5 Toddler Activities To Do During Isolation to Decrease Stress and Increase Fun

Stuck on ideas for what to do with your little one during isolation to help ease yours and their anxiety?

Child looking out the window which pale blue top on

Now more than ever face to face time is really important to not only help your child's development but to support them to stay calm and happy, ensuring they feel secure and loved.


Below are 5 easy actions to help ease little one's anxiety during this time:

1. Obstacle Courses and why they're fun

2. Bench Play and the Benefits to your Child

3. Child Directed Play and how this helps them

4. Make sure you're their information source

5. Include them in preparing meals


One - Obstacle Course

1. Make up an obstacle course for them with things for them to jump onto and wiggle through. Then time them to better their own score. This is something you could make together using a little kiwi ingenuity with items you already have around the house. Things like sheets, boxes and cushions work really well.

Child in sheet hut playing with red and yellow blocks


Two - Bench Play

2. Include them at the bench, even if it is simple bubble play in the sink. This adds up to hours and hours and hours of increased face to face time each year and the more of this your child experiences with you, the better their outcomes later in life.
Child in Arc Assistant Learning Tower at the bench Baking with his two sisters, brother and mother


Three - Child Directed Play

3. Enjoy child directed play, letting them fully direct the play for 10 minutes each day. This helps them to feel empowered and important during this time of uncertainty.
Toddler in yellow t shirts playing in the sandpit


Four - Media Sources

4. Make sure you're the source of information around Covid-19, explaining in simple (non scary terms) why they can't go to the playground and creating fun alternatives at home, even playing hide and seek is a fun past time. It is key that you're the filter and ensuring positivity has a direct impact on their anxiety levels. When you're calm and happy they are more likely to be so too. We learnt this from our friend Nathan Wallis, Neuroscience educator. We love his valuable teachings.


Child playing on floor with wooden blocks that are blue, yellow and red


Five - Prepare Meals Together each day

5. Bake together or get them helping with meal preparation. (If they're little, use the safety tested Arc Assistant Learning Tower). The more they are included in preparing the food you give them the more they eat it (yes this applies to their greens too 😉)
Mother and daughter making dinner in the kitchen. Child in the arc assistant learning tower, boosted to stand at the kitchen bench
There you have it - 5 Toddler Activities To Do During Isolation to Decrease Stress and Increase Fun.
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