It’s a lockdown but here’s how you can stay at home and flatten the curve with kids!
Lets be brutally honest – I was not happy when #lockdownsouthafrica was announced.
Like most of us, I had deadlines and I was relying on Minki’s school to help me get through just half of my desk. But then life happened…
Lockdown is hard. I miss my friends, going to the gym, our cleaning lady, Minki’s school, a clean house, alone time, cappuccino and most of all my sanity!
But we are finding new ways to keep busy, we are trying to stay sane and even getting some work done.
Scroll down for 6 fun activities to stay at home with the kids and do your part to #flattenthecurve
1. Hit the (home)gym
It’s stressful times for all of us, so get those endorphins flowing! An early workout session really makes the world of difference.
Minki loves showing of her best gym-moves and Joshua is sitting on the side-lines, happy not to participate! You can choose from a million different fittness apps or just keep it simple – like us!
Not related at all but when did I get so unfit?
2. Make Pizzas!
Although Minki is quite adamant that “die groot gogga” is not at the pizza shop, we know better… therefore the next best thing? Homemade pizzas!
3. Clay with a (corona) twist
This activity will give you at least 20 minutes to answer some urgent emails!
You will need:
- Mask (just for added fun)
- Put as many cheerios as you want inside the clay, create different layers.
- Explain to your mini-doc that this patient (the clay), did not wash their hands and is now infected with the coronavirus (hence the cheerios).
- Mini-doc must then pull out the cheerios with her tools and help the patient (the clay).
Ps: It’s great for fine motor development + encourage fantasy play + you get to explain why we still need to wash our hands!
4. Screen Time
If you are against screen time, please skip this part!
Screen time gives me time to drink coffee and go to the toilet in other words screen time = me time. Enough said.
5. Beautifiy your home
Lets face it you are going to spend a lot of time in your house, so why not give some items or a dreary old wall new life?
I’ve created a statement wall with a little help from Builders and you can see behind the scenes footage on my IGtv – just click the link to watch the video for some DIY inspiration.
I choose to stay positive and maybe, just maybe all of this will soon be over.
We will go back to work, the gym, lunch at coffee shops and drop our kids at school and day care.
Maybe this is a small glimpse of how life should be… not all the time, I will literally go insane, but maybe it’s a harsh reminder that in between the daily grind we still need to make time for
Things stopped for a bit, the world slowed its roll
The virus had certainly taken its toll.
But what they then saw from slowing things down.
Is in fact they now had less reasons to frown.
Families now gathered, what game shall we play?
Pass me the blue crayon, give mommy the grey.
Dad’s home guys! He’ll read us a book
Then all of us together will cook.
The lungs of the planet caught a small break
Less travel meant less pollution to make.
People did realize they’d all be ok
They don’t need so much to get through the day.
Maybe this virus that caused so much stress
Showed the whole world that more can mean less.
Inspired by Dr. Seuss
Helene, Minki & Joshua