With children forced out of school due to COVID-19 (coronavirus), their schedules have been turned upside down. The structure they are used to following everyday is no longer there, and it may cause issues at home as children become restless. Parents may be ready to pull all their hair out from having their kiddos with them 24/7 (we know you love them, but everyone needs a break). Ensuring your children are engaged and learning during the pandemic can be daunting, but not if you start at the beginning.
Making A Schedule
Just like adults, children thrive when they are given a schedule. Not only does it help the kids, but it can help the parents immensely. When you have a baseline of what your days are going to look like, it takes a lot of anxiety out of the equation for both parent and child. The best thing you can do to get your kids in a scheduled routine is to think about their typical day at school. Think about when your kids perform the best and schedule those times around schoolwork and other learning activities.
By first understanding what your child needs and when they will best perform, you can move forward with putting together a schedule that plays to their strengths. Not all children perform best in the morning or even afternoon. Chunk days into times when children will eat, do schoolwork, and play. Their eating times should be their usual eating times, with play focused around times when they are more tired and schoolwork focused around times when they are more active. Customizing your children’s schedules will ensure they make the most of their days.
How Children Learn
All children learn in different ways, just like they each need their own unique schedule to thrive. Some children are hands-on, visual, or auditory; to help your children learn best, teach them to play the way they learn best. For hands-on children, it could be playing with blocks, Legos, barbies, cars, or another hands-on experience. For visual learners, try drawing, reading, and other activities that stimulate their imagination. For auditory learners, listening to audiobooks, podcasts, or watching kid-friendly documentaries can help them retain information.
It might even surprise you to learn that children learn extensively from playing board games—especially games that have numbers, colors, and categories (like Loop The Fruit!). Playing board games helps to build your child’s hippocampus and prefrontal cortex. The hippocampus is mainly for regulating emotions, maintaining long-term memories, and spatial navigation. The prefrontal cortex helps with complex planning and greatly contributes to personality development.
While we could write a whole blog on activity ideas for children stuck at home, there are already tons of blogs with this information. We scoured some of the best and included them here for you! We included some of our favorite ideas, broken down by learning style.
Forbes: 101+ Ideas To Keep Your Kids Busy During Coronavirus Closures
For Hands-on Kids
- Make puppets from socks, paper bags or stuffed animals with their stuffing pulled out.
- Create your own secret code. Write a letter to someone else in the code.
- Got a lot of boxes laying around from package deliveries? Make box towers or forts.
For Visual Kids
- Make a comic book.
- Explore the arts, history and foreign places with Google Arts & Culture.
- Do puzzles and wordfinds.
For Auditory Kids
- Listen to a real astronaut read you a book from space!
- Take a road trip where you don’t get out of the car. Play road games along the way.
- Listen to podcasts. A few of our favorites include Story Pirates, WOW in the World, Fun Kids Science Weekly, Story Collider, Brains On! (whose latest is a show on coronavirus), Simon’s Science Adventure Stories and Fun Kids Story Quest.
Time: The Secret to Keeping Your Kids Happy, Busy and Learning if Their School Closes Due to Coronavirus
Motherly: 20 old-school ways to keep kids busy without screen time
The Strategist: 13 Ways to Keep Your Kids Busy at Home
Keep Your Kids Engaged with Loop The Fruit
We know how stressful it is to have kids at home and to also have to work from home (our team is doing it too!). The best things you can do are to make a schedule and set boundaries. If you’re looking for a way to keep your children engaged at home with God and the bible, Loop The Fruit is the perfect game. Based on the biblical Fruit of the Holy Spirit (the nine attributes of a Christian life according to Paul the Apostle), Loop The Fruit provides players with a combination of fun and learning about God’s word. Order your game today to give your kids another tool to become closer to God.