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How to Keep Children Busy During the Pandemic

Updated on July 23, 2020
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Cheryl is a poet, freelance writer, author, and former newspaper columnist, with degrees in Psychology and Biblical Studies.

Princess warrior Jayla
Princess warrior Jayla

Use your imagination

Children get bored easily but you can keep them busy during the pandemic. You might not be able to go on a family vacation or the local park because they f social distancing but there are many things to do to keep them occupied. The first thing to do is to use your imagination. Pull out toys they have not seen in a while and have hem make up their own games. In the photo, my granddaughter has her brother’s sword. She is pretending to be a superhero princess. She had her brothers were playing a game of warriors and hiding from each other all through the house. They also play puppet shows with their stuffed animals and get me and their grandpa to join in. Encourage children to step away from the electronics and play make-believe games because this stimulates the mind. Two games of the imagination that never go out of style are playing with boxes and making a blanket tent. Younger children really enjoy getting in and out of boxes or turning them over and hiding under them. They can throw a sheet, bedspread, blanket, or large table cloth over several chairs and pretend they are camping out in a tent.

Create your own fireworks
Create your own fireworks

Fireworks and light show

From Labor Day until after the Fourth of July, numerous people in our neighborhood displayed fireworks. It was beautiful and the grandchildren enjoyed it. You can have your own fireworks and light display by using those sparklers that were leftover from July 4th. The children can play games outside with flashlights at night. They can chase each other, or play hide and seek after dark. You can purchase laser tag sets that glow at night. These can be used outdoors or inside with the lights turned off. Be creative and join in with your children or grandchildren for added fun.


Snuggle up time is always in order
Snuggle up time is always in order

Give them lots of love

This is my daughter, enjoying a moment with her firstborn. Children need parents to make time to show them how much they are loved. No matter how busy you are spend some time hugging and kissing your children and grandchildren. Tell them often you love them. Sit with them on the couch and give them a big hug. Watch a movie, television show or cartoon with them to get in extra bonding time. We recently popped some popcorn and watched Toy Story four. It was my husband and I, our youngest son, our daughter, and her three children. We cut off the lights and had a movie theater atmosphere and it was so much fun.

Grandchildren cover their Grampy with stuffed animals.
Grandchildren cover their Grampy with stuffed animals.

Let them be kids, within reason

When my granddaughter wanted to put lipstick on her sleeping grandpa I advised her that was not a good idea. What she and her brothers have done on a few occasions is to cover their Grampy with stuffed animals while he was snoozing on the couch, When he wakes up everyone has a good laugh, and he is amazed that he slept through all the action. Sometimes when they visit, I allow them to just run around a bit before telling them to settle down. It's difficult for children who are used to playing in the park and taking nature walks. If you have a swimming pool, sprinkler or water hose, they can have just as much fun as at the beach. If you trust them with your cell phone or if they have their own, they can make home video's. This is something my two youngest grandchildren always enjoy.

Knocked out after a long ride.
Knocked out after a long ride.

Take a ride

Get in your vehicle and take a drive, You don't have to have a specific location. Put on your masks and ride around town through neighborhoods the children may not be familiar with. Give them facts and a history lesson regarding what you know about the area. Talk about what it was like when you were younger or prior to their birth. Take a ride at night and let them see the lights of the city. Sing songs as if you are on a road trip, tell jokes and make it fun, By the time you head home, they may be knocked out and ready for bed.

Read and reap rewards
Read and reap rewards

Encourage reading and reap rewards

Now that everyone is doing homeschool, Pizza Hut has expanded it's Book-It program to include homeschooled children It's not too late to enroll for the summer just go to . After 20 books are read the child gets a coupon that allows them to receive a free personal pan pizza. This is a great way to earn food and also learn from reading.Any time a child seems bored and is not able to find something to do, they should be encouraged to pick up a book. Libraries are closed right now but you can still find bargains at thrift stores and book sure to wear your mask and social distance as you shop. All it takes is a little time and effort and you can keep the young folk entertained.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Cheryl E Preston


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    • sangre profile image

      Sp Greaney 

      9 months ago from Ireland

      I think many parents have struggled to keep their kids busy and entertained during this. I think you just have to work with what you have around you as most places were closed. That Pizza Hut scheme is great. We don't have that here.

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      Farrah Young 

      9 months ago from Lagos, Nigeria

      Great tips. Kids have boundless energy and parents have to stay creative to keep them entertained.

    • Cheryl E Preston profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl E Preston 

      9 months ago from Roanoke


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      9 months ago from NIGERIA

      Intriguing! Thanks for publishing this.

    • Cheryl E Preston profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl E Preston 

      9 months ago from Roanoke

      Thank you Pamela.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      9 months ago from Sunny Florida

      Your granddaughter is adorable. You have some good ideas for entering children during this pandemic.


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