While homeschooling your children may be the best educational decision you can make for your children, sometimes it can be tough on them because they are stuck at home all day. You can help your child stay on task by incorporating fun activities into their day. These 11 activities are both fun and educational that your child is sure to love.

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1. Use Sports for Lesson Plans

If your child is into athletics and likes to play sports, then you may want to consider incorporating sports into your teaching methods. The main lessons that you can use sports to teach your child are geometry and physics.

You can teach your children various shapes and angles using the equipment and fields used to play sports. Also, you can teach them the basics of physics by breaking down how to throw a ball or shoot a basket.

2. Gardening

Gardening can be used to help teach your children about biology. Things such as photosynthesis can be explained while teaching your children how to properly take care of plants. Or you can use it as an opportunity to teach about nutrition. Why are fruits and vegetables so good for us?

Also, if your child is really into gardening, then you can dive into the subject of botany.

3. Arts and Crafts

Arts and crafts can be a great way for your child to express themselves throughout their week. If your child is young, then you should incorporate some form of art to help them express themselves.

If your child is older and they love art, then you can teach them about the history of various painters and eras of art.

4. Cooking/Baking

Cooking and baking is a good life skill to have, which is taught to most high schoolers. Once your child reaches high school age, then you may want to incorporate some lessons regarding how to cook and bake.

This will help prepare them for living on their own and they may be able to discover something that they really love to do. You could also use this opportunity to teach about nutritional science and the chemistry behind cooking.

5. Field Trips

Field trips can be used to get out of the house and change the learning environment. Popular field trips for kids in school are going to museums and art galleries, so you could try and take your child to a museum.

While at the museum you can teach them about the history of the displays and explain the history of certain events.

6. Listen to Music

Listening to music can be another form of expression for your child. If your child is interested in music, then you should incorporate music lessons into their schooling. If you know how to play an instrument yourself or are willing to pay for lessons you may want to consider teaching your child how to play an instrument as well. If you choose this option, you can research different instruments and keep up with music news using sites like singularsound.com/blogs/news.  

Also, you can use music to teach your child a second language. You can listen to music in another language to help them understand what certain words mean and what proper grammar sounds like in that language.

7. Watch Movies

Movies or documentaries can be a fun way for kids to learn and it allows you as a parent to take a break from teaching your child. You can teach your child history lessons by showing them various movies and then further discussing the movie after watching it. There are also some great educational videos on youtube (just make sure to vet that it is a credible channel first).

Movies can also be helpful if you live in a bilingual household and would like your child to learn another language also.

8. Drawing/Coloring

There are plenty of coloring books that you can use to teach your kids about various subjects. One topic is anatomy for kids. You can teach your children about their own bodies by using coloring books and allowing them to have fun while learning about their brains and all the bones that make up their bodies.

9. Nature Walks

Nature walks can be a great way for your child to take a break from learning indoors and allow them to get a breath of fresh air. While you are on your walk, you can talk to them about the ecosystem around them and how certain animals survive in the wild.

You could also implement this into an art class if you would like to teach your child how to take professional photography.

10. Lego Building

Lego building could be something to implement if your child enjoys architecture. If they are good at math and like to build things, then you may want to use Legos to help further their architectural interests.

11. Computer Coding

Kids love anything to do with computers. So, if you are going to allow them to be on the computer, then you should make it educational. Coding is a great skill to develop as a young kid and can open up a lot of opportunities for your children later in life. There are great websites for kids to learn coding using games they love to play like Minecraft.

By no means do you have to incorporate all these activities into your child’s curriculum, but a handful of them can make their learning experience much more fun. Also, allowing them to learn outside of your home can be a nice change of pace.

About the Author

Lizzie Howard

Guest Blogger

Lizzie Howard is a Colorado native who after graduating from the University of Colorado spends her time as a freelance writer. When Lizzie isn’t writing, she enjoys going on hikes, baking for her friends and family, and spending time with her beloved yellow lab, Sparky. 

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