This is something I would never of thought of had it not been for the fact my children were bought audio players for Christmas off their Grandma – what a fantastic present it was! My girls received the Tonie Box which I think is perfect for younger ages, we have spent many an afternoon during isolation curled up on the beanbags listening to The Little Mermaid ❤️ It allows the perfect opportunity for you to take a break from reading the hundredth book of the day. I am amazed at how quietly the girls sit during the stories!
My older boys, they are currently 5 and 7, have Yoto Mini’s – these are a smaller version of the Yoto players. I wasn’t sure how good these would be as you have to buy the books for them in the form of little cards and they aren’t easy to find at times! However, what I didn’t realise was that it also has a built in Yoto Radio which my boys absolutely LOVE! It has been my saviour this isolation period. When I have been feeling overwhelmed, and in need of some serious space, I have asked the boys to go and listen to this in their bedrooms and they skip off thinking it’s a treat ?! For those who haven’t tried audiobooks, or quiet radio time, then I would recommend it. It allowed me an hour a day to spend some time with our youngest, who I will be the first to admit is the child who has missed out the most this isolation period. The focus has been on home school or how to entertain the bigger kids and all too often the youngest has been left to potter about the house to her own devices!
Our go-to fun activity! This family loves a game; whether it be a board game inside, or a game of cricket/tennis outside, one thing that will guarantee to improve our mood is a game! Perhaps it’s because there are so many of us? Although during this isolation period I found the children played many of their games in separate groups which worked nicely. Remember, it isn’t just the adults who are feeling claustrophobic in this situation I could tell that my children were also feeling it and needed some space from one another. They often split up into little groups, or even on their own, to play one of their beloved board games. I have listed a few of our family favourites below:
– Poo Bingo: an absolute classic that I actually really enjoy too!
– Head2Head: very similar to Pictionary. A fun, easy game that doesn’t require much setting up, or thinking.
– Orchard Toys Where do I Live?: a great memory game for all the family.
– Smelly Wellies: another Orchard Toys game, all of my children adore these games. I find them enjoyable, relatively simple and easy to set up.
– Twister: a classic! This always allows us to let off some steam and have some fun.
I hope these ideas have helped! Overall, anything that is able to entertain your children for half an hour or so will help pass the time that little bit faster!
By far the hardest part of this isolation period for me was the lack of space that I got, not only did I feel quite unwell for many of the days but I also had four small children within 1m of me 24 hours of each and every day. Mentally it was tough not to say: leave me alone! There was no other adult coming in after work, no other grown up conversation to be had. One thing I have taken from this is that I now truly understand why it is I love to get my family outside on our walking adventures – SPACE!! When we are walking up mountains, or heading to the park, my children run AWAY from me – not towards me! I can breathe freely, I have space around me without little ones jumping on me or asking me one hundred questions.
There we have it! Having prepared over 100 meals, answered 1000’s of questions and offered what feels like 1 million snacks, we are hoping that the end of our isolation period will be upon us soon. I hope that this article can offer, even just one person, some help and advice if you find yourself in the dreaded isolation period with young kids, whether it be from coronavirus, chicken pox or the sickness bug. And don’t forget: never feel alone, always check in with friends ❤️.