Educational Activities for Kids
Let me start by saying that if you have kids in school, I am with you and understand your frustrations about the 2020-2021 school year. It has been the most significant adjustment I think anyone has ever had to make and will continue to make. I saw this meme come across my stories the other day, and I think its the perfect place to start.
No matter what you decide, you are making the best decision for you and your family.
Whatever you decided on school this year, I think its safe to say that we can always use different ways to teach our kids. Some of these activities still count as independent, and some will require a little help.
Counting with Cheerios- My four-year-old loves this activity, and yes, its because she gets to eat the cheerios while she plays. I like it because it's a fun way for her to learn her numbers! Check out the mama notes to get the printable for these numbers.
Counting Rubberbands- This is another easy one that requires a minimum set up and is a great way to engage math skills with your little ones. I sometimes use this with my 2nd grader to teach addition and subtraction.
Math for elementary age kids- If you follow me on IG, then you know that I‘m obsessed with the Target dollar spot. Every few months, they refresh the items there, and I can always find good stuff for the kids.
This money kit is from the dollar spot, and my seven-year-old loves to play store with it. We also like doing flashcards, which I got from Goodwill (another great place for educational activities).
Osmo for kids- We love this activity! Let’s be real the kid's screen time activity has gone through the roof since COVID-19, and I have no shame in that at all. However, I have been adding a little more education in the mix to help balance it all out. We have the basic Osmo kit with a math game, shape game, and spelling game. My seven year old mainly uses this, but its good practice for my four-year-old as well. Check out more about Osmo here.
The Calming Basket- The calming basket is a basket that we use during “time ins.” We try hard to parent our kids through positive parenting, and using “time ins“ instead of ”time outs” is part of the program. Last summer, I purchased this kit through generation mindful, and it was the best money I spent last year. It came with so many tools and resources and ideas to help me with my positive parenting journey. Here’s how it works, when the kids are having very strong emotional responses to situations or having meltdowns or are struggling to listen, we send the kids to "time in." They have a seat in an area in our living room and can do activities to help them calm their bodies down. Here are some of the activities they can do
Read a book
Play with fidget toys
Squeeze a ball
Drink some water
Take deep breaths
Hug their favorite stuffed animal
After a few minutes, I usually talk to them about their emotions, and we discuss solutions on how to make better choices next time. These tools have helped me teach the girls about their feelings and how to self regulate. It has honestly taught me as well! I highly recommend this kit.