Entertaining the Kiddo at Home

We’re not officially quarantined, but even if we wanted to go any where and risk getting sick, we couldn’t because everything is closed except grocery stores. So we’ve been staying at home.

I work from home and Pepper is homeschooled so we’re used to being at home a lot. Many other parents are not though. Something about it being an unknown length of time is making each day feel completely overwhelming. Sure we can survive today, but can we survive this every day for a month (or longer) with no break? I don’t know.

I made Pepper a list of things that we can choose from to do each day and we’ve been making our way through some as needed. We draw, we read, we watch youtube, but we also have several challenges we are working through. A 30 day lego building challenge, a gratitude challenge, a daily affirmation challenge, a non-screen activity challenge, an exercise challenge, a photo challenge, some reading challenges, and a drawing challenge. She’s doing school, playing with playdoh, and video calling grandma. And we’re playing lots of board games.

The biggest helper to filing our days though has been the countless live streams that are being offered by so many people and organizations. I’ll include a link to the google spreadsheet where everything is broken down by hour. There are story times, and drawing lessons, yoga and ballet classes, zoo tours, and so so much more.

The creator of this list keeps adding more and more things. There are more on here then we can do in a day so I’m sure you and your kiddos can find at least a few that you will love and look forward to each day. And almost all are saved so you can watch replays on the weekend of ones you’ve missed throughout the week.

Our personal favorites so far are circle time with Miss Cady at 10, Pete the Cat Storytime at 12, Lunchtime doodles with Mo Willems at 1, Draw with JJK at 2, Cincinnati Zoo home safari at 3, and the Josh Gad story time at 730. We’re in bed for the last one so have been watching the replay the next morning.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1d9vA4JUnr1xFafSY5n7iF75eCb3fX2Azy_6rZOOzH_8/htmlview?usp=sharing&sle=true&fbclid=IwAR0xd6KK0FXcvzK_Jg9kFXh3uw7JXYxVElZDZvdGDYzbVMlSmC9AXAsG9F4

Our favorite activity we have done this week is an Easter Egg hunt. We had the plastic eggs out to get ready for Easter and I filled the eggs with slips of paper that gave her an action she needed to complete. She had to find one egg, bring it back to me, open the egg, and then do the action (ie. sing a song, do 10 jumping jacks, quack like a duck, etc). Then she could go find another egg. She loved it. It got her moving and laughing.

What are you doing with your kiddos to keep everyone calm and having fun?

5 thoughts on “Entertaining the Kiddo at Home

  1. Wow, thank you so much for this! I’ve always considered homeschooling, but was still incredibly unprepared to have to do so at a moment’s notice. Finding so many educational resources popping up has been a little overwhelming and I’ve been having an impossible time of picking a place to start. Since your daughter is about the same age as my oldest, I think I’ve found a good starting point, so thank you so much for posting this!

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  2. We are already homeschooling so things haven’t changed a lot for us, other than we can’t attend any of the homeschooling events any longer and we can’t go to the local playground. My daughter is a social butterfly so she wants to get out and go to stores and anywhere else. We couldn’t even see my parents this weekend so that was hard on her. My son is doing okay. He’s more stressed with the fact we are supposed to be moving next week.

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    1. We are mid move which was stressful enough. We’re leaving the only home I ever had with my late husband, who died from brain cancer last summer. Being away from about half of our things is making this whole quarantine thing even more stressful. They found the first 2 confirmed cases of Corona in our county today. I’m hoping it doesn’t force our move off any later. We’re desperate to feel at least partially settled again.

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      1. We are worried about that happening with us too. We are very close to having a case here. It’s like a circle closing in around us and we know it is coming..in fact we know it is here. We hear of people who are sick but aren’t sure they have it. A lot of people in our area won’t go to a doctor. They’ll do their best to stay at home and use natural remedies probably. We really can’t get our agent to tell us what the alternative is if we can’t get our agent to tell us what the alternative is if we can’t get the paperwork signed, but I think that is becasue she doesn’t know either!

        I’m so sorry about your husband. This moving thing is stressful enough for us, I can’t imagine your stress. I’ll be saying a prayer for your move in the midst of it all.

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