Help, I’m Stuck At Home With the Kids: What Can I Do?

Mummy Confession: I’m not entirely panicking about being stuck at home with the kids. In fact, I rather enjoy the time spent together without too much of a schedule.

Times happen in our lives when we may be a little isolated, or unable to get out and about as much as we would like. In times where it may be difficult or impossible to get out of the house (or out too much in public), it’s great to have some ideas and resources. In light of the current situation, I’ve included multiple resources which are available to parents as well as ideas of things which can be done when you’re stuck at home.

Always follow the instructions and guidelines of your local area when it comes to any measures for isolation, quarantine and social distancing, and check with your relevant government body for updates and information for local resources and help.
(For Australia- Check the Health.gov.au WebsiteFor United States- Check The CDC Website)

Quick Click Guide
Ideas When You’re Stuck At Home
Resources for Educational Help During Quarantine
Resources for the Family in Isolation or Quarantine

And some helpful information for parents can be found at Messy Motherhood’s Website on their Coronavirus Survival Kit Page

Ideas of What You Can Do At Home:

Activities With Kids At Home- For The Kids, For You & The Kids

Activities for Kids- Kids Activities Blog
https://kidsactivitiesblog.com/

Fun and FREE Activities with Babies and Toddlers – Mummy Confessions
https://mummyconfessions.com/fun-activities-with-kids-at-home/

Ideas of What to Do When Home with Kids
Google Document by Princess Awesome & Boy Wonder Community

Preschool and Kindergarten Playtime Learning- Planning Playtime
https://planningplaytime.com/blog

FREE, unlimited access to Musik at Home’s Family Music for Mixed Ages class series through April 3, 2020
https://www.mymusikathome.com/blogs/family-music-for-mixed-ages

100+ Activities for keeping kids entertained at home-Simplify Create Inspire
https://www.simplifycreateinspire.com/activities-for-kids-at-home/

FREE Art Lessons on Make’s Facebook Page for two weeks at 1pm CST (US)
https://www.facebook.com/makepaducah/

FREE one month access to Twinkl Australia’s online resources of learning and educational curriculum using the code AUSTRCODE
www.twinkl.com.au/offer

Board Games- For You, The Kids, The Family

Board Game Ideas For Young Children- Mummy Confessions
https://mummyconfessions.com/playing-games-with-your-young-child/

Board Game Reviews and Suggestions For Families- The Family Gamers
http://www.thefamilygamers.com/

Board Game Finder (Find Games and Sort by Age, Synopsis, Rating, etc)
https://www.boardgamefinder.net/

Free Printable Cards Against Humanity Family Edition (ages 8 and up)
https://www.cardsagainsthumanityfamilyedition.com/

Free Print and Play Games from Asmodee
https://print-and-play.asmodee.fun/

Build Things- For You, The Kids, The Family
Building things like LEGO, blocks, models or other things can be fun!

30 Days of LEGO Play
https://thatbricklife.com/lego-challenge-30-days-of-play-calendar/

Calming bath or foot soak- For You, For the Kids, For the Family
I love to have a “foot bath” night with our family! We fill a little of the tub up with some nice warm water, add bubbles or nice soaking soap and just enjoy talking together and soaking our feet!

Clean The House- For You, For the Kids, For the Family

Cooking- For You, For The Kids, For You & The Kids, For the Family
Pretty much search any recipe website for ideas! We love Kidgredients‘ recipes as they’re kid friendly and fun!
Find a FREE meal planner course below from Busy Mum. Balanced Life.

Crafts- For You, For the Kids, For You & The Kids
Colouring, Painting, Drawing, Things that are messy or not. There are so many ideas for this!

Craft Ideas- Kids Activities Blog
https://kidsactivitiesblog.com/?s=crafts

Simple Play and Craft Ideas- Family Days Tried and Tested’s Website
https://www.familydaystriedandtested.com/

FREE Printable Colouring and Educational Items- Twisty Noodle
https://twistynoodle.com/

FREE Subscriptions to Educational Resources– Compilation by Amazing Educational Resources
http://www.amazingeducationalresources.com/

FREE Art & Craft Tutorials Daily For Kids- McHarper Manor
https://www.facebook.com/McHarperManor/

FREE recipes for sensory play- Mother Could (also other great resources on their website)
https://www.mothercould.com/

Dancing/Singing- For You, For the Kids, For the Family
Even just searching “best dance songs for kids” can help you find some fun ones! Or, bring back the “oldies” with some of your favourites from when you were their age. Or have a karaoke night.

Movie Night In- For You, For the Kids, For the Family
A helpful guide for watching movies with kids and what’s in each movie- https://kids-in-mind.com/

Museum Tours Online- For You, For the Kids, For the Family
12 Museums with Virtual Tours- Listby Southern Living’s Website
https://www.southernliving.com/syndication/museums-with-virtual-tours?

Online Shopping- For You
Highly recommend shopping with places which may depend on local events and markets for their income if you can find them online! Your local community noticeboard on Facebook or other local groups may be able to suggest some brilliant small businesses!
(If you’re shopping online with bigger stores, I highly recommend checking out how to get cash back for shopping online)

Organise- Probably For You
Organise the pantry, your room, your bathroom, toys, your clothing and pretty much anything!

