ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS DURING COVID-19

With the world wide spread of the coronavirus children are affected by not being able to play their favourite sports, playing with their friends, quarantines and social distancing.


Here are two great reads. The first one is from the World Health Organization. And the second is from KidsAbiilty. Both organizations talk about how to keep your kids active but also learning at the same time.

Sticking to a schedule is helpful. Routines help provide a sense of stability and structure. Kids can get anxious when routines are lost. This will be more important as time out of school increases. Create a schedule that works for the whole family. Do things together but also allow for self-discovery in any process.

Consider these:
- Keep consistent wakeup and sleep times
- Schedule time for meals
- If you choose to homeschool, schedule time for it (Visit the Ministry of Education Learning Portal to access math and literacy skills, and other learning resources)
- Schedule time for breaks and exercise (indoor/outdoor)
- End the day’s routine by 3 p.m. (or the same time as their regular end of day)
- Keep an evening routine that’s familiar

Below is a list of activity ideas for social distancing/self isolation that can be helpful. We hope you find this useful to help get through these trying times.

Cooking/Food Preparation

Preparing meals and eating meals together is a great way to stay connected, and has nutritional, health and social benefits. The extra time together is a great chance to involve kids in the planning and preparation of meals not to mention you may actually have time to sit down for a meal together. Remember to put devices in a basket or away from the table.

Meal planning and cooking is an important life skill that you have the opportunity to foster during this unplanned break from school. And, if you’re at work, while your tweens/teens are at home put them on dinner duty. You might all be surprised what they’re capable of accomplishing. If it doesn’t work out, you can always rely on breakfast for dinner: scrambled eggs and toast with cut up veggies on the side!

Unlockfood.ca – Cooking with Kids

Unlockfood.ca – Baking with Kids

Eat Right Be Active: A Guide for Caregivers of Toddlers 12 – 36 months

Eat Right Be Active: A Guide for Caregivers of Preschoolers 3 – 5 years

Eat Right Be Active: A Guide for Caregivers of Children 6 – 8 years


Reading & Languages

Reading is a great way for kids to expand their world and imaginations. With his extra time on their hands, reading is a great way for them to learn and escape while staying home.

Read books for free

There are many apps out there to help children learn a new language is a fun way. Learning a new language is not only a great life-long skill, but also stimulates growth and creative thought.

Language apps for kids

Have your children write letters to residents at your local long-term care home. Not only will this improve their writing skills but also brighten someone’s day who isn’t permitted visitors at the moment.


Science/Learning

There are plenty of neat and interesting activities you can do at home using what you have laying around your house. Parent-supervised experiments can be fun and informative for everyone.

Create an animal fact sheet, make it up and then do real research with the kids and see how what you made up for that animal compares to what’s real.

Online science/education experiments

Elephant toothpaste

Bill Nye episodes & Home Demos

Study the weather

How to make soap at home

Brain pop

Mystery Science


Indoor Play

Pillage your closet and see what fun stuff can you find in there. Dress up party/fashion show. Make believe time helps to broaden future creativity.

Lego

Lego Projects for Kids

50+ Free LEGO Instructions

Playdough recipe

GoNoodle

Board games/card games

Charades

Puzzles

Have a dance party

Check out online videos for at home family workouts

Build a fort with pillow and blankets


Outdoor Play

Social distancing does not mean you must stay in your home at all times. There are many ways that you and your children can stay physically active, even while maintaining the social distancing guidelines. Some outside ideas include:

Create a backyard obstacle course

Collect nature items like twigs and pinecones, and use them to build something

Go for a bike ride

Geocaching


For more ideas visit Activities for Life Raising Physically Literate Kids

Wondering how much physical activity your family should be getting?

24 Hour Movement Guidelines – Ages 0-4

24 Hour Movement Guidelines – Ages 5-17

24 Hour Movement Guidelines – Ages 18-64

24 Hour Movement Guidelines – Age 65+


Arts & Crafts

Who doesn’t love to paint, or draw, or create? Here are a few ideas and links for you and your children.

Write a book / create a comic together

50+ Quick & Easy Kids Crafts that ANYONE Can Make

Parents – Arts & Crafts

Tons of Art and Craft Ideas for Kids to Make


Explore the Virtual World

While we typically want to dissuade overuse of screen time, parent-supervised exploration of the virtual world may be a fun way to share an experience together. Many museums, zoos, and aquariums are offering free virtual tours or live cams of their exhibits. There are apps that will even take you to outer space!

Virtual museum tours / Video tour of zoo/aquarium

Museums, Zoos, and Theme Parks Offering Virtual Tours

Solar System Exploration – NASA Science

Solar System Tour – The Nine Planets

Passport to Space – National Geographic Kids


Things to do Together

With you at home, your kids want to be with you. Take some time to do something together that is fun and is something they can immediately connect with.

As a family make a fun video or post for social media

Make a family YouTube channel/podcast

We hope you enjoyed this read. We hope to be back on the floor very soon. Until then, please be safe and stay healthy.

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