I know you've heard this before: "Mom, I'm bored!" I would also bet that there have been many times you needed to keep
your children busy with something while you were close at hand working on something else. Here is a
list of educational activities for individual or multiple children.
Activities for Several Children to do Together
Drill flash cards
with each other
Make map games or work with maps
Spin the globe and let the child's finger land blindly on a place. Have them find out a bit about it and write a report
Act out a story
Make up a story/song/poem and tape recording it
Stories/books on tape
Put on a puppet show
Play with educational toys
Fun Ways To Learn Math Facts
Play Multiplication Football: Have children toss a football back and forth with someone who already knows their multiplication tables.
Whoever is holding the football should call out a math multiplication problem before tossing the football. For example,
call out "12 times 12" before tossing. The catcher has to answer correctly -- 144! -- before the football comes back to his hands.
Have children make their own flash cards.
Have drills with flash cards.
Do daily problems from a book of just general math tricks and fun.
Activities for Individual Children
Read a certain amount per day from the encyclopedia
Print pages from websites for children to make their own books
Make lap books from topics of their own interest. (The older children can also help the younger ones with this.)
Build dioramas. (Collect shoe boxes.) Portray historic events, geographic place, social vista, office building, apartment building or town!
Brain Quest decks
Computer games/computer typing (set time limit)
Independent art projects (things like Draw Write Now, etc.)
Listen to educational tapes such as Lyrical Life Sciences, History Alive, math facts, great books on tape, etc.
Younger children might enjoy some of the Lauri products... and/or lacing/tracing, locking letters, puzzles, etc
Sit outside in a safe place and blow bubbles
Play-Doh or clay
Let older kids do a unit study on their own that they pick out. There are TONS of unit studies out there that cover just about every subject imaginable---different classics and other books, insects, holidays, presidents, hymns, outer space, states of the union, the Revolutionary War, seashore life, dogs, lighthouses, and on and on and on.
Keep plenty of books on hand for the children to read and you need to remind them to actually be reading them!
Fun picture books or good quality chapter books (such as biographies of inventors or famous Americans and simplified versions of the classics).
What happens when you take a favorite family game and give it a homeschool twist?
"Idleness is only the refuge of weak minds."
Philip Dormer Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield 1694-1773
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm."
Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803-1882
"There is no frigate like a book to take us lands away
Nor any coursers like a page of prancing poetry
This traverse may the poorest take without oppress of toll
How frugal is the chariot that bears the human soul!"