Schools are closed. Everyone is stuck at home. Life has been turned upside down. Are you feeling the stress yet? Honestly, our days haven’t even been THAT affected since we already homeschooled and I’m feeling the pain. What’s going on in the world absolutely affects everyone as tension levels increase. Uncertainty brings about worry and anxiety in many and that can transfer over to the kids. So my advice to you today is to stop, take a deep breath, and then start planning. We’ve got some of the best tips on keeping kids entertained during isolation to help lower their worry and anxiety too!
Tips On Keeping Kids Entertained During Isolation
1) Make A Weekly Plan (But Be FLEXIBLE!)
The best part of being home with the kids and now ‘homeschooling’ is you have some freedom with the schedule. If your kids are early risers, great. However, if they prefer to be night owls and sleep in, let them! You now have that flexibility. No more busses to catch (or miss). Create a schedule but edit to what works for YOUR family.
2) Find Creative Things To Do As You Homeschool
We know finding things to do when kids are homeschooling can be a bit intimidating. Especially if you never had any intentions of homeschooling. However, this is an excellent opportunity to try out learning in different ways. Being creative helps develop your child’s sense of curiosity and imagination and, also, certain tasks can advance fine motor skills.
3) Talk To Your Kids And Build Relationships
During this unprecedented time, set aside a part of your day to just talk to your kids. Work on building relationships with them that may have gotten pushed to the side during the busy-ness of typical life. Ask them how they are feeling about their experiences of not being in school. It’s the perfect time to practice using adjectives for emotions.
4) Encourage Active Kids
Plan a dance party at home. Take a nature walk and do a scavenger hunt. Play in the backyard. Just take some time each day to get moving and active. It helps brighten moods and is a healthy thing to do!
Stock Up On A Variety Of New Toys, Games, And Fun Things To Do
This is hard. Adjusting to a new way of life takes time. So stock up on some fun, educational, and new stuff to help make the transition as painless as possible.
Tips On Keeping Kids Entertained During Isolation - Fun Toys, Games, & Accessories (Educational And Fun)
Moosh-Moosh makes the most butter-soft, cuddly, huggable plush you have ever felt. Because who couldn’t use a cuddle, especially now?
Since their debut two years ago, Moosh-Moosh has wowed retailers, families and industry gurus as the softest plush pals around. College coeds, tweens and preschoolers appreciate how the varied Moosh-Moosh characters offer company, comfort and love as a pillow pal, bedtime buddy and cuddle companion whenever and wherever they are needed.
WaterGame is very simple but with some very particular characteristics.
Cards with simple and intuitive illustrations show the correct habits to adopt to save water in everyday life. Along the way, simple and challenging quizzes accompany the players as they explore the theme of water and its importance!
Packed with layers of imagination for young, growing minds, this fun wooden grocery store set is packed with play value.
This extensive set includes:
~a wooden basket ~more than a dozen solid wood grocery items ~plus a fun barcode scanner ~some barcodes stickers
The illustrated grocery items include tuna can, butter, a baguette, cookies, sweet corn, ketchup, olive oil, spaghetti, chocolate and cereal. Kids have great fun pretend shopping, counting, and practicing language development.
Chalk-Of-The-Town products allows kids to express their inner artist or character or personality.
They can also express their feelings like “I miss my friends” or “I love my family.”
The patented chalkboard surface printed on fabric T-Shirts, Totes, and patches comes with special markers to use. Stencils can help those who don’t have the artful gene as well. When done, wipe it off or throw it in the wash and start again! Kids will enjoy getting to create over and over again!
Sometimes sitting on the couch and listening to a podcast, snuggled next to Dad or Mom, is the way to go.
Imagine Neighborhood podcast series is the ideal non-screen option for parents.
While there are many options in the podcast market, The Imagine Neighborhood is a storytelling show produced by Committee for Children, and it’s designed to help parents and kids deal with big emotions.
Children listen and notice what’s happening around them even when not included in the conversation. This podcast reminds us that they should be part of the conversation.
