Combine Learning and Play in Your Homeschool Day
Are you among the many parents that are having a hard time keeping your kids controlled, happy, as well as schooled during the Coronavirus outbreak of 2020/2021? Your frustration levels might be reaching an all-time high right now, yet rest assured-the entire globe is with you and feels your struggle.
One of the essential elements of an excellent education is play. Yes – even the most innovative educational games on the planet won’t replace the cognitive and social skills gained by participating in free play. Today, moms and dads may feel forced to provide the most effective and most tested approaches to educating their children. Rest assured, your children are equally happy and prepared for life, perhaps even more so, playing in a large empty refrigerator box as they are using state-of-the-art learning materials designed by educational experts.
So let’s talk about some easy ways that you can mix learning with play in your child’s daily life as a temporarily homeschooled kid following the health officials’ order to remain at home during the Coronavirus pandemic. Here are some ideas:
Idea 1: Trace Against the Window
Here’s a quick little project to calm and center anxious kids, or fill the time on another boring day stuck at home! Trace artwork against a windowpane.
Any book cover, photo, magazine page, or other picture your child might like tracing and coloring. It could be a photo of a person, creature, flower, cartoon character, or anything they would enjoy working on.
- Pencil for tracing
- Tracing paper or plain white paper if you don’t have tracing paper
- Assorted markers and crayons to add color to the project
- Masking tape
Have your child choose a picture page that they would like to trace and color. Use the masking tape to attach the picture to the window pane. Tape a sheet of tracing paper or plain white paper to the picture. Press against the paper with your hand to see how the image appears due to the light shining through from behind.
Have your child use the pencil to trace an outline of the picture. The more detailed the image, the more fun they can have, duplicating the picture.
When finished, gently peel the masking tape away from the paper and remove it from the wall. Have your child complete their artwork project using markers and crayons to outline and color in the drawing any way he or she may like.
Let them sign their name to the finished work. Add to a photo frame or just tape to the wall for everyone to admire.
Idea 2: Open a kid-run Family Restaurant
Do you like eating at a restaurant with your family but disappointed at not being able to enjoy evening ou? Kids can create the dining-out experience from the comfort of home. From meal planning to draw and/or printing your menu, to choosing a name for your family restaurant, to having kids cook, serve, and clear the table… there is no limit to the fun you’ll have.
Simple dinner plans like burgers and salad, grilled cheese and canned soup, breakfast for dinner, or something straightforward that kids would be able to either cook on their own, or assist you with making, depending on their age and proficiency in the kitchen.
- Table cloth
- Plates, cups, and flatware
- Paper, pencils, markers, and crayons to hand-draw and write up a menu.
Start by brainstorming a family restaurant name—no need to make a huge task of this. Just spend maybe 10 to 15 minutes kicking around ideas. Have family members vote on the name of your restaurant.
Let kids write up and design menus.
Assign each child a “job.” Older kids could be in charge of cooking, if applicable. (Parents can oversee the cooking if kids are still too little.) Younger children can wipe off the table but the table cloth on, set out plates and silverware, etc., with assistance as needed.
Have the “server” pass out menus, then take everyone’s orders and bring them to the kitchen where kids can help put the meal(s) together.
Lunch might be an excellent meal to design a menu around. It will be easy for kids to offer simple choices like peanut butter and jelly sandwich, cold cuts on bread, salad, or soup if kids are old enough to cook on the stovetop or heat soup in the microwave.
You can also have kids take orders for, set the table, and serve a regular dinner that you cook yourself – so they don’t do too much damage to the kitchen!
Idea 3: The “Adventurer” Game
Spark kids’ creativity and role-play skills by engaging them in your Home on treasure hunt and living in the wild. A bedroom can morph into a tent with a campfire and sleeping bags with the help of imagination. Stuffed animals can become wild animals, and the staircase might morph into a mountain to climb up and down.
Idea 4: Play Dress-Up
Got dress-up clothes? Drag out your old nightgowns, fancy shoes, and any costume that might be living in your attic or another storage area. Kids can raid the closet for old hats, sunglasses, sports memorabilia, or a uniform or two. The fun, role-play games that kids naturally took to in the 1980s needn’t be a thing of yesteryear. Many potential playtimes live right in your house; all you have to do is take a look around for ideas.
Idea 5: Set Up a Grocery Store Game
Don’t break down those recyclables just yet! There’s a potential kid-friendly grocery store living right in your kitchen bin. Grab some plastic and paper bags, break out your old calculator, or adding a machine relic if you still have one around. Let kids set up their own grocery store in the playroom. They can even add price tags and use real coins for payment. A business and math lesson all in one!
Idea 6: Have Kids Launch a Home Cleaning Business
If your kids aren’t quite responsive to your repeated requests for them to clean the house, turn it into a game, and they might just change their tune. Have them print out business signs, list their pricing, gather cleaning supplies, and don aprons if they like. Pretty soon, your merry maids will be learning about small businesses as they de-clutter, clean, and shine your home to spic and span.
Idea 7: Open a Kid-run Medical Center
One brilliant way to help kids become aware of health-related concerns without growing fearful in the process is to get them to a play-act doctor, nurse, and patient roles. You probably have an old playset lying around that has a toy thermometer, band-aid, and other medical-related accessories. If not, you can always improvise. For example, a tightly rolled up and taped sheet of construction paper could become a thermometer. Your kids can draw and cut out homemade band-aids to keep in place with tape.