I’ve probably watched this video one hundred times with my littles. They crack up every time I play it for them. But the one thing that caught my attention aside from all the silliness was the idea of different play-learning stations. I decided to choose a few places in our school area where I could set up different play-learning activities for my toddlers while I homeschool my 10-year-old.
I wanted areas that were in close proximity to us while we have school in case I needed to break up a fight or my 5th grader didn’t need my help and I could go hang with the boys for a minute. So I set up one station in the corner next to our dining room/homeschool table, one on the kitchen floor, and another one in the middle of the living room.
All areas are in a place where I can keep an eye on them. I put activities on trays, in boxes, or just lay them out on the floor for the boys to explore. I try not to set up more than three areas to cut down on clean up time. These are activities I ONLY pull out when a class is in session. On the weekends, the items get put away in boxes where the boys can’t see them.
To keep the stations interesting, I add one new idea, art supply, or challenge every week. An art center, tinker tray, and water or playdough station are their favorites right now, so it’s easier for me to keep these ideas every week and add little elements to accent what they already love, like a new homemade scented play dough or a different kitchen tool.
When you homeschool with multiple kids you may need to split your time with each child and occupy the others who may not be in school. My kids have the most energy in the morning, which means they’re in a better mood and more willing to create and try new things during this time.
One of our new favorite activities are these Good Things For Girls and Good Things For Boys boxes from Seedling. I was introduced to this company by a few friends and then they began popping up in my social media feeds in the same week.
Here are the items included in the Good Things For Boys box:
THE GOOD THINGS FOR BOYS KIT INCLUDES:
- Wooden Balloon Powered Boat
- Juggling Balls
- Playing Cards
- Glider Plane
I wanted them to tinker with the items first then I would suggest a few ways they could play with them together. Seedling packages include tips for grown-ups and fun ideas on how to use each item in the box. I love that!
My daughter was also so excited to explore her kit.
THE GOOD THINGS FOR GIRLS KIT INCLUDES:
- Knitting Doll
- 3 Colors of Acrylic Yarn
- Skipping Rope
- Pick Up Sticks
- Sketch Pad
- Colored Pencil
We loved everything from Seedling! All the items are bright, fun, and sturdy (the boys tested them out). I love seeing my boys walk around with the notepad and pencil and pretend to be detectives finding clues. And my daughter is learning how to sew and loves doodling in her notepad as well. Now she wants to be an artist like her dad. Check out their site for more awesome products just in time for the holidays!