As the Covid-19 virus spreads throughout the country, many school districts are temporarily closing to help minimize the sickness’ effect within their communities. While these proactive measures are a great way to help keep our kids healthy, many parents are scrambling for ways to keep kids entertained during a quarantine. Here are a few tips for filling up those long days while still avoiding crowded public places and limiting screen time.
1. Set aside learning time. While classes may be cancelled, many schools are sending home classwork or posting assignments online for kids to complete. Don’t panic – parents will not need to spend seven hours a day on instruction time. But it is a good idea to set aside some time each day to work on school assignments. This will add a little bit of structure to the day while also keeping students in a mindset that encourages learning.
2. Get crafty. Crafts can be a great way for kids to have fun at home. Coloring, sticker books, or watercolors may be good, inexpensive options for younger kids. For school-aged kids, try getting creative with items you may already have around the house. We like these fun coffee filter crafts and these fun construction paper craft ideas.
3. Go outside! While it is important to avoid crowds, getting outside in the open air is a great way for kids (and their parents!) to expel some energy while also getting a good dose of sunshine and vitamin D. While playing with outdoor toys at home may be a good option, it is best to avoid the playground equipment at public playgrounds. Try going for a walk or taking a hike on those nice days.
While it may be tempting for parents to get together and host play dates for bored kids, it is important to create social distance during a pandemic of this type. Individuals can be infected with Covid-19 before they experience any symptoms or develop a fever. Avoid places like libraries, restaurants, playgrounds, sporting events, and anywhere else crowds of people may gather.
CONTENT PROVIDED BY: Rachel Green