• Tammy Layman-Hall

8 Screen-break Activities for K-6 Kids

With so much of education going online, don't forget about offline educational opportunities

As parent, my social media accounts are filled with online resources to keep my kids entertained, engaged and busy throughout this pandemic. I am delighted to see all the educational opportunities my kids. I'm thrilled that it's all happening, that people are coming together to share these educational events. I do have a complaint, though.

My kids don't need to sit in front of screen anymore. Here's a list of offline activities:

  • Make a meal. Teaching kids to cook encompasses so many different school subjects. My son hates facing a page of fractions. He'll measure out ingredients (and add fractions to double a recipe and convert fractions to whole numbers) in anticipation. They balk at learning chemical reactions online, but they'll gladly bake cookies.

  • Conduct household inventory. Armed with lined notebook paper, clipboards, and pencils, my two will gladly inventory the freezer, pantry and the workshop adding up what we have, identifying what we need and what we can send out.

  • Compost. We started a compost bin last fall. We just planted our seedlings in our fresh compost. Everyone was amazed. Now, we save kitchen scraps to add to our bin. We're contemplating where to add the next garden and second compost bin.

  • Taking an observational walk or ride. What do you see? Where do you want to go? We're in a small town, so we let one kid say pick which street or direction, then the other does the next turn. It's random fun.

  • Learn to play cards. We teach them poker, euchre, and other games. We let them make up games.

  • Dial the phone, address envelops, and answer the phone. Total 1970's skills, true. My kid was the only one in her class who knew how to address an envelop.

  • Assemble care packages, write thank you notes and create encouragement cards. Especially now, everyone needs a bit more hope and encouragement.

  • Play. Just letting them invent what they want to do, how they want to do it, and keeping them in a steady supply of materials is learning.

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