July 28, 2011
All parents can relate to the feeling of needing a break from their children. I admit that sometimes I hide in the bathroom just to get a few minutes of quiet time. Here are some suggestions for keeping your children occupied.
- Computer Games: For a complete list go to http://www.mommyteaching.com/blog/entry/website-to-help-develop-technological-inquiry
- Get Out Some Puzzles. If your children are old enough to do puzzles by themselves, they can stay busy for a while.
- Get children started on an art project that takes a long time to complete. Here is one of those activities. http://www.mommyteaching.com/blog/entry/a-stimulating-activity-that-sharpens-math-skills-drawing-math
- Have them “surprise” you by building something with blocks! Tell them you can’t look until they are each done with their structure. You are not allowed to participate because it’s a surprise.
- Require your children to have a whole hour of reading time and put the buzzer on to keep track of the time. This post has a list of education books in case you’re interested. http://www.mommyteaching.com/blog/entry/reading-math-and-teacing-fun-books-books-that-motivate-children-to-learn-math-ag
- Play for reality: This one is great for young children age 3 - 7. For a more complete list go to http://www.mommyteaching.com/blog/entry/five-ways-to-play-with-your-child-when-you-are-too-busy-to-play
- Take out toys they haven’t seen in a long while. I used to have an emergency bin of toys they could only play when I was desperate for a break. My children would be so excited to reunite with the lost toys and it kept them busy for hours.
When all else fails, call someone for help.
Share any ideas that work for you and your children.