With little warning, many of us (myself included!) are now juggling working from home and keeping our kids busy with activities at home. This is no small feat, and we should all take a moment to honor all of the stay-at-home parents out there!
To make our new reality a bit easier, we compiled a list of fun activities for kids at home, including crafts, exercise ideas, and learning resources.
The first thing I learned while trying to parent while working from home? Schedules are a must. (So are Zoom calls with friends to stay sane but that’s a blog for another day.) When you write down a schedule, it takes it out of your brain so you aren’t constantly thinking, “Ok…what’s next?!”
The key, though, is to be more flexible with this calendar than you are with your work schedule—assigning exact times to activities when dealing with kids is signing yourself up for a lot of unnecessary pressure and stress.
Now that we’ve got the schedule down, let’s get to the fun part: activities for kids to do at home!
You know who your best friend is right now? Our Crafts for Kids at Home Pinterest Board! You’ll find plenty of ideas for different age ranges and levels of messiness (because sometimes you don’t want food coloring all over your house). Plus, many of them are easy enough so you can set your kids up and work next to them.
These home activities for kids also use a lot of things you most likely already have on hand. Don’t have pipe cleaners or whatever the craft calls for? Don’t sweat it—have the kids help you find something that could work just as well.
If you have school-aged kids, chances are your school has set you up with online learning. Thank you, teachers! For those of us who have younger kids or just want to get some more ideas, check out these online learning resources for kids:
We’re all spending a lot of time indoors, which doesn’t do much for getting those wiggles out. Whether you’re looking for yoga for kids at home or some outdoor activities to get everyone up and out, a little movement goes a long way in times like these.
Looking for working from home tips? See our new blog post about challenges and tips for working from home with kids and more.
From one parent to another—we will get through this. We’re not all educators, but we can do our best with activities for kids at home, and a little encouragement from one another.
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