Story Time Chess is based on a chess teaching method that has been utilized and perfected over the last 12 years through a New York City-based company called Chess At Three, which has successfully taught over 80,000 children in the last decade how to play chess through stories.
The same story-based curriculum being used by these tutors is also being licensed by over 1000 schools.
This brand-new game compresses 12 years of knowledge from teaching young kids how to play chess. The result is a beautifully designed game that can teach any person from age 3-103 how to play chess through fun engaging stories and exercises.
This PG-rated, multi-award winning word game is available exclusively on Amazon for just $24.99. It's ideal for days inside, picnics, multi-generation family nights, and road trips!
Designed to reintroduce a love of tabletop games for a screen-obsessed generation. Filled with age-appropriate toilet humor and funny innuendos for adults—watch the giggles and snorts ensue! The smaller sized cards are ideal for the youngest members of the family.
There’s nothing like music to lighten the mood and soothe the soul and the award- winning Blipblox is more than a toy. It's a completely new way for kids (and adults) to explore electronic music.
Children, even those with no music experience, take to the Blipblox quickly and continue a focused play for extended periods of time. Kids starting as young as preschool age all the way through teens and adults can master a variety of skills and melodies with this tool.
The wonder of growing your own butterflies will bring joy to any family.
This Butterfly Farm from Insect Lore provides children and adults alike the wonder of metamorphosis!
It includes a pop-up habitat with ultra-clear panel ideal for viewing Painted Lady butterflies; a tuck away learning panel on the habitat showing all 4 stages of metamorphosis plus five baby caterpillars with all the food they need. Inside this kit are a Flower butterfly feeder, sugar packets, Deluxe Chrysalis Station Log, a feeding dropper and helpful caterpillar-raising tips!
Includes a free Butterfly Observation Journal filled with STEM-inspired, FUN activities to keep kids occupied.
With a ReadySetz, kids can create an epic toy battle using action figures, building blocks, and other multi-use pieces already in the toy box.
Getting down on the floor to play with a ReadySetz playset is like entering a play world. More than a cardboard box, these have everything a kid could dream of -- ramps, trap doors, tunnels, landing pads – surrounded by a large photo realistic backdrop of an Urban landscape or Space Base.
Each playset comes in two sizes and boasts family-friendly features from 0% plastic, 100% recyclable to fold-flat-for-storage convenience. Best of all, it arrives fully assembled and only takes seconds to unfold for play or fold for storage!"
Why not make kids’ screen time both fun and educational?
Cosmic Cubs will take youngsters into cyberspace to learn about ecology, the solar system and most important, proper space dressing!
Say hello to Ertle (rhymes with turtle), Luna, Sunny, Neeto and Juno, some of the 10 Cosmic Cubs that kids will meet in one of four Apps available for Android and IOS platforms, now available from the iTunes App store or Google Play.
Kids will love the Cosmic Cubs Eco Puzzle, Space Puzzle or Dress Up apps (all are free for some content and $1.99 for full access). The fourth app, Cosmic Cubs Coloring App offers Printable Cosmic Cubs Coloring pages reinforce what youngsters discover on their Apps and lesson plans for the Planets, the 3R’s (reduce, reuse and recycle), and activities all are free and available at the website.
Enter To Win-
One lucky Thrifty Nifty Mommy reader will receive their very own Moosh-Moosh huggable friend! Open to the Continental US only, the company will send the winner a surprise Moosh-Moosh. Enter the widget below for your chance to win. Good luck!
Melody the Bee is precious....I would gift this to my daughter who is working the front lines of this virus. She is single, lives alone and sure could use this adorable friend!
Thursday 16th of April 2020
Sydney likes Neptune the Shark.
Thursday 16th of April 2020
Super cute. My kids would love!
Thursday 16th of April 2020
BonBon is super cute! I'd give him to my daughter!
Thursday 16th of April 2020
Freckles the Donut Cat! I would give to my friends niece who just turned 3 in January.
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