While staying at home to avoid COVID-19 is hard on everyone, kids especially can have a tough time remaining occupied. Heartland is here to help your kids stay sane in the coming weeks by putting together tips and resources with family-friendly activities.
Keep them active
It’s important to stay fit in the next few weeks, and being cooped up inside is no excuse. Heartland already has some information about WellBeats, a service with exercises you can do at home. Keeping a set workout routine maintains structure, and will help the days go by a little more quickly.
It’s also worth noting that unless you’re already sick and under strict quarantine, it’s still considered safe to take the kids for walk every so often. It’s important to continue practicing social distancing during these walks. This little bit of time outside being active strengthens the lungs and can give you and your kids a nice little boost of vitamin D.
Spur their creativity
Keeping a child entertained is one thing, but allowing them to make something can keep them occupied for hours. Have them help you cook or bake, have them write a letter or make homemade play dough. Don’t be afraid to get a little silly by building a huge cardboard box fort, hosting a night of crafting or painting or inventing your own board game.
Look up projects online that parents and kids can do together. For example, the National Ocean Service has a page of activities like origami, coloring sheets and other, bigger projects that will teach your child about the natural world. Just make sure a parent is supervising!
Travel the world virtually
Are you missing the beauty of nature? Several national parks offer virtual tours you can take from the comfort of your own home. Check out Hawai’i National Park, Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska, Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico or Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah, just to name a few.
It isn’t just national parks! The Louvre is also offering online tours of its exhibits, and the Cincinnati Zoo has live streams of its animals daily. Check out the Beluga Whale cam from the Georgia Aquarium or the Monteray Bay Aquarium Sea Otter cam.
While texting and emails have largely replaced phone calls, now might be a good time to dial the phone and hear the voices of friends and family. FaceTime and other video calling services is also a great way to see each other.
Use this time to spend meals together with the family, or share a meal with friends over a video call.