Lockdown has been difficult for many of us, and none more than our children. For our kids, this has been an incredibly confusing time and many of them don’t truly understand the severity of what’s happening in the world right now. As a parent it can be hard to keep the kids in the house all day long and keep them occupied, and when school is out it can also be challenging to teach them. Today we want to take a look at some of the home skills and fun things you can teach your child during quarantine this year.
Whether your child is in preschool or high school, one of the most fun things to do with them is make cookies. Baking is somewhat of a science, and this can be a fun skill to teach your child while at home this month. To make some simple cookies you will need:
225g plain flour
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp salt
200g chocolate chips
Beat the sugar and butter until creamy. Add the egg and vanilla extract. Fold in four, salt and chocolate chips. Scoop onto a baking tray and press into discs. Bake at 190C for 15 minutes.
Nature is an important part of our world and when we are stuck at home, the garden can be a great excuse to get fresh air. Teaching your children about plants and life can be useful, and you can do this by allowing them to plant and grow their own flowers. They will learn about how plants grow, you can teach them about photosynthesis and it will be a great exercise in science for them.
Understand the environment
Speaking of the environment, another way to teach your child this summer is to teach them the importance of being eco-friendly. From using solar panels to having shorter showers, you can teach your children about the impact we have on the world and how we can change our ways.
Learn about bugs
Bugs might be a little bit creepy at times, but for a child it is important to learn more about all types of life we have on our planet. You can do this with a small bug catching jar, where you can scoop up a bug and view it through the magnified lid. Explore the garden and identify different animals. Allow your child to learn about them and their role in our ecosystem.
Do some DIY
As well as science and other school subjects, it is important to teach your child some helpful real life skills. DIY is something everyone has to tackle at some point in their lives and you can teach your child how to change a lightbulb, wallpaper the walls and other simple skills at home this month. It will make a huge difference to your child and will help them a lot when they get older and move into a home of their own.