Sure there’s lots of talk right now about suddenly transforming everyone’s homes into “homeschools”, but lets be real. We’re all feeling a little stressed and anxious, and many parents are suddenly trying to work at home while also keeping kids occupied.
For those of you that are organized and on top of this and have your color coded daily school schedules – Go you! And I really do mean that sincerely.
But for the rest of us that just can’t quite get it together. That’s okay too! We are not failing. I mean, aren’t we scheduled enough these days? If one good thing can come out of all of this, maybe its a chance to say ” to hell with the schedule” for a little bit.
Lets relax, lets take the pressure off and maybe we can just let our kids be kids for a few weeks. They aren’t going to fall so behind in school that they’ll never catch up. And learning doesn’t have to be so structured.
Now, all that said, after the first week of all of this, most of us are probably beginning to need at least some ideas to keep our kids busy, from our elementary schoolers to our teens. They miss their friends, they’re maybe actually getting tired of playing video games non-stop and perhaps we’d like to give them something of value to occupy their time.
Here are tons of EASY ideas that can be as simple as downloading a podcast or a quick printable. Give them a try and give yourself a break.
First, this is a wildly popular post that is usually aimed at filling time during summer vacation. But as we’re looking at similarly long extended time away from school, the ideas might come in handy.
Next, while this may involve everyone, its a good way to spend some of this time at home reconnecting. However, if you have two or more kids close in age then these games are also something they can play together to pass the time.
Board Games (Family Game Night)
The following are all activities that have been popular on our blog for years! They are fun and super duper easy. A few are theme based and others are more general. Just choose what makes sense for you kiddos and their interests.
Lego Themed Activities
All tech time does NOT have to be mindless, there are plenty of ways that kids can use technology for both fun and education. For years, we’ve been compiling some of the best apps for kids. These apps have proven to be the most successful in different education fields.
If your kids are little older- elementary, middle or high school age – then podcasts and Ted Talks are another great way to pass the time. There are so may good ones out there that cover educational topics as well as storytelling or even just provide a good laugh (which is something we could all use right now).
Do not feel bad if your kids are blowing all their usual screen time limits out of the water right now. While it may feel like this time that we’re all for the most part stuck in our homes will never end, this too shall pass.
Take a deep breath and don’t worry so much about how much time they spend watching TV or movies. Heck, join in with them when you can and give yourself a little break from reality too!
Not all kids love reading, but if you have book worms and are looking for some good book suggestions for the coming weeks, we’ve got just about every age range and interest covered below.
And even if your kiddo isn’t a fan of turning pages, consider getting some of the books suggested below in audio form. Many libraries have ways you can access audio books online and download to your device or consider signing up for Amazon Audible
Not all learning comes from a book or sitting in a classroom with an instructor. In all our hustle and bustle, many of our kids today are lacking some of the most basic life skills. So, now is a great time to help them learn some of these important lessons.
Cooking can be just a fun activity with kids (if you keep it super simple) and make stuff everyone loves to eat. But it can also be a great way to teach math concepts or help our olders prepare for life when their meals aren’t made for them by chef mom and dad.
And who says that all the time kids have their hands should be filled with fun. They can pitch in and help around the house and gain some valuable life skills in the process. Here’s a few posts to help get you started.
General Life Skills
To all the parents out there just trying to get through each day, you are doing a great job! Your kids love you and you love them, that is what really matters. Everything else is just not that important right now.