One of the things that I’ve read that will be important during these times will be to set a routine. Routines can give children comfort and security and also will provide caregivers with a framework for the day. Don’t be afraid to use some screen time for distraction but also do try to limit the amount of time that they are on.
Here are some other great resources:
An Example of How To Structure the Day
Go to a Virtual Museum — Here is a list of 12 museums that you can explore virtually!
Brainpop.com is a fun online learning resource for kids. They have one for kids K-3 and one for upper elementary-middle schoolers. They’ve made their resource free for children whose schools have been closed when you sign up. They have a resource specifically on coronavirus that you don’t have to sign up for.
Bright Horizons has a list of different resources for younger kids including 10 ways to use a cardboard box and 10 ways to get moving
This is a fun Twitter thread with some ideas of what to do with your kids that includes a link to some fun science experiment.
Write thank-you cards and posters to people who are working hard to make a difference — sanitation workers, health care professionals, first responders, shopkeepers and store employees, and others who you might know!
Don’t forget — you can go outside and move. Just remember to practice social distance. You might want to avoid playgrounds — but wide open spaces, hiking, taking a walk in your neighborhood are all okay.
It can be hard being stuck at home all day but now is a great time to get creative. Being bored can lead to some really great things and to cultivating imagination. Praying that, even though this time could be difficult, that it will be precious time!