It’s a rainy weekend, a snowstorm has canceled school, or summer vacation is simply going on too long. You are tired of hearing whiny voices complain that “there’s nothing to do.” You have things to do at home and need to keep the kids occupied for the sake of everyone concerned. What can you do?
As parents, we tend to suggest the simple things like reading or playing a board game, only to have our children complain that they’re bored, they’ve played all the games in the house, read all the books in their rooms. When they start sitting blankly in front of the computer or television, or fighting endlessly with each other, then it’s time to get creative.
The attached infographic, Engaging At-Home Activities for Kids, offers a number of ideas that you may not have considered. Divided into several categories, the piece provides ideas for crafts, learning and healthy activities that can keep kids occupied for hours. They’ll be happy and busy, and you can actually get your own work done!
Best of all, many of these suggestions involve using free online resources. Are your kids complaining that they’ve done all their puzzles, colored all the pages in their coloring books, played all their games until they’re bored to tears? With the help of the Internet and your home printer, you can provide kids with new coloring pages, puzzles, games and math worksheets. It’s easy, and we hope our suggestions are only the beginning of ideas for keeping your kids busily learning!
Plus, there are so many things kids can do with materials you already have at home. They can make puppets, do simple science experiments, tend to a backyard garden, build an obstacle course and more. All they need are their imaginations, a few objects lying around the house, and a little guidance from an adult.
Be sure to encourage physical exercise, too. If they can get outdoors, that’s great, but even if your kids are stuck inside, there are plenty of creative movement activities they can do, too — without destroying the furniture or breaking your family heirlooms.
We put together the infographic to let you in on a few ideas that we came up with for combating boredom at home. We hope you use these as a springboard to come up with more ideas. Whatever you may think of the Internet for kids, remember: It’s a great resource for children’s learning websites and activities. Ready to get started? Read on!