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Paint. Play. Cook: How to keep your kids busy

By Rediff Get Ahead
Last updated on: March 24, 2020 10:41 IST
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See how your favourite celebrities are making the most of quarantine period. 

Over the past two weeks, most of India and the rest of the world have been staying indoors, hoping to stop the deadly coronavirus from spreading further.

With schools being shut, and adults working from home, several young parents across the country have been struggling to keep their kids busy and entertained at home.

If you too have already run out of options, take inspiration from our celebrities.

1. Gardening

Saif with Taimur

Photograph: Courtesy Kareena Kapoor/Instagram

Kareena Kapoor had shared this photograph of Saif teaching little Taimur how to plant.

2. Cooking

Padma with daughter

Photograph: Courtesy Padmalakshmi/Instagram

Kids can really use their time to help you in the kitchen.

Top Chef host and author Padmalakshmi often involves her daughter in little kitchen chores. 

3. Paint

Shilpa and Viaan paint during quarantine period

Photograph: Courtesy Shilpa Shetty/Instagram

Karan Johar and Shilpa Shetty shared videos of how they sat down with their kids to paint.

A few days ago, Tahira Kashyap also posted pictures of how the family of four, including Ayushmann and their two kids -- painted their hearts out.

Check out their art below!

Tahira, Ayushman paint with kids

Photograph: Courtesy Tahira Kashyap/Instagram

4. Play indoors

Padmalakshmi plays with her daughter

Photograph: Courtesy Padmalakshmi/Instagram

Kids love to play. And when you can't step out, it's the perfect time to bring out those board games.

Or you could practice bird noises and clapping games like a third grader.

5. Spend quality time 

How celebs are spending time with kids: Akshay Kumar

Photograph: Courtesy Twinkle Khanna/Instagram

Tell them stories or simply listen to theirs.

See how Akshay is spending some good time with daughter Nitara at home. Too cool, right?

Even Twinkle complained how she found it hard to concentrate on work while the two were busy chatting away.

6. Exercise

Shilpa works out with her son Viaan

Photograph: Courtesy Shilpa Shetty/Instagram

Staying indoors doesn't mean you ignore your health. A little physical activity will drive away lethargy and keep you active. 

Celebrities like Shilpa Shetty, Lara Dutta and Mahesh Bhupathi have turned their homes into a gym.

According to Shilpa, Viaan inspires her to stay fit every day.

'Mommy + Son motivation = Monday motivation?!' she captioned her video.

Meanwhile, both Padmalakshmi and Twinkle Khanna have urged parents to share videos and photographs of ideas to keep children entertained.

Dear readers, tell us how are you keeping your kids busy at home?

Are you playing games, painting together or cooking?

Send us your most interesting photographs, ideas and videos on (subject: Keeping kids busy) along with your name, age and location. We'll publish the best responses right here on

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