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Keeping positive, happy and amused during these crazy times!
How are you doing?
It’s unprecedent times right now, staying indoors and creating what is now our new (temporary) normal, where having a virtual community around us is more important than ever.
Home-schooling and finding ways of keeping nursery aged children amused whilst home-schooling is certainly a challenge, add into the mix working as well, it’s a learning experience for us all!
But we’ve all been gifted some unexpected family time together.
If you take a step back, other than holidays we don’t all get to spend as much time together as a family as we are having to do now.
Whilst working and home schooling at the same time is tough (mum guilt / dad guilt is still there!) I certainly didn’t think that I would ever get to spend this amount of time during the day with my school age little one, so in a world that can often seems bleak, I’m looking at the positive.
As parents, we know that each day brings its ups and downs and it’s all about keeping things as varied as possible.
So, we’ve gathered together some resources that we’ve seen so far that can hopefully help you and your family enjoy this unexpected time together.
Looking forward and keeping positive!
What are you going to do when you can go outside and life returns to ‘normal’?
This is a question we’ve seen a lot of people asking on social media.
So, why not as a family make a list of the things of the places that you’d like to visit when we are all able!
Decorate your wish list use stars, glitter, leaves from your garden, create a collage be as creative as your kiddies like!
Remember you can have a look at the Dribble app to get some inspo!
Some online resources to help during these indoor times.
There are so many resources being shared online to help keep little ones occupied, engaged and happy at home.
Some of the ones that we have seen that we wanted to share are:
From Acorn to Oak online get together and virtual baby classes: From Acorn to Oak with Love (https://www.fatowl.uk/)’s lovely Lesley is working hard to make sure that everyone stays connected virtually. She is running daily zoom meet ups from 3.30 – 4.30pm and 8.30 – 9.30pm as well as taking her classes (Bond with Baby and Massage) online.
You don’t need to go to classes to go to the zoom meetings and it’s a wonderful way of keeping connected especially if you have a new born or younger one so can’t get to classes in person.
To tune in to Lesley’s virtual catch up’s all you need to do is comment on her Facebook post and she’ll send you the details: https://www.facebook.com/fromacorntooakwithlove/
Baby & Me Fitness Classes with Susan from Streamline Personal Training: Susan is streaming her fab classes and the first one went down a storm! Virtual classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10.30am.
Bumble Bee Sports online classes: the wonderful Emma from Bumblebee sports Edinburgh South West & Corstorphine is running her classes virtually.
Glasgow Science Centre daily science: The GSC is bringing some science into your lives daily at 10am.
Joe Wicks PE – 9am on YouTube (Search Body Coach). This has been a five in our house!
Ballet Coach – Live online lessons for little ones from age 3:
A lovely way to bring your weekly bookbugs session into your home!
Storytime with Elsa / Storytime with Ariel by Magical Princess Parties: Weds and Fridays in the afternoons with more planned for this week.
Magic Gareth Live in your living room magic shows on various days.
#Staying in is the new going out
Other ideas of #stay home activities that adults and kids of all ages can do are:
Indoor Scavenger Hunt: why not create your own indoor scavenger hunt. Pinterest has lots of ideas on the things you can include.
Cooking with your little ones!
As many of you know, Amber of Nurture the Play has set up a brilliant cooking programme called ‘Cook with Me’. The aim is to get your little one’s cooking, learning about foods and having fun. There are pdf cooking packs available to purchase with all funds going to the Cook with Me crowd funder which is part of #RBSback her business.
If you’d like to take a look at the sorts of things then visit the Cook with Me Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/cookwithmechildren/
Some crafty ideas for you….
Homemade Salt Dough recipe
If you have the ingredients at home, this is a great way of letting kids of what ever age be creative.
Mix all the ingredients together, shape into what ever you would like – make foot prints, handprint, smaller easy models, then bake in the oven for 3 hours on the lowest setting.
Cool then paint.
1 cup salt
1 cup plain flour
½ cup of water
Staying connected with friends and family and keeping the kiddies connected with their friends is so important if we can’t get out and physically see them.
Our world has become a virtual world so staying connected through technology is easier. Whatsapp call with friends and writing letters to their friends are good ways of keeping your little ones connected with each other.
Getting your daily dose of fresh air
Outdoor ideas for if you have a garden or a quiet outside space
Getting outside is so very important for both you and your family, as we all know fresh air is good for the soul and for your wellbeing.
Spring is a great time for finding things in the garden.
Our little ones have been set a task on Mini Beasts.
- Go into the garden and find as many mini beasts as you can, see if you can draw them and paint them.
- See if you can make junk models of them keeping them as mini as you can.
- See if you can create a mini beast collage out of things you find in the garden: leaves, twigs, grass, flower petals
Apps to keep you connected
Aside from the usual facetime, WhatsApp and skype we’ve come across a few other virtual meet up resources that can help you and your family stay connected.
Zoom: The Dribble team use this a lot for our catch-up meetings. If you aren’t familiar with zoom meeting rooms then it’s free to use (just download to your PC / phone / device) and you can create your own account where you can have a virtual catch up for up to 45 minutes for free.
House party: This is a new one to us but one that over the past few days we’ve heard a lot of people using. Download to your phone and invite your friends!
Do you have any ideas for things to do or resources online that you have used or seen that you think would other families would like to hear about?
Right now, it’s all about sharing your hints, tips and tricks to keep everyone amused, whilst trying to work!
If you have anything to share please please do so in the Dribble community Facebook group: Things to do in Scotland with the kids or comment below!
Stay safe, stay well and be positive.