Activities to Keep Your Kids Busy While You Work from Home

A list of activities to keep those kids out of your hair while working from home.

It’s almost month number 8 since our world has been rocked due to the pandemic, I know a lot of our careers have been moved from in office to at home for the remainder of the year and maybe longer. Well for some of us (the people with no kids) may LOVE this new transition (professional up top and pyjamas on the bottom), it can be rather difficult for the mama’s who have young children at home. If you fall in the category of needing to get work done, but struggling because the children are home too, then this big list of activities is sure to keep them busy for hours while you concentrate.

Activities List

Creative Activities

When children’s imagination is sparked, they will happily play In a world of their own for hours on end, giving you time to get some work done. Here are a few activities to get your children’s creativity flowing:

  • Create a living room fort with sheets, blankets, and pillows. This space can be perfect for reading, playing pretend with dolls and stuffed animals, or watching a movie.
  • Saved cardboard shipping boxes for a few days and then hand them over to your kids to become forts, rockets, or houses for stuffed animals or dolls. Throw in some markers or crayons and your kids will be happily entertained for hours and even days – building you valuable work time.
  • Ask your children to create a play to perform fro you after dinner. Provide them with puppet supplies, a song playlist, or costumes to dress up in.
  • Build a city with legos or blocks. Challenge the kids to use every single lego piece to build their own city.
  • For all the little girls a tea-party with their dolls will be perfect. Fill a pitcher filled with a special drink and some crackers or cookies and they will be set for the day.

Active Activities

It doesn’t take long for children to start bouncing off the walls when they are cooped up inside for a long period of time. Here are a few activities that will allow your children to burn off all that energy:

  • Have a dance party
  • Play a kids yoga/zumba video
  • Set up an indoor hopscotch in your hallway. Use masking tape to create the boxes and numbers on the floor and use a soft beanbag or whatever soft object you have laying around as the rock.
  • Create an indoor scavenger hunt. For a fun scavenger hunt that doesn’t require a lot of set-up, tell your kids to collect or take pictures of objects around the house that start with the letters of the alphabet. 

Quiet Activities

When you’re working from home, it can be difficult to find some quiet time until the kids go to bed or take a nap. These activities will give children the time to chill and you time to get some work done…peacefully.

  • Audio books are a great way to entertain children of all reading levels. 
  • Some parents feel guilty entertaining their children with screen time, but I say go for it! Whatever works best for the family – no judgement here. Throw on an afternoon movie, and to make it extra special you can lay down a picnic blanket and treat your kids to a yummy snack. 
  • Colouring is a great quiet activity that all kids are sure to enjoy. Allow them to pick out a colouring book the next time you are out or print some pages off the internet to save some money.

 

 

Hopefully these activities will help find you some time to yourself to focus on work, while allowing for the children to be fully entertained in productive ways. 

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Pomegranate

Pomegranates contain two plant compounds with powerful medicinal properties; punicalagins which are extremely potent antioxidants found in the juice and punicic acid which contains a main fatty acid that can help protect against several steps in the heart disease process. They have shown to reduce inflammatory activity in the digestive tract, and they can block enzymes that are known to damage joints in people with osteoarthritis. The anti-bacterial and anti-fungal effects may also be protective against infections and inflammation in your mouth including, gingivitis, periodontitis, and denture stomatitis.

Winter Squash

Apples

Beets

Winter Squash

Winter squash has been shown to help steady the release of sugar inside of our digestive tract after being eaten, and to lessen our overall glycemic response to meals. The vivid orange flesh of many winter squash varieties is due to their amazing concentration of carotenoids. Among these carotenoids are beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, and other carotenoids that can be converted into active forms of vitamin A and shown to have an abundant amount of antioxidant properties. Winter squash is also a great source of vitamin C, a healthy source of fibre and contain polysaccharides that help regulate and control blood sugar.

Apples

Beets

Carrots

Apples

Apples are a rich source of manganese, copper, vitamins A, E, B1, B2, and B6 along with polyphenols. To get the most out of your apple, leave the skin on – it contains half of the fiber and many of the polyphenols. They have been linked to a lower risk of heart disease because the contain soluble fiber – the kind that can help lower your blood cholesterol levels. Apples also contain pectin, a type of fiber that acts as a prebiotic, which means it feeds the good bacteria in your gut and helps the good bacteria turn into other helpful compounds that circulate back through the body.

Cauliflower

Cauliflower is high in fiber, which is important because it feeds the healthy bacteria in your gut that help reduce inflammation and promote digestive health. Consuming enough fiber may help prevent digestive conditions like constipation, diverticulitis and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It is a great source of antioxidants, particularly high in glucosinolates and isothiocyanates, two grounds of antioxidants that have been shown to slow the growth of cancer cells. Cauliflower is also high in choline, an essential nutrient that many people are deficient in and contains some of almost every vitamin and mineral that you need.

Beets

Beets are very low in cholesterol and saturated fat, they are a very good source of dietary fiber, folate, potassium and manganese, and they ae a good source of vitamin C, iron and magnesium. Beets are rich in nitrates (which is converted into nitric oxide by the body), which helps to relax and dilate the blood vessels, resulting in better circulation and a drop in blood pressure. The added oxygen flow in your blood doesn’t just go to your muscles, it goes to your brain too, which improves cognitive function. Beets contain fiber, with most of that being insoluble fiber which is a type of fiber that promotes the movement of material through your digestive system and increases stool bulk, so it can benefit those who struggle with constipation. Last but not least, beets can help reduce the intensity of chronic inflammation because they contain the amino acid betaine, which is an anti-inflammatory.

Carrots

Cauliflower

Pomegranate

Carrots

Carrots are good for your eyes. This is probably the best-known carrot superpower. They’re rich in beta-carotene, a compound your body changes into vitamin A, which helps keep your eyes healthy. And beta-carotene helps protect your eyes from the sun and lowers your chance of cataracts and other eye problems. They can lower your risk of cancer. Antioxidants have been proven to fight off harmful free radicals in your body, and that can make you less likely to have cancer. The two main types of antioxidants in carrots are carotenoids and anthocyanins. Lastly, all those antioxidants are great for your heart, the potassium can help keep your blood pressure in check and they have fiber, which can help you stay at a healthy weight.

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