By now it’s not news anymore. Most of my country is practicing social distancing to help put a stop to the COVID-19 outbreak of 2020. As a teacher and a Mom this has placed a large sense of uncertainty around the things I do on a daily basis. I find myself weighing out options and activities that used to be second nature to me. In my state, we’ve been on a social distancing schedule since Friday the 13th. I know…creepy! I’m seeing so much extra pressure being placed on parents and families since schools closed and workplaces have moved to remote settings. Form a schedule, create elaborate meals, teach as if you were their teacher!
We do not, I REPEAT, we do NOT need this additional layer of stress during an already stressful time. So, as a teacher what am I currently doing for my three year old? A lot of play, fun activities, outdoor time in the yard, and even a movie thrown in here or there. Let’s take a moment to not be someone we’re not and enjoy the positivity that can come out of this moment in our lives. But if you’re looking for something to do that encompasses arts, crafts, STEM, and maybe even some literacy–here are the products that are doing it for us without the added pressure of perfection.
The Glow and Grow Terrarium on Amazon (and also at Target) is another amazing STEM activity to do with kids on rainy days or on the days where we’re not sure how long we’re going to be stuck inside. We got this for Leo and it’s been awesome checking the progress of the plants each day. We successfully grew chia grass and some wheatgrass and the light looks so cool at night. This is something awesome, SMALL, and looks different each day. I like to ask Leo what’s changed and check the moisture of the soil each morning.
And for the runner up activities:
- Magic Tracks connectable car track – this is so simple to set up and the designs are truly endless. I love how fast the cars go around the little tracks and that you can build and purchase new track layers to add on.
- Board games – we’ve been loving Candy Land, Sneaky Snacky Squirrel (comes with a book!!), and Pancake Pileup.
- Cloud dough – THIS RECIPE RIGHT HERE IS THE GOAT – so don’t even click on anything in Pinterest. It’s number one on Google for a reason, friends.