Adding play to your homeschool seems like a simple concept. Just do something fun each day. But, when you aren’t a child anymore, it’s not always so easy to come up with “spontaneous fun.” It’s especially not easy to come up with “spontaneous fun that coincides with your lesson plans.” Over the years I’ve realized that to add more fun to our homeschool day, I needed to make a plan to play.
Planning to Play might sound stiff and structured. It may even seem like it defeats the purpose of adding play to your day. But, I’m not talking about a strict plan that you must follow on a daily basis. I’m talking about adding some resources to your homeschool which make it easy to step out of the ordinary day and add some fun. Here are some simple ways to throw in a little play each day.
Plan To Play With Games
Have games easily available to grab at a moment’s notice. They don’t have to be time-consuming or challenging. The games just need to be a nice break from the stresses of the day. Our favorite games are the simplest and quickest. When we need a fun break, we can grab one of these from the shelf and have a short game to loosen us all up. Try some of these favorites in our house.
Plan to Play Reminders
I know you’ve heard me rave about the awesomeness which is Play 4 Life Moms. In brief, Play 4 Life Moms is a website/texting service/Facebook group to help moms encourage play as a means of growth and learning AND help moms develop and strengthen their connection with their kids. It is owned and personally run by homeschool moms who are in the trenches every day. They are firm believers that one of the best tools for connection is play and shared experiences.
I love that these show up in my calendar, but I’m also excited that there are not only suggestions but links to examples. I don’t have to go hunting for encouragement. It comes straight to my calendar!
If you would like to build and deepen your connection with your children, Play 4 Life Moms is a great resource!
Plan for Purposeful Play
Another great resource to have around are busy bags. These bags, which are full of fun creative play activities, are easy for children to grab and play. For us, every Friday is “Fun Friday” during the school year which means we try to veer from our normal schedule and do all learning through play. We use these bags to play games in math, science, and language arts.
My favorite busy bags are made by a fellow homeschool mom at Purposeful Play Busy Bags. She believes play is an important part of a child’s day and it is the best way for them to learn. She creates units of study that provide your child with hours of purposeful play. She does all the work compiling activities and crafts and materials, so all you have to do is pull out the bag and let the play happen. She’s recently started creating Purposeful Play Binders and Sensory Tubs, too.
Plan to Play Planner
Adding play to your day is simple, but not always the first thing on your mind when you are chasing toddlers or dealing with smart-mouthed tweens. In fact, it becomes overwhelming to even consider adding any kind of enchantment. So, take the overwhelm out of planning and use our Enchantment Planner. It helps you to organize your thoughts and plan a day (or even just a few moments) of fun. And, it’s free! Because, when you’re already overwhelmed throwing money at the problem isn’t always helpful. Just sign up below to get on your way to a calmer, happier, more enchanting homeschool.
Hi, I’m Dachelle. I’m a homeschooling mom of 3 in the South. I love chocolate and have been known to hide it from my children. I can often be found reading a good book (or even sometimes just an okay book) and enjoying a jar of Nutella — don’t judge. I blog, here, at HideTheChocolate.com when I’m not creating book clubs and making lists…lots and lots of lists (it’s an addiction). Learn more…