Why is my child grumpy after school? You’re not alone. There are many parents out there wondering the same thing. The truth is, your child needs a break. They’ve been at school all day, learning new rules, adjusting from unscheduled summer fun to being in a classroom setting. Behavior changes are bound to happen, but with these simple after school activity ideas, you can turn their frown upside down.
This post is sponsored by Spin Master. All opinions are my own.
After School Activity Ideas
Believe it or not, all that brain power has worked up an appetite. They’ve focused on following the regimented school schedule and haven’t paid much attention to their growling tummies. Have a drink and snack ready to go. My boys are always hungry it seems, so I arrive at the school pick up line prepared.
Snack ideas: Smoothies, fruit cups, peanut butter crackers, pretzel sticks, or granola bars.
Although many school districts require recess, kids don’t get enough of it. Behavior expectations at school are hard work. If they’ve had a good report from school, consider a quick trip to the playground. Taking 15 minutes to let them have active play can quickly change their attitude. They’ve kept their emotions in check and need to let it out. Allowing them some free time to play before heading home to do homework allows your child to feel like they have a bit of control over their day.
If you don’t have a playground nearby, consider allowing them free time outside to ride their bikes, hit a few baseballs, or just do something active.
I know you’re excited to hear about their day, but kids need a little down time to process everything. If you ask them right away, you’ll most likely get a grumpy answer. Once they’ve had a snack and a bit of active play, they’ll be more talkative, I promise!
Play a Game
Consider doing an activity with them. Board games are a great way to break the ice and allow kids to adjust from school to home. Try a board game that doesn’t require a lot of instructions. That way it’s more about the fun of playing. Spin Master has some awesome choices with kids favorite characters, like this Cars 3 Risky Raceway: Walmart.
Join Lightning McQueen, Cruz Ramirez, and Jackson Storm as they train for the big race! Use Training Tokens to avoid hazards. Reach the checkered flag first to win. Race over bridges and avoid hazards on the Risky Raceway!
The board game is easy to set-up and takes roughly 15 minutes to play. It’s a great transitional game for after school. Can you tell who won this round? 😉 Spin Master Games are available now at Walmart and Toys”R”Us.
I know it sounds backwards to let them “play” before homework, but allowing children a bit of unstructured down time is what their little bodies need. It will enable the after school process to go much more smoothly.
Could your little ones benefit from these after school activity ideas? Consider trying them, and see if there’s a shift in their attitudes.