Months of being cooped up at home has affected kids in different ways. The pandemic disrupted learning, summer plans, travels, and simple parties and playdates. Kids may be adaptive and resilient, but parents can still find ways to provide not only a safe but also a fun environment for their children. Without the structure that schools provide, home must now be a child’s safe space for their development, learning, and play. 

Validating their fears and emotions, establishing a routine, scheduling fun activities, and helping them stay virtually connected to family and friends help children cope in these uncertain times. Distance learning is another challenge, but there are many opportunities with the family at home to supplement a child’s development and create wonderful memories at the same time. 

Most parents have created daily schedules and set activities, and now some are running out of ideas for new games and activities for their kids to enjoy. Here are more ways to amp up the fun and make staying quarantined worthwhile. 

True Value (Power Plant Mall, Santolan Town Plaza)

Let your child discover their green thumb with True Value’s gardening sets. Teach them patience and responsibility, and watch them marvel at life and find hope through the seeds they sow. 

Kids Ink (Power Plant Mall)

Have some watercolor fun and let your child create their own little masterpiece with this watercolor set from Kids Ink. The set comes complete with paint, paint brushes, art paper, colored pencils, a sharpener, easy to follow lessons, and 13 projects to try— another great way to be productive and sharpen their fine motor skills. 

Cooks’ Exchange (Power Plant Mall)

Have you decided to join the baking or cooking frenzy this quarantine? Start your little chef young and have them join you in the kitchen for a messy but fun family time with tools from Cooks’ Exchange. You can make clean-up fun, too! 

Fully Booked (Power Plant Mall, Santolan Town Plaza)

Developing a lifelong love for reading starts at an early age. Be inspired with stories from Good Night Stories from Rebel Girls 2 and Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different 2, and teach your child to be brave with Eric Carle’s You Are Ready! The World is Waiting from Fully Booked. 

Baby Company (Power Plant Mall)

Toddlers learn best through play. Award-winning B.Toys Ribbit-tat-tat musical drum set from Baby Company provides interactive and multi-sensory play to keep your toddlers busy and entertained. 

Scout’s Honor (Santolan Town Plaza)

Scout’s Honor’s Dough-it-Yourself Cookie Kit is another easy and fun activity for the kids. It’s less messy with the prepared dough, but guarantees your family a delicious batch of cookies. No bad batch here! 

Toys “R” Us (Power Plant Mall)

Science can be lots of fun with Toys “R” Us. Have a curious, budding paleontologist? Dr. Steve Hunters’ Dino Excavation Kit requires patience and perseverance, and gives your child a sense of accomplishment. It’s a workout, too!

Furniture Source (Santolan Town Plaza)

A homemaker’s haven, Furniture Source has everything you need for your child’s own study and play area. Choose from their extensive selection of kiddie furniture, appliances, and toys, and spark your child’s imagination through pretend play. 

Hobbes and Landes (Power Plant Mall)

Nothing beats classic Disney. Make it another fun family day with Codenames: Disney Family Edition from Hobbes and Landes. From iconic Beauty and the Beast, to new all-time favorite Cars, this card game is a sure hit for children of all ages. 

Kids thrive on consistency and routine, but the same activities can be boring. Incorporate these games and activities into your child or your family’s day-to-day, create more opportunities for learning, and make home your wonderful playground.