One of the loudest cries for help new homeschool moms make is: What do I do with my baby / toddler / preschooler when I’m trying to teach my older kids?
Good question! We picked some of our favorite homeschool hacks that might help you think outside the box and find some solutions that might work for you.
Some are for fun and some are for real. You decide which is which! In either case, we’re keeping it real. No specially designed, lets-make-it-all-pretty-and-picture-perfect here. Because, really, who’s got time for that?
Baby Bouncer Hack
When you need your hands free to help your older kids but the baby is ready to nap.
Who Needs a Maid When You’ve Got Babies?
We all grow up learning to multi-task, anyway.
SOURCE: Mother And Baby
Not To Leave Toddlers Out Of the Fun
Technically, you’re helping your child build gross motor skills and eye-hand coordination, but, hey, you also get some housecleaning help!
SOURCE: Google User
Stick the high chair next to a window. Get a little packing tape to hold the paint bags in place and let your baby Picasso go to town.
SOURCE: Teaching Mama
Pom Pom Tubes
Developmentally, your baby is still developing object permanence, the concept that things continue to exist even if you can’t see them – which is what makes this activity so delightful and full of repetitive fun.
SOURCE: Hello Bee
Flying Spaghetti Monster
If you don’t already have pipe cleaners at home, quick, run to the dollar store and buy some. They’re great for building eye-hand coordination skills.
SOURCE: Dana’s Pink Ribbon
This takes coloring inside the lines to a whole new level.
Older kids can help create a town scene so younger ones can dominate it, like Godzilla!
SOURCE: Pickle Bums
It’s Hammock Time
Take a bed sheet and make a hammock under your kitchen … ummm … student desk
SOURCE: Joyful Abode
Blow Up Fort
This works best if you have a duvet cover, but you can also make it work with a giant sheet that’s been tucked and help in place by chairs. Add to the fun by throwing in some small balloon that the littles one have to try to catch.
SOURCE: Happy Go Lucky
- Visit our sister site, Hand In Hand Homeschool, for more ideas on keeping little ones busy while you homeschool your older children.