Well, we are certainly facing some very strange and testing times at the moment. I'm sure many of you mamas (like myself) are struggling to juggle everything while your little people are running circles around you! I've been trying to think of some way I might be able to help, so, I've put together this list of fun and educational indoor activities to help keep your kids entertained...and give you five minutes of peace!
I'll continue to update this list as I come across more activities and resources that I think would be helpful to you, so be sure to check back here for more fun & educational activities for kids.
A simple way to "see" and "show" numbers and to learn and explore early maths concepts. This is a great tool to have at home for kinder and early school-aged kids. Made from solid pine timber, it is very durable and will be used for years of learning. For ideas on how to use this tens frame with your kids, have a look at the Works at Play website.
Sound School Learning is a program for preschoolers to help them learn letters and the sounds they make. The Sound School Book has characters associated with each letter and a sound board so they can hear the sounds of each letter. The Sound School Cards are designed to be used alongside the book, and for a bit of fun there is a brand new Sound School colouring book, too!
Celebrate Play is a great resource if you are feeling a bit lost with the whole home learning thing (like me). Erin helps empower mamas to create fun, meaningful and engaging learning experiences for little people. She shares her weekly play plans, gives tips and advice on how to incorporate play with daily household duties as well as ways to inject more play into your day to day routine. Celebrate Play also has a fantastic Facebook community you can join for support.
These water bead and rainbow rice sensory kits from Monkey Minds are perfect for creating sensory trays. They help to develop fine motor skills, encourage creativity, and improve concentration and language development.
"Did you know that when one of your child’s senses are engaged, new neural pathways are being created in their brain that will help them throughout life? Plus, when a child uses multiple senses to do a task, they actually learn more and retain more information. Amazing right?" - Monkey Minds
Flash cards are a fun and engaging way for kids to become familiar with numbers, letters, shapes and more. These flash cards are perfect for babies all the way through to school-aged children. Alpha Baby Designs has flash cards to help your children learn numbers, letters, colours, shapes and operations.
These Alphabet Discs and Number Blocks from Kidsnest Store are such a great educational tool to have on hand at home. The alphabet discs help kids to develop pre reading and pre writings skills, while the number blocks help with number writing and recognition. They also encourage sensory play and help kids to develop their fine motor skills.
Hopefully, this list has given you some ideas to help keep your kids entertained and to help them continue learning during this time. And also to give you some time to yourself!
Remember, at the end of the day, we are all in the same boat just trying to figure things out day by day. So, be sure to spend some days just cuddled up under a blanket with snacks watching Disney films together if that's what you need! Also, remember that your little people are learning all the time and you don't need to be doing hours of school work every single day. While you are spending time together baking, reading and playing with blocks, they are learning, too!
Look after yourselves and check-in with your friends. Feel free to share this list with any mamas (or dads!) that you think would find it helpful. And if you have any suggestions to add to this list leave a comment below and I'll be sure to include them, too!