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By giving them options that each offer an opportunity to practice skills or gain knowledge, any choice they make is one with which qualifies as school.
However, these activities are all about the process, not the end product. This allows us to relax and just enjoy having fun together and not worry about completion.
1. Cook together in the kitchen.
2. Do an art project.
3. Make a card for someone you love.
4. Try a new app (I like Draw, Then Write. It is new and only $3.99)
5. Watch a PBS show, like The Wild Kratts or Reading Rainbow (some episodes are free with Amazon Prime)
6. Plan the next celebration. Someone has a birthday coming up or there is holiday around the corner. Get on Pinterest and pick 1 or 2 ideas (no more!) to try.
7. Go outside and look for evidence of the season (if the weather permits, of course).
8. Do a science experiment. Check out my Pinterest Board for ideas.
9. Play with your kids. Get out the Legos, board games, puzzles, or build a fort. Let the creativity entertain you.
10. Play dominoes (and sneak in some math).
11. Build something out of Legos. See if it floats or can hold up a book. Experiment and have fun.
12. Turn up some music and dance. We like to make up steps and then teach them to each other. It is great for our memories, and it gets us moving.
13. Plan some menus for next week. Ask the kids to help make the grocery list or follow a budget to build a yummy meal.
15. Put on a play to retell a story. You can even make puppets if you wish.
16. Play “Would you rather….?” It is a silly thinking game where you take turns asking each other questions like, “Would you rather live on the moon or the bottom of the ocean?” There are no wrong answers. It is just really fun!
17. And my personal favorite…Snuggle together on the couch and read. Maybe make some cocoa or tea.
Yes, you may need to do a load of laundry or cook dinner, but find a fun way to do those things together. We have set a timer to get it all done in 10 minutes. If we are successful, we take turns giving each other a foot rub! 🙂
Whatever you do, just focus on being present with your kids.
What else can you think of to do during wonky weeks? Tell me in the comments!