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5 Ways to Keep Kids Busy While Working from Home

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5 Ways to Keep Kids Busy

Summer is here and school is out! Well, for some school has been out as virtual learning has been the new way of schooling this past year and change. As for us parents, responsibilities remain the same. We have no “Summer break.” However, we do have to entertain these children while trying to work!

I don’t like to see them sit in front of the TV all day long, but I also don’t like to hear them whine out of boredom even more.

Here are some fun activities I like to do with my girls to keep them occupied in the house:

“What the Fort!”

Kids love forts, tents, anything they can crawl in. My kids have a whole Minnie Mouse playhouse they got for Christmas last year for this very reason. Yet, they still love our homemade forts with pillows and blankets. We actually re-purpose our pack-n-play by turning it on its side and using it as the base of the tent. Then add a bunch of pillows and blankets. The girls LOVE it!

Daddy set this one up. He even added the lights. I mean, how cozy does this look!?

“Schedule a Meeting”

Since working from home is the new normal these days. Some kids have gotten used to seeing their parents spend lots of time in front of computers with headsets and other gadgets. I don’t know about your kids but mine sure do like to mimic mama! They get so excited when I tell them they have a “video meeting,” like mama. This is where grandparents come in or really anyone your kids are close with. Mine happens to be their grandma. Simply, set up a mini workstation next to you, start the video call, and tell them they have to sit still for the meeting or the video is going to turn off. Sometimes I can get a good 10 minutes of them sitting down.

Build Something!

This is one of my favorites! My daughter LOVES making new toys with random household items. There are so many ways to be creative with this idea. You can make something new or even use another toy as a “model” and re-create yourself with fun items! We use all sorts of stuff, cardboard boxes, paper rolls, popsicle sticks. The point is to use your imagination! Honestly, sometimes I think my kids like the DIY toy more than the actual one. This idea also helps to teach kids to take care of their stuff. For instance, if they worked hard on making a paper boat, they may be less likely to destroy it AS quickly.

You could also use old cereal boxes to play mailbox as I described in the post, “Creative Activity for Kids Reusing Cereal Boxes.

Classic Movie Time

By classic movie, I mean bringing out the Disney classics. I CAN’T wait until my girls are old enough or should I say calm enough to cuddle up and watch movies. Fortunately for them, Mama and Papa have already started creating a collection!

Although my kids aren’t at that stage yet, this is something I did when I used to be a nanny. I would have to keep the kids relatively quiet when their mom was working from home. Ironic, isn’t it? Now I’m in the same situation! ;}  Back to the point. If the weather permitted us from going on outdoor adventures, we had a MOVIE day. I would set up the living room to resemble a movie theatre by creating cozy, specific, places for each child to sit. I would make popcorn, snacks, and yummy smoothies.

I even went as far as making silly announcements with the toy microphone like, “Please remain in your seat while watching the movie, please raise your hand to call the movie theatre “mommy helper,” (which is what they called me, haha.) The boys always laughed when I would say, “please do not throw food at others!” They knew I wasn’t playing with them.

Sometimes, if I knew movie day was planned ahead of time. I would make “movie tickets” out of construction paper. I would just write “MOVIE” since I didn’t know what we would end up watching. I decorated them with cute stickers and put their names. I would also make coupons for snacks to use at the Concession kitchen.

I’m telling you the kids would get so excited!

Scavenger Hunt

Who doesn’t love a good scavenger hunt. They aren’t just for Easter. You can customize the games according to your children’s age.

Some of my favorite things to hide for my girls are lollipops, stickers, chapstick, teddy bears, you get the gist. I will give them a little bucket of some sort and send them searching.

You could even do mystery hunts and hide clues. Again, customize to age.

You got this Mama!

I know it is super hard to keep kids occupied and with the Pandemic it just feels like we spend more and more time with them. I mean, I LOVE my kids dearly but sometimes we need a break too. When you work from home it is even harder!

I’d love to hear your ideas on other creative ways to keep your little ones entertained. Don’t forget to follow @momsmishn on Instagram to keep up with other fun things we may do!

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Creative Activity for Kids Reusing Cereal Boxes

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“You’ve got Mail!”

I would like to thank the many years of being a nanny for my creativity. When it comes to kid’s activities, I always came up with something fun. While I was in high school and actually, for a few years after, I worked as a nanny for serval families. Some days I worked for two families. It was fun to bounce from house to house and hang out with different kids. I worked with children of all ages. I couldn’t even tell you which age was my favorite because I loved them all! However, the one thing they all had in common was the need to be entertained.

One of my favorite things we did was play “Mailbox.” I have always loved the concept of receiving a letter. I think I just liked the excitement of reading what was inside. Haha. I’m weird, I know.

Moving on, the idea came from something similar I did with my sister and cousins when we were younger. We would sit in the same room and write letters to each other. Then exchange them and write back. We even drew silly pictures. Clearly, this was before texting was a thing. 😉

I started playing Mailbox with the kids I would babysit and they loved it! Now, I have introduced the game to my kids. Although my girls aren’t quite at the writing stage, we make it work.

Step 1.

Get old cereal boxes to use as your “mailbox”. You can even use brown paper lunch bags. I have done that plenty of times!

Step 2.

Decorate the outside of your mailbox. You can use construction paper, stickers, markers, whatever you have. The point is to have fun! The same applies if you are using brown paper bags. Just decorate the outside to make it your own. We ran out of construction paper so this time we used a colored page of an activity book my daughter painted.

Step 3.

Now that your mailbox is nice and decorated. It is time to fill it up! Have the kids draw/color pictures, or write letters for each other. My girls decided to work together since the baby loves to copy her big sis. They decorated their pages with stickers.

Step 4.

Put your “letter” in the mailbox it belongs to!

The kids can then open their “mail” and enjoy their fun letters!

“Mailbox” is such a great game to get siblings to interact with each other. Also, the activity seems to keep the kids on the quieter side since everyone is busier making their pictures. The 2-in-1 activity keeps children occupied for a while. At least the ones I’ve played with! Tag @momsmishn on IG if you make your own mailboxes! I would love to see them.