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Lockdown with kids - useful online resources for families

26 May 2020
This long and strict lockdown has been tough on us all, but especially on parents who have to manage their own needs and worries, and then work out how to keep the kids stimulated at home for weeks on end during lockdown.

If you are running out of ideas for what to do, and how to cope, with the kids during lockdown, here are some useful resources.

Storytelling and emotional support from Play Africa

Based at Constitution Hill, Play Africa is one of South Africa's first dedicated children's museums offering an educational experience that is centred entirely around creative play with a founding principle to help "children and families come together to play, create, build and connect". During lockdown Play Africa has been working on various channels and resources that can help parents with home learning.

In partnership with Goethe Institut, Play Africa have led online seminars with child education and psychology experts covering topics such as how to support your child's emotional well-being (and your own) and parenting children with disabilities during lockdown. You can watch the seminars on their Facebook page.

Every Tuesday at 14:30 Play Africa also hosts a children's storytelling session on their Facebook page, focused on charming traditional African stories presented by professional storytellers.

Find out more at facebook.com/PlayAfricaChildrensMuseum/

Art activities with David Krut Projects

Throughout lockdown, artists represented by the David Krut Projects gallery have been presenting creative art activities that require no specialist materials and which are easy to get the kids engaged in at home. The David Krut Bookstore is also now open and is stocked with an incredible selection of art activity books for kids as well as gorgeous children's books published by the Tate Museum.

Find all the kids art activities on the David Krut Projects blog

Work out with the kids and Joe Wicks PE Coach

Millions of families all over the world have been tuning into British Physical Education teacher and personal trainer Joe Wicks’ daily P.E class. P.E with Joe is designed to be able to be done by kids and their parents in their living rooms and requires zero equipment. Kids will love his unbridled enthusiasm, Dad jokes and occasional cartoon character costumes as well as his imaginative role-playing. It's also a great way to help the kids burn off some steam if they didn't manage to run around too much during the morning walk. 

Classes last 30 minutes and a new class goes online daily on his youtube channel The Body Coach TV

Online children's birthday parties

The idea of trying to co-ordinate a kids birthday party on Zoom is enough to give anybody nightmares. Thankfully there are now professionals who can help set it up for you.

Wild Child offers a full lockdown party experience complete with customised Zoom invites, a dedicated Super Hero host to control the Zoom room, party games and all other logistics that you might need to organise with the other 'guests'. Find out more at wildchilds.co.za/onlineparties

Tricky Trevor Entertainment are also offering parties, which include online magic shows led by a professional magician. Find out more at trickytrevor.co.za/online-magic-shows

The Wow Factory has a similar online interactive children's party offering which includes all relevant logistics and a magician. Find out more at thewowfactory.co.za/online-birthday-magic-show

DibuKids: Online Story Time

Tune in to the French cultural institute IFAS's Facebook page on Saturdays at 11:00 for a delightful live children's storytelling session. The enchanting stories are read by professional storytellers in both English and French. Watch the storytelling sessions online at facebook.com/ifasculture

JoziKids

If you don't already follow JoziKids on Facebook and Instagram, then start following them now! This is the ultimate place to find tips and ideas about living in Joburg with kids, as well as hosting lots of uplifting conversations that should help you feel more positive about your lockdown parenting. T

There is a mass of resources and information on online storytelling, puppet shows and other virtual children's entertainment, retail, reviews and so much more. Check out the Jozi Kids website at jozikids.co.za where you can also find loads of great competitions and giveaways.

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