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2020 has been a game-changer for the entire world and we’ve all had to make adjustments in some way. A lot of us are working from home and having to homeschool at the same time. This new normal has been a challenge for some and refreshing to others. Today I want to share some of the best ways to help your little one cope with homeschooling and living life a little different than before the pandemic. 

Today we will discuss: 

  1. Infusing new and exciting activities during learning time 
  2. Easy low-cost craft box essentials 
  3. Exercise and outdoor fun 
  4. Meals for balance 

Infusing new and exciting activities during learning time 

Since making the decision to fully home school our 4-year old we have been on a mission to make her education fun and exciting. In doing so, we have incorporated some pretty awesome crafts and learning worksheets into her school time. The key is to include stimulating hands-on activities and new materials into your child’s learning. Keep reading because I will share my top hands-on activities in just a moment.  

Also, to learn more about our new worksheets for preschoolers, kindergartners, and first graders click here. 

Easy low-cost craft box essentials 

If you’re working with a limited budget there are a few things you can do to add fun to your child’s learning time without spending tons of money. Start by adding the following to your child’s craft box: 

  1. Construction paper
  2. Stick glue 
  3. Pipe cleaners 
  4. Googly eyes 
  5. Popsicle sticks 
  6. Straws 
  7. Markers and coloring pencils 
  8. Washable paint 
  9. Paper plates 
  10. Paper cups 

Add these simple crafts to your box for fun and simple hands of activities. Let me know in the comments if you’re interested in learning more about the crafts we do with these materials. You can find most of these items at your local Target.

Exercise and outdoor fun 

Set aside time in your day for a nice outdoor walk or youtube workout. This is a great opportunity to get some fresh air while incorporating family time. Make this fun. We love to play beanbag toss and kickball or randomly make up a fun game as a family. I like to look up fun family activities on Pinterest. Or you could simply google family fun outdoor activities. 

Meals for balance

I know you’ve heard this before but you are what you eat. Plan out healthy meals for the entire family. If you or your kids don’t like veggies, try adding them to your smoothies. Check out my most recent post about immune-boosting smoothie recipes for the entire family. Let your children help with the meal decision and preparation process. This goes back to the hands-on activities. Cooking can be fun and very interactive for children. 

I hope these tips were helpful. Let me know below in the comments what you’re currently doing to make things as close to normal for your little ones.

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