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Staying Sane During Quarantine – Part III: Educational Activities

Educational Activities for Kids

Photo credit: Alison Jade

Whether you’re figuring out homeschool curriculum or trying to entertain your little ones in creative ways, one thing is for sure – it isn’t easy. It’s hard work playing the role of mother, teacher, and friend. What can be even harder is stepping into the role of teacher if you don’t fully understand what you’re doing or know what new ideas to plan for next.

Luckily, there are some clever mamas out there who have thought up some ideas for you. Instead of searching Pinterest, emailing your little one’s teacher, or turning on Frozen 2 for the seventh time that week, try some of the educational activities below. These are little projects you can easily make from items you have at home and will keep your kid’s brain moving so you can sip your coffee sanely.

 

Match the Letter Game

Learning Letters

Photo credit: Leah Gemmati

Supplies:

  • Paper towel or toilet paper tube (we understand these items are rare, these days)
  • Plain stickers OR tape
  • Pen or marker (you can use a Sharpie on tape if you do not have stickers)

Instructions:

  • Write scattered letters on the carboard tube – to make it tougher, do upper and lowercase letters.
  • On the stickers or tape, write the letters then need to match to the ones on the tube – you can also have them match the uppercase to the matching lowercase letter.

 

Money Play

Learning About Money for Kids

Photo credit: Renee’ Saraceni

Supplies:

  • Play cash or coins – you can also create your own with construction paper
  • To add extra fun, you can use a piggy bank or make one with an empty tissue box

Instructions:

  • Have your little one count the “cash” or “coins” you lay out in front of them
  • To add extra fun, you can have them practice addition and subtraction using the props

 

Color/Creature Scavenger Hunt (clothes edition)

Learning Colors for Kids

Photo credit: Cari Roraback

Supplies:

  • Colorful clothes with characters

Instructions:

  • Make a scavenger hunt while you relax!
  • You can ask your child to look for certain colors, characters, body parts, or even get into specific themes and television shows (if your clothes are that diverse).

 

Fine Motor Fun with Tweezers

Fine Motor Skills Exercises

Photo credit: Renee’ Saraceni

Supplies:

  • Plastic tweezers (or chopsticks if you have them)
  • Small items such as beads, cotton balls, figurines
  • Plastic cups or containers

Instructions:

  • Have your little one work on their fine motor skills by picking the items up with the tweezers
  • You can have them separate the items into different colored cups to make it a little trickier

 

Paper Plate Clock

Learning how to tell time

Photo credit: Michele Graham

Supplies:

  • Paper plate(s) – you can overlap the paper plates to add minutes to the plate underneath
  • Paper or cardboard
  • Marker/crayon
  • Scissors
  • Split pin

Instructions:

  • Overlap two paper plates if you want to add minutes beneath
  • Write the hours on the top plate
  • Create an HOUR and MINUTES hand in the shape of arrows
  • Use the pin to push them central

 

Staying Sane During Quarantine - Part 1: Fun Physical Activities can be found here.

Staying Sane During Quarantine - Part 2: Creative and Crafty Projects can be found here.

 

Biography

 Jennifer Aline is a coffee addict, mama of twins, and a passionate freelance writer and author. She writes for Moms.com on a regular basis and has had articles in publications such as the NY Daily News, NY Post, and In Good Health Newspaper. Aline received her Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Family Studies from Keuka College and worked in the Human Services field before her two little girls entered her life. Aline now focuses primarily on writing, teaching aerial arts classes in the evenings, and caring for her twin daughters – all while continuously chugging coffee, of course.

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