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#WFHWK - The "what should the kids do?" edition. Not only are parents working from home in unprecedented numbers we are also trying to figure out how our kids can share that space. And also how to make that time and those activities be meaningful to their growth - both socially and academically, at least some of the time. Oh yeah, and make it fun. Whew. It's exhausting just thinking about it. As a mom of three (ages 3, 5, and 8) who has worked from home (with kids underfoot) for nearly a decade and has also spent the past year+ homeschooling my eldest I wanted to offer up some of our favorite resources and activities that we've used to keep people playing well with others in our home during times of work, school, and play.
Let's face it. All bets are off on screen time limits right now. But, we also know that not all screen time is created equal. These are some apps and websites we use to help encourage learning through play:
Fill a low drawer or cabinet with tupperware or other kitchen items they would be interested in. Let them empty and fill it to their heart's content.
Make a treasure basket or box - talk any box or basket you have and fill it with things from your home that are baby-safe and have a variety of textures, colors, shapes and so on. Think: an old boa in a costume area, a new sponge, an unused toothbrush, metal spoons and a small bowl they can bang together.
Bathtub painting: If your baby likes the water let them get in more than once a day. Include some version of edible bath paint (whipped cream or yogurt with food coloring is an easy version to make) before you turn on the water for extra fun.
Activities for All Ages
Treasure Hunts. Find something your kids will find valuable (stickers, bubbles, coins, candy, coupons for extra video game time, you know what they like) and hide it in the house. Give your kid(s) a clue (or a map if you're feeling adventurous), and let them run wild trying to find it.
Rainbow ice painting. Freeze water with food coloring or liquid watercolor overnight. Let kids paint with the ice cubes on fabric or paper. Hang to dry.
Host a bridge (or boat or any kind of building you'd like) competition. Set out materials (legos, cardboard, whatever you have on hand) and let your kids compete to see which is the sturdiest, or longest, or tallest, or best sailing vessel. Or maybe all of the above.
We'll update this blog regularly; and you can see our new ideas weekly on Monday mornings in our Instagram stories!