and experiment with a variety of light sources.
Doodling is perhaps the simplest of all art-related no-cost hobbies. All you need is a pen/pencil & paper, and you're good to go! Start by practicing lines, shapes, numbers &letters. Next, pick random objects & people to draw. Observe the beautiful designs & abstract patterns around you. You can compile them to create beautiful artwork! Doodling is a good way to express your subconscious thoughts and emotions. Not to mention, it helps you practice mindfulness, sharpens creativity & ensures mental wellbeing! You can even maintain a doodle journal to record your quarantine activities.
Juggling is a challenging but rewarding physical skill that calls for patience, sharp focus & quick eye-hand movements. You can’t juggle multiple objects, like a trained performer, at first. So, start with light objects(like a ball). Toss the ball up in the air to make 'U' and 'S' patterns. Try scooping (dipping hands before tossing objects) with two balls once you've mastered the previous patterns. You have to be alert and control your eye movement to master the over-the-top juggling technique during the lockdown.
Upcycling is the process of turning waste into wonderful objects for decor. Origami, which is an example of upcycling activity, is the simplest no-cost hobby to try at home with nothing but waste paper. You can fold different papers to form multiple shapes & objects, maybe splash it in colors (if you have some), to add more life to your room. While doing this, the kids are fine-tuning their motor skills & training the brain to think more creatively.
Also, there are plenty of DIY upcycling projects available online that teach us how to make home decor items using old bottles, utensils, tires, clothes, and broken furniture.
5. Visual Storytelling
Have a lot of magazines & newspapers at home? Why not engage kids in visual storytelling? They just have to cut their favorite photos from the sources and arrange them together on a wall (or an artbook if you want it to be a permanent memory) to make a visual story, image-after-image. While following this low-cost DIY hobby, your child develops numerous skills like observation, organization, imagination, creativity, analytical thinking, communication, etc. Isn't it wonderful?
These no-cost hobbies ensure that kids not only enjoy their leisure time but also learn valuable life skills at home without much fuss. What’s more? You can try them even after the pandemic ends.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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