CoVid Suggestions

With co-ops not meeting in person and field trip sites limited, we have fewer options, but there are options. 

To get outside: Make more of your walks through the neighborhood by adding a scavenger hunt. You can look for different breeds of dogs out walking (how many breeds can you find?) or different colors of cars (great for younger kiddos learning their colors) or find letters and numbers on signs and licence plates. Give each child a letter or number to look for and see who has found the most by the time you return home. How many birds can you find? Can you identify them?

You can also add a bit of math. Challenge the kids to round the next house number or license plate to the nearest 10, then pick another target and round it to the nearest 100. Or ask them if it's an odd or even number?

Add some exercise besides just walking. Have them sprint to the green house (and then wait for you there) or challenge: When they reach a yellow house, they have to do 10 jumping jacks, a gray house they have to march in place 10x, a green house means 5 burpees (remember those?), and a white house means 5 windmill toe touches. 

You can create an obstacle course in the backyard like your own Ninja Warrior course- or see who can complete a list of backyard challenges the fastest. 

Indoor Ideas:

Even indoors, you can explore other places virtually. I have a list of virtual fieldtrips you can check out or travel to another country with travel shows on youtube. Game systems with activity options can fill the time, too.  Virtual Bowling, kayaking, and obstacle courses can make a rainy day pass faster.

Create "theme days" so your days don't all feel the same. Music Mondays, Travel Tuesdays, Wednesdays can be All About Animals, History Thursdays and Science Fridays. Saturday nights can be movie night or game night with popcorn! 

Make your own board games. Use a pizza box or a monopoly board and create your own game about your family or places you've been. 

Connect with Others:

Show and Tell on Zoom. You might not be able to get together with your homeschool group, but you can schedule a "show and tell" time on zoom. Each child takes a turn showing something they made or learned and talking about it. Then the other kids watching can ask questions. 

If you don't have a homeschool group, schedule to do this with grandparents or other friends/family who will be happy to be included in the learning/public speaking process. This can be adapted to be a "lego challenge" or "craft challenge" where the group is given a broad theme like "what can you build with lego that is an animal" or "build something with lego that has wheels" or "create a craft project made of all recycled materials" - or more specifically, "create a bug craft out of recycled materials". If you have a homeschool group facebook page, pictures could also be posted there to create an ongoing collection as each  monthly project is completed. 

Ninja at the Park: Join your friends at the park and take turns using the park equipment as a Ninja course. Some things you go over, others you go under, or climb or jump. You can time each participant or just opt for a "who can finish the challenge" format. If you can't all be at the park at the same time, you can post videos of each child's run so everyone can see on your facebook group page. 

Dodge Ball in the Tennis Court: This works great because it keeps the balls from going very far, and the net keeps everyone on their own side of the game. You can play family against family to keep your social distance. If very young kids are playing too, try playing with beachballs or balloons instead of balls. 

Outdoor Recital: You might not be able to get together for a music recital or dance recital or to show off your tae kwon do or gymnastics moves,  but you could meet at a park and do your recital there. Or on someone's back deck, porch or patio (which makes a great stage with everyone else in the yard below). If the weather prevents this, a Zoom recital is another option. 

Check out my resources pages for more new ideas to try. This is a great time to break from your normal routine and try something new and FUN!!

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