Are you struggling to find activities to do with your children while they are off school? It doesn't take long for them to get fed up of their favourite activities, does it?

Home schooling is definitely harder than I expected. Keeping your children positive and stimulated under such surreal circumstances certainly needs some organisation.

If you haven’t already checked out our daily routine, I’d highly recommend taking a look here.

Pulling activities out of thin air can be difficult for many parents, particularly for weeks at a time.

So I've decided to share the activities my children have selected during this lockdown period in the hopes that it gives you some new and fun ideas to try.

To mix things up we have written our daily routine and a list of 60 different activities on our chalk board that the children can choose from.

I've chosen this self-selection method as theory suggests children are more engaged, and therefore more open to learning when they are able to choose an activity they're interested in.

My children have been requesting water play the last few days, and thankfully the sun has been shining. However, having seen the weather report for next week, I thought it might be nice to see how we could bring the water theme indoors.

Under the sea activity

I always look for ways to extend their knowledge, and try to create activities that will help them develop new skills.

With my daughter, we are currently working on colour recognition, counting and developing our fine motor skills.

My son is currently learning about animals and mammals at school.

So an under the sea theme seemed fitting to extend both their learning.

What you'll need:

  • Tray

  • Pom Poms

  • Tweezers

  • Sea creatures

  • Spoons

  • Cups

If you don’t have all of these items at home, you can substitute them for other household items, such as:

  • cotton wall

  • kitchen tongs

  • toys your children already have.

This activity offers the opportunity to develop language and communication skills and furthers children’s understanding of the world.

We discussed the sea creatures, sorted them into colours, and counted the Pom Poms. Then we arranged the Pom Poms by size and used our gross and fine motor skills to pick them up with tweezers.

Then we scooped the Pom Poms up with spoons, carefully placing them in cups and ice moulds, helping our coordination skills.

This kept both my children entertained for about an hour, with my eldest teaching my youngest about each sea creature that was discovered.

Why not give it a try? I hope you have as much fun as we did!

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