1) Lynell Ross
These are unique times due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But fortunately, it is also a time to reconnect with our families.
I would recommend these fun, interesting, and engaging things to do with kids at home:
A) Turn chores into games
Make chore charts and give rewards for adding some new tasks to your kid’s weekly list. Teach your children how to laundry, properly clean the bathroom, or clean out your garage.
Friends of ours cleaned out their garage, painted it, and together, the whole family made a home gym in the garage. Ask the kids to help rake leaves, stack wood, or other outdoor chores. Count the piles of leaves, raked, or pieces of wood stacked. Even yucky chores can be fun when we do them together.
B) Help the kids build a temporary fort in the backyard or living room using objects around the house. It is healthy to spend time outdoors, weather permitting.
C) Play a game: Whether you play the old fashioned game of charades or find a similar one streaming on the TV, playing guessing or trivia games keeps the whole family laughing. Play a board game. Playing a 3D game of cards, monopoly or other board games teaches kids social skills, reading, and math.
D) Exercise together: Lack of time is the number one reason people cite for not exercising, and we are the most overweight population on the planet. Now we have more time, so what a great way to take advantage of it by doing exercises together. Teach your kids yoga and go for walks. Keep moving together.
E) Cook Together: Teach your children how to make a meal plan and prepare them by cooking together. Kids who are involved with meal preparation are more likely to eat more nutritious foods and be healthier. Since we have more time to cook, you can show them how to soak beans, good whole grains, and make homemade soups. Children who eat dinner with their families do better in school. Now is your chance to change bad habits into good ones.
F) Take time for creative arts: Pull out the watercolors, crayons, beading sets, sewing, or other crafts that we have gotten too busy to notice. Teach your children the satisfaction of creating something themselves. Help them make gifts for elderly neighbors or relatives. Then drop them on their porch with a note.
If you stop to think of the speed at which we were moving, and how disconnected families were by being glued to their devices, this allows us to change things for the better, engage face to face, talk to each other, be a little more attentive and pass on important skills.
2) Simone Colavecchi
My 2 boys like board games very much. And so we bought them a Monopoly Junior, which they spend many hours playing with! But naturally, boys will be boys and we let them play football in the yard and in the corridor.
We also bought them pedometers so they keep busy tracking how many steps they do. And as if running all over the place wasn’t enough, they also get messy with painting, cooking waffles, pancakes, and cookies. They also enjoy singing and dancing with their Playstation.
Make no mistake, they don’t play all day as I need to keep them busy learning as well. For that, I found some educational resources, learning apps, and books such as:
a) topmarks.co.uk -- maths and literacy games
b) oxfordowl.co.uk -- Expert advice, educational resources, and free eBooks
c) phonicsplay.co.uk -- free until the end of March
d) magickeys.com -- Learn phonics the fun and easy way
e) twinkl.co.uk -- resources provide entire schemes of work, lesson
planning and assessments.
3) Judd King
A) Create an Indoor Treasure Hunt. With a little bit of preparation work, this fun activity will keep your kids occupied for a good deal of time while also having them up and moving around the house. Just create a scavenger hunt style treasure map, hide some special prizes, tokens or treats around the house, and set them off on a good old fashioned mystery.
B) Strike Up a Game of Balloon Ping Pong (No Ping Pong Table Necessary!). Grab a ping pong paddle or even a wooden spoon, blow up a few balloons and find anything that will work as a virtual ping pong table—you don’t even need a real table, a line in the floor will work just fine. Serve the balloon back and forth without letting it touch the floor. You won’t believe the fun and exercise you’ll get trying to keep the balloon in the air.
C) Dance Party Freeze Game. Another fun activity for kids at home would be to turn up your favorite music, keep the volume control in hand, and instruct the kids to boogie down until the music stops and then freeze. When the music starts again, you move to the beat. Dancing is a great way to brush off the winter blues and get the whole family moving.
D) Build with Cardboard Boxes. Nothing beats boredom like kids with cardboard boxes. Gather up your extra cardboard boxes leftover from the holidays or check with a local big box warehouse or furniture store.
They typically have extra-large appliance boxes that they are more than happy to give away. You only need to provide them with scissors, masking or duct tape, markers, and time to build a rocket ship, clubhouse, fire truck, or anything their imagination can dream up.
