As a result of the suspension of classes in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the recreation of children and the management of their learning is now handled within each home, presenting new challenges for each family. The restrictions now imposed on our lives lend us to hearing and saying “NO” more often than perhaps we’d like.
The writer Ellen White points out in relation to children and their entertainment that “we must provide them with innocent recreation, to lead them along pleasant paths in which there is no danger. No child of God needs to live sad and lamenting. This is demonstrated by divine orders and promises. The paths of wisdom “are delightful paths, and all their paths are peace.” 
Today I invite you to focus on the “YES;” yes we can strengthen ties with children, yes we can strengthen communion with God, yes we can read that book of interest, yes we can develop a diet change and exercise plan, etc. These new circumstances are an opportunity to do those things that, due to lack of time before, were regularly set aside as “someday” goals.
Below, I present some ideas for practical and engaging recreation for children, which can be adapted by increasing or decreasing the level of complexity depending on the age and interests of each child.
Crafts with recycled material 
Among the favorite activities for the smallest of the home are crafts with recycled materials. Children enjoy creating toys with random boxes, toilet paper rolls, plastic bottles, lids, cans, egg cartons, newspapers, straws, etc. It is time to raid the recycling bin! Encourage your children’s creativity as well as their care for the environment.
This is the perfect opportunity for children to start discovering the fun that traditional games can bring. In the same way, we have the opportunity to share those activities that, as parents, we enjoyed as children. They will see and value the family bonding that emerges from this exercise.