5 fun DIYs to make lock interesting for kids
The national blockade and staying home will definitely reduce the risk of contamination from the novel coronavirus outbreak. But what if your child is giving you a hard time with nothing to do?
Parenting coach Kuhoo Gupta says: There may be an onset of rampant behaviors, arising due to overwhelming boredom or fear of confinement. Ideally, don't try to follow a certain schedule, but a daily rhythm. Have anchor points throughout the day A rhythm makes children feel safe and reduces anxiety. But it should be a flexible routine. She shares some DIY activities that kids could do to stop boredom.
Paper dream catcher
For this you will need thread, a paper plate, pointed scissors, a hole punch, pony beads and feathers.
Method: cut the center of the paper plate. Then use the punch to punch holes around the inner edge. Then measure approximately three feet of thread (you will want to use three to four strands per plate) and tie one end into a hole. Knit the thread through two or four holes. In the last hole, pass the thread and then string some pony beads. Then tie a feather to the end of the threads. Push the pony beads down over the end of the feather, then cut the excess thread. Continue doing this with the other string cords until you have as many long feathered cords as you choose hanging from the bottom.
Paint and reuse your old glass bottles
You will need glass bottles, acrylic paints, and brushes.
This is a cheap and fast way to turn old bottles into something great. Thoroughly clean an old glass bottle. Use acrylic paints in various themes, colors, styles, and artwork. Learn regional art forms online like Warli, Madhubani, Gond and repeat them on glass,
Lockdown can be taxing emotionally for kids and they might exhibit stress. It is important to acknowledge the need for relaxing and mindfulness activities for kids. Practicing mindfulness meditation can give them a jump start to accessing many benefits in the long run and tend to develop positive traits such as increased self-control, better attentiveness, compassion and more empathy and respect for others. Mindfulness meditation will make them feel mindful and not to be distracted during the time of Covid-19 pandemic.
Hydroponically growing plants (growing plants without soil)
This is a very creative and scientific thing for children. Growing plants in water is easy. Plants don't need soil as long as they have five things: food, water, electricity, air, and support. You will need: a small single-stem houseplant (the most common colorful houseplants will work well) a clear glass jar or bottle, a cork stopper with a large hole in the middle, a cotton handkerchief, and plant food .
Method: spread newspapers over your work area. Carefully remove the small houseplant from its pot. Place one hand on the surface of the soil, with the stem between two fingers, and turn the pot upside down. Hit the bottom of the pot while gently removing the plant. Gently brush all the soil from the roots. Carefully pass the stem of the plant through the cork plug and place the roots in the glass container filled with warm tap water. Use cotton wadding to fill any gaps between the plant stem and the cork stopper. Be careful not to pinch the stem. Move your plant to a sunny spot and watch it grow. After about a week, pour in the water and refill. You can also make plant food at home. You will need 1 teaspoon of baking soda, 1 tablespoon of epsom salts, ½ teaspoon of ammonia, 1 gallon of water. An old plastic milk jug serves as a good container for this recipe. Add all of these ingredients to your bowl and let it sit for about half an hour. This gives your solid ingredients time to dissolve. Feed your plants and change the water and vegetable food solution about once a month.
Have your kids use their little fingerprints to create these pretty poppy flowers, cute love bugs, dandelion or bunny and chicks. Start by filling a cup with water. Dip the brush inside and mix it in the chosen color in the paint box until you have a lot of paint on the brush. Then cover your index finger with paint. Press your paint-covered index finger firmly on the sheet of paper to create a colorful fingerprint. Repeat this process as many times as you like, preferably with different colors. Rotate the paper as you like. Your child can create beautiful flowers and animals with his little fingers.