You are going to think that I'm an idiot. It's hard enough working still whilst home schooling (using that phrase lightly as I only have preschoolers in the house), no childcare and trying not to succumb to cabin fever.
Yet after experiencing life without a normal routine and expecting the kids to play with toys, do random work sheets and colouring in, painting whatever comes to mind and twiddle about with the kinetic sand- I realised that by theming our days it has made life with children 100 x more manageable.
I sat and made a list to start with- fairies, unicorns, cars, bees, pirates, mermaids, springtime, under the sea etc... and from there our usual playtime had more meaning.
For Pirate day we hunted for buried treasure in the sand, made pirate maps, watched a pirate film, made a pirate ship, went on a treasure hunt for our daily exercise and Rose did pirate theme worksheets.
For Space day she turned her built in cupboard into a rocket and flew to different planets for a bit of pretend play, we made alien sweets (green peppermint creams), she did space work sheets and built an astronaut helmet.
For Bee day she learned about their lifecycle, why they are important to the planet, how they make honey (thankyou Maddie Moate) and what they look like. She made bee puppets and a theatre so put on a show for us, made air drying clay bees, we drew bees and flowers on the windows, we went on a springtime scavenger hunt and she did a bee treasure hunt (I made some of these- so cute!) .
Hands down one of the best resources for this has been Fun With Mama not just for ideas but for activity packs. Twinkl is always a good shout, and if all else fails? Just google what you are looking for.
For each day I'm making a little peg doll so that at the end of all of this we have a unique way to see what we have been up to. Just paint with acrylic and let them dry.
Today is all about transport, I'm busy typing this so Andy is in charge... I have no idea how it is going but I'm hearing happy noises? Next up we have Fairies, Jungle, Plant & Flowers, Dinosaurs, Easter, Springtime, Under the Sea, Frogs, Book Day, (can you tell that Rose helped to come up with them?)
Some more ideas for you to go with the themes- painting eggs, crown/headdress making, Jewellery making, skeletons out of twigs, baking cookies/cake, threading pasta/pasta pictures, paper dolls, grow cress, planting, potato stamps.
Let me know if you have tried this and how it has worked out.