Homeschool Hacks To Keep Babies and Preschoolers Occupied

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

Window Painting

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

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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

Coloring Box

This takes coloring inside the lines to a whole new level.
SOURCE: BerrySweetBaby

Busy Town

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

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Tell us how you hack your homeschool day to keep you little ones engaged so you can teach your older children.



Alessa Giampaolo Keener, M.Ed. homeschooled her children from kindergarten into college. Over the last 15+ years, she has also worked with families in creating individualized learning plans. As a professional curriculum developer, Alessa has created afterschool youth development programs for a Baltimore-based nonprofit, as well as teaching materials for homeschool parents and brick and mortar school teachers.

3 thoughts on “Homeschool Hacks To Keep Babies and Preschoolers Occupied

  • November 2, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    These are great. I need to get out cardboard boxes more for my little one.

  • November 3, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Can’t beat a box they can fit inside!

  • November 4, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    My spirited 2 year old LOVED the table hammock. We kept it around for a week. Forts seems to tame her inner beast too. Must be the security of a den…kind of like wild animals like their dens. Fitting for her.

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