Sitting in the same place for an extended period during the Movement Control Order (MCO) is not easy but with the help of several individuals and companies, you may now use a few tools to ease boredom while learning something new, in a fun way!
Let’s look at some of the available resources online that are fun to do:
1. Using social media as an infotainment platform
Social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and YouTube have a plethora of content catered for kids’ learning – a combination of both knowledge and fun activities. For example, an Instagram page called “Lockdown Learning” (@lockdown_learning) was launched to provide entertaining daily activities for children to complete while schools are closed.
Their Instagram is updated daily with contents related to fundamental knowledge and skills to enhance creativity, calculation and language mastery amongst various other areas. They also utilize Instagram’s IGTV to upload in-depth tutorials and “classes” that can be conducted with your little ones.
“For us, the feeling of being able to support other people during this time is incredibly satisfying and really heartwarming. We just hope we are going to be able to continue helping people at home with children.”, said Sophie Fenton one of the volunteers involved in this initiative.
2. Watching stress-relieving, kid-friendly shows
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The globally recognized e-commerce platform, Amazon, through its on-demand video streaming service – Amazon Prime Video – enabled free streaming access for selected children’s content to all customers worldwide. All you need to do is register an Amazon account, and voila!
This initiative was done after witnessing various countries entering lockdown to curb the spreading of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the objective of generating goodwill with parents as a tool to keep their kids occupied during this difficult moment.
Contents are suitable for kids attending preschool up to 11 years old. The availability of titles varies depending on location.
To learn more, click here.
3. Learn something new through “digital reading”
Constantly exercising your brain is important, and reading is one of the most effective ways to do so. Scribd, an online platform which houses over a million titles (e-books, audiobooks, magazines, articles, etc) from popular publishers and authors, has given free access (for 30 days) to its digital library’s wide array of contents.
As a medium to cope with the COVID-19 situation, parents can also use this platform to converse “bedtime stories” while also functioning as a tool for children (and adults too, of course) to learn new skills, develop new talents and gain knowledge.
“At Scribd, we believe reading is the most powerful tool we have for connecting and sharing the human experience. With millions of people around the globe staying close to home to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19, access to books and information is more important than ever.”, said Trip Adler, founder, and CEO of Scribd.
Alternatively, e-books can also be “borrowed” from our National Library. The books can be accessed via the web (click here) or through the Libby app.
Stay tuned for the more updates of this article where we will list down more fun and exciting activities you and your kids can take part in during the MCO.