Top 5 Ideas For Activities To Keep Your Children Busy At Home
As a primary school teacher, I know the importance of keeping your kids busy during these confining times. Keep them motivated and excited about learning while at home! So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn some of the things you need to know to keep your kids busy when they are at home.
1. Keep a regular routine
I understand that it may seem impossible to keep your children busy all day. However, a good way to help them stay focused is to keep the same routine they follow when they go to school. I recommend creating a visual timetable and placing it in a central place in your home that is easily accessible to your children. This trick also works if you don’t have children! I have created an ‘at home’ routine for myself so that I can continue to maintain my habits while staying positive!
2. Online learning
Unfortunately, at the moment, children are not getting the same education as if they were in school. The good news is that there are a lot of online resources that can be used for free! Make time every day for your children to focus on online learning. There are some amazing resources on the internet specifically tailored to your children’s interests and levels! This will allow them to continue to learn and grow while staying at home.
3. It’s going to be okay
You may have noticed those rainbow drawings with the phrase “it’s going to be okay” hanging in some windows. This is an easy creative activity to do with your children that require no special materials and spreads positivity in the community! You could also draw a rainbow with chalk on the pavement. On my street, there are lots of little rainbows in the windows, and it makes me smile every time I see them!
4. Board games and puzzles
The basis! Have a family game night. With everyone’s busy schedules, it’s rare to get the chance to organize these kinds of evenings, so make the most of it! I’ve pulled out all the old board games that I’d forgotten existed; it’s so much fun! At the moment my favorite is “Clue”.
Working on a puzzle together is also a great way to bond as a family. In my family, I just finished a 1000-piece Sleeping Beauty puzzle, and it was great! Board games and puzzles have a lot of benefits for children; they teach them important skills such as teamwork, like being a good winner or loser (very difficult for some!) or reasoning skills.
5. Read every day
Teachers work hard every day to ensure that our children receive the best education, and reading is a fundamental part of their learning. Read with your children! Read to them to keep them busy, to learn new things, to escape from reality, or at night to help them fall asleep.
Help them to get excited about books and use their imagination. Talk to them about the details of the story and ask them questions. Reading has many benefits, and it will keep your children learning while they are at home. If you are tired of your books, you can look for audiobooks on Youtube or order some on Amazon!
Advice from a veteran
Entertaining your kids can be difficult, but you need to try your best to keep them off screens as much as possible. Now I grew up with the TV as my babysitter, and I’m not saying it is completely bad, but we need to find the perfect balance between watching TV and spending time with you.
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