With schools closing to encourage students and their families to practice social distancing, it’s up to us to keep our kids educated and entertained in the coming weeks. There are dozens of online resources through schools, libraries, and other extremely helpful organizations you can use to homeschool your children during this time. However, sometimes the best way to spend a class period is through old-fashioned arts and crafts. These three best craft ideas for homeschool kids are great ways to help them learn while letting their creativity shine through.
The best crafts are the ones that use simple ingredients we already have around the house. These eggshell geodes are a prime—and pretty—example. All you need are eggs, salt, sugar, baking soda, and a cupcake pan. Empty out an eggshell and place the bottom half in your cupcake pan. Fill one eggshell with a little bit of salt, another with sugar, and another with baking soda. Add warm water and a drop of food coloring to each. Over the next few days, your “geodes” will grow crystal-like formations along the insides of the shell, just like a real crystal geode. Have your kids pay attention to which ingredients grew the most (and the prettiest) crystals.
You remember school supply shopping, when your kids absolutely needed to have their favorite color notebook to get them through the year. Now’s your chance to create the perfect custom journal. This is one of the best craft ideas for homeschool kids because they can continue to use the journal for their schoolwork throughout the year. Set your kids up with blank journals and all the crafting supplies their heart’s desire. You can use markers, washi tape, paints, and stickers to customize your journals. Having school supplies that show off a bit of your kid’s personality makes writing and note-taking a little more fun—especially when school closures seem to steal everyone’s motivation.
If y’all are stuck at home practicing social distancing, it’s important to brighten up the place. Your kids can help decorate with these gorgeous centerpieces. You can recycle or purchase glass or plastic bottles to paint, wrap with colorful paper, and otherwise decorate however you want. Floral arrangements are a great way to add a pop of color in the room and get into the spring spirit. This is also a great chance to get outside and enjoy the fresh air as you pick flowers from the garden.