Looking for ideas to entertain your young kids? This at home activity schedule for kids is packed full of over 200 earning, sensory, outdoor, and craft activity ideas for your young children!
Whatever the reason may be, lots of families are finding themselves unexpectedly home for a long stretch with young kids. Whether your schools have been cancelled, or you’re practicing social distancing, we can all use some ideas when it comes to keeping our young kids engaged and active. In an effort to help, I’ve created a “curriculum” of sorts, a multi-week at home activity schedule for kids and toddlers!
UPDATE: The activity book is new, improved, and doubled in size! Click the button below to see images of the new book and download for your family.
What Do I Do With My Kids At Home?
If you’re used to having young kids with daycare or preschool schedules and all of a sudden school is closed, it can feel completely overwhelming! Days are long and weeks are longer.
So I put together this multi-week activity schedule, to help jump start some ideas. There are enough ideas to fill your weekdays (leaving your weekends open) for the next four weeks. You’ll most likely have a few extra activities that you can sprinkle around. You can follow every day to the letter, or you can use it to tailor the schedule and ideas to your children and your family. There’s no wrong way to use it!
The schedule is linked out to materials, websites, and more, to help round out the experience and make it as interactive as possible.
(If you make your way through the whole thing and still need ideas, here are 41 free or cheap things to do with kids!)
How to Use Home Activity Schedule for Kids
You can download the schedule below. On the first page, you’ll find a brief introduction and instructions for use. Next, you’ll see our family’s daily schedule. Feel free to use this, or to use one of the alternative schedules (or the checklist version).
The schedule breaks up the day into different sections — learning, sensory, craft, physical activity, and more.
Next, for each category, you’ll find a huge selection of ideas that you can plug in. Take into account your kids’ ages, how much time you have, or what everybody feels like doing. There are outdoor play ideas, letter and number exercises, crafts, sensory projects, and lots more. I’ve also included some ideas for when all else fails.
The days are organized around themes — there’s farm day, music day, and so on. But you can also stray from the theme idea and mix and match the activities that you like.
Download the Home Activity schedule for Kids
Staying Home with Your Kids
I hope that this schedule helps you fill your days with lots of fun, learning, and ease! I also truly hope that it give you as a parent a few minutes in every day that you can have for yourself. If your kiddos try out these ideas and love them, let me know! I may extend the lesson plans with more days.
If you’re still in need of more ideas to fill your time, add some of these to your activity schedule. These are some of my kids’ favorites:
Alphabet Jell-o Jigglers
How to Make a Ball Pit
DIY Prize Punch Box
My Favorite Kid Art Supplies
Bunny Shaped Rice Krispies Pops
Our Favorite Family Friendly Movie Night Films
….and our library of DIY Games!
Whenever I have a full day home with my kids, I am reminded how important the role of a stay-at-home parent is. I’m also reminded how exhausting and challenging it can be. Stay-at-home parents are truly heroes! Now that lots more of us are finding ourselves at home full time with our kiddos, I hope that this is a resource for you. We can all help each other!
Have fun, and stay well! xoxo