E) Put on a Kid’s Yoga Video. Your kids will get their “om” on with fun yoga videos tailored to children. They’ll be stretching and moving while also learning to manage stress, build their concentration, and increase their confidence. Cosmic Kids makes great yoga videos for kids.
E) Design an Indoor Hopscotch. Hand your kids some construction paper or printer paper and have them make their hopscotch grid. Once finished, tape each piece to the floor to prevent slipping and use a sock in place of a rock. Encourage them to build the grid bigger than the standard 10 squares while still being able to keep up the game.
F) Build a Tent or Fort. Gather up the blankets and sheets and start building an imaginary world. There will be energy exerted and storylines developed to create hours of fun for children of all ages.
G) Jump to Cushion Island. You may not typically love your sofa cushions spread out across the living floor, but there’s no time like winter to break your own rules! Let your kiddos spread out the cushions on the floor and designate them as islands your child must travel between. Pretend there are sharks and other sea creatures on the floor between the cushions so they don’t want to fall in!
H) Hide and Seek for the Win. You enjoyed a good game of “hide and Seek” when you were a kid and my guess is your kids still love it too. Never underestimate how much fun a game of “Hide and Seek” is in your own home or how much your kids will get a kick out of finding great places to hide in their own house. Now, start counting to 40!
4) Marty Basher
A) Teach Kids Life Skills. With everyone at home, parents have the perfect opportunity to teach their children some valuable life skills! Cooking, for example, is a great way for the family to spend quality time together. Families can get so busy that they lose touch, even while living in the same house!
Other great skills to consider include: how to properly load a dishwasher; how to organize a bedroom closet, how to do laundry, how to fold sheets, how to do sewing repairs, how to grocery shop online, how to plant/maintain a garden, how to tie a necktie, how to change a tire. Start now, and your children could reap the benefits for a lifetime!
B) Organize Work Stations for Each Family Member. Just like an office or classroom, each person should get their designated work area. It’s the most practical and productive way to get things done.
You may or may not have a home office set up already, if not, now’s the time! Seek out a quiet place where you think you can get work done and take phone calls if necessary. It doesn’t have to be an entire spare room that’s all decked out, it can be as simple as a desk set up in your bedroom or even closet, depending on your space.
Attempting to work from home with kids has its challenges so be prepared for interruptions and plenty of breaks. As for your kids, doing schoolwork from the kitchen table works for some kids but not all of them. You’ll have to decide if this is possible with your family. If not, it might be beneficial to give each child their own space to do some learning.
Some kids prefer their bedrooms, others are fine curled up on the couch, while others may need a desk/table to fully function. Find a spot each child feels good about getting some work done and tweak what doesn’t work.
Set each child up with the tools they need such as a tablet or laptop, writing utensils, paper, and art supplies. If your school didn’t assign work, a simple Google search will help you land on educational websites and apps to get you going. There’s a plethora of information and offers available to new homeschooling parents right now.
C) Set Important Boundaries. While this is a great time for families to relax a bit, some boundaries are crucial to keeping everyone on track and productive. While extra TV and technology time is acceptable at such a challenging time, it’s still ideal to have healthy limits. This will make it easier when schedules go back to normal and to help keep your kids happy and motivated. It’s well-documented that too much TV and technology affect a child’s mood and sleep.
It’s also essential to talk openly to your kids about what you need to accomplish each day working from home and what’s expected of them. Make sure they understand that your job requires you to get a certain amount of work done each day and you need their help.
Make a sign for your office door that lets them know when you can talk to them (such as “do not disturb”) or create a hand signal (thumbs up—ok to talk or thumbs down—you’ll have to wait a minute). They need to know that you’re not always going to be able to be interrupted every time they come to you.
D) Make Time for Fun and Relaxation with Family. The bottom line is work still has to get done, kids still need to be fed and laundry doesn’t wash itself. However, in-between the must-dos should be some fun-dos. It’s up to you to make this happen! With all the scheduling of education, work deadlines, and cleaning/meal prep, make fun and relaxation with your family a top priority.
And while you’re at it, set the bar a little lower than you might think it should be. This is not the time to shoot for “Work at Home, Homeschooling Parent Overachiever Award.” So instead of thriving, shoot for surviving, and have some fun while you’re at it.
Time to get out games and puzzles that never get played anymore. Sitting around the table with your family playing a game of Sorry or Uno with a big bowl of popcorn is what family memories are made of.
