With schools closed and many states instituting guidelines
to keep people sheltered in place to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus, parents
and guardians are looking for ways to keep their loved ones active and
With this in mind, Bethesda created an In-home Activity Center. Here you can find activities, resources, sermons and more to help you guide your loved one through this critical time.
Here is a closer look at a couple of suggestions found in
our In-home Activity Center that are fun, foster creativity and can be very
beneficial to your loved one (and you).
Arts and crafts grow the mind
You may be surprised to learn that studies show arts and
crafts create benefits far broader than a beloved knickknack.
An artificial flower, a little tape, and an old pen may just be lying around your home. Spend some time to mold them together and you have a little something that will brighten anyone’s day – a .
Whether it’s a flower pen, a mouse you create from an empty
toilet paper roll, or maybe a gumby made from pipe cleaners, arts and crafts
activities are linked to:
- Brain activity and coordination across the left and right sides of the brain leading to cognitive development.
- Active movement of hand and fingers stimulating fine motor skills, muscle development and coordination.
- Social interaction helps to build understanding and the development of language and communication skills.
Playing games stimulates the imagination
Blowing bubbles, collecting rocks, building a fort under the
dining room table…. Everyone has a favorite game or activity from their
childhood. And as with arts and crafts,
the benefits from playing games abound.
Playing is a great way to:
- Learn something new
- Explore faraway places and stretch your imagination
- Be active and burn a little energy
The beauty of playing a game or doing an activity is that
you can readily find something for any interest and skill level. But where to start? The sky is the limit! You can rely on something tried and true or
change up an ole favorite to something new.
“I Spy” is always a hit, but add a rolled-up piece of paper and a hat
and you are on a pirate ship looking for lost treasures.
Time spent together means love
Whether playing a game or creating an art project, the true
value is doing something together.
Interaction between people creates or strengthens a bond and builds
trust. Spending time together is a great way to show love and demonstrates your
interest in doing something that brings your loved one pure joy. It can help
grow the relationship between the two of you especially during times of stress
when we need it the most.
Perhaps Kris Leonard, Senior Director of Program Development, at Bethesda says it best: “This is truly a time for us to pull together—to lean on each other, find new ways to enjoy each other, and support one another.”
Visit Bethesda’s In-Home Activity Center for a wide variety of activities, resources and more.