Since I homeschool my kids, I’m always looking for ways to make school more creative…more fun…more engaging…more enjoyable. Sometimes I draw a blank, but I often manage to come up with some fun ideas that the kids love.
One favorite activity is as follows:
1. The mom/teacher writes activities on slips of paper and folds them
2. After the child completes a problem (or 5 problems, or a whole page) they get to choose one slip of paper and do the activity on the paper.
3. Repeat step 2 until all work is done.
If you come up with a large list of activities (many slips of paper), you can keep them in a jar or container and re-use them as often as needed. Here’s some ideas (not all of these are pure “fun” activities, but they do give the kids a break from school):
* build a tower out of blocks
* do one math problem on the computer (or math game) for 2 minutes
* eat 1 chocolate chip
* do 5 somersaults
* play 1 song on the piano, harmonica, kazoo, or tin whistle
* put away 5 things in the living room
* draw a Star Wars character (customize this one to your child’s interests)
* send a text message (my kids love to text my sisters on my phone)
* send an e-mail (grandmas love getting e-mail from grandkids!)
* go outside and scatter some corn or birdseed for the birds
* bird watch for 1 minute (we have active and busy feeders outside out front window)
* put away 10 things in your bedroom
* jump 30 times with the jump rope
* eat at least 5 nuts or seeds
* drink 1 cup of water
* play a tic-tac-toe game with an imaginary opponent
* read 1 page in a book
And so on. The possibilities are really endless. Of course, the kids have to be watched so they don’t “abuse” the game (so they don’t take too long doing activities or decide they don’t want to do something, put it back, and choose a different one); if they don’t like the activity they chose, they “forfeit” that turn and do their next set of problems. But for the most part they really love this game and it’s a great way to get them excited about finishing schoolwork quickly and well.