Pandemic problems & solutions for Kids
In pandemic times, it is difficult to engage children in some kind of activity. Since the children are always confined at home, they become irritated.
As a parent, you need to devise innovative strategies to engage your Kid in pandemic times.
During our childhood days or times before, we had limited scopes for entertainment.
- Watching Television –
Watching TV on Sundays for the Kids program used to be one of the major sources of entertainment. There was no mobile & hence no internet-related entertainment possible.
- Indoor games –
The indoor games would include Ludo, Caroom, Book cricket, Book Football, Table cricket, Chinese checker, etc.
The outdoor games would constitute the lion’s share of the entertainment.
Absenteeism in School or tuition was normal. But missing out one day on the playground was next to impossible.
One more piece of entertainment I remember during our childhood days was Big Fun Chewing Gum.
Big Fun –
Big Fun was a pink colored rectangular shaped chewing gum. On opening the wrapper of the chewing gum, there used to be a small piece of paper containing the stats of the top cricketers. It used to be a big hit.
USP: The major driver for purchasing the chewing gum was the photo of the cricketer & stats enriched paper.
Big Fun was a big hit in the ’80s and ’90s. As far as I could recall, the taste of the chewing gum was very sweet and it was hard. The interesting part was, you could make a bubble after chewing the gum.
The 80s and 90s kids did not know what chewing gum is till Big Fun came into the picture. The kids knew about chocolate and toffee, but chewing gum was something new.
Perhaps Big Fun was launched during the 1987 cricket World Cup.
During the 1990 World Cup came another major entertainment hit – The World Cup Bubble Gum.
World Cup Bubble Gum –
It was Italia 90 and a new excitement for the Kids came into existence. I do not recall the color and taste of the chewing gum.
USP: The major pull factor for World Cup Bubble gum was the freebie card. Along with the Bubble gum came a card containing the photographs of the top footballers of the World.
Kids used to exchange the cards depending on the demand of the footballers. The footballers with the highest demand were :
Maradona, Klinesman, Caniggia , Lothar Matthaus, Careca, Goycochea etc
Sharing some photographs of the World Cup bubble gum.
Pre-covid times, indoor games did not play that important a role in the daily schedule of the kids.
Playing football, cricket, Table Tennis, Swimming covered the major hours of entertainment.
After spending time outdoors, only a small bit of time used to be spent on indoor games.
Covid times [Pandemic problems & solutions for Kids]
The kids are confined to their homes since the outbreak of covid-19. They are having online classes. So, the kids are missing the enjoyment of going to school. They even cannot go to the playground and play with their friends. Swimming or any other training sessions are also barred on account of safety.
So, indoor games, story-telling, drawing, music, etc are playing major roles in the daily schedule of the kids.
I am one of those parents who is going through these tough & challenging times due to the Pandemic.
As an innovative solution, I made my kid make a calendar for the year 2021.
Sharing the calendar for your ready reference.
Hope you like the solution for Kids during the Pandemic.
Special Thanks :
Kelly Sikkema for the photograph