Let’s get real. When I created our preschool game plan and schedule, I didn’t expect us to really end up here.
7 weeks later, still in quarantine. No school for the rest of the school year, either.
I’ve run through my social distancing activities with my kids. Our schedule is fizzling out. (Although it still is a handy way to organize the day. Here’s another great routine starter for at home moms.)
This self-isolation with kids is wearing me out. I want to be able to go out again, to visit the library, to go to a museum, to have playdates.
BUT because I am fully on board with keeping as many people safe as possible, we will stay home and wait it out. And we’ll have fun and engage and enjoy our time as much as we can.
My goals for our current quarantine days are this: a little bit of learning, creating, and kindness/helpfulness, and not too much screen time in a day.
(No shame in my mom game, though. Educational apps, PBS Kids, and Disney+ are lifesavers, too.)
So lately, we’ve been incorporating things in, one activity at a time. And even though we seem to revolve around the same activities, my kids don’t seem to mind.
Some of them they even take on independently, leaving me a little mom breathing space to sip my coffee or check my email.
Today I’m sharing a simple free printable Quarantine Activity Bingo sheet.
This Quarantine Activity Bingo can be filled out daily, because it’s all activities you can do differently every time. Fill out one row or column. Or see how many total you can knock out in a day.
It can even be used as a chart to record your kids’ activities if you want them to earn a special treat, like screen time.
And bonus! They all contribute to some form of learning or character development.
Nature walks are a great way for your little scientists to observe the world around them and ask questions.
Board games become ways of counting and keeping track of numbers.
Making cards means learning how to be considerate of others (while practicing writing or drawing).
Baking is a little science, a little math, and a little kindness (if you want to share).
Hopefully it’s a fun way to shake up your days a little. I know that for moms, this quarantine is especially hard. Hang in there – we will get through this.
Now how about you?
Which parts of the Quarantine Activity Bingo will your kids love? What activities have been lifesavers for you during this time?