Normally, I focus exclusively on our littlest learners. In light of the recent news regarding COVID-19, I decided to put together a list of things you can do with your kids while they’re home from school. Your kids will remember how you handled this time. Do you want them to pick up on your stress or do you want to build memories that will last forever? I prefer to build memories out of moments (good or bad), which is where this list comes in!
Watch a movie.
When was the last time you watched a movie as a family? Grab a few snacks, put the phone down, and allow yourself to get immersed in a movie with your kids. This is a great time to introduce them to some of your favorites and learn more about their favorites!
YouTube is filled with at home workouts. A quick search will even reveal many that are geared towards kids or family. We recently discovered Bo on the Go on Netflix and my toddler has been loving it. You could also grab the bikes and go for a bike ride or a long walk as a family.
Do a craft.
Remember that Pinterest board filled with crafts and DIY ideas? Now is a great time to revisit the board and get some of them done! Include the kids and work together on some of those projects.
Cooking is an essential life skill. Since you have more time on your hands, why not use it to teach your kids about cooking? You have to eat after all.
Play a game.
Do you have a closet full of board games collecting dust? Pull them out and play one together! You can even grab cards or create your own game to play together. Tic tac toe anyone?
Play with water.
Water is always a hit with kids of all ages! If it’s pretty out, fill a few buckets and let the kids get wet. If it’s chilly outside, bring the fun inside with a simple bin filled with water and cups!
Take a few moments and search for science experiments for kids. You’ll be amazed by the many things you can do with simple household objects.
Grab your blocks, old boxes, or even blankets and build something together. Take things back to the good old days and build a fort to play in.
Tackle a project.
How many household projects do you have on your list? Can the kids help with them? This is a great time to go through old toys, clothes, and more. Turn it into a game by seeing who can get done first or who can create the most organized space!
This follows suit with tackling a house project. Band together, put some music on, and get your cleaning stuff ready! It’s never too early to teach your kids about cleaning and organizing.
I’m a huge fan of books! Take some time to read together as a family during this time. It can be great for entertainment and it’ll help keep the mind fresh while they’re out of school!
Learn something new.
Ask your kids about their interests. What topic would they like to know more about? Use the break from school to do a little research on a topic of personal interest.
Make a list.
This one is the easiest of all – ask your kids what they would like to do! Have a chat together and come up with a list of things that you can do during this unexpected break.
That’s just a quick list of things you can do together during this special break. I’ll continue to come back and add to the list! I also want to encourage you to drop your ideas in the comments below!
If you’d love to follow our new Activity of the Day series, please head to this link and sign up. I’ll be sending out a simple activity every weekday that you can do with your kids using things around the house! Let’s make some memories together during this time!