Activities To Do With Your Kids During Social Distancing and COVID-19
Beth Rosenbleeth is just a “regular mom” with a background in education and has a passion for hands-on-learning. She’s the creator of Breakfast Invitations; the simple way to implement play and drink your coffee in peace as the day begins.
Throughout her sought-after website, dayswithgrey.com, Beth reaches over 100,000 families in 90+ countries worldwide. She leads her followers in simple play ideas that help expand children’s thinking and communication skills.
The Unspoken Topic
- Children aren’t playing enough. They’re expected to join all of these structured activities that also compete with screen time and so playing with no structure has diminished.
What We Cover
- How kids learn through playing and how it sets them up for academics.
- Ways to structure your day that give kids a little bit of everything they need.
- Tips on different types of activities your kiddos can do at home that can optimize their learning.
Take a Listen >>
- Start the day by having your children do an activity that uses their brainpower.
- Use screen time for the afternoon when you too, need a break.
- The toys that make noise and light up are a great way to keep your kid entertained, but they’re not actually learning anything.
- Kids have too much structure in how they play. Encourage more unstructured play.
- Play is the foundation for a child to learn to use their senses.
- Hands-on learning is the foundation for academics.
- Make it a goal for kids to play at home. When they play at home, they are more susceptible to play at other times like waiting for the bus.
- Empty a plastic storage bin.
- Take it to the kitchen and fill it up with water.
- Add in dish soap or food coloring. Choose only one.
- Put the plastic container on an old yoga mat if indoors, or put in anywhere outside.
- Go into the kitchen and get a ladle, a measuring cup and a whisk.
- Let them explore!
How to Be Productive
- Structure your day in quadrants.
- Morning- Do a breakfast invitation. Cut out a pieces of paper for each child and write everyone’s name on it. Have them circle their names, write their names, draw themselves, etc. Listen to the podcast for further instruction.
- Mid-Morning- Get out of the house! Go for a walk, take them to a play-date, etc.
- Mid-afternoon: Screen time for an hour, or for however long you feel comfortable.
- Evening: Dinner, bath and bedtime!
Hardest Decision To Make as a Mom
- Letting go of all the things you want and need to do in the times you need to be more graceful with yourself. Times like newly postpartum or when pregnant.
A-Ha Moment About Parenting
- Breakfast Invitations to get her kids to think in the morning.
Beth’s Gift For You
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Mama Has a Minute
- Favorite form of self-care: Go outside for a walk.
- Best parenting advice ever received: Watching kids play and follow their lead.
- Share your favorite parenting hack: Take a picture of the puzzle completed and store the pieces in a bag with the picture.
- Recommend one product your children cannot live without: Balance Bikes.
- Share your favorite book and why: Loose Parts Too because it taught her about using the environment to stimulate learning.
- What motherhood means to you: Motherhood is forming a relationship they can trust and carry onto adulthood.