Whilst I was inspired to write this blog with the Corona Virus news, (Currently the debate in Australia is whether schools should be shut down), these ideas really can apply to after school, weekend, and school holidays! If you want to read the adult version - click HERE
We did this recently with our 6 year old son - had him create a 2020 vision board. Whilst mostly it was filled with Taekwondo goals, USA holiday dreams, and learning goals - he did sneak a few extras in, such as buying a lamborghini! Basically, you have them cut out images from the newspaper, or magazines, or even help them with searching images from the internet, to cut out and place on a large sheet of paper or cardboard.
My 6 year old doesn't really enjoy colour in, unless I am doing it with him - so this is actually something creative we can do together. So time to get out those textas, crayons and pencils, and draw and colour. If you have read point 3, I talk about my Scavenger Hunt Art book, which also has a Colour in Eye Spy section... so you can colour and play eye spy at the same time.
This is a fun thing to do with your kids, as you get to learn something new also! We have been learning a bit of spanish in our family - starting by printing out words and placing them on objects around the home.
You can also look at many YouTube videos designed for kids to learn languages, or as a cheat guide - we have been known to use Siri (Google for Android) to convert english sentences into spanish ones!
We were once all home sick with the flu, which was the perfect time to rewatch classics with our son! We watched films like Neverending Story, the Karate Kid, the Mighty Ducks and more!
We also try to make Friday nights "Movie Nights" so it's a good excuse to wind down from the week, and enjoy family time.
With Netflix, Stan, Foxtel etc You can pretty much find any film - so grab out the matresses and the blankets and have a movie night!
Want to go a little bit "extra" - you can get my DIY Movie Night printable eBook, which has Bottle Labels, Bunting Flags, Food Toppers, Photo Booth Props, and Colour In's for the kids!
I haven't actually started a vegetable garden at home.. I want to, but I can barely keep fake plants alive, let alone real plants and food!
But in saying that, I do know that if our son was involved in the creating process, he would probably be more enthusiastic about eating them!
If you are looking for a great video to do with your child for exercise and yoga, you must check out Cosmic Kids Yoga. The instructor has many themes to choose from, and your child loves it when you join them.
If you would like to incorporate reading with your childs Yoga, my best friend Teniele Arnold has written a book, titled Finding Your Happy Voice, in which you can read as well as it has a free link for mindfulness meditation dedicated for kids.
This one kind of benefits the parents more than the child....
The amount of times I've said "Oh I'll sort it out when he is in school".... and it backfires when I need him to try on clothing or shoes to see if they still fit...
If there is a fun way to do it - you can be sure you can find it online! Amazon has a great little book called I've Only Got Three Hands... which is a great resource to encourage your child to help tidy.
If you have some chalk handy, it's a great way for the kids to be outside in the sunshine drawing - and it's super easy to wash away with water or the rain.
You can give them prompts on items to draw, such as a Rainbow, Butterfly, or themselves etc.
Another great activity using chalk is Hopscotch! First you draw the square images, and players then use a small rock to throw it on each number, starting from number one.
They then hop on one foot in each square, retreive the rock, and hop back!
Here's a YouTube video below with instructions and game play rules:
So there you have it, 11 ideas to help you get through after school, weekends, school holidays, and if you are affected, the Corona Virus! You can get a PDF printable list below.
Since I have talked about my son Austin quite a bit in this blog, here is a picture of him below giving him his thumbs up of approval!
If you want to head to my KIDS CORNER, you will see loads of printable activities and DIY Parties to easily print and play at home.
You can either make your own list of items you wish your child to find, for example toys or nature items, and hide them around the house or the backyard!
I have a scavenger hunt in all my DIY party books, as well as mini activities (Exc the Mini Shops Activity Book), which you can find in my Kids Corner page.
My Scavenger Hunt Art book allows your child to find nature items, and then create an artwork using those items (With bonus Eye Spy colour in themed drawings, perfect for those indoor rainy days!)
I have an April born son, so there is a chance that we could be spending his birthday solo at home.... but all the same, we will still be having a party for him!
Since I have DIY Printable Parties in my Kids Corner section of the page - all we have to do is get him to choose a theme, and we can print the party decorations, have some fairy bread and cake, pop on a YouTube kids music video playlist, and we are set!
Click the below KIDS PARTIES icon to view more on each party theme.
I'm at the stage where it's not really fun to play board games... the meltdown when my son loses is a bit much! But if you can handle it, time to get out those boardgames and activity books and start playing.
If you are after a family game, and you don't have any boardgames handy - checkout my Family Game Night eBook - we love playing these as a family before bed! You can do the games in teams, or solo (We used to have my hubby and son as team when he was younger, just because sometimes you had to be quick in writing your answers down.
Click the tab below to view the list for adults!