The company for my day-job has been remote for several years now so working from home with kids around is not new to me. However, the whole social distancing quarantine takes working from home with a preschooler to a whole new level. I figured I would round up a few of my favorite activities to keep your kids busy while you’re working.
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Top 11 Activities to Keep your Kids Busy While Working from Home
I have been following The Mama Notes blog for a long time and Caitlin always shares the best activities. You can find lots of creative, fun, and easy crafts to pass some time.
If you are looking for craft ideas Hello, Wonderful is a great resource. There is a whole section on learning combined with crafts that is perfect for the current situation.
This is another website with lots of learning activities for young toddlers and preschoolers. I like that you can sort the activities by categories (ie; math, art, science, literacy, etc.) and by type (ie; sensory, bath time, inside and outside).
There are so many ways to create sensory bins and they are wonderful for little imaginations. This garden one is really cute and perfect for upcoming spring weather. I also love this Frozen themed one — it may be the perfect thing to do while watching Frozen 2 since it is out early on Disney+. I also have a bin filled with Kinetic Sand that is guaranteed to give me at least 45-minutes of quiet.
You can find great educational content for free on the Scholastic Learn at Home website. You watch a video, read a book, and then complete two activities around a theme.
This block set comes up with 28 puzzle challenges. It introduces early logic and reasoning skills in a fun way. This keeps Aiden busy for a while and he can do himself without a lot of help so it’s great for conference calls or times when work requires a bit more of my attention.
Our care provider recently introduced math using an abacus and Aiden is totally into it. I found these cubes which I brought me back to my elementary school days. I picked them up to work on math skills while we are home. I know that this will challenge him and hold his attention.
Aiden rarely gets tablet time (we usually reserve it for trips), so when I break it out at home he is so excited. We got the Osmo Genius Kit and it’s great. The Genius Kit comes with five educational activities that are interactive (ie; tangrams) so he isn’t just staring at a screen.
I haven’t tried this with Aiden yet, but I plan to. Mo Willems is a children’s book author and illustrator. Aiden loves to draw so I think he might really like this! Here is another YouTube account that features animator Michael Woodside who teaches kids to draw Disney Characters like Olaf and Stitch. I haven’t had a chance to check this one out yet, but I suspect it’s one I will have to do with Aiden to help him.
Actors/actresses reading children’s books
Aiden loves books. He could probably read all day. He got the biggest kick out of one of his favorite movie characters, Olaf (or the voice of Olaf) Josh Gad, reading a story. I think this is a really cute and fun idea. I also found an Instagram Account @savewithstories created by Jennifer Garner and Amy Adams that has several actors and actresses reading stories.
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) March 15, 2020
Similar to the previous activity where Josh Gad reads stories, you can watch astronauts read stories from the Space Station. The astronauts will also conduct and videotape educational demonstrations. They have curriculums around the stories which I haven’t had a chance to really dive into but I believe they are more geared towards older children.
If you are looking for a way to explain the Coronavirus I found this podcast to be relatively easy to digest. It’s meant for children although it’s still probably a bit over a preschooler’s head. I found the information very helpful so I plan to listen to it with Aiden in small bits throughout the day so that I can be sure he is paying attention.
Having kids home full time while trying to work is a challenge and it is helpful that there are so many resources out there to try to make things a little easier. I always try to plan a few things the evening before after the kids go to bed so I am not scrambling to pull things together with a preschooler running and a baby crawling around.
For additional tips on the best activities to keep your kids busy when working from home, check out this post I wrote on Momma Society with Essential Tips For Working From Home With Kids.
What are you doing to keep your kids busy at home? I would love to hear your ideas in the comments.