Activities for Isolating With Children
Signpost, support, encourage and praise along the way. Children learn best with open ended challenges and real objects that offer many possibilities across different types of play. Think about how a large cardboard box can be a car, a pirate ship, a house, a hiding place, part of a den or obstacle course, a craft project, a toy store – and so much more.
At times of illness isolation, discomfort and emotional challenge, children most need reassurance that they are loved and safe, and that someone they trust will look after them throughout this experience. They look to the adults in their lives for cues to follow, to know if they should be worried or content. So try to let go of any expectations about your children’s play or learning as you isolate.
If you are looking for ideas, the following 40 activities may help when you are confined to home for an extended time. Click on any of the numbered titles to learn more. These are only suggestions. Take each day as it comes, embrace the life it brings, have fun when energy is high, and relax.