Since we are home more often, you can sometimes find yourself sitting on the couch wanting to watch TV for hours. And sometimes, that's okay! But there are so many more productive activities your kids can do that don’t involve sitting in front of a screen. It is important to make sure that TV or video games don’t consume a child’s whole day. Make sure you take time to give your kids productive—and fun— things to do. All of these activities can be done from home as well!
This is one that we’ve mentioned before, but it’s such a great way to give kids a look into new perspectives and build their vocabulary skills! Reading at home, outside of assigned work, can help kids advance their reading levels and make in-class assignments easier.
Writing is a wonderful form of self-expression. Having your children do some creative writing can also improve their communication skills by allowing them to practice using new vocabulary words. This can take many forms, like a short story or a poem. This can also be an activity that they work on over time; they can write a story that they add on to everyday. Just think of the satisfaction they will glean from seeing a project come together over time! You can also incorporate art into this activity, and have them illustrate their work.
Sometimes it can be hard for kids to articulate their feelings, but journaling lets you sort through your emotions, and can be a great stress reliever. Journaling can take the form of organizing goals, reflecting on tough experiences, listing things you’re grateful for, or just recapping the day. This activity serves as a form of self-care also and can help kids relax after a long day of school.
Playing a sport
Even though most people are staying home more than normal, it is still essential to stay active. Don’t forget to give your kids time to move and play. Physical activity gives kids a break from their work and allows them to blow off steam. After releasing some of their energy, they will be more able to focus. This can be an organized sport, or just playing outside with neighbors and friends (social distance style of course.)
Board games or strategy games
Board games are a fun activity that can still keep kids engaged. For example, games like Scrabble let you work on vocabulary. You can also give your kids activities like word searches, crossword puzzles, or Sudoku puzzles. These keep your mind active and aid in building strategic thinking skills.
Play music or an instrument
Playing music or an instrument is another great creative outlet. It can help improve memory while also reducing stress. If you don’t have access to an instrument or music lessons, listening to music is still a nice break from work that can improve your mood.
Hopefully this list gives you some ideas you can incorporate into your children’s daily lives that are more productive than watching TV. Remember that a little screen time is perfectly okay, especially educational TV, which can prompt them to learn and think about new things. Just make sure to balance that out with healthy and productive activities that will keep your kids learning outside of the classroom!