With the BC Provincial restrictions in place until at least February 5 2021 and activities limited, many moms are feeling a lot of stress trying to entertain their kids all day.
5 Simple ideas moms can do at home or close to home
Eye-spy car ride
Pack the kids up and get them out. Go for a drive close by. A few items to look for: a fire truck, a dog going for a walk, a tall green tree, a blue car and a stop sign. Bonus, drive to Starbucks and get yourself a coffee.
Do a toy swap
Refresh your toys without spending money. This is perfect if you have any toys that aren’t being played with. Message a friend and see if they have anything sitting around that hasn’t been touched in awhile and trade! Of if you don’t have anyone to swap with completely organize all of your books and toys, pack up half of them, put them in a closet and in a few weeks swap them with the toys you left out and your kids will have a new love for the old toys.
Virtual field trip
There are so many options for virtual field trips right now. One local organization, Joyful Learning offers a wide variety of free virtual field trips and events including the Lynn Canyon Ecological Centre, the HR MacMillan Space Centre, Fort Langley, and the Royal BC Museum.
Join a virtual activity
Many companies have adapted their business by offering online options. Fairest Skye Parties offers online character calls and birthday parties as well as weekly virtual paint parties Wednesday nights for $20.
Art At Home with the Vancouver Art Gallery
The art gallery has launched a program called Art At Home. It is a series of digital family programs designed to inspire you and your family to get creative at home. There are currently 14 art projects on their website for you to try with your family. They provide detailed instructions and a list of the supplies you will need to create your own masterpiece at home.
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Kera is a full-time mom with three kids. She lives in the suburbs of Vancouver and recently started Kids Cuddles Coffee, a ‘mommy-news’ blog. She loves going on adventures with her kids all over the Lower Mainland. She has a passion for writing and the news. Before becoming a mom she worked at CBC radio and at a local newspaper. Follow her on Instagram @kidscuddlescoffee