It’s official! School’s out! The unplanned, extended holiday has left a lot of parents scrambling for ways to keep kids entertained. We’re here to save the day with a list of just some of our favourite printables.
We believe that kids don’t need to be entertained and that free play is very important. If kids complain they are bored then it’s time to master the skill of strewing. Strewing is the art of casually yet strategically leaving “invitations” for learning and creativity out for your kids to discover on their own.
Remember, think simple invitations to create or play rather than, “here’s a project.” And if the strewed items are in a place they wouldn’t expect them, they’re more likely to *see* them. For example, leave a pair of binoculars and a bird guide on the windowsill. Or bring out a toy cash register and pretend money.
Then leave them to play!
While free play is important, education through play is also very important and this often needs some adult guidance. As homeschoolers we can tell you, the secret to getting kids to do ‘schoolwork’ at home is to frame it as a fun game or activity.
There is a wealth of free printables online to help you with this! Here are just a few of our favourite printables…
Deep Space Sparkle
This one tops the list for both Laura and me. Deep Space Sparkle offers not just a great ‘Emergency Sparkle Kit’ for while schools are closed, but also a library of freebies. They’re sorted by grade level, technique and subject, making it easy to find a project that will suit your family.
Teachers Pay Teachers
Teachers Pay Teachers is a wonderful resource for all things educational. They offer a huge variety of both free and paid content.
Science and Math Doodles is one of my favourite sellers. Created by a teacher from Texas, the notebook bundles are fun and worth the money. They cover subjects like weather and climate; sun, earth and moon; and food chains.
For older kids this poetry activity will get their creative juices flowing. A bio poem is a simple poem written about a person, and it follows a predictable pattern. Kids can write poems about themselves, family members, friends, or anyone else.
Simple Everyday Mom
I’m yet to meet a kid that isn’t fascinated by the solar system. This solar system game from Simple Everyday Mom will have everyone laughing and is super educational! And while you’re there, don’t forget to check out Simple Everyday Mom’s other activities.
This is another of my top resources and one that I have used since Lexi was a toddler. Mr Printables offers a huge variety of printables from crafts, stationery, and posters; to flashcards and diy party decorations. You’re sure to find something for kids of every age!