How to entertain kids at home?
Classes are over and many of the kids stay home all day with little to do. In this article, we bring you several suggestions for activities to keep them busy!
Home theater - Netflix, HBO, Google Play, Apple TV
Make some popcorn, turn off the lights in the living room and turn up the volume on the television! Staging a home cinema session is a great way to entertain the younger ones (and more!) for a few hours. If you have a projector, connect it to your computer to watch the movie on a wall in close-up. There are several streaming services available in Portugal with a wide range of movies: Netflix, HBO, Google Play or Apple TV. And there's also a lot to choose from in the box at home.
Making a virtual visit to a museum was already a worldwide trend, as it allowed access to places where we couldn't go otherwise. With the effects of Covid19 on tourism, many museums have reinvented themselves and adhered to this online model. This is a different way to entertain children while educating them.
In Portugal, many monuments have adopted this version. Discover here some of the ones you can visit as a family on your computer, without leaving your home:
- National Museum of Coaches
- Tile Museum
- Torre de Belém
- National Palace of Mafra
To go further, know that some of the most renowned international museums also offer virtual tours and now they can even be an alternative to the trip you had planned this summer. Here are some good examples:
- British Museum, London
- Louvre Museum, Paris
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art, em New York
- Smithsonian National Air And Space Museum, Washington D.C.
- The Acropolis Museum, in Athens
- Smithsonian National Museum Of Natural History, Washington D.C.
Currently, there is nothing that you cannot learn online, whether through courses, tutorials, open classes, direct... Do you want your child to learn play an instrument at home? Or a new language? There is nothing more practical than having online classes!
We leave here some suggestions:
- Guitar lessons - https://www.ricardomata.net/ // https://www.superprof.pt/aulas/guitarra/online/
- English classes - https://www.britishcouncil.pt/ingles/cursos-criancas-jovens%20/verao-online- 2020
- Yoga classes - https://www.sunshineyoga.pt/aulas-yoga
PC and console games
We all know how much kids love video games and how it keeps them hooked on their computer, tablet or console. It's a good way to pass the time and keep them entertained for a few hours.However, don't forget to configure the parental control (if you don't know how, see here) so that they have fun, yes , but always in safety while playing online!
Listening to a story
Children love to hear a story But we can't always stop what we're doing to pick up a book and read it, in a dedicated way, to the younger ones. The network of municipal libraries in Lisbon has a project called “One story a day does not know how good it was” and comes to help parents at story time. At Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, at 11am, on Facebook of Library Libraries, a new story comes out for the kids to hear!
Finally, we suggest some recommended applications, perfect for the little ones to have fun on their tablet, mobile phone or computer!
- Children's Coloring Games 2-6 - (iOS, Android and PC)
- Coloring Online - https://www.colorir-online.com/ (PC)
- YouTube Kids - multimedia content aimed at the youngest, most of them very educational and pedagogical (iOS, Android and PC)
- Recycle BinGo - the most environmentally friendly application! Games and quests that encourage children to recycle. (iOS and Android)
- Panda World - the Panda Channel App with many series, games, music, videos and drawings! (iOS, Android)
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