Covid-19: Family activities to do together at home


You may not be a chef like Ramsay but here's your chance to teach your children to boil and egg, spin a salad or bake a cake. Photo: AFP

With the Covid-19 restricted movement in place, families are staying at home instead of going out to minimise their risk of contracting Covid-19. But fret not. There are many fun activities that we can do indoors.

These activities enable us to stay safe while learning a new skill. It's also a time to spend time with each other and strengthen the family bond.

Check out these five indoor activities for students.

A crash course in cooking

If 18-year-old Mathilda Ramsay can cook up a storm on her TV show, Mathilda and the Ramsay Bunch, so can you! The school holidays is the best time for parents to teach their children the basics of cooking and baking. Start off by learning to cook simple one-pot meals or how to bake simple cakes or muffins.

Learn traditional games

How about playing a few traditional games like congkak, batu Seremban and galah panjang with your siblings? These games are fun and allow students to learn about Malaysia’s tradition, culture and heritage. And the best bit is you don’t need electronics or Wi-Fi to play these games.

Try farming

Do you know that with a bit of creativity and effort, you can plant vegetables in your garden? Surf the Internet or watch videos on YouTube for simple tips on how to grow greens in confined spaces. Through this process, students can learn about the ecosystem and how to grow the food they consume.

DIY projects

Instead of watching the latest TikTok videos, how about surfing the Internet for some cool DIY arts and craft ideas? On Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook children can learn a string of different types of arts and craft ideas including 3D paper book covers, turning cereal boxes into file organisers and homemade boxes using recycled magazine paper. The best bit is these projects are simple and helps to stretch your ringgit further.

Master a new language

Interested to learn how to speak a foreign language like Korean, Spanish or Tagalog? There are many online portals that offer language classes for free. Some of these interactive online courses can help with grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation skills. If you’re into K-dramas, you will be able to watch Crash Landing On You without having to read the subtitles.

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