Activities to Keep Your Kids Busy While You Work from Home
A list of activities to keep those kids out of your hair while working from home.
It’s almost month number 8 since our world has been rocked due to the pandemic, I know a lot of our careers have been moved from in office to at home for the remainder of the year and maybe longer. Well for some of us (the people with no kids) may LOVE this new transition (professional up top and pyjamas on the bottom), it can be rather difficult for the mama’s who have young children at home. If you fall in the category of needing to get work done, but struggling because the children are home too, then this big list of activities is sure to keep them busy for hours while you concentrate.
When children’s imagination is sparked, they will happily play In a world of their own for hours on end, giving you time to get some work done. Here are a few activities to get your children’s creativity flowing:
- Create a living room fort with sheets, blankets, and pillows. This space can be perfect for reading, playing pretend with dolls and stuffed animals, or watching a movie.
- Saved cardboard shipping boxes for a few days and then hand them over to your kids to become forts, rockets, or houses for stuffed animals or dolls. Throw in some markers or crayons and your kids will be happily entertained for hours and even days – building you valuable work time.
- Ask your children to create a play to perform fro you after dinner. Provide them with puppet supplies, a song playlist, or costumes to dress up in.
- Build a city with legos or blocks. Challenge the kids to use every single lego piece to build their own city.
- For all the little girls a tea-party with their dolls will be perfect. Fill a pitcher filled with a special drink and some crackers or cookies and they will be set for the day.
It doesn’t take long for children to start bouncing off the walls when they are cooped up inside for a long period of time. Here are a few activities that will allow your children to burn off all that energy:
- Have a dance party
- Play a kids yoga/zumba video
- Set up an indoor hopscotch in your hallway. Use masking tape to create the boxes and numbers on the floor and use a soft beanbag or whatever soft object you have laying around as the rock.
- Create an indoor scavenger hunt. For a fun scavenger hunt that doesn’t require a lot of set-up, tell your kids to collect or take pictures of objects around the house that start with the letters of the alphabet.
When you’re working from home, it can be difficult to find some quiet time until the kids go to bed or take a nap. These activities will give children the time to chill and you time to get some work done…peacefully.
- Audio books are a great way to entertain children of all reading levels.
- Some parents feel guilty entertaining their children with screen time, but I say go for it! Whatever works best for the family – no judgement here. Throw on an afternoon movie, and to make it extra special you can lay down a picnic blanket and treat your kids to a yummy snack.
- Colouring is a great quiet activity that all kids are sure to enjoy. Allow them to pick out a colouring book the next time you are out or print some pages off the internet to save some money.
Hopefully these activities will help find you some time to yourself to focus on work, while allowing for the children to be fully entertained in productive ways.