Set up obstacle courses in the backyard and host a Family Olympics. Go for a family walk or run to get some fresh air and exercise, Create a scavenger hunt to motivate the family while out blowing off some steam.
Grab the sidewalk chalk and doodle some inspirational messages on your driveway and sidewalk for the neighbors to enjoy (after all, we’re in this together!). Make a homemade meal together as a family and follow it up with a family movie night. You could even start a garden together.
5) Matt Hulett
A fun thing for kids to do at home can be to learn a new language while stuck at home. What’s better than learning a new skill and checking off a bucket list item?
A name synonymous with learning languages is Rosetta Stone. They make it easy and fun to learn any new language, as you can choose from 25 different languages! So you can be prepared for conversation when you return to school or plan a future trip to a foreign destination.
Rosetta Stone uses immersive learning to teach languages. That means you’ll hear no English at all while learning Spanish or Mandarin or whichever language you choose. Students intuitively learn a new language through a series of photos, spoken words, and written words. It’s similar to how you learned to speak your native language and the format is similar to games teens play on their phones nowadays.
Rosetta Stone Inc., in response to school closures affecting more than 800 million children globally, has announced it will be giving three months of FREE language learning to all elementary, middle, and high school students WORLDWIDE. That means parents who are looking for more homeschool hours and less time glued to Tiktok videos, can rejoice!
Language learning exposes children to new cultures and opens their minds to new experiences and can be a welcome respite for parents looking for something new and educational to do with their children during this time.
6) Yocheved Golani
Children can be easily distracted from some distress with interesting stimulation. Think of how many times you were able to finish a diaper-change by singing a song, by giving the child a toy to hold, or by asking them to look at something across the room while you cleaned up a mess.
Little arms and legs stopped hammering your hands. You ended the tussle fast. The same technique works all life long. Keeping kids interestingly occupied while home during the coronavirus episode of life is a can-do goal.
Popular children’s author Mo Willems is teaching kids how to draw on YouTube
Grab some paper, crayons, pen, paints and paintbrushes, markers, and let the good times color little lives. Kids of all ages, adults included, can enjoy the fun.
This archive of 6,000 children’s books throughout history is available online at no charge. Share the reading fun with your offspring. Discuss the stories together. It’ll be fascinating to explore how values, perceptions, and needs changed over time.
The Kids Activities blog holds instructions for easily creating face masks. Grab some sturdy 100% cotton fabric scraps (junky clothes count!) and get to work. Little hands need guidance with some difficult eye-hand coordination tasks. Remember to explain that masks protect other people from the person wearing them.
Boogers, germs, and airborne viruses can lose some of their threat when sneezed or coughed inside the mask. That’s actually why medical professionals wear them when they see patients.
Another fun activity for kids at home would be to start an indoor garden and watch little eyes grow with a sense of wonder. Fill clear cups or glasses with paper toweling, then add water. Place a newish bean or lentil (or several) between the wet toweling and the hard, clear container. Set the cup or glass in a sunny area and check it daily. Keep the paper towel moist, not flooded with water. Your plant will grow roots within days.
If you have soil available, fill some spare containers with it, and plant seeds from vegetables in the ‘frig: bell peppers, tomatoes, etc. Rooted scallions, chives, and parsley work, too. Take a stalk of celery and place it in a container of water. Let it join the sunshine-filled area so that roots can grow from the bottom.
Now it’s ready to be transplanted into soil. Don’t overwater anything once it’s in the dirt. All plants droop after being transplanted. They need a day or so to perk up again. By the way, under-watering a plant is smarter than adding too much water. The plant won’t drown with that technique.
Create a “How We Survived Coronavirus Time journal” with your children. Cut and put pictures from magazines, write notes by hand, include samples of clean face masks and/or the labels of the hand sanitizers that you used, and include other things that you and the kids want to save.
Dedicate a page or two to the jokes that you shared, the funny things that happened despite the scary time indoors, and whatever else appeals to the children. It’s their keepsake journal and they set the rules.
By helping your children to stay productive and focused while cooped up at home, you’re helping them to learn to be resilient. You’re also sharing some wonderful bonding time that will pay off for their entire futures.
7) Rajandeep Kaur
Apart from making a written schedule for their study timings so that they do not miss out on their curriculum, you can do the following activities to keep your children occupied, and they will enjoy them:
A) Play some board games with your kids, because they will, most probably, be studying through virtual classes during this quarantine period. They are already exposed to screens for too long, so try to keep them away from video games, social media, and other uses of computers and phones.
