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The Best Play-Based Activities For Your Kids During Quarantine

Written exclusively for bümo by Molly Isaacson of @littleoneslearn

A Week in Activities for Your Little Ones

 
Let me begin by saying that we are all in this together. This new reality is causing panic and one of the reasons for that is the uncertainty of our new routine with having kids out of school and at home with us. One of the most important things to do during this time is to keep a schedule and routine. It doesn’t have to be rigid, but it will help us feel less anxious during these uneasy times. Also, it will make our lives and our kids’ lives easier. Among other things, children need routine, play, and learning. Luckily, with toddlers and young children, learning happens through play! We usually do two planned activities each day – one in the morning and one in the afternoon after naps and quiet time. They are perfect for toddlers, preschoolers and elementary age children and can go alongside the e-learning curriculum you may or may not be receiving from your child’s school. Kids also need quiet, independent time to read and work as well as extensive time for indoor and/or outdoor free play. Here is a week of simple activities that will help encourage learning through play with your little ones, using supplies you likely already have available at home.

Monday


Morning Activity: Get messy with shaving cream sensory fun! Spread it out on the table or counter and drive cars through it, or use it for writing practice with your fingertip. 

Free Play Idea: Building with any type of blocks or tiles is a wonderful opportunity for children to get creative, practicing early math and engineering skills.

Quiet Time: While younger toddlers nap, big kids can have independent reading time, do activity books or printable activity pages 

Afternoon Activity: Build an obstacle course together. Kids of all ages will enjoy this one and can practice teamwork as they create and complete the obstacle course. Lots of free entertainment and a great way to bring out their “sillies.”

Free Play Idea: Outside free play is our go-to in the afternoons. Don’t forget about sidewalk chalk! There are so many ways kids can get creative with it. 

Tuesday


Morning Activity: Cornstarch and water mixed together creates a sensory material called Oobleck. If you’ve never tried it before, it feels like a solid when you grab it with your hands but drips out like a liquid from your hands or when being poured. 

Free Play Idea: Building forts with blankets, cushions, and chairs is a great way to get the kids playing together (while you can get a little work done)

Quiet Time: While younger toddlers nap, big kids can have independent reading time, do activity books or printable activity pages 

Afternoon Activity: Encourage your children to create a play “store” of some kind. Come up with items they can sell in the store, and something you can use for play money. Dramatic play like this is wonderful for a young child’s language development as well as development of social skills.

Free Play Idea: Get outside with your older bakeware and bowls and your little ones will go to town creating “mud pies” or nature soup. Getting messy outside is the best part of childhood!

Wednesday

 

Morning Activity: Fill a large, shallow storage container with water and soap bubbles. Provide sponges, rags, measuring cups, etc. for your little ones to use as tools along with their plastic toy animals or vehicles to wash. This sensory bin is a hit with all ages!

Free Play Idea: Drawing, coloring, and writing are wonderful ways for your child to get creative on their own. 

Quiet Time: While younger toddlers nap, big kids can have independent reading time, do activity books or printable activity pages 

Afternoon Activity: Have a scavenger hunt in the backyard! Quickly write or draw the objects your child can search for on a sheet of paper and head outside to start searching. Check off each as they find it!

Free Play Idea: Use the outdoor toys and create an obstacle course. The kids will love running around outside, jumping, crawling, and climbing their way through the afternoon. 

Thursday

 

Morning Activity: Dry rice or pasta that you have in the pantry are a wonderful sensory material to add to a large tray or shallow storage bin for your child to explore. It’s important to add tools like measuring cups and spoons, as well as containers for your child to fill (muffin tins, bowls, cups etc.) Scooping and pouring is always a hit with young children and is fantastic for early math and fine motor skills.

Free Play Idea: Encourage playing with dolls or toy animals. Watch their imaginations run wild when they do. 

Quiet Time: While younger toddlers nap, big kids can have independent reading time, do activity books or printable activity pages.

Afternoon Activity: Paint on a new material! Painting (or coloring) on tin foil will bring a whole new process art experience for your kiddos. The shiny foil and crunchy texture is fun to explore with markers or a paintbrush and paints. 

Free Play Idea: Bring out the hula hoops! Spin them on your arms, jump or crawl through them, etc. 

Friday

 

Morning Activity: Paint with cotton balls or sponges for a new process art and sensory play experience. I like to use a large paper roll or part of a recycled cardboard box as the canvas. Kids will love dipping the kitchen sponges or cotton balls into the paints, and stamping them to create a unique work of art together. 

Free Play Idea: Dress up and imaginary career play. Will you be a princess, a firefighter, a teacher or all three? 

Quiet Time: While younger toddlers nap, big kids can have independent reading time, do activity books or printable activity pages.

Afternoon Activity: Make a cutting practice tray. They are fun for kids and practicing scissor skills is great for young children ages 2.5+. Grab flowers, leaves, paper scraps, straws, yarn, etc. and set out with a child safe scissors on a tray. They’ll love exploring the materials and cutting them into pieces while strengthening the small muscles of their hand. 

Free Play Idea: Paint with water! This mess free way to play with a paint brush is great indoors (on a cardboard box) and outdoors (on the patio or pavement). All ages will enjoy creating designs with just two simple materials. 

I hope you’ve found this helpful. This is just an example and a starting point for you as you plan the days and weeks ahead! Keep it simple. Use materials you already have available at home. And, most importantly, remember that you are ENOUGH. We can do this! Check out @littleoneslearn on Instagram for more inspiration and activities you can do at home.

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