I think we can all agree that this has been such a testing and trying time for all of us. I’ve never felt so challenged to keep my children entertained while still helping them progress scholastically. My friends and I are in a group chat where we’re sharing ideas and tips to get through this time.
First of all, I want to stress how imperative it is at this time to practice social distancing. Keep your family together and sanitize as much as possible. I am so grateful for all of the teachers who are doing their best to keep us going. So I’m sharing what we’re doing in the Stuber household.
It’s so important that our children don’t fall behind while they’re not in school. A teacher at my school, Jenny Morgan created a document that everyone can benefit from. She put together various resources that kids at every age from preschool to 12th grade can work on.
Another great resource is from Playful Learning, the program my kiddos go to in the summer in the Hamptons. They’re giving free access to their online curriculum for ages 2-6 with tons of printables. Soon, they’re going to launch a virtual book club and writing group.
As important stimulating our kiddos educationally, it’s important to stimulate them creatively. My kids love art projects so I’m trying to do 2-3 projects with them a day.
We always have paint and paper on hand so that’s one way that’s really easy to get their creative juices flowing. I always encourage them to paint what they’re feeling.
Today we also invented a new game. We call it “Box Road.” You flatten out a box and draw a road in marker. You can add blocks, trucks and other toys for the kids to build a city.
You can make your own slime. This is also a huge win for the Stuber household. In order to make it, add an 8 ounce bottle of Elmer’s white school glue and food coloring to a bowl. Then, mix in 1 tablespoon of baking soda. Next, mix in 1 1/2 tablespoons of saline solution and mix until combined. If it’s too sticky, add 1/2 tablespoon more of solution at a time. The more you add, the thicker will be and the less you add, the slimier it will be. Lastly, knead the slime until it all comes together.
If you follow us on Instagram, you know we LOVE to bake in this house. My kiddos lick the spoon clean (but not right now). We bought so many bags of brownie, cake and cookie mix so we would be able to do as much baking as possible while we self-quarantine. When I had a feeling that we’d have to self-quarantine, I ran to Williams Sonoma and Whole Foods and stocked up on all of our favorites.
How are you keeping our kiddos entertained? Share your tips below!