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If like us your struggling with homeschooling and working, this might help! 

A List of Indoor Activities That Will Keep Kids Entertained at Home During the Coronavirus Outbreak

With lots of children at home at the moment, most schools have provided home study plans and sites for keeping up their education during the day, but what about their leisure time. Parenting magazine Popsugar has some suggestions:

Whether your company has required that you work from home for a few weeks or your children's schools are closed, the coronavirus outbreak means a lot more of time spent indoors. Of course, your kids' health and safety is paramount, but keeping your little ones entertained for hours on end is probably vital for your sanity. In an effort to make the next few weeks a little easier on parents, we came up with a list of easy, kid-friendly activities that will keep their minds occupied at home, whether you're stocked up on crafting supplies or not.

1.Have a movie marathon

2.Make a fort

3.Do an easy craft.

4.Make an obstacle course

5.Write letters to relatives

6.Make a simple recipe.

7.Do a puzzle

8.Get building

9.Cuddle up with a few books.

10.Stage an impromptu concert. 

11.Plan a scavenger hunt

12.Have a board game night. 

13.Play a round of indoor games.

14.Dig up some of those activity books.

15.Have a mini self-care day.

16.Decorate cardboard boxes. 

17.Print out colouring pages. 

18.Put on a play.

19.Break out the Play-Doh.

20.Use water. 

Coronavirus: How to help kids cope with life without school

BBC reports that children across the UK will be off school for an indefinite period of time because of coronavirus. Some are likely to be anxious, so how can parents help them cope?

No school for the "foreseeable" future. Exams off. Clubs closed.

Millions of children will be looking forward to a spring, and possibly a summer, free of responsibility and routine. But these are not normal times - they're likely to have to spend days and nights indoors with parents or guardians.

They won't get much personal contact with friends and, for teenagers, the cancellation of exams will make a difficult time of year even more worrying.

"It's the perfect storm for parents and children," says Sam Cartwright-Hatton, professor of clinical child psychology at the University of Sussex.

"It's not just the fact that they're going to be cooped up together. Emotions are also going to be super-stressed because - on top of what young people are feeling - parents are worried about jobs, food supplies, paying the next mortgage bill."

Consistent routine

As households begin this forced experiment in enclosed living, Prof Cartwright-Hatton advocates setting a clear routine, particularly for younger children - such as a couple of hours of school work in the morning or a specified time for craft work in the afternoon.

She argues that pre-teenage children "turn inwards quite quickly" if they spend too much time alone.
Parents should play with them and encourage those of an adventurous nature to regard the situation as an "adventure". This approach won't work for the more sensitive children who will need extra reassurance.

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