Watch the YouTube video for MEGA ideas for activities with things around your home!
Activity 1 – Snuggle with a book
When was the last time you cuddled/snuggled with you kids under a throw blanket and with a favorite book?
Activity 2 – Take a walk
You may not be in walking distance from the woods, however you can drive there! Being in nature and getting sunlight and fresh air will benefit us physically and in every capacity.
Activity 3 – Go out on the deck or in the yard
If you can’t drive to a park, let the kids go out onto the deck or in the yard. You can place messy supplies on a table or box outside as well.
Don’t forget water play! It’s fast and easy, and the kids will play for hours!
Activity 4 – Read-aloud to your child
Reading aloud is one of the best things to with children, whether you homeschool or not. It is one of the most important aspect of our day.
Tip – Read what you already own!
This may seem obvious, but for those of you who don’t think you can read a book over, trust me, you can and you should!
It is beneficial for children when you read-aloud the same book (yes even over and over again) because they will develop a relationship with the story and truly understand it better as they age.
Activity 5 – Jump into eBooks and audio books!
It’s the perfect time to read your eBooks and play audio books.
Meet Libby – a free Library App!
Thousands of public libraries offer eBooks and audio books for free in the Libby App! Just type in your library card and start reading/listening.
And that’s not all! You can take a break while your child listens to a book! Win-win!
Auntie Turns the Page!
I’ll be reading classic children’s literature, as well as Islamic children’s literature to your children, while you take a break to go stare at a empty wall.😉
Tip – Do what you know
If you think about your childhood, what do you remember most? Most likely, it was with people that you love, playing games, and the outdoors.
I’m pretty sure you don’t recall your school work or TV. You need to be playing those games with your kids!
This will bring back great memories, as well.
Activity 6 – Play Hide-N-Go Seek
Who doesn’t love this game! Just be sure to explain to young children what areas of your home are dangerous to hide in.
Activity 7 – Play I Spy
I-Spy is a fun game that involves children of all ages.
Activity 8 – Play Tic-Tac-Toe
I have always loved this game and still love it!
Tip – Use what you have
Every household has more than enough stuff. Be resourceful!
Almost every household has basic school and office supplies. Use them!
I have some ideas below.
Activity 9 – Paper and Crayons or Markers
Place paper, pens, pencils, crayons, markers, paint, etc. out (on rotation) daily. You don’t need to tell your children what to do with it, they’ll know. 🙂
Activity 10 – The Epic cardboard box
Got cardboard boxes? Don’t you dare say no.
I see your boxes right now. And most of them have smiling arrows with the letter a on them. 😉
Have a little one? Place the cutie in a large box with a crayon, marker, or pen, and bam, instant free babysitter. You’re welcome.
There are gazillions of ideas about cardboard box ideas out there!
Activity 11 – Board Games
Bring out one board game each day and play as a family. Your kids won’t forget this and what a beautiful memories you’ll create.
Activity 12 – Card Games
This is always a win with kids of all ages. I remember playing games with a deck of cards. Young children can play Uno as well.
Activity 13 – Letem’ in the kitchen!
Let your children in the kitchen to explore, bake, cook and help with clean-up as well. You can assign small tasks to each child or teach an older child to make an entire meal.
You can also create sensory experiences in the kitchen, such as experimenting with spices.
Final Tip- Let them be “bored”
Trust me on this one. Boredom is good for children.
When all else is said and done, don’t feel the need to “entertain” your child. Letting them be “bored” encourages imagination and creativity.
Frequently Asked Questions
What about electronics?
This is definitely a personal decision.
The last thing you need to know about staying home with kids
- YOU know your kids best, mama!
- Use what you already have!
- Your child doesn’t need to be entertained, your child needs truth, your lap, fresh air (away from humans), and good books!
How to teach your young child about Hajj
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