With the Coronavirus outbreak, life is looking a little bit different these days. Stores are running out of supplies, the stores and roads have been pretty crazy where I live, and it’s the talk of pretty much anywhere you go. I went to the bank yesterday, and in the few minutes I was there I noticed that every customer and service representative were talking about the Coronavirus in some way. If you’re a parent whose kids are now home from school, as a homeschool mom I’ve got some amazing things to keep kids busy. I’m sure the thought of your kids being home without warning and for days on end can feel a bit daunting. But, take a deep breath and know that you’re going to get through this. With simple activities to keep your kids busy, you’ll probably find that it isn’t really that big of a deal. It might even be that you’re working from home and now have kids at home. As a work at home + homeschooling mom, I can relate to you, too. It really will be possible to keep your kids busy at home during the Coronavirus outbreak & stay sane!
How to stay safe during the Coronavirus
By the way, have you read my post on keeping your family safe during the Coronavirus? If not, you can read that HERE (my hubby is an RN so this is great advice!)
This is also a great time to let your kids know that in the midst of all the craziness, they’re pretty awesome. Be sure to grab our printable list of create ways to say “I love you” to your kid. Just tell us where to send it!
One of the overall keys to having your kids at home is to have planned activities. The usual “I’m bored” things you hear during the summer will likely apply here if kids are left to their own decides during the day.
Honestly, I was surprised to see all the schools closed down due to the Coronavirus, but I can understand it. I think it’s more that I’ve just never seen anything like this happen in my lifetime. I guess it will be one for the history books.
So, here are the activities that will keep your kids busy at home during the Coronavirus outbreak.
Use these spring break staycation ideas
This list of spring break activities HERE is a great place to start. These things alone will keep your kids busy for hours, including when you’re setting everything up.
You should also read my tips for moms to stay sane during spring break. They will greatly help you now, too.
Kids love to be in the kitchen, and I find they eat better when they’ve helped prepare the food. And, your kids can probably do more than you think they can. It may take a bit longer to clean up than if it were just you cooking, but it is well worth it since your kids could be busy for quite a while.
It’s still cold where I am, and muddy. So, going outside isn’t a great option. Check out the indoor exercise activities for kids I wrote about HERE to find ways your kids can blow off some steam.
Games are so fun. Even with young ones, if you play a few rounds with them first they will often be able pretend play and entertain themselves for a bit longer on their own.
Get a few new educational toys & games during the Coronavirus
Keeping kids in learning mode is important during time off from school. Since the Coronavirus doesn’t seem to be going anywhere too soon, kids could be home from school for several weeks.
Learning activities are a favorite in our home since we often have to keep some kids busy while others are doing their school.
Below are some of our favorites. Just click on each one to explore further.
Family reading time
You can read to your kids (even young kids love reading along with chapter books that are much “older” than they are), and there are also reading apps that will read for you.
This will also help your kids minds remain engaged while off school during the Coronavirus.
Individual reading time
My kids love when we all sit in the living room and read our own books silently together.
Other screen free activities during the Coronavirus quarantine
I created a list of other screen free activities your kids can do during the summer. The same list will be relevant when your kids are home from school due to the Coronavirus.
You might even find my Survival Guide For Kids and Moms helpful. You can find that HERE at the lowest price.
Then, you’ll also have a jumpstart on your summer sanity plan!
Work on some spring organizing & cleaning projects
My kids really don’t mind cleaning, especially if there is a reward at the end. Plus, the more time you spend getting things done now the more time you’ll have free later. Our family always works really hard during this time of the year to get caught up and ahead on the household tasks. Then, we pretty much spend the entire summer at the beach and doing other fun stuff.
The Coronavirus has come in and disrupted “normal” life pretty much everywhere. Since we can’t change it, we can only roll with it.
If you’ve got kids home from school because of the Coronavirus, keeping your kids happy, giving them creative tasks to keep them busy, and actually enjoying this time together is possible.
Stay calm, check out these resources, and know that keeping everyone healthy is always the primary focus.