Schools are closing across the globe to reduce transmission of the COVID-19 virus. This is much different from having the kids home from school during the summer break, because places of entertainment are also closing. In my community the schools are closed and gatherings of more than 250 people banned. The YMCA no longer has classes, activities, or childcare. The library, zoo, as well as, community centers are closed. In the summer, people often take their kids to many of these places to break up the week. This is not an option during this time, so what are we going to do with our kids? Here are some of my ideas on how to keep the kids from going stir crazy.
Include learning time, chores, outside time, and free time.
My kids are always begging for video games. I like to use the schedule to help them know when it's an appropriate time to play. During this pandemic, I think we are going to need to let go of our normal screen-time limits. It may be the only way to stay sane as a parent during these crazy times.
Our school district has said to be prepared for the kids to be out of school for at least 6 weeks. If it goes much longer than that, we are going to see closures leading right into summer break. The schools are working now on ways for the kids to stay engaged in their education. Which will probably mean more screens for the purpose of education as well as play.
I have told my kids even though they are not going to school, we will still spend time on their education. I have found some online learning resources that I think my kids will enjoy. Keep your eyes peeled for my article on the sites I found.
Watch cooking shows. Figure out what age appropriate recipes your kids want to learn how to cook.
Choose age appropriate chores that they could learn to do. Do they know how to do the laundry, clean the microwave, clean the fridge, weedeat? You can either choose to pay them or not. I like to offer money when it goes above and beyond their regular chores.
We have hundreds of kids craft ideas here on ThriftyFun!
Get some fresh air. If you have a yard, get the kids out there to play. Look for worms, do a scavenger hunt, make an obstacle course. Go for a walk, practicing social distancing, of course, and count how many cats you see.
It's that time of the year to start planning for your spring/summer garden. If you don't have a garden started, start one with your kids. Build a raised bed, start a container garden or even plant in these garden bags I found on Amazon: Fabric Pots (Affiliate Link)
If you have to be indoors, stay active. Play active videos games like JustDance. If you don't have the game you can watch the Just Dance videos on YouTube and dance along.
Try Cosmic Kids Yoga
Do a physical challenge: Start a chart and see how many pushups, sit ups, and squats (or what ever exercise you like) and chart your improvement each day.