B) Make your kid’s favorite snacks and ask them to help you. This way, they can learn cooking, which will help them later in their lives and they will enjoy learning it. Kids enjoy when they have authority over something, or they are valued. So, instead of telling them to learn cooking, ask them to help you.
C) If you are fond of gardening, you can tell your children to help you with it. Tell your kids to help you with the chores, and in reward, you can all watch their favorite movie with their favorite snacks.
D) You can draw and craft together if your kids love it. This will enhance their creativity.
E) You can do easy exercises together. It will keep your body healthy, and your kids will also start developing the habit of physical fitness. Pray and Meditate together.
F) You can all see the old family photographs from the family album and discuss things about the past. This way, you can cherish and relive those old memories.
G) Some zoos and parks are providing tours online at reasonable costs. To give a refreshing feel of going out, you can book one such tour for your kids.
H) Tell your kids to make calls to their friends, grandparents, and other close relatives, so that they know how to keep social contacts through phone calls and video calls.
I) Fathers usually get less time to spend with their children. Make use of this time. You can deep clean the cars with the help of their kids, or repair a bike.
8) Vlad Turchyn
Homeschooling and online education are some of the most productive ways to keep children engaged. Now is the best time to help your child both stay on track with school curriculum or learn something new, from a new language to programming.
A complex approach is key to success. Let’s take two examples:
A) Language learning: offer your child the opportunity to learn a new language, and build the process. Online tutoring is the most effective way to learn a new language, and you can find a teacher who’ll be proficient in working with kids on platforms like Preply and Chegg Tutors. To maximize the efforts, take advantage of gamification with apps like Duolingo or Memrise, and use the ready curriculums (Rosetta Stone offers them).
B) Programming: start with preparation courses on platforms like Udemy (paid) or Coursera (free). Add SoloLearn and Kahoot for gamification and a quick test of new knowledge. For full immersion, find a professional tutor that will teach your child the basics of programming.
a) Personal contact with a tutor is important to keep a child engaged.
b) Gamification in learning is a huge bonus that makes learning more kid-friendly.
c) A structured program helps both parents and children.
9) Samantha Radford
A) Make sure you keep a routine at home that simply doesn’t include screen time (or at least has screen time only at designated times). For example, the morning includes playing and chores, after lunch is read and rest time, followed by coloring/puzzles, then outdoor time, bath, and dinner.
B) Novelty makes a huge difference in keeping your kids engaged. Rotating toys once a week or two keeps them fresh and keeps your kids more likely to play independently for longer amounts of time.
To keep toys even more interesting, try to play strews. For example, instead of putting everything away on the shelf, keep out a few stuffed animals and set them up as if they are having a tea party. When your child sees them in the morning, it’s an invitation to play and imagine the scenario.
Another good example is to get out blocks of some sort and start building a tower, perhaps with a few small toys inside the tower. Your kids can decide whether to build the tower larger or to play pretend with the toys you added.
10) Melanie Musson
Set a timer. Giving your child an activity to do that has a time limit helps them stay engaged. Twenty minutes or a half-hour is a good length of time for a child between five and nine years old to focus on an activity or task.
No matter what you’re asking your child to focus on, whether it’s a family home improvement project, a school subject, or a craft project, they’ll be able to do it better knowing there is a set time that they will be finished.
11) Dustin Vann
While children need to have stability and learn as they would at school, one of the wonderful things about this awful time is being able to allow them the freedom to be more creative in their ‘school hours’.
I believe that online and social media can really have a positive impact, so maybe you could use this as a teaching tool.
Set up an Instagram page, as a family, and post all of your creative projects. Not only will this be fun and engaging, but it may also be something you can continue in the future. Children learning how to use social media responsibly is a powerful thing and will help them as they get older.
12) Dave Munson
What has helped us is giving them a 2 hour limit on iPads with games. And now that they have the limits, they don’t beg and they ration out their time wisely and they don’t mope around in hopes that we’ll give in and let them dumb themselves down even more.
They amazingly find other things to do since the iPad isn’t an option. We let them Facetime with friends, which isn’t included in the two hours. We have plenty of books for them to read like Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew. My son loves Louis L’Amour western books. We also bought several 1000 piece puzzles for them to do. It’s good family fun.
