During summer vacation, parents have lots of options to keep them busy. When school closes unexpectedly and for an extended period of time, you've got to get creative about keeping kids busy at home. This is especially true when you're also trying to work at home. So let's explore what's possible at home.
Keeping Kids Busy at Home: Family Activities
Playing a game with your kids is the perfect way to connect with them. We're all dealing with fear about the Coronavirus. Spending time together playing games is a great way to listen to your kids and address their concerns. Make sure you have a few games that everyone in the family can play. Here are some of my favorites that your kids might not know (skipping two person games like chess and checkers).
- Chinese checkers with wood pieces or marble pieces (I got marbles as that's what I grew up with).
- Monopoly was probably my favorite game when I was a kid … and now there are so many choices from Star Wars to Frozen, to voice banking and shortest/longest game.
- Scrabble is the perfect family game as it's fun and educational at the same time. All ages can play with the help of a dictionary, a perfect skill for kids to develop.
- Jenga is the perfect game for all ages, when you want to laugh a lot without having to think too much. You can tell it's popular with the number of new choices from the Jenga Classic game to one that's colorful or taller than 5 ft.
Keeping Kids Busy at Home: Learning Activities
Many schools have gone online, giving classes to their students via computers and tablets.
Keeping Kids Busy at Home: Solo Non-Screen Activities
Keeping Kids Busy at Home: Taking on New Chores