Hi parents, if your reading this-then it is most likely you have kids at home and concerned about how to keep them occupied. Having kids home all day everyday can be a bit much at times. One suggestion is to keep everyone on a schedule. Kids do much better when there is structure and a schedule is one way to accomplish this. When putting a schedule together get the kids involved- they are more likely to embrace this when they have some input. The schedule shouldn’t be just chores and homework, that will get old quick and you might have a revolt on your hands! Alternate the “have to’s” with some fun activities. Below are some ideas- from a scavenger hunt in the house to in-door gardening. The possibilities are endless! So, keep the kids busy while creating great memories at the same time. Here are some ideas, with their links.
San Diego Zoo Animals & Plants
Smithsonian’s National Zoo
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This site gives the future artist step by step pictures to learn how to do draw a variety of things.
80 creative activities for kids
Ideas like making a lava lamp or ice cream in a bag are only a few actives you can easily do with things you might already have around your house.
Audiobooks for Kids | Audible.com- While school is out audible, kids can listen for free.
www.audible.com › kids-audiobooks
Netflix Party is a new way to watch Netflix with your friends online. Netflix Party synchronizes video playback and adds group chat to your favorite Netflix shows.
Social Distancing Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt– A fun idea for those family walks in the evening-
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One way a community came together in a fun (but physically distant) manner was by holding a neighborhood shamrock scavenger hunt on St. Patrick’s Day. One parent, via her neighborhood’s listserv, suggested all the kids in the neighborhood make a shamrock to display in the front door or window of their homes. Within a day, 80 families signed up and shared a Google doc to post their cross-streets. Have fun with the ideas, our neighborhood had a teddy bear hunt- it was fun to see all the bears in the windows! https://offspring.lifehacker.com/host-a-social-distancing-neighborhood-scavenger-hunt-1842427054
Card Games A fun and inexpensive way to have fun with your kids.
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Board Games – Board games are a fun way to pass the time-here are just a few suggestions:
· Monopoly & Monopoly Junior
· Beat the Parents
· Head Banz
· Trivial Pursuit Family Edition
· Apples to Apples
· Connect 4
· 5 Second Rule
Cooking with kids-
Food Network offers kid friendly recipes, how to videos, for all different levels of home cooks.
We’d love to hear from you-what are you doing to keep your kids busy? Share your ideas and we’ll pass them along.
Rebecca (Becky) Greenwood, MS, LPC, NCC – Therapist – San Marcos location