It’s the first day of the Blogging from A-Z Challenge! Every day throughout April (except Sundays) I’ll be posting a range of ideas and tips for keeping your family entertained at home. It will include arts and crafts, games, learning ideas and imaginative activities for all ages. I thought it would be particularly useful while we’re all self-isolating or socially distancing, though it can be used for any time of year.
Letter “A” is for Agenda of Activities. I’ve seen a lot of social media posts recently with suggested timetables to follow while the schools are closed. Having a fixed schedule can be helpful if you like structure, but I personally find them difficult to put into practice. We are following a very basic routine where the only “fixed” events are mealtimes and bedtimes and we have lists of activities to use as inspiration the rest of the time.
One of the first things I did was to build what I call our Positivity Board. I wanted a kind of “hub” in the kitchen where I could put all our ideas in one place. I took an old piece of board and decorated it with wrapping paper, fairy lights, colourful magazine cut-outs and my daughter’s artwork. It makes me smile everytime I walk past it.
The first thing I added was a mind map with all the fun activities I would love to do with my family. It made me feel much more positive about the weeks of isolation to come knowing that there was plenty to look forward to.
I then decided to make a weekly planner sheet so that I could schedule in my important work meetings and regular slots for video calling family, as well as any weekly events I heard about from social media.
Next, I added a handy list of all the daily events that are happening online, such as Youtube fitness classes and celebrity storytime, so we can join in if we feel like it. I’ll be sharing links to these activities in future posts.
Finally, to keep us motivated, I made a daily checklist which includes basic things such as “get washed and dressed” and “get some fresh air”. I don’t beat myself up if I don’t achieve everything on the list, it’s merely there to remind me to get off the sofa once in a while!
Over to you!
Are you following a daily schedule or agenda of activities while at home or do you just go with the flo? Let me know in the comments!