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Experiencing lots of "family togetherness" during the Coronavirus pandemic? The Speech Academy provides 10 exciting ideas for making the most of your time together and avoid driving each other crazy.
It’s so important to get the kids outside not just for a change of scenery 🌻 but to enhance their physical and mental health as well. You don’t have to go far of course – the backyard absolutely counts.
1 Plant a Garden 🌱
Teach your kids a bit more about where food really comes from. This one is not just great to get the kids outdoors, but there are tons of opportunities to infuse a few science lessons along the way.
2 Backyard Camping ⛺
If your kids are old enough, consider an overnight stay in the backyard. For the younger ones, set the tent, get marshmallows, and let them feel like they are really camping even if they end up in their own bed.
3 International Picnic 🥧
Try globally themed picnics. Have snacks and food that take you to different countries. For your Merdeka themed picnic, include nasi lemak, Chee Cheong Fun, Thosai and play fun Merdeka songs.
4 Scavenger hunt 📝
Plan a themed scavenger hunt. Develop interesting clues that encourage real problem solving or use the FREE templates for a simple, fun hunt. The options are endless.
As wonderful as it is to get out, it’s important to have options available for indoor activities as well. These creative ideas just might make them forget that they’re stuck at home. 🏡
5 Art projects 🎨
YouTube is filled with kid friendly art projects. Kids can watch a video with lots of art projects then pick one that best fits their interests. To prepare for a range of art projects, stock up on art related supplies. Designate an old sheet or newspaper as the official draping for whatever surface is used for those messy art projects.
6 Science projects 🧪
Volcanoes, crystals, chemical reactions oh my! Science experiments offer kids amazing opportunities to learn cool stuff but feel like they are just having fun. Even better, all the prep is done for you with these prepared science kits that are just a click away.
7 Cooking Competition 🍳 Simulating your own “Chopped” style competition can be loads of fun. Pick 3-5 key ingredients, identify the contestants and a judge, set the clock and you’re off. Make it more fun by introducing crazy ingredients or selecting a cool theme. The options are plenty and if the meals can actually double as a real meal, this could be a win-win.
8 Game Night 🎲
Instead of relying on online games, pick a new classical one each week. Play your childhood favorite games – Twister, Hide and Seek, Snakes and Ladders, Tag, AEIOU to name a few. Introducing them to your children broadens their options and also creates a trip down memory lane for you.
9 Virtual Fun
The Speech Academy Pre Speech and Drama Course offers a wide range of virtual adventure options including Space, Jungle and Underwater Adventure. There truly is something for everyone. With small class sizes and carefully vetted trainers, these virtual interactive sessions can provide a win win solution for time blocks during the day when you need to keep kids occupied with engaging activities.
If your kids are great hams, this might be a great option. The great thing about introducing a theater project to your kids is that there are so many different options under the drama umbrella. The Speech Academy allows students to be exposed to a variety of theatre modules. For older kids, we have them work on monologues, poems and short plays. If your kid is musically inclined, they can sing along to many different songs in their drama sessions.
There are ways of making the best out of any situation, this one included. 💪🏼
We have a unique opportunity here: We can make the COVID-19 crisis into a moment that will live vividly in our kids' memories, so that in other times of uncertainty they'll recall fondly how their family 👨👩👧👦 pulled together and made the best of things, and they'll be able to do the same.
If you’d like your child to branch out and practice soft skills in real life, sign up for our virtual classes on our website. Not only will your child learn soft skills, but they’ll also learn how to be a team player, and they’ll learn about presenting online! We hope to see you on Zoom one day!
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