The coronavirus pandemic has all of us living completely different lives than the ones we thought we’d be living. We’re not working in our typical buildings; we’re working at our homes. The kids aren’t learning at school; they’re learning online. All of this time inside makes entertainment hard—it’s difficult for the kids to find new ways to stay amused, and it’s hard for moms to figure out what else the kids can do. If you’re looking for some new ways to entertain kids during school closures, take a look below. From productive entertainment ideas to fun ways to spur their creativity, you’ll love this list!
Exercise with Them
Your kids are probably really missing out on their daily gym time. Whether they were in elementary school or high school, you can still make movement a part of their daily routine. In fact, this is super important to ensure that they’re still exercising somewhat regularly and getting their heart rate up in a healthy way. This can anything from a walk around the block together to a family yoga session. If you do it together, you’ll reap the same rewards.
Tackle Spring Cleaning Together
This is one of those productive entertainment ideas mentioned above. This year, you can truly accomplish spring cleaning, and you can follow some tips to make spring cleaning fun for the kids, too! Make going through the closet a fashion show, or put some of their favorite tunes on while you all wipe down surfaces. You can use these same tips to make cleaning fun, no matter if it’s daily clean-up or bigger projects.
Make Outdoor Fun a Learning Experience
Since spring has finally rolled around, make the kids’ outdoor time a fun experience. Take some of the ideas they’re learning online, see how you can apply it to their outdoor fun time. For example, if your toddler was working on the alphabet in class, grab some chalk, draw some shapes, and write some letters in a bundle—call out the letter/shape they should find and stand on. When you find ways to make learning fun outside, it can help those important ideas stick in their brain.
Hit the Kitchen
Cooking and baking are always wonderful ways to keep kids entertained! If it’s a rainy day or you’ve just run out of ideas for what to do over the weekend, have the kids help you in the kitchen. You can try working through a cookbook together or have them help you with dinner each night. Maybe on a rainy Saturday, make a bunch of the family’s favorite treats—the options are endless!
Keep Limiting Screen Time
This tip is vital to ensuring that your kids don’t burn out every day. If they feel like they can just burn through their time by sitting in front of the TV, laptop, or phone, then they’ll get bored fast. If you limited their screen time before, continue to do so. If you didn’t set restrictions, use this time to do so. They can spend their time reading, writing, learning a craft, getting outside to the backyard, and more!