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Fun Activities for Kids While Schools are Closed

2020-03-04
Because schools are closed and parents still need to get work done, you'll probably find yourself pretty busy keeping the children you watch entertained and engaged over the next several weeks. Without a day full of classes and many chances to play with friends, kids are going to have an abundance of energy. Check out some of our favorite activities - that are easy to do right at home - for some inspiration!
 
Reading
The silver lining to schools closing? Plenty of time to plow through a reading list or introduce children to new characters or themes. Aside from just picking up a book and reading, there are plenty of ways to leverage this sudden free time to enhance literacy.
 
We've suggested it before, but the paper plate alphabet game remains a great one-two punch of education and activity for little kids. Alphabet yoga is also a good option for kids of all ages who might benefit from some quiet learning. Board games like Scrabble are always fun for everyone, too.
 
While it may be tempting to loosen the reins on TV time and video game time during these unexpected school closures, why not try to harness some of that game playing instead? From challenges based on popular TV shows to Mensa Foundation memberships, this list has some great ideas on how to make reading a fun game.
 
Getting your hands on new books regularly may be tough, but luckily you can check out thousands of classics, new releases and more with audiobooks. There's no reason to get bored with the available book collection over the next few weeks!
 
Math and Science
Knock out several learning opportunities and dinner at the same time! Baking and cooking are fun, productive ways to learn more about time, fractions and chemical reactions. Have the kids try their hands at some simple, novice-friendly recipes.
 
Indoor science experiments may sound like messy disasters waiting to happen. But, they are surefire ways to keep the kids entertained and maybe teach them a thing or two. These simple experiments are perfect for the budding scientist you're babysitting. 
 
The best math lessons are the ones that are fun and useful. Whip out classic board games, like Monopoly or Life, to involve the whole family while learning lessons about budgeting, taxes and life. There are tons of other fun games that also have sneaky lessons, too!
 
Physical Activity
 
When kids are used to running around on the playground with their school friends every day, it doesn't take long for their pent-up energy to overflow. As engaging as board games or arts and crafts can be, kids can definitely benefit from physical activity.
 
The weather's getting nicer, but even if you can't make it outdoors, you can still have freeze-dance parties, clean-up races or play balloon ball. This list from MommyPoppins has even more ideas! 
 
The perfect indoor activity for kids is one that also results in a clean bedroom, sorted laundry or organized toy bins. Make kids feel useful and give them an outlet for their energy by assigning regular daily chores. This Pinterest chart breaks down chores by age-appropriateness and we can't wait to print it out and hang it on the fridge! 
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