Have your kids started school yet? Whether your kids are attending school – or that school is right at your kitchen table – here are some back to school activities for every family.
I always thought summer was supposed to be the slow season. But with a busy garden, five kids at home all day, vacations, and summer activities… it was anything but slow! Now that the back to school season has begun, it’s easy to stay caught up in all the busyness.
Today I’m sharing seven back to school activities that every family should make time for!
1. Cook together.
Let me just say that my patience (in short supply to begin with) is not its all time high during the dinner hour. With the baby crawling under the kitchen table crying for attention (and eating whatever she can find from previous meals) and my toddler running circles at top volume, it’s hard to take the time to teach someone.
But what our little ones can learn when we cook with them! I love this post from Planet Smartypants about cooking with kids.
2. Have a chat over an after school snack.
Let me just say that last year our after school routine was anything but relaxing. I’m really trying to change that this year by having an after school snack waiting on the table when we get home from picking up my daughter. It’s actually gone really well this first week. It gives the kids and me a chance to slow down and actually talk. These fun healthy snacks from Adventures in Wunderland will be great conversation starters, too!
3. Get outside.
Browse my outdoor play Pinterest board for lots of fun ways to play outside after school. And if the weather is too icky for playing in the yard? Bundle up and take a story walk. It’s my secret trick for how I get my kids to actually want to take a walk. 😉
4. Read aloud – no matter how well your kids can read by themselves.
Even if your kids can already read themselves, it’s so important to read to them. You model fluency, teach vocabulary, and just spend time together. If your child is no longer excited about you reading to her, you’ll want to find some special books to pique her interest. Check out this fun collection of variations on Red Riding Hood from Fantastic Fun and Learning. There’s something for everyone in here!
It’s easy to leave the arts and crafts to the teacher. But we’re missing out if we don’t do some creating at home, too. An open-ended craft is a great way to help your child unwind after a day at school. Structured crafts might work better on weekend mornings when your child might have more focus and energy. Browse Buggy & Buddy’s collection of fall crafts for some fun you have can have right at your kitchen table.
6. Learn after school.
Learning isn’t just for school! One of the best ways to sneak in some learning after school is with fun science experiments. You’ll love this collection of science activites for kids from Learn Play Imagine.
7. Slow down and spend time together.
KC Edventures has ten ideas for spending time together as a family during the school year. I want to make this the school year that I slow down and really connect with my family. I hope you’ll join me!
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