Here's an idea to stay connected to friends and family that you may not see as often due to the pandemic and also focus some intentional time on any skills you'd like your children to hone.
Both of my boys need handwriting practice. Boys are often (though, of course, not always) less inclined to spend a lot of time drawing or coloring, which is what really builds those pencil grip muscles. I wanted to instill a regular handwriting practice for them, but I didn't want it to be too boring or overwhelming.
You'd be surprised how on board your children will be if the new activity you are introducing is:
1. explained well in advance
2. consistently followed through
3. tied to some reference in time they can understand.
By elementary age, students have a firm grasp on things that happen that are linked to certain days of the week. At school, my boys know they have "fun center Fridays" or "ice cream on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays." Anything you can tie to a day of the week, helps them anticipate when it will be expected. Keep in mind, they have a plan for their days, too, and so explaining something and setting a designated time for it will go over much easier than if you surprise them with a sudden expectation.
I'm calling our new activity, "Friends and Family Fridays" where the boys create some type of artwork drawing or fine motor activity and choose a friend or family member to mail it to. Through this practice, they are working on their art skills, connecting to friends and family, and also learning more about the mail process. Later, we might expand this activity to be even more purposeful. For example, we might start trying to think of a Bible verse to include for that special person or say a prayer together over them as we send it off.
The key is to start small and grow from there. Your children may come up with their own ideas, too. Creating a space for that to happen is the real work. If you're still getting a lot of resistance, try another angle.
"The key to everything is Patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it." -Arnold H.Glasow
I have two young sons, ages six and four. From pregnancy and beyond, they have been mirroring back to me more than I ever could have dreamed of learning about myself and my own growth. As we grow together through this life, I hope to always mirror back to them the same inspiration, strength, and wonder they have shown me.