By Kate Pun, Programmes Executive at Epworth Literacy

With time, effort and a pinch of imagination, spending time at home can be fruitful and fun! Here are some engaging and budget-friendlybe fruitful and fun! Here are some engaging and budget-friendly activities that you can do with your children at home. Remember to involve your children when planning for the activities! You never know the interesting ideas that they will be able to come up with.

1. Reporter For A Day

What was the bravest thing grandma has done? Host an interview session with grandma (or anyone else, really) over the phone! Guide your child in coming up with a list of questions that they can ask. Help them to role-play as a reporter. Not only will your child learn more about their loved ones, but it is also an opportune time for them to practice their social skills and develop curiousity!

2. A Family Trip At Home
A trip to Disneyland in Japan or taking your children to the S.E.A Aquarium is possible even in your own home! Set up fairy lights, a few props, and play Disney’s music in the background to transform an ordinary room into a magical one. Or take out your of being close to the sea animals. It may sound silly but it opens up doors of creativity for your children. It’s time to bring out the inner child in you!

3. Experiment With A Treat
Spare just three ingredients for a delicious homemade ice cream, sprinkled with laughter and fun! Here’s what you need:

  • 1 gallon-sized Ziploc bag
  • 1 quart-sized Ziploc bag
  • 1 cup of full-cream milk
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract (or any other flavouring that you want)
  • 1/3 cup of salt
  • Lots of ice

Here are the directions:

  • Pour the milk, sugar and flavouring into the smaller Ziploc bag. Seal tight.
  • Fill the larger Ziploc bag ¾ full of ice, then add salt to the ice.
  • Place the smaller bag inside the larger bag and seal it tight.
  • Shake the bag vigorously for 6 to 10 minutes.
  • Take out the smaller bag and rinse it with cold water before opening.
  • Enjoy your homemade ice-cream!