Staying home schedule for kids between five and seven

Staying in during these uncertain times is recommended for keeping not only yourself safe, but also those around you too. Here’s a daily schedule you can follow to add a fun and educational structure to your child’s day. These activities are suitable for children aged between five and seven.

Morning Routine


It’s important to stick to your usual routine and this means starting your day out with breakfast. Have the whole family sit together for breakfast which could be anything from cooked porridge to fruit with yoghurt, toast and tea. Now is a crucial time to keep their body healthy and nourished.

Activity one: Cutting out and pasting

On a blank piece of paper, draw some shapes and have your child colour the shapes in. Then have them cut out the shapes and stick them onto another piece of blank paper.

Activity two: Writing

Write down a few letters of the alphabet and have you child practise writing the same letters as you. Depending on their writing proficiency, you could also have them practise writing their names and other words.

Free play

Lay out some of their favourite toys and encourage them to play as they wish.
Use this time to get your house in order by cleaning up or cooking.

Midday Routine

Activity three: Exercise

With all the free time that’s available, now is a good opportunity to fit in some exercise for you and the whole family. Jumping jacks, racing around the yard or jogging on the spot are some creative ways of exercising indoors. Playing some football or netball and riding bicycles around the yard is another way of keeping them physically active.

Activity four: Story time

Get out their favourite story book and have story time. Reading to them is a great way of bonding with your child plus it’s beneficial for their language skills.

Lunch and Naptime

After lunch turn them in for a nap. Naps are a good time for you to catch up on some of your own work or other admin, while they get the rest they need. A well-rested and well fed child is less irritable and is more likely to pay attention and cooperate with you during the day’s activities.

Afternoon routine

TV time

Turn on the TV and let them enjoy their favourite shows. Be mindful of how much time your child spends in front of the TV and balance it out with activities that engage their brain and challenge them physically.

Activity five: Arts and crafts

Using an empty toilet paper roll, challenge each other to create something fun and interesting like penguins. Colour the roll with a black crayon, stick on a piece of white paper in the centre to create a belly, and for the eyes, stick two round white circles and a tiny triangle coloured in orange, as the beak.

Free time

End their day with some free time to play as they wish again or even be on their tablets. Be sure to follow a similar schedule the next day and mix up the activities to keep things interesting.

Dinner menu ideas

This dinner menu is affordable, easy to cook plus most of the food is freezer friendly so that you can reheat and eat as you need.

Monday: Pilchard Curry

Tuesday: Spaghetti bolognaise

Wednesday: Pork and vegetable stir fry

Thursday:  Beef stew with umhluzi and pap

Friday: Bean and soya mince stew with dumplings

Saturday: Macaroni and cheese

Sunday: Roasted Chicken, rice and veg


Or teach the children to make their own sandwiches.

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