Brain Breaks for Kids Learning at Home
Parents, we know you are working hard to do it all these days, so we’ve rounded up some screen-free homeschooling activities for your little ones below. Another added bonus? They’re free! Cool aunts, uncles, grandparents, and teachers are welcome, too 😉!
Back to school looks very different in 2020. With parents scrambling to figure out if they’re homeschooling full or part-time, distance learning is a reality that has parents and teachers overwhelmed. Homeschooling is hard, but remember the power of play! Brain breaks have been a common theme for quite some time, but are now a front and center topic in today’s world. They don’t always have to be physical to be successful. Getting children to take a quick break off of screen-based learning and enjoy a relaxing coloring page or puzzle can be just as helpful in resetting the brain and replenishing attention.
With a treasure trove of children’s activity, coloring, and picture books, Fox Chapel Publishing is here to help kids relax and recharge. From puzzles and seek-and-find games to drawing, coloring, and other activities, our collection of interactive children’s books are key for taking a break and boosting focus! Below are some free resources to get parents started and hopefully give kids a much needed break while giving parents a little time to breathe.
Coloring has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety while improving focus. Coloring can also help get those creative juices flowing while building self-esteem and giving them a finished product that they can be proud of. Many coloring books such as Notebook Doodles coloring books, are filled with uplifting quotes to help boost moods and promoting positive thoughts.
Challenge kids with brain teaser activity pages. Designed to keep kids engaged, activity books can switch up their schooling tasks to include brain teasers, riddles, educational games, and fun facts.
Writing prompts are a great way to keep the brain thinking in a different way. Our guided journals filled with writing prompts will make it easy for parents and, bonus, the student will have a journal filled with memories as they fill the pages!
SEEK-AND-FIND SCAVENGER HUNT FOR OBSERVATIONAL STIMULATION
With brain breaks, kids can still develop new skills. By changing up their focus, they will get the much needed break they need without realizing they’re still learning. Seek-and-find challenges may seem like a game, but they’re great for developing observational skills.
This fun and engaging coloring book for ‘tweens is filled with 32 whimsical designs of unicorns, Pegasus heads, rainbows, flowers, and more from talented artist Jess Volinski. With empowering art activities for young girls, Jess also includes instructions on basic coloring techniques, fully colored examples, and motivational quotes to go with every design.
This is an engaging book for kids to learn how to draw 28 cartoon animals, from crocodiles and cats to sea horses and sharks! With step-by-step, trace-and-draw instructions and plenty of room to practice, they’ll be able to draw animals all by themselves in no time.
The benefits of music are monumental! Ukuleles are the perfect first instrument for kids to learn to play, and this book will show them why and how. Filled with basic instructions for holding positions, tuning, basic chords, and more, children will then learn and practice 24 songs, games, and activities.
Discover an amazing array of entertaining activities inside, from whimsical mazes and riddles to search & find puzzles, word games, coloring pages and more. Fun facts help young readers learn more about the world we live in
Strum along with musician, award-winning songwriter, and musical educator Emily Arrow, author of a Kid’s Guide to Learning the Ukulele, as she teaches you the basics on how to hold, tune, and play the ukulele. And bonus, you can sample an easy ukulele song perfect for beginners from a Kid’s Guide to Learning the Ukulele with the free printable sheet music!
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