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A playful schedule with easy and fun activities for kids
When this year started I made a commitment to create monthly activity calendars for our family to enjoy together.
I wanted us to be more intentional about spending quality time together, and having an idea to try every day helped us bring more fun and connection to our home.
But now, when the quarantine and school closures completely changed how our days look like, I realized that I need to include more playful activities in our schedule.
So I decided to turn our monthly Family Time Calendars into weekly schedules with easy and fun activities for kids.
How is this schedule different
There are plenty of activity schedules online, but I wanted something different.
Although I love discovering awesome activity ideas on Pinterest, I realize that I’m not able to put the into practice every day.
I don’t want to waste time gathering a lot of materials or preparing complicated activities. So I looked for simple low-prep activities that only use items we already have or printables I can easily create.
This schedule includes easy and fun ideas that keep kids busy and also help you connect with them and have fun together.
You can use the ideas to keep kids busy during the day, but also to have simple activities to do together anytime you want to spend quality time with your little ones.
Every time you do one of these activities with your kids, and you draw, build, read, create something with them, you get the chance to get closer to them and build a strong, loving relationship.
An easy way to plan a week worth of activities for your kids
Creating a daily activity calendar for your kids doesn’t have to be complicated!
An easy way to do this is to choose a few themes to include in your schedule every single day. Once you have the themes set up, filling in the activities will be a lot easier.
Here are the themes we chose for our schedule:
1 – Sharing time
I was inspired by my son’s sharing time at school, and I decided to create one for us to do at home as well.
Here is how it works: Start the day by inviting every family member to either bring an object that illustrates the topic in the schedule or bring a picture / drawing about it. Then every family member has a turn to say a few phrases about the item they chose.
2 – Reading
The schedule includes easy ways to make reading more fun for kids and encourage them to read every day.
(For young kids: Use the ideas in the schedule for a daily storytime.)
3 – Building
Using things you already have in your home, invite the kids to build something based on the ideas in the schedule.
Use building materials like LEGOs, magnetic blocks, playdough, paper, craft supplies.
4 – Creativity
Using items you already have (crayons, markers, paint, etc) encourage your kids to put the ideas in the schedule into practice.
Also, I included an easy idea for a daily “active time” because kids need to burn off their energy as much as possible even if they stay at home all day.
How to download the weekly activity schedule
If you want to use this playful weekly schedule with your kids, here are 3 easy steps to get started:
- Download the printable weekly schedule using the link below.
- You’ll receive the printable schedule per email together with a blank template you can use to add your own ideas.
- Display the schedule in your home, and use it to help you keep your kids busy (and happy) every day.
Enjoy and have fun!