fbpx
Cape Town Cycle Tour riders raise R122 000 for the Jumpstreet programme
March 25, 2020
raisingdata
Circus Kids Connect #RaisingDATA
April 5, 2020

The impact of the new coronavirus disease, COVID-19, is being felt all over the world. We are all navigating uncharted waters and floating in the same boat, so to speak.  While it’s important to remain informed and follow responsible social behaviour to stem the tide, we thought we would share some circus joy to mitigate some of the prevailing gloom.

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE HOLIDAYS?

These will certainly be some very unusual school holidays.  You and the children were probably looking forward to going on a road trip to visit your family, participate in a holiday programme, or just hanging out with your friends.  Instead, we are being asked to ‘self-isolate and practice ‘social distancing.’  So, while you are in hibernation this holiday, your kids may want to try some of these boredom busters to banish the common phrase: ‘I am bored’ from the family conversation!

Here are Zip Zap’s 10 Boredom Busters:

LEARN HOW TO JUGGLE:

Jason is one of Zip Zap’s star jugglers.  Watch him performing at the Artscape with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra to the William Tell Overture.   You can learn how to juggle just like Jason. You can start with juggling using items that you already have at home like lemons or naartjies.

When we are back at school you can buy your own set of Zip Zap juggling balls.  Our students and staff hand-make them (with lots of love) during load shedding!  You can email us at:  hello@zip-zap.co.za to buy a set of 3 juggling balls for just R50.

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook . We have  launched a series of ‘how-to’ videos starting with ‘Juggling with Jason.’  Watch this space and subscribe to our YOUTube channel if you would prefer to watch the series on YOUtube.

BUILD A FORT:

With everyone in the family in hibernation and many in close proximity, the kids (and parents) may need some quiet time or simply a little private space.  Building a blanket fort is perfect to maintain the harmony and means the kids can also have a ‘kid-cave’ to hang out in.  All you need are blankets, some furniture, and your imagination.  Watch this how to build the coziest fort’ on YouTube

TRY THE ANCIENT ART OF ORIGAMI

 The Japanese word ‘Origami is a compound of two smaller Japanese words: ‘ori’, meaning to fold, and ‘kami’, meaning paper.  Japanese origami began sometime after Buddhist monks carried paper to Japan during the 6th century. The first Japanese origami dates from this period and was used for religious ceremonial purposes only, due to the high price of paper.  Try this easy peasy website that shares tutorials on how to make all sorts from bookmarks and paper boats to jumping frogs and tulips.  All you need is paper and scissors. You can also find some free printable origami paper here.

READ A BOOK THAT INSPIRES YOU AND OTHERS

You can buy Zip Zap’s latest children’s storybook written by child psychologist and illustrated by one of our super-talented students.  It’s a beautiful tale that shares the story of Lucky who overcomes some of life’s struggles and finds his home at Zip Zap. To buy your copy online click here.   Once we’ve received payment, we’ll ‘fly’ your copy to you.

GOOD OLE FASHIONED CARD GAMES

This is a great way to take a digital break and for you and the kids to re-connect offline.  Card games can be played by little one’s all the way up to grown-ups and is bound to bring much joy.   Check out these card games out from Sleeping Queens to Dragon Wood, guaranteed fun for the whole family.

HAVE A VIRTUAL SLUMBER PARTY OR ZOOM CHAT

‘Sit down’ with your mates and watch a movie together. There are plenty of websites you can use to watch the same programme or film with your friends. Services with Netflix Party and Kast will enable you to chat with your friends while you’re watching something.  Download Zoom and invite your friends to join you for a chat or to celebrate a special occasion. Don’t forget to let your dog join the fun!

FAMILY SNOW GLOBES

Start making your festive season gifts at home like these snow globes or advent calendars.  You can use recycled glass and old family photographs along with any other sentimental goodies from your memory box.

CLASSIC GARDEN OR YARD GAMES

Nothing beats the classic games of Hide and Seek, Red Rover and ‘Simon Says’.  Here are some simple outdoor play ideas to keep you moving and filled with fresh air even while you are in self-isolation.  You can even play these in the lounge if you stay in an apartment.  Play with family and siblings.

BAKE

When the going gets tough, the tough get going!  So why not bake some easy and healthy muffins. 

JUMP ON THE TRAMPOLINE

 

boredom busters

If you are fortunate enough to have your own trampoline, then now is the time to get jumping again. Exercising on a trampoline has amazing health benefits.  It’s great for your heart, your lymphatic system, improves your balance and co-ordination and most importantly it’s FUN.

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook where we will be launching a series of ‘how to’ videos.  One of the videos will be:  “Trampoline with Trompie” Watch this space and subscribe to our YOUTube channel if you would prefer to watch the series here.

Remember to practice regular hand washing, practice respiratory hygiene and maintain social distancing from anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.

Stay in the safe zone and spread the love, not fear.

Photo credits go to: Bailey Torres,  N. and  Delaney Dawson on Unsplash and Yanina from Pexels