13) Stacy Caprio
For example, you can put the couch pillows on the floor and make them into a path, and then play a game where the pillows are safety, and the rest of the floor is lava, so they have to jump from pillow to pillow to play tag or find items around the room.
The point is to get creative and let your kids get creative coming up with ideas as well. Everyone will have fun and get to practice exercising their idea muscle and feel good about making up and playing fun new games.
14) Devon Clement
B) Use washable finger paints directly on the kitchen table and then use shaving foam to clean it off -- two activities in one! A quick wipe down from adults and it’s all clean.
C) Let them “wash dishes” at the kitchen sink -- (plug the drain and put some water and a couple of squirts of soap) sure, water will get everywhere, but kids will do this for an hour or more and a towel will clean it up.
D) Speaking of water play, baths aren’t just for nighttime!* Many preschoolers would spend the whole day happily occupied in the tub if they could. Sure, you have to supervise, but it’s easy to make sure they aren’t drowning while you are doing emails from your laptop (the loud singing and splashing is a good indicator).
E) Involve them in what you’re doing. *Sure, it will take more time, but time is one thing a social distancing society has plenty of! Let them help cook, clean, give them scrap paper and pens, and have them be your “assistant.”
15) Bob Prichard
A) The Constitution and Bill of Rights--find them online and read through each paragraph with everyone in the family giving their understanding of what they mean.
B) Anatomy--get some erasable markers and outline each muscle on the body so everyone can see and feel where each one is located, their insertion and origin, and what they do.
C) Physiology--what are the lungs, how do they work. Same for the brain, eyes, heart, liver, kidneys, diaphragm, stomach, pancreas, small and large intestines. Find exploded views online. Get a stethoscope to listen to the heart and lungs.
D) How do they work? The refrigerator, washing machine, dishwasher, heater, air conditioner, plumbing, toilet, family car. Trace the entire plumbing system from where water enters the building to how it leaves and everything in between. Find exploded views online. Where possible, open them up and take a look.
For many parents, they will also be learning for the first time what their schools did not teach them.
16) Cindy Hemming
For instance, my daughter loved imaginative play above all else. If I set up a building activity for her (blocks, lego, etc.), she’ll only engage for 5-10 minutes. But if I incorporate an element of pretend play, she’ll happily play for up to an hour.
17) Eric Sztanyo
As a father of five children, ages 9, 7, 4, 2, and 2 months old, keeping my children occupied at home is of utmost importance at this unique time. With that much young energy, we need to find outlets for them to have fun while limiting our human contact.
For us, that has meant taking walks as a family whenever we can. Early spring weather in the Cincinnati area is always spotty, so when we have the chance, we bundle everyone up and go take a walk! Our older kids can help push the stroller, and it’s easy to explore without being around groups of people.
Another great activity we have been doing a lot of is backyard fires around our firepit. It allows our kids to play in the backyard, but also has a natural ability because of the heat and light to draw the kids in close and keep them nearby. And also, they haven’t run out of Smores materials at the grocery store yet.
18) Abby Marks
My oldest son Maverick is almost 2 and we always like to take some time out of the day for some type of education. He still thinks it’s playing at this point so it’s perfect! Below are a couple of clever fun activities for kids at home to keep them positively engaged during coronavirus.
The first thing I usually jump to is the bookshelf. This is a great way to bond with your kids and no matter what level they are at, they can still benefit. Maybe they can point out colors on the page or even sound out the words as you read along. I love books for this reason and many of them have flaps or additional touches to keep the kids entertained.
Another great option is to dig into some old toys. Many toys come with an educational component but they aren’t always used in this manner. Keep the random button smashing to a minimum and try to do it in order or follow along with the audio. These are great ways to engage in learning with something the kids might already be familiar with.
Lastly, you can bring out the flashcards or a workbook. This type of education is a little more direct and might take some convincing to stay on task. Maybe offer a reward for completing a worksheet or getting so many flashcards right. If you don’t have a lot of stuff on hand, many online stores are still shipping items out and you can even find stuff ready to print right at home!
19) Steve Roth
Gardening Lab for Kids, a refreshing source of ideas to help your children learn to grow their patch of earth, encourages children to get outside and enjoy nature.
Square foot gardening with kids shows how the most popular gardening system in the world is a fun way to teach kids the benefits of gardening. The easy geometry of the square foot gridded box breaks the complex world of gardening into digestible bites for enthusiastic young learners, and the sequence of tasks required to grow plants from seeds is repeatable and reassuring.