Pamper- For You, For the Kids, For the Family
Pretty similar to my foot bath idea, but this can include facials, painting nails and anything else that would be “pamper-y” for you, the kids or the whole family!

Photography- For You, For the Kids, For the Family
Whether you have a separate camera or not: do selfies, take photos of every day things or fun times. Make memories.

Podcast- For You, For the Kids, For the Family
Listen to any range of podcasts for you or the kids. Or create a podcast!

Product Reviewing (Of Things You Already Have)https://mummyconfessions.com/how-to-be-a-product-tester/ -For You
Tell Me Baby- https://tellmebaby.com.au/become-member/
The Baby Industry- https://www.thebabyindustry.com/
Mouths of Mums- https://www.mouthsofmums.com.au/mom-rewards/

Puzzles- For You, The Kids, The Family
Whether you like jigsaw puzzles or book-type puzzles (crosswords, sudoku, or other book puzzles), they can be a fun and relaxing activity.

Read- For You, For the Kids, For the Family
Have a little quiet time and let everyone find a book to peruse. Read together.

Scavenger Hunt- For You, For the Kids, For the Family
There are so many ideas for this on Pinterest or the internet. Just google some ideas and you can find some to do from home!

Screen Time- For You, For The Kids, For the Family

BroadwayHD- FREE 7 day trial period
https://www.broadwayhd.com/

Educational Screen Time Apps- Mummy Confessions
https://mummyconfessions.com/screen-time-apps-for-toddlers/

Education Shows to Watch on Netflix- Homeschool Hideout- For The Kids, For the Family
https://homeschoolhideout.com/educational-shows-on-netflix/

Surveys-https://mummyconfessions.com/how-to-save-money-earn-money-from-home/#Survey-Sites – For You

Virtual Field Trips- For You, For the Kids, For the Family
Google Document by Mrs. Fahrney

Explore National Parks in the USA with Google
https://artsandculture.withgoogle.com/en-us/

Writing- For You, For the Kids, For the Family
Write a letter to someone you haven’t in a while. Write a book! Write a poem! Practise handwriting or tracing for littler ones.

For Educational Help During Quarantine

For Adults and Older Kids- List of Ivy League Schools with FREE courses
https://totallythebomb.com/heres-the-entire-list-of-ivy-league-courses-you-can-take-online-for-free-due-to-school-closings

Helpful Schedule For Days- Jessica McHale Photography
https://www.facebook.com/jessicamchalephotography/photos/a.10150670586898233/10157197466568233/

FREE Subscriptions to Educational Resources– Compilation by Amazing Educational Resources
http://www.amazingeducationalresources.com/

FREE one month access to Twinkl Australia’s online resources of learning and educational curriculum using the code AUSTRCODE
www.twinkl.com.au/offer

FREE Educational resources, worksheets and more by Education.com
https://www.education.com/

FREE Educational resources from Preschool through year 7 from Tech Starter
https://www.teachstarter.com/

Help For Parents Who Are Suddenly Homeschooling (Against Their Wills)- Kell Kell’s Website
https://kellkell.com/2020/03/13/help-for-parents-who-are-suddenly-homeschooling-against-their-wills/

Tips For Temporary Homeschooling Amid Quarantine- The Sane Mama’s Website
https://thesanemum.com.au/blog/homeschooling-coronavirus-quarantine/

Paid Resources

Big Life Journal- Engaging resources for kids
https://biglifejournal.com/

Maths Online- Maths tutoring and resources for teachers (Free trial period)
https://www.mathsonline.com.au/

Nature Study Australia- Natural science for Aussie families
https://naturestudyaustralia.com.au/

Outschool- Online Classes for kids age 3-18
https://outschool.com/

Ridgy Didge Resources- Australian curriculum resources
https://ridgydidgeresources.com/

Teachers Pay Teachers- Resources available for various costs created by teachers
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/

 

For other resources during isolation or limited ability to get out of the house, check out these:
(Always follow the instructions of your local area when it comes to this, and check with your relevant government body for updates and information for local resources and help)

Resources For Help With Getting Groceries or Other Errands When You May Be Unable to Do So:
Ladies Running Errands- Sydney; https://ladiesrunningerrands.com.au/
Mummy’s Little Helper- Sydney; https://mummyslittlehelper.com.au/
Airtasker- All over Australia; https://www.airtasker.com/

FREE Art Lessons on Make’s Facebook Page for two weeks at 1pm CST (US)
https://www.facebook.com/makepaducah/

FREE, unlimited access to Musik at Home’s Family Music for Mixed Ages class series through April 3, 2020
https://www.mymusikathome.com/blogs/family-music-for-mixed-ages

FREE Family Meal Planner- using what you have- Busy Mum, Balanced Life. Available For a Limited Time
https://lovefrommim.com/mealplanning

FREE Printable Colouring and Educational Items- Twisty Noodle
https://twistynoodle.com/

FREE Subscriptions to Educational Resources– Compilation by Amazing Educational Resources
http://www.amazingeducationalresources.com/

Museum Tours Online- 12 Museums with Virtual Tours- Listby Southern Living’s Website
https://www.southernliving.com/syndication/museums-with-virtual-tours?

Virtual Field Trips
Google Document by Mrs. Fahrney

 



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