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Creating Structure & Learning Opportunities for Your Child While Schools Are Closed

Creating Structure & Learning Opportunities for Your Child While Schools Are Closed

By Elizabeth on March 23rd, 2020

These are difficult times that our country and communities are facing. Schools are closed and many families are faced with uncertainty.  It is well known that children thrive on structure and that can be hard when faced with quarantine and social isolations. The following are some ideas to help structure your days to help provide both structure and fight boredom throughout the day.

Here is an example of how your day can be structured to help fight those no school, social isolation blues:

 7 am

Wake Up/ Breakfast Time

  • Eat breakfast
  • make bed
  • get dressed
  • put PJ’s in laundry

7:30 am

Free play time

  • Legos/blocks
  • Make a fort
  • Doll house
  • Dramatic play
  • Create a maze
  • Playdoh

8:30 am

Learning/ Academic time

  • Matching
  • Counting
  • Prepositions
  • Color/Shape ID
  • Letters/Numbers

10 am

Snack time

Great time for a conversation and to work on requesting

10:30 am

Craft time

  • Collages
  • Painting
  • Cardboard Box Creations
  • Beading
  • Sewing
  • Scrapbooking
  • Coloring

11 am

Chore time

Pick a chore you can do together.


Story Time

  • Storytime online
  • Books on tape
  • Books on Alexa or Siri
  • Felt Board Activities
  • Story Retelling
  • Comprehension Questions
  • Story Elements



Great time to have a conversation


Outdoor time/ Movement time

  • Get some fresh air
  • Dance party
  • Movement songs
  • Obstacle course
  • Exercises
  • Yoga poses


Learning/ Academic time

  • Describing
  • Ordering by size
  • Rhyming
  • Patterning

3:00 pm

Cooking and snack time

  • Homemade pizza
  • Popsicles
  • Cereal bars
  • Pudding
  • Cake
  • Microwave cake
  • Quesadilla
  • Slime
  • Playdoh


Games and puzzles

  • Playing cards
  • Hide and seek
  • Board games
  • Charades
  • Follow the leader
  • Guess who
  • Simon says
  • I spy


Free Play

  • Kinetic Sand
  • Playdoh
  • Beads
  • Legos/blocks
  • Create a maze
  • Coloring



Great time for conversation


Free play and Technology time

This is a great time to watch a favorite tv show or movie together.


Bedtime routine

Time to put on pj’s brush teeth and read that favorite bedtime story



This can be modified to however meets your family needs and matches your wake up and bedtimes. Additionally these are some great resources for ways you can learn for free online:

Here are some great virtual field trips that you and your family can take:

  • Cincinnati Zoo Home Safari
  • San Diego Zoo
  • National Parks Service
  • Google Arts and Culture
  • MetKids
  • ArtThink
  • Georgia Aquarium
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • The Great Wall of China
  • Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute
  • Woodland Park Zoo Seattle
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Yellowstone National Park

Again, please feel free to modify and use the resources however would best fit your families needs during this time. We know this time can be overwhelming and schedules and free online resources don't work for everyone. Please feel free to reach out to your KGH Consultant for more structure, play, and learning ideas that will best fit your family's needs. Most importantly, take care and stay healthy. We are all in this together.