Kids learn many valuable life lessons when tending their garden, such as the importance of following instructions and doing chores, basic skills like counting and water conservation, and learning to appreciate the nature of food and why it is important to respect it.
20) Anastasia Gavalas
Keeping children positively engaged at home takes thoughtfulness and creativity. For children to be naturally interested in an activity over a prolonged period, the activity has to have the flexibility of being used in a personal and multifaceted way.
The activity has to have the ability to be used in a variety of scenarios and be easy to adapt. Activities that allow them to imagine, play, and think differently (with or without others) work best in times like these.
As a teacher and mom of five, I can personally attest to the power of Wings. Below is more information on Wing Kits, an activity that has helped hundreds of children feel empowered for years!
Wing Kits are a super unique craft kits for children of all ages that will keep them engaged for hours! Kits provide children opportunities to be creative, build confidence, and assemble empowering keepsakes with little help from adults.
Every child is unique so no two pairs of wings are ever the same and with each Wing Kit purchased, a pair of wings is donated to a child in need. It’s more than a toy. It’s a super relevant, creative, life-changing experience for children (anywhere in the world) that’s meaningful and can be played with for years!
21) Sandra Castillo
A) Science lessons for the smaller ones with My Fairy Garden Nature Cottage.
Start an enchanted science project with your kid and take them step-by-step on how to plant a magical garden for fairies. My Fairy Garden Nature Cottage is a flowerpot that comes with everything you need to create a new fairy world; watering can, gardening tools, soil, seeds, and a cottage to house fairy Isla and her friends.
My Fairy Garden is recommended for kids age 4+
B) Piano lessons for your youngest with Mirari Pop! Pop! Piano
Musical play has been a favorite of children (and parents) for years. The satisfaction of the cause and effect of banging, shaking, or tapping a toy and hearing the musical response is a delight for young children.
Pop! Pop! Piano offers real musical play, but with added fun and a unique feature that will surprise and delight children. When a key is pressed, the star in the coordinating tube will pop up and soar inside the arch. It’s a colorful visual to go with the music!
Recommended for kids 12M +
C) Introduce your kids to engineering principles and physics with Marbleocity 4-Bar
This dynamic hands-on STEM model kit will help your kids develop physics and engineering insights in a fun way. Each kit includes easy-to-follow assembly instructions in a graphic novel that features the Tinkineer characters.
The comic introduces a physics concept or engineering mechanism that is the focal point of the model, all in a fun and engaging way. The result of this unique and playful learning experience is an awesome kinetic sculpture that only requires household white glue!
Recommended for kids of ages 9 and above.
22) Ali Levine
I would recommend these couple of things to do with kids at home:
A) Colored building blocks like lovevery. So many different ways to create with blocks and different shapes colors, and teaching through the colors and shapes… but still making it fun! Amelia loves to be engaged and challenged, so I love blocks.
B) Also, Books. Teaching her what everything is, my daughter loves books! So we can read 5-10 books at a time!! Especially pop-ups, interactive, things that challenge her.
C) Imaginary play- we love to play in her kitchen and pour tea and eat cake. Cheers! Cook in the kitchen!
D) Hide and seek too!
E) Counting and ABCs!!
F) We sing all the time, and dance! Amelia loves music and loves to sing, so we constantly have our mini-concerts especially right now!
23) Kimberly Dawn
Here are some activities for kids at home that I would recommend as a mom of 4 kids
• cooking with the kids. Kids love to bake
• playing board games
• going on a walk with dogs just in the neighborhood & keeping social distance
• watching movies together
• doing TikToks. My kids have been loving me to do that with them.
24) Amy KD Tobik
The best way to keep your child engaged while staying at home is to maintain an active routine and schedule. You can create fun and interactive games while at home, and build routines and schedules that are convenient and enjoyable for both you and your child.
Make sure that schedules are followed so that adapting to it in the future wouldn’t be burdensome. Adapting to new environments is one of the problems children with autism have to deal with. And so, you need to keep things as simple as possible.
Children these days won’t go out of their house and will stay to play games on their mobile devices. In addition to this, you can still stay in touch virtually with your friends and other support networks.
You can use this to create fun and interactive bonding with your kids.
You can also use this opportunity to introduce new and interactive games. Use their curiosity and introduce games that you usually played when you were a kid.
