GRAB our FREE E-BOOK for homeschooling hands-on activities that require little or no preparation.I believe that homeschooling parents need to pay attention not only to cognitive development but also to physical development. Physical activity is very important for children between 5-17, according to the World Health Organization. Physical activity doesn’t refer only to exercise and sport, it also involves games, play, transportation, recreation, or even chores. The activities below are suitable for homeschool, but also for large classrooms, and are aimed at children between the ages of 4 and 16. However the activities are quite flexible, so you can try them with other age groups as well!
11 Fun Homeschooling Activities for Kids
- can be played individually or in teams
- easy to set up
- it is quite versatile and it can help consolidate numbers, additions, etc.
- it improves hand-eye coordination
- you can use it as a learning homeschool activity while at the same time helping your child have fun
Don’t have a darts game around the house? Make your own. For my 2-year-old I made one with animals:
- Cut a circle out of cardboard
- glue a white piece of paperpaper over it
- start drawing/ add simple mathematical calculations /words you wish children to learn/ grammar aspects to practice/ difficult words to spell/read.
- Print the sheets from the Fun and engaging indoor games booklet
- Spread them out around the room
- Tell players that when stepping on one rock, they must quickly shout the word they stepped on
- After saying the word, they can jump on the next stone
- If he fails to shout the word, he must go back to start and do it again.
- To make it more engaging, set a time limit to cross the river.
- First, players need to sit on chairs/cushions in a circle.
- One player is IT so he is not in the circle.
- Players are assigned the name of a fruit/they choose one. It is better if more than one player has the same fruit name.
- IT calls out a fruit.
- The children that have been assigned the fruit called out must jump up from the chair and find a new seat.
- But at the same time, IT will compete for an empty chair.
- When competing for a chair, ne player will be left standing.
- Repeat the procedure over and over again, calling out different fruit
When you need a break from sitting down activities, try this all-time favorite. Homeschooling will surely become more fun when after spelling/reading/additions comes playing!Set up:
- Depending on the situation, you could stick some tape on a hard floor/ lay down large foam numbers/A4 pieces of paper on which you write the numbers.
- The children could give each other dares: to hop with their eyes closed, to say the alphabet while hopping, to hop backwards.
- blindfold a person
- he must run around to touch the others and guess who he touched
- if he guesses correctly, then the person he touched would be blindfolded next.
- before you blow up the balloons, write some secret messages on tiny pieces of paper.
- fold them up into tiny rectangles.
- place one secret message in each balloon
- blow them up.
- children compete to pop the balloon and read the secret message.
- the first to pop and read wins points for his team.
- you can race with a spoon in your hand, fill it with water, and go from finish to start without spilling a drop.
- race to retrieve an object and take it to the finish point.
- Get little pieces of paper from a plate by using only a straw and taking it to the finish line without using your hands.
- Get little toys from the water with the help of a spoon/net and compete.
- You could also try to race with their legs tied or with super large shoes on
- race together in a large shirt.
- Use magnetic fishing rods and toys to make it easier for younger children.
- To make the activity more meaningful, let the children choose the music!
- You could also choose to sing the song. Simply assign a person to press a buzzer/ring a bell/make a loud noise to signal when to stop singing and sit down.
- It becomes even more fun when you join in, dear parents! There is a laugh a minute with this game when children and adults play together!
- throw pom-poms in a plastic bottle. I played it with my 2-year-old and he had lots of fun.
- We threw pom-poms in a large plastic bottle which I’d previously cut out and painted in a funny way.
- We drew and painted a large mouth so that when throwing the pom-pom my son thought we were feeding it.
- The players start from opposing sides of the room
- They must walk towards each other by taking tiny steps, heel in front of the toe.
- Before starting, players must decide on a number, 7 for example.
- They take the 7 steps toward each other
- Then players must perform a dare, one they can actually do without having to move from the spot.
- The players give each other one dare and then they decide on another number and start walking again, tiny steps.
- The first to get to the other side of the room wins.
- For younger children, create a simpler and shorter obstacle course: a chair to crawl under, a cushion to hop or step over, balls to throw in a basket, and something to climb onto.
- For older children, you can make more complex obstacles and spread them all across the house. Supervise the children closely and let them enjoy the race!
ConclusionsI know that homeschooling can be stressful and sometimes scary, but be patient! Give it time and always trust your instincts. We are also here to help. We constantly add articles for homeschooling parents, so make sure to come back for more inspiration, dear parents! If you also need more fun learning activities, read the fun number recognition activities article. Make sure to read our guide for homeschooling parents for useful tips and tricks. You, dear parents, are doing a wonderful job! Children learn best when adults model.
So keep calm and model on!
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Hi. I am Monica, an experienced ESL teacher and early years student, mother to a preschooler and passionate reader.