Many schools across the country will be closed for an extended period of time. In some cases, it could be months before kids return to school. As a parent, you may be worried about the amount of time away from school. You may also be more than a little stressed at the idea of spending endless weeks with bored children. Let’s be honest. This is going to be a LOT of time at home with your kids. It can be stressful. Thankfully, there are many quarantine activities for elementary school aged children that will keep your little ones busy.
Now is the perfect time to start teaching your children life skills. These are the skills that schools do not teach our children. Elementary school aged children can load and unload the dishwasher, fold laundry, take out the trash, wash vegetables, stir ingredients, etc. There are so many life skills your children can learn as a young child. If you want your children to leave home knowing how to take care of themselves, you need to teach them life skills.
Board games are always a great idea. Not only are they fun for the family, but they are a great way to practice reading, math, and strategy skills. Chances are you have several on hand. If you don’t want your kids spending too much time in front of the TV, break out the board games.
ABC Mouse and Other Educational Sites
If your school system doesn’t have a learning plan in place, it’s up to you to keep the learning going. There are many great sites and apps available to help you. ABC Mouse is a popular option. The company has also been offering discounts during this crazy time. There is a difference between good and bad screen time. If you want your children to keep learning, consider one of these options.
Brain Building Toys
Encourage your children to play with toys that are brain building. For example, a box of Lego bricks is a great brain building activity. Your children work to determine which pieces will work best to build their creation. Another great option is puzzles. Jigsaw puzzles, wooden brain teaser puzzles, word puzzles, etc.
Keeping your kids busy during quarantine is not only important for your sanity, but can also be an opportunity for your kids to keep learning. Remember the importance of a balance between fun and learning.