As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread, many parents are finding themselves in quarantine with kids in order to most effectively practice “social distancing.” I am a mom of two and let me be real… I have found myself in some difficult times when it comes down to entertaining my kids while trying to also educate them and run the house. SEND HELP…. lol
After many breakdowns and research, I found out that us parents can do a number of activities alongside our kids that facilitate active, engaged learning. I also found several solutions to keeping the kids occupied. From keeping their minds sharp with various online learning tools or keeping their spirits high with family activities.
I have put a list of things together that have worked with my kids (so far) and I hope that it will help you as well. We are in this together. Sending you all a big loving hug during these tough times.
1. Set up a treasure hunt: This one is easy and can keep the kids occupied for a few hours. Hide anywhere from 10 to 20 items in the yard or around the house.
2. Virtual tour of the Louvre: Take a trip with the family Paris, France by taking a digital tour of one of the most famous international museums, the Louvre. Here are some more virtual tours I found for you:
Farm 360 (Virtual Farm)
3. Watch the beluga whales at the Georgia Aquarium: This is probably one of the coolest webcam’s set up at the Georgia Aquarium. Your family will love this.
4. Indoor Family Picnic: We love and use our VEER Basecamp in the living room and have family picnics in the afternoon. If you don’t have a VEER Basecamp, you can always create one with the sofa/chairs and pillows and a sheet over them all.
5. Cosmic Kids Yoga: Having a structure is a must. That’s what they are used to. Craft projects or solving puzzles are fun activities but staying physically active is also crucial. We enjoy Cosmic Kids Yoga YouTube channel it that will encourage your little ones to get up and get moving while teaching them mindfulness and relaxation.
6. Online education resources for FREE: The public educational company Scholastic has launched a “Learn at Home” website with ‘day-by-day projects to help keep kids reading, thinking, and growing. Here are some other websites that are offering free online courses: Khan Academy, Duolingo, National Geographic Kids, and ST Math and.
7. Go to Mars: Explore the surface of Mars with this digital 360° camera.
8. Academic printables: Download and print academic printables at printables.
9. Play dress up: It’s always fun and puts the kids in a good mood.
10. ABC Mouse Learning Academy: This app has been a great help. It’s educational and fun.