There are plenty of fun and creative ways you can keep your little ones entertained this summer. Get them out in the yard learning about nature, and planting vegetables. If they’re more of an artistic type, maybe it’s time to move on from finger painting, and get them inspired by real artists. There are tonnes of inspiring ideas online. Don’t forget to keep them on their toes with kids’ fitness apps, and you can join in too.
Kids need a bit of whimsy to get inspired in the garden. Start some plants in little pots or jars that they can paint faces on first. Quick growing examples include salad, cress, and sunflowers. You can start them off on the window sill. Try planting a tasty selection of summer vegetables to eat. You could even make your own garden gnomes out of recycled materials such as a tin foil. Encourage your kids to make a scrapbook or online diary for example. They can then share this with friends and family, even while they’re stuck at home. Think of fun creative ways to get them interested like by upcycling household items to make plant pots and other ornaments. If you don’t have a yard, don’t let that stop you! You can make a little garden from an empty box or drawer if you’re creative enough.
Art by Chocolate
Tate Kids, from the famous London Tate Gallery, has loads of fun interactive activities online. You can make pop art like Andy Warhol, learn about street art, or even make a painting out of chocolate! If you want to avoid a big clean up, MoMa New York also has collaborated with the artist Louise Lawler. They are offering a fun interactive program where she recreates tracings for you of famous pieces of artwork, and you can color them in. If you really want to sharpen their technical skills, check out these 4 websites where kids can create digital art. You might discover some hidden talents in your family.
Make exercising into a game with these fun, yet challenging fitness apps. Sworkit has a collection of fun workouts. It’s a free app for both iOS and Android and starts at age 4 and up. The varying types of exercises have a “random” option so you can keep your kids on their toes, literally. Another great app, Just Dance Now, is free and easy to use. Choose your favorite pop songs and dance along together. You’ll need a monitor or smart TV to watch the routines and then use the phone as the controller. Zombies, Run! is a running game that scares players to keep going. It’s great for any potential Hussain Bolt you’re raising.
If you’re looking for educational resources to keep your kids busy at home as well, check out https://studentreasures.com/teachers-lounge/lesson-plans/first-grade/. There are plenty of ideas to help with homeschooling, so your kids will be up to speed when the schools are back open.
Hopefully some of these ideas can help you and your kiddos pass the time, which we all seem to have plenty of these days! What are your favorite quarantine family resources? Let me know in the comments below and thanks for reading!