Discover even more great activity ideas to entertain your children and bring your family together during this season.
7 Jan, 2021
As we, and many around the world, face further restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, families are spending more time inside the four walls of their homes. If you need a hand preventing the kids from bouncing off those very same walls, weâve got you covered!
Here are eleven ideas aimed at not only entertaining your children but bringing your family together as you learn about different culturesâand have a whole lot of fun doing so.
1. Look after yourself this January with this handy action plan
It can be tricky to prioritise our own wellbeing, especially during these challenging pandemic times.
In theory, we know how important it is to look after ourselves. We know the immense value God has placed on us, and the Biblical call to treat our bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit. Yet, when it comes to day to day life, busyness and other demands can easily take over.
Based on aspects of the Compassion curriculum, our wellness action plan is inspired by the 2 million children we're serving around the world. Even though some of our projects have had to adapt our holistic child sponsorship programme to meet immediate needs during the COVID-19 season, in the long-term, we're committed to caring for every area of a child's life including their mind, body, heart and soul!
Take part in our 7 day wellness action plan individually, or with family and friends and care for your heart, mind body and soul.
2. Make a meal from your sponsored childâs country
Get creative in the kitchen with Rose's recipe for Filipino Noodles.
Grab the kids and discover another culture in a hands-on, delicious way, by preparing a meal together! Pick a recipe from the country the child you sponsor lives and you can tell them about your culinary experience in your next letter. A quick Google search will reveal hundreds of recipes to choose from. Why not try making one of these iconic traditional meals?
Peanut Stewâa delicious west African dish often served with maize.
Pancit noodlesâdiscover how to make Pancit Bihon or Filipino Noodles with this step by step guide by Compassion graduate, Rose.
Pupusasâthe stuffed flatbread is El Salvadorâs national dish.
Nasi Gorengâliterally meaning âfried riceâ, this is a popular dish in Southeast Asia.
Matookeâboiled and mashed plantains are a staple in Uganda.
Lugawâthis rice porridge with chicken is a favorite breakfast for Filipino children.
Empanadasâturnovers stuffed with delicious fillings are common in South and Central America.
3. Watch this fun video
Children in northern Colombia were given video cameras to document their day.
Have you ever wondered what the child you sponsor experiences at their Compassion project? Experience it for yourselfâthrough their eyes. We gave children at a project in Colombia video cameras so they could record their day and share it with you.
Watch the children as they learn, play, eat and pray.
4. Play a game from another country
In the Philippines, Anthony and his friends enjoy a game of Tumbang Preso.
Call the children over because itâs time for PE classâPhilippines style. Tumbang Preso is a popular game played across the country, requiring only an empty can, bottle or milk carton, and flip flops.
These are the rules:
One player is âitâ and guards the can, while the others stay behind a line.
The objective is for players to knock the can over with their shoe, and for 'It' to turn the can upright before trying to tag one of the children.
If It can tag a child before they retrieve the shoe and make it back to safety behind the line, they become the new It.
If a player is unable to retrieve their shoe, others can âsaveâ them by hitting the can with their shoe.
5. Take a family photo
In Brazil, 14-year-old Ana Maria has eight brothers and sisters.
Take advantage of everyone in the family being in the same place at once by snapping a few pics! Not only will grandparents love them, so will the child you sponsor!
âIâm convinced that one of the most powerful forces on earth is the prayer of a child.â âWess Stafford
This season is a great opportunity to spend time praying with your family. Together, why not write a list of the things youâre grateful for. Then write anything youâre concerned about. As a family, commit these things to God by praying about them.
Plus be encouragedâCompassion staff around the world are keeping your family uplifted in prayer, too. Weâre all in this together.
8. Watch nature as a break from your screen
Stress, as well as screen fatigue can be a real problem when working or studying from home, but nature can be a great antidote. Did you know that bird song is proven to be soothing?
The thousands of species of birds around the world, just like Tico the parrot pictured here with four-year-old Maisa from Brazil, show Godâs creativity and help us reconnect with His beautiful world.
Why not encourage your children to capture moments of happiness? Five intrepid Compassion-sponsored youths in the Philippines did just that. Armed only with a phone or a camera, they set out to disrupt the sadness and hopelessness from COVID-19 by capturing moments of joy.
They took photographs of cute children in Compassion's programme as they enjoyed their breakfast without a care in the world. Their photos certainly brought a smile to our day. A photo project with the family to capture moments of joy may do the same to yours!
8. Indoor family sports
A family that exercises together, gets stronger together! If you are getting bored with loo roll keepie uppie and online exercise coaches, have a look at what Compassion-sponsored children are doing in El Salvador.
They recently participated in a national competition called Sports at Home and sent in pictures of their exercise routine for an opportunity to win an official football.
âThis contest keeps children entertained and free from the bombardment of news around this crisis. It helps their physical health by avoiding a sedentary lifestyle and uplifts family relationships,â says Pablo Siliezar, Compassion El Salvador Sports Specialist.
Are you up for the challenge? It could be fun to find new ways to stay fit as a family.
9. Send a letter from the family
In this digital age of emails and zoom calls, a physical letter we receive in the mail is something truly special. It may not travel very far, or it could cross oceans to bring joy to another.
During lockdown you can write a letter of encouragement to your friends and extended family. You can even get the family together to write to your Compassion-sponsored child.