Are your kids telling you they’re bored from being stuck at home? This past week was the first week that my 11-year-old son told me he was bored (we’ve been stuck at home for three weeks now). We’ve done all the crafts, projects, workbooks that he wants to do so now it’s time to find something else to keep him busy.
I found an awesome list on Facebook that is titled “Old-Fashioned Skills That Kids Need to Know“. I read through the list and realized that a lot of these weren’t things that I was necessarily taught but things I had to learn on my own when I moved out at 18. Now that I have this list, these are the things that I am going to work on with all my kids (21, 17, 11) and make sure they know how to perform these skills.
50 + Old-Fashioned Skills That Kids Need to Know
How to write a letter
How to make a phone call
How to take a message
How to converse with an elder
How to play with a baby
How to sew on a button
How to genuinely apologize
How to hammer a nail
How to introduce yourself
How to notice the needs of others
How to make scrambled eggs
How to balance a checkbook
How to write a thank you note
How to do laundry
How to garden
How to fix something
How to plan a healthy meal
How to hang a picture
How to wash dishes
How to budget
How to wait and save for something
How to check tire pressure
How to ask questions to get to know someone better
How to read a map
How to find a book in the library
How to seek counsel from someone more experienced
How to care for a pet
How to select a thoughtful gift
How to admit a mistake
How to set the table
How to iron a shirt
How to give someone the benefit of the doubt
How to weight pros and cons
How to have good table manners
How to dust
How to read a recipe
How to vacuum the stairs
How to change a light bulb
How to open, close and lock windows
How to use a fire extinguisher
How to make a salad
How to make a smoothie
How to clean the refrigerator
How to clean the bathroom
How to clean the kitchen
How to address and stamp an envelope
How to write a check
How to refill a stapler
How to put air in a bike tire
How to pump gas
How to change a flat tire
SOME OF OUR FAVORITE WAYS TO KEEP KIDS BUSY:
- Get kids off technology and back to basics with learning worksheets you can print at home!
- Make being stuck at home fun with our favorite indoor games for kids.
- Coloring is fun! Especially with our Fortnite coloring pages.
- Check out how to make bubbles.
- What’s the best kind of party? A unicorn party!
- Learn how to make a compass and go on an adventure with your kids.
- Create an Ash Ketchum costume.
- Try these fun edible playdough recipes!
- Kids love unicorn slime.
- Set up a neighborhood bear hunt. Your kids will love it!