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Keeping Up with the Kids: How to engage, motivate, and entertain our little ones while in quarantine

18 Dec 2020 by Philux

It’s one thing to have to stay indoors and keep yourself sane. It’s another to do the same for your kids. With their bottomless energy, perpetual curiosity, and short attention spans, we have to step up to the challenge of keeping them engaged, motivated, and entertained while in home quarantine. 

Keeping Up with the Kids: How to engage, motivate, and entertain our little ones while in quarantine


Recreating Adventures Indoors

Most kids love the great outdoors, and this is the most challenging part when we need to stay indoors at this time, for the sake of our safety. If you have a backyard or garden, it would be the perfect time to inflate that pool. Prepare some fruit shakes in your swimwear and enjoy with the rest of the family for that true Philippine summer feel!

Whether you have a kiddie teepee, a tent, or just enough blankets, indoor camping in your living room is something the kids would definitely love. You can even join them in their sleepover, too. Keep the vibe cozy with pillows, blankets, and – if they’re available – glow in the dark stars for some indoor star gazing.

And while you’re at it, enjoy an indoor picnic with family favorites. Set up a makeshift picnic table or lay out a picnic mat on the floor.

Other indoor adventure ideas include treasure and scavenger hunts, science experiments, holding a concert using some resourceful musical instruments, make a play/ shadow puppet show, and obstacle courses (just keep the breakables away!).

Keeping Up with the Kids: How to engage, motivate, and entertain our little ones while in quarantineKeeping Up with the Kids: How to engage, motivate, and entertain our little ones while in quarantine


Back to Basics

It’s hard to remember how kids used to survive pre-iPad and internet days. Now is the perfect time to rediscover that. Take out the crayons, paints, crafts and make art. Open your wardrobe for some fun spring/summer dress up. Dust off the puzzles, board games, and Legos, and get them cerebrally pumped.

If you have some old school toys preserved, have them play like how you did – with trains, dolls, little soldiers, and play doughs. If you have enough space, teach them the patintero, piko (hopscotch), tagu-taguan, luksong tinik, and other classic Filipino games to create a nostalgic and fun experience for all of you!

Keeping Up with the Kids: How to engage, motivate, and entertain our little ones while in quarantine


Learning Never Stops

Of course, we can not deny the brilliance of technology and its usefulness in this day and age. There are a lot of online classes, websites, and apps available for kids to indulge in:

Khan Academy

ABCya!

National Geographic Kids

Beanstalk.co

Another good tip is to let the kids use kiddle.co, Google’s safe visual search engine.


Keeping Up with the Kids: How to engage, motivate, and entertain our little ones while in quarantine

Endorphins Machine

To positively exhaust those pent up youthful energies, do some fun workouts with the family:

HIIT class

HIIT class/ kids’ workout

Yoga for kids

Yoga for kids 2


Keeping Up with the Kids: How to engage, motivate, and entertain our little ones while in quarantine

Junior MasterChefs

Food is always a beautiful family bonding activity. It is creative, nurturing, and dynamic. For your junior masterchefs, you can start with easy recipes that kids would love to make and eat- homemade pizzas, cookies, cupcakes, and waffles. For healthier alternatives, you can make similar dishes, but switch to healthier ingredients. Keep in mind as well what ingredients the kids may be allergic to.


Keeping Up with the Kids: How to engage, motivate, and entertain our little ones while in quarantineKeeping Up with the Kids: How to engage, motivate, and entertain our little ones while in quarantine

Bedtime Stories

Telling bedtime stories is a lovely tradition that never grows old. Books are timeless. Taking a few minutes before bedtime to read to your kids is simply good for the soul. 


Keeping Up with the Kids: How to engage, motivate, and entertain our little ones while in quarantine

Keep Kids Informed, Not Afraid

Ultimately, kids should understand why we are experiencing what we are experiencing so that they are empowered. While what we are up against may be novel and complex, we have the responsibility to explain to them in ways that do not cause panic, fear, and hopelessness.

Here is a helpful video made by the World Health Organization, specifically for kids to have an informed grasp on the current situation.


They say that children do not need perfect parents – they just need happy ones. We live in a most unusual time – and, in fact, for the majority, a very difficult one. But keeping calm, resilient, and maintaining that childlike hope and wonder are things that kids could sense, see, and eventually emulate. This is the time to be the brave and radiant souls we aspire for our children to be.

Philux
Philippines
ABOUT USPhilux is a proudly Filipino manufacturer and retailer of furniture founded in 1980. What started as a husband and wife team with two carpenters has now become a two hundred-person team involved in production and retail, across our workshop and seven showrooms around Metro Manila.We are known for exquisitely crafted collections of furniture designs for residential living rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms, as well as hotels, restaurants and offices. Ranging from classic to contemporary, our pieces are strongly characterized by refined aesthetics and a unique feel, born out of a harmonious fusion between design and function.Our purpose is to develop and share conscious and finely crafted Filipino designs for every home that can be passed on from generation to generation.Our vision is to tell the Filipino story through living spaces, inspire a mindful way of life, and nurture a profound love for pieces produced by Filipino hands. OUR PRODUCTSPhilux furniture pieces are manufactured of premium kiln dried local Mahogany, European Linden, sustainably-sources Ash, and sustainably-sourced Walnut wood. Perhaps the very thing that separates us from other furniture designers and builders in the country is that we practice age-old Filipino craftsmanship, combined with modern technology and methods, in an effort to produce quality pieces at the best possible value.Our production standard merges beauty and durability – the very essence of fine furniture making.Our furniture line includes:- PHILUX TRADITION Timeless pieces that exude traditional elegance and are classically Philux.- PHILUX CONTEMPORARY Latest designs that embody an urban and contemporary aesthetic, suited for the modern Filipino.- PHILUX BASICS Small space solutions that fit perfectly with today’s condo living lifestyle. OUR SERVICESWOOD MANUFACTURING AND REFURBISHINGAs our furniture designs are investment pieces that can be passed on from generation to generation, we offer lifetime refurbishing services exclusively for Philux made pieces, including wood refinishing, reupholstery, and repairs. CUSTOMIZED MADE-TO-ORDER FURNITUREAs a contract furniture maker, Philux manufactures designs and offers interior solutions that are tailored to specific environments in all types of industries. Our clients include Manila’s most prestigious hotels, real estate developments, restaurants, and embassies. WEDDING AND GIFT REGISTRYPhilux has been part of many celebrations in Filipino homes for 40 years and counting. Through our registry, planning your personalized gift registry has never been so simple, convenient, and elegant. FURNITURE RENTALPhilux accepts short to long term furniture rentals within Metro Manila.”

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