If you’re running out of ways to keep your kids occupied during the COVID-19 pandemic, one Vancouver family is hoping they can help inspire you to beat the boredom.
Seven-year-old Kian and his sister Kiera, 6, took to YouTube with a three-and-a-half minute video, titled “COVID-19: What To Do When Staying At Home, For Kids And Family” that shows the adorable siblings partaking in activities like baking (and eating) cookies, having sumo wrestling and pillow fights, making care packages for others, and “climbing a mountain”—or, if mountains aren’t available, a small hill—all with a comedic twist.
“We came up with the idea together,” explained Kian and Kiera’s mom, Lydia Lee, in an email.
“It all started with a conversation about what's happening to the world, to our country and city and why we are social distancing right now. We also had some open discussion about how people might feel and what we can help our family and friends. Since we had to cancel all of our plans and playdates for spring break, they made a bucket list of all the things they would like to do at home and one of them was 'making a movie.’”
While Kiera’s hope for the video was that it might help “other kids not to be scared,” Kian said he hoped their video could give other kids ideas about how they could avoid being bored at home, Lee added.
Lee said her children are enjoying the extra family time at home, but are missing friends, playgrounds and their favourite restaurants, just “like everybody else.”
She added, “We also try our best to keep them busy, and do meaningful things for our community so they have a different perspective of not just focus on their needs but others.”
But the bright side of the self-isolation? “It actually pushes them to be more creative,” Lee explained.