Since the coronavirus outbreak has forced many schools and daycares to close, millions of children are experiencing a major disruption in their daily lives. Parents working from home may be struggling to juggle the demands of childcare, coordinating their kids’ online schooling, and their own work during this time. To help ease the load a little bit, we’ve put together a few of our favorite promotional products for keeping kids busy during their extended time at home.
If millions of YouTube videos are any evidence, kids love slime – and who can blame them? It’s gooey, squishy, and just plain fun to play with. Slime provides kids with a sensory experience, which helps engage their senses, stimulates creativity, and can have a calming effect. Bonus points: it makes a funny tooting noise when you push your fingers into it!
Puzzles are great for quiet, focused playtime. They help children develop concentration skills, spatial awareness, shape recognition, and hand-eye coordination while also being a fun family activity. Kids may need a little help getting started, but once they do, parents can relax and enjoy some well-earned quiet time.
Oh, sidewalk chalk. Who doesn’t have fond childhood memories of drawing to their heart’s content outside in the driveway or on the sidewalk in the spring and summer? Since chalk washes away with water or rain, it’s a great way for children to flex their creativity in a low-mess, minimal-clean up environment. It’s also a fantastic activity to get them out of the house for a little while so mom and dad can get some work done in peace.
Now is the ideal time of year for a little gardening, but what do you do if you don’t have a yard? Enter the indoor garden kit. Perfect for amateur window gardeners, this kit comes with everything you need to grow indoor-friendly plants and makes for a great enrichment activity for children. They will love watching the seeds that they planted grow, and you can even have them track the progress as they grow for a fun learning activity.
Kites are the perfect outdoor activity for families practicing safe social distancing who still want to have quality outdoor time – they basically require you to stay a few feet away from other people to keep your kites from getting tangled! Kids will be tuckered out after running around to get their kite in the air and wholly engrossed in watching it soar through the sky. Don’t forget to practice safe flying and never use a kite near power lines, busy roads, or in inclement weather.
Coloring books are a classic childhood pastime and adults love them too! Coloring helps children to develop their fine motor skills and gives them a fun creative outlet that requires very little supervision. Major life changes, like those we are all facing during the COVID-19 outbreak, can make children stressed out and anxious. Coloring functions as an excellent stress-relief activity by tapping into the same parts of the brain as meditation, giving kids a feeling of relaxation and normalcy.
With all the changes to their daily lives, parents may be feeling a lot of pressure to try and do it all. Give your clients a little relief by sending them an activity to keep their kids occupied with your logo on it and they’ll know just who to thank for the peace and quiet.
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