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How to keep your kids engaged during the coronavirus outbreak

Since it’s still unclear how long the school could stay closed, your ability to motivate your kids to do these four activities is what will keep them occupied in the coming days or weeks ahead.

It’s a challenging moment for parents, but experts say it’s a good move to keep everyone safe from the coronavirus pandemic. For some time, many of us will be forced to face hours, days, and even weeks at home. For families with children, this means that all fun museums and places that support after-school activities such as play and sport lessons are at lockdown. And suddenly, the parents are faced with the challenge of how to keep their kids occupied at home. 
Here are 4 ways to keep your kids engaged and, at the same time, entertained.

1.    Study time
It’s time to become a teacher. Being stuck at home because of the coronavirus outbreak doesn’t mean the kids should forget the books until the school reopens again. You can use this time to get the kids ahead of the syllabus. Check their school books where they had reached with their teachers, teach them something new, and give them assignments. Allow them to read fun storybooks and watch educative TV programs. To make it more fun, you can assign the kids projects related to things they love. You can have them prepare the meal plan for the next week and recipes. This will definitely keep them engaged for a few hours before they go to play.

2.    Home Gym
Just because most gymnastic places have been closed, doesn’t mean your kids should stay unfit. Create time for the gym, clear up some space in your house, cover it with a mat, and start getting fit. You can teach the kids some moves and yoga. If you have no idea of what to do, workout videos are all over YouTube. Stream one or two workout videos and follow the moves. This will not only get your kids physically fit, but also will get them entertained to the brim.

3.    Dedicate time for play
Kids must play, no matter what. And since the playgrounds are inaccessible, you have to create a playground in the house. You can schedule some easy indoor play activities which can keep the kids busy. Expect the house to get messy with the kids around but let them play with their favorite toys. When they are done playing, you can take advantage of this moment and teach them how to clean up and tidy up the house. Have them return their toys and cushions wherever they are supposed to be.

4.    Limit screen time
Learning how to use the internet is vital for kids, but too much screen time is harmful. Even when kids nag and cry for screens, you have to learn to set limits that are manageable and workable for everyone in the family. For instance, use a screen time app such as EZscreenTimer to keep track of how long your tots are online. This will make everyone’s time easier because they know what’s expected of them and how long they will have the screen.

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