Board games, puzzles and crafts become popular for home activities during lockdowns

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Board games, puzzles and crafts become popular for home activities during lockdowns
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As more cities are entering lockdowns to limit the spread of Covid-19, families are wondering what to do with so much time at home. Here are some ideas.

David Westnedge Ltd says to ToyNews that there’s a huge increase in demand for traditional toys and play items right now in the UK. Families are turning back to board games, puzzles and crafts.

“With many office workers, students, grandparents, and parents having to stay at home during this difficult time, each have needed to stay entertained,” a spokesperson from David Westnedge Ltd explained. “The public has turned to the retailers who have, in turn, looked to us to bolster their jigsaw puzzles stocks so that they can cope with the unprecedented increase in demand.”

Toy stores are welcoming the change as it brings them much needed business during the tough time. They are actively expanding their selections of such toy items. Some are even offering free deliveries to make up for the limit of movement.

These play items are certainly great for some family time. Plus, most board games tend to be quite long, so you get to spend some time having your mind off from all the issues right now.

This is important as the World Health Organization recently provided tips for better living during quarantine:

  • Eat healthy to boost your immune system.
  • Limit alcohol and sugary drinks.
  • Don’t smoke. It can exacerbate COVID-19 symptoms and increase your risk of getting seriously sick.
  • Exercise for at least 30 minutes a day for adults and an hour a day for kids.
  • If you’re allowed to go outside, go for a walk, run or bike ride while keeping a safe distance from others.
  • If you can’t leave the house, dance, do some yoga or walk up and down the stairs.
  • People working from home shouldn’t sit too long in the same position.
  • Take a 3 minute break every 30 minutes.
  • Get your mind off of the crisis. Listen to music, read a book or play a game.