Since many of us have just one kid, or kids with huge age gaps between them, this guest post from Dadventures explores ways your kids can enjoy playing alone. Since 2018, Dadventures has been a resource for parents looking to discover family events and ways to engage with their kids. This group of dads got its start by curating the best out-of-home experiences and sharing them with the L.A community. In response to the pandemic, they launched Dadventures at Home, offering free daily curated home-based family play and solo play activities as a way to offer support during this world-wide health crisis.
We are in the thick of the stay-at-home order, and a new “right-now normal” has set in. When we launched Dadventures at Home about a month ago, we’d already received feedback from parents asking for solo play ideas that would allow parents to squeeze in a bit more individual time for themselves and their kids. Of course, quality family time is important, but right now solo time is also important so that the family can reset, recharge and cross things off the to-do list.
To serve as a resource for L.A. Parent readers, the Dadventures team has curated our top three solo play activities for parents looking to engage their kids all while juggling life, work and more!
If there’s one thing kids love, it is arts and crafts. We’ve curated 10 free sites with parent-approved coloring pages. We’ve sorted the resources by age, theme (think animals, sports, etc.) and included the number of pages available. All you need to do is click “print” on the coloring pages of your choice.
Hands up if you love a good podcast! Adults love podcasts and your kids will, too. From Little Stories for Tiny People to STEM-focused fun, cue up your device, give the kids a snack and let their ears do the work. Check out our top podcast recommendations here.
Staying active is a must to keep our kids’ energy level and health in check. If you’re looking to take it up a notch, from free YouTube channels we’ve curated a list of kids’ movement apps that are worth the price. You can replace basketball and soccer practice with skill-drill apps, let them dance their hearts out and even go on a space-themed adventure with our top app picks.
We hope these resources help you and your kids feel more balanced and supported during this unprecedented time. If you’re looking for more resources and family support, check out our website!