During the Coronavirus pandemic, more and more families are spending time at home and this goes for you and your foster children. Restrictions on movement between households means that more children are spending even more time at home.
We know it’s easy to turn to the likes of TV, laptops and tablets as a means to keep your children entertained. Whilst this is all good for certain periods of time, we encourage other activities and tasks to help them stay creative and use their imagination.
In this article, we’re going to highlight some indoor activities that you and your foster children can do whilst being in doors. This support will help to keep children occupied and stimulate their brains and encourage mindfulness.
Your foster children can make use of spare paper
Paper craft activities is something that the whole family can get involved with and can be very fun for your foster children. If you have some paper, scissors and a flat surface, you’re pretty much good to go. There are loads of online resources to use as a guide whilst you’re creating some lovely projects.
For some inspiration, we’ve listed a few suggestions that you and your foster children can make
- Paper plates
- Books and bookmarks
- Paper aeroplanes
Bring the outside … inside (Minus the mud)
Gardening doesn’t have to be restricted to just the outdoors. Indoor gardening is something that you and your foster children can all participate in and it’s quite simple too. This is also very good in creating a routine daily for your family to get involved with. Most seeds and compost can be bought in supermarkets but if you don’t have any compost, you can still sprout seeds using water and a container.
The easiest things to grow are carrot sprouts, cress, beans, tomatoes and chillies.
Shows, productions and music
If you’re looking for activities for your foster children that last longer than a day, a great idea would be to put on a show. This can be any show, of any calibre, that is stemmed from imagination alone. Sounds pretty cool doesn’t it. From scripts, to acting, to performing, this is something that the whole family can get involved with. You could even arrange a show that the wider friends and family can watch via Zoom, Facetime or Skype.
Your foster children have an unlimited amount of imagination and so do you
The listed activities above or just a handful of examples to get the creativity flowing. It doesn’t have to stop there. If you take a trip down memory lane and think back to what you used to do as a children, bring it to the table and put the idea out there. Encourage them to come up with their ideas too and see where it takes you. Most importantly, have fun!