Updated: Apr 28, 2020
"Mum. Mum. Mum. Mum!” If only I had a dollar for every time if have heard that over the past month!
Although somewhat challenging at times, I can’t complain. COVID 19 has caused stress and uncertainty: home-schooling, working from home, not seeing Nanny and Grandad, and the challenges of supermarket shopping with the lack of toilet paper and pasta, plus of course the frightening reality of exactly what is occurring across the globe as we speak.
But there has been a silver lining in reconnecting with the kids and having the time to breathe. Usually I would be running to basketball training, swimming lessons, and dance classes. It’s great to take a moment to enjoy the sunshine and actually read a book. This is my silver lining.
COVID-19 isolation has seen my kids learn to ride their bikes without training wheels. It has seen entry after entry on our ‘around the house’ to do list be ticked off. It has seen my usually over-worked husband laugh more.
UNO, LEGO challenges and 1000-piece puzzles have filled our day. For those times when I have needed something educational and interactive to keep the kids occupied, for times when I haven’t been able to give them my full attention, I have turned to a brand new resource that is now available… Fun Day In. And it has been my saviour. Fun Day In is the sister site to the ever popular Fun Day Out!
Fun Day In was created so that even in isolation and with social distancing measures in place, children and parents alike are still able to access and enjoy the great range of experiences usually reserved for school, vacation care programs, birthday parties and weekends.
Instead of the usual screen-time activities like gaming and mind-boggling YouTube videos, Fun Day In delivers a range of virtual learning activities and experiences conducted by highly qualified and experienced teachers and facilitators. They cover all learning and interest areas including Science, Creative & Performing Arts, Food Technology, Sport Health and Wellness.
My kids have loved watching the seals glide through the Great Southern Ocean exhibit at Taronga Zoo, my daughters have learnt how to master a hand-stand and cart-wheel, and have made Shrinky Dink after Shrinky Dink to hang on their bags ready for when school as we used to know it finally returns.
And just in case you are wondering what Shrinky Dinks are, do you remember back when you were a kid putting potato crisp packets in the oven and watching them shrink down all wrinkly? That’s exactly what Shrinky Dinks are – just the more official version!
Opportunities and experiences are endless with Fun Day In and the kids love logging on each day to choose an activity to watch and do. There is a great mix of free and paid content throughout the site which is even better.
I have even had a peek at their online birthday parties which look amazing! How cool would it be to have an LED Hula Hoop and Circus Show turn up for a performance on our front lawn? Even in isolation, I have a feeling that would be a birthday surprise to remember!
Michelle Smith - mother of 3 children under 10 years.