How to get kids to take a break from the computer

Mar 30, 2020 | Articles, Homeschooling, Parents

Here are a few more tips on what to do with your kids when they are at home. Try these to increase their morale if they are getting bored or restless.

1) I strongly believe in giving kids chores to do around the house. Beds don’t magically get made and floors don’t get vacuumed or swept on their own. This is a great time to let the kids know how to carry their weight when it comes to chores around the house. You can even teach them how to do the laundry or some other household chore that will actually save you time! You may find that they love to contribute to helping the household run smoothly!

2) You can try out some cooking experiences, give your kids a chance to create in the kitchen and make dinners for the family.  This might include cooking with your child or getting them to watch cooking shows and then let them loose on making dinner for the family.  On Smart Bubblegum, you can even find some apps to help kids learn about nutrition. Try looking up Smart Foods-Organic Diet Buddy, an app we reviewed in Smart Bubblegum that helps you find Farmer’s Markets all over the US, teaches you and your child a lot about the nutritional values of specific foods, and more!

3) Get creative, do charades, play board games; get them to dress up as a superhero they like, etc. More creative ideas can be found at Smart Bubblegum: See Tayasui Sketches, or Musical Me! for a few ideas. There are several more in the section on Arts in Smart Bubblegum.

4) Give them an assignment to research something – you can make up a topic or look online for at-home science experiments that can be done by children of any age. A great place to start is in Smart Bubblegum – Science, which is broken down into several categories. There you and your child can look up anything from Dinosaurs to Physics or Anatomy to Zoology. Check all the apps under Science for a selection of topics that will keep your young ones entertained while learning more about the world they live in. Have them choose a topic they would like to find out about and then have them do all of the research and present you with a report if you like.

These are just a few suggestions to keep your children engaged and learning while you have them at home. Also, remember to take time to enjoy their company and appreciate that you have this time together with your family. Enjoy it and make the most of a difficult situation.

Remember, we will get through this. Keep calm and carry on!