Bond with your child as much as possible, talk to them constantly so that you can both adjust to home quarantine situation. This could also be the time to strengthen your emotional and spiritual connection.
25) Bret Bonnet
It was important, though, that my son was still using his time wisely, as I don’t want the pandemic to be an excuse for him to do nothing but watch TV and eat Oreo’s all day!
My wife and I have Jax’s regular teacher come over to the house two days a week to make sure he remains focused and on task. The school encourages parents to do this, and they’ve made it very easy for us to set up.
So every Tuesday and Thursday, Jax is getting four hours of dedicated one-on-one teacher time. They say age 3 is a very important time in the child’s development, so we don’t want him missing a beat.
26) Mara Quigley
Many parents are turning to educational apps to keep their kids engaged and learning. This particular coloring app, Color Quest AR, which is the number one trending educational apps on Google and is currently the number 1 iPad app for education in 24 countries, fits that bill and then some:
A) Coloring is a well-known stress reliever. With Color Quest AR, kids color animated characters of healthy fruits and vegetables and bodily organs.
B) Engaging- the app uses the magic of Augmented Reality (AR) to bring the child’s creation to life in the room with them! They can have fun placing the character anywhere they want- on the table, in the bed, on the dog’s back, etc., and they can take pictures and videos alongside the 3D characters.
C) Educational- the app teaches fun facts about how each food supports health and how our organs work, as well.
Color Quest AR teaches the importance of eating healthy foods, how those foods affect different organs in the body, and how those organs work to keep us healthy.
Press the magic wand, and using a mobile device or tablet, the characters appear in enhanced 3D, in the colors that the child has created, wherever the child likes- on the bed, the couch, in the tree fort, or on the dog’s back. Fun audible and visual health facts are interspersed throughout the experience.
The app is a key driver in the mission to address the growing epidemic of excess fat in children, which has been linked to the risk of serious medical conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.
27) Joseph Marchelewski
Kids cooped-up during the COVID-19 quarantine can get real exercise with Dribble Up. The free app provides parents with a fun activity that they can incorporate into their kids’ devices and their favorite sports.
Dribble Up is a durable smart ball that connects to your phone or tablet that’s designed to be tracked. You download a free app and your family’s activity can be tracked on your device. You can do it in front of the screen as a virtual blue tracker appears and creates a virtual program for you to follow in real-time. You get weekly scores and rankings.
The current options are soccer balls, basketballs, and even medicine balls. There are also live, interactive soccer and basketball classes that are perfect for kids shut up in homes during this pandemic.
28) Nathan Forster
We want to keep kids engaged and we want to keep them moving. NEOU is an on-demand and live-streaming fitness service built on a community of subscribers with workout and wellness classes for everything from dance to yoga to HIIT bootcamp, dance, barre, yoga, Pilates, kettlebell, boxing, meditation and more.
Workouts are instructed by elite trainers and available anytime, anywhere. Find beginner to advanced workouts, programs, and challenges to help you reach your individual goals. Filter thousands of classes by class type, duration, body focus, and more. NEOU can be downloaded from the app store or Google Play and can be streamed from any screen.
They recently launched NEO Kids…With fun, safe, and effective exercises for children ranging from 4-12 years of age. NEO Kids was created to unite fitness and family bonding in the comfort of your own home. In these 10-20 minute classes, NEOU trainers Christi, Blake, and Britney bring high-energy, functional, bodyweight workouts that you and your kids can experience together.
From budding athlete to first-time-fitness, NEO Kids is for every child and parent who wants to move around, have a great time, and take a quick break from their homework or daily life hustles especially now that we are all quarantined.
Also, in response to business, school, and gym closures, NEOU is offering 30 days of free access for those stuck at home during this time. This means unlimited streaming of on-demand fitness classes taught by elite trainers -- everything from yoga to strength training to kickboxing to HIIT to NEOU Kids
29) Kelly Diehr
What is an In-Home Family Scavenger Hunt?
Let’s Roam is helping transform your home into a unique and educational playground! “Roam From Home” In-Home Scavenger Hunts contain the same 5-star rated educational and enriching challenges that Let’s Roam’s activities are known for, just redesigned for an in-home experience that is out of this world.
Each edition offers a variety of challenges and trivia designed to spark creativity including testing science experiments, listening to a story from a long-distance relative, and blind taste-tests.