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Kids are little bundles of energy, which means sitting in a chair for hours can feel quite boring.

Hyperstimulation makes it difficult for children to concentrate, which can complicate homework sessions, making it difficult to make homework fun. You want your kids to have the best educational experience possible, so how can you make it more fun?

It’s simple – you test out some of the eight tips listed below!

1. Stay Positive

Before you start on homework, make sure you’re in the right mindset. Kids can sense your stress, anxiety and frustration, and it will influence how they perceive their studies. If you are excited to help with their learning, your kids will be more interested in learning. Encourage them to practice gratitude and positivity each day, so they look at learning as a privilege instead of a pain.

You should also remain optimistic during homework time, as kids may lose morale when they don’t understand the concepts. Sometimes a distraction is the best way to maintain learning morale. If your kids struggle to understand what they are learning at school, try a new approach rather than giving up. You could also always contact the teacher if you’re struggling to convey any new concepts.

2. Turn Learning Into a Game

Games make everything better, so put on your thinking cap and transform your next home-learning session. You should try to choose an age-appropriate style, so your children can have fun without feeling overwhelmed. For example, a young child in pre-school may not feel comfortable playing a sports game outdoors, but they’d love an educational activity on their tablet.

You can find many free educational game suggestions online, but ultimately your imagination is the only limit. If you can’t find a design you like, then you can make your own. You can even include your kids, so they learn through hands-on experience.

3. Embrace the Outdoors

If your kids are learning about geology, you can take them to look at rock formations. Nature offers hands-on learning relating to most science subjects. Alternatively, you can use the outdoors to set the scene when reading a book or discussing history.

It’s good for children to play outdoors since spending time in the sun gives youngsters a boost of vitamin D and improves sensory skills. Kids who play outdoors are more likely to initiate and participate in activities and have a longer attention span than those who spend most of their time indoors.

4. Be Open to Creativity

If you want to keep homework sessions fun for your kids, be open to creativity, even when it makes you nervous. Try letting your kids lead the homework, or have them create an imaginary story relating to what they learned at school. When kids learn in exciting ways they’re more likely to remember the information.

If you’re willing to think outside the box, it’s possible to turn most frustrating situations into a learning experience.

5. Teach With Cooking

Humans have to eat to survive, so it’s quite likely your family spends a considerable amount of time in the kitchen. You can informally teach while cooking to help make school subjects more fun and interesting and re-inforce what your kids are learning at school. Your kids can start by counting ingredients, practicing their measurements, and sorting ingredients according to color. As they mature, you can chat about nutrition and chemistry. You can even discuss geography and international living by cooking national dishes from countries around the world.

This strategy will keep your children engaged, and everyone will have full bellies.

6. Take Advantage of Technology

You may be hesitant to incorporate technology into your home. After all, kids ages 8-12 spend four to six hours watching or using screens each day. However, when used for educational purposes, technology can have a positive impact. Animated shows make learning fun and give parents a break from active teaching. You can find a wide variety to choose between on Netflix and Free-Air channels. To ensure they remember the information, ask them to give you a summary when the movie ends.

7. Find a Balance That Works for Your Family

Every child is unique, so you should adapt your homework routine to suit their needs. Having a structured plan is essential for helping kids focus, but a rigid environment can become dull. A solution would be to schedule homework and learning time when your child is most alert. While it sounds counterintuitive, it’s good for your children to experience boredom because it encourages them to use their imagination.

8. Remember to Share Praise

Kids are in the process of developing self-confidence, so it’s crucial to provide a healthy amount of praise and encouragement. Remember to give specific compliments that highlight the child’s efforts. Effort-based recognition promotes a growth mindset and encourages kids to try new things. Focus on how much progress they’ve made and make sure your words are sincere.

Make Homework Fun Again

Using these eight tips, you can keep homework fun and interesting. Start with the suggestion that resonated the most when you were reading. After a few days, switch and try a new technique. After a month of experimenting, you’ll know exactly what works for your family.

Is homework a bore and a chore in your house? How do you make homework fun for your kids? Tell us in the comments below.

  • Great tips here, love using these.

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  • Love this thanks for sharing

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  • Great tips. I’ve always had to turn it into a fun game otherwise they would get bored quickly and refuse to do it.

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  • I needed this article a year ago when we had to homeschool in NSW due to COVID!

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  • My daughter little fuss about home works. When she got her readers from school she is lazy to read whole book as now they are getting chapters.Some times i sit with her and read with sharing. She is happy when i get involve.

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  • All good tips. Make it fun. But also positive and reiterating the end game.

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  • It is important to stay positive and focused.


    • Focus is definitely important with homework and with all things. A laser like focus gets things done!

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  • It wasn’t an issue with my daughter, she loved school and would rush into her homework when she got home. My son was the opposite, he wasn’t keen on school and would scream at homework time.

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  • Great tips. make it fun and hands-on and be royal with your praise !
    Homework with my youngest who has Down Syndrome is such hard work. There’s a total lack of intrinsic motivation. She’s often uncooperative and it can take ages.


    • If only you were free to give your own infilling. But no, it’s set by the teachers

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  • Definitely stay positive and be a good role model. Also; make homework fun.

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  • Mistakes mean were learning is a saying in our house

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  • I’ve been curious about this, greatly appreciated!

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  • It’s nice if it’s fun however not everything is fun. Sometimes you just have to do the work because it’s what you have to do.

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  • Just by being interested in their homework takes some of the pain away from them having to do it. If you make homework sound like something that is great to do, it will get rid of the negativity around it.

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  • Not looking forward to homework!
    My grandad used to help me with mine as mum always got home late for work then had to cook and do the housework etc. But I’m hoping My kids like to learn so it’ll be easier to do homework.
    The weather has been rainy all week and it looks like it’s going to continue which ruined my plans to take the kids to the beach and park to encourage them to spend more time outdoors.

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