Home activities and online resources for families and children
In light of the current pandemic situation, I have come accross same useful resources that may help parents and children keep entertained and find purpose whilst enduring the social isolation period. Here they are:
For cooking and food lovers:
Make milkshakes or smoothies.
Cook and eat breakfast together.
Teach your child how to cook.
Bake brownies or cupcakes together.
Have a tea party.
Make a special breakfast "just because."
Have something unusual for dinner like air-popped popcorn and fresh fruit.
Make pancakes in the shape of your child's initials.
Make ice cream floats for dessert.
Plant seeds from something you've eaten, such as an apple or watermelon.
Playfull and physical activities:
Make a "tent" out of sheets.
Teach one another some new dance moves.
Pull out a box of toys they haven't played with for a while.
Build Lego together.
Make your own treasure map, hide treasures in the house, create questions with clues and share the map with others. Have fun!
Play with dolls together.
Play a video game together.
Play store, restaurant, or ice cream stand together.
Learn a new skill together eg juggling, skipping, hoola hooping.
Help your child practice a sport they enjoy.
Try yoga online classes together.
Focus and calming:
Teach your child how to play solitaire or chess.
Teach your child how to knit.
Play I Spy.
Help your child fix a broken item or toy.
Meditate together with a guided meditation (from youtube or from a mobile app).
Creative and crafty ideas:
Make your own memory game out of family photographs.
Draw caricatures of each other.
Write a story together.
Make up a silly song or poem together.
Build animal families out of home-made play-doh.
Build something out of recycling items.
Make a slide-show of your favourite digital photographs.
Pick flowers and press them in wax paper.
Draw around each other to make life-size drawings of each other on the back of some old wrapping paper.
Relaxing and Nourishing:
Have a spa night with oatmeal-honey facials.
Paint your nails together.
Take turns reading to each other.
Style your child's hair.
Let your child style your hair.
Look through old photo albums together.
Watch your child's favourite TV show or movie together.
Sit outside and look at the stars.
Look at the clouds and find animals in the sky.
Listen to your favourites songs together.
Have a picnic outside or on the living room floor.
Family Nurturing activities:
Help your child send an email to a grandparent, aunt, or uncle.
Make a care package to send to a relative who lives far away.
Write encouraging letters to each other and then mail them three months from now.
Tell your child three things you really like about them.
Make a picture about each other.
Create memory boxes for your child's favourite pictures, artwork, and mementos.
Create a new voicemail message together.
Let your child teach you about something they know or do well.
Make a meal together for someone else.
Fun entertainment for animal lovers:
All ages - very well presented with videos, stories to read, activities and crafts - ideal for animal lovers. The San Diego Zoo has a website just for kids with amazing videos, activities, and games. Enjoy the tour!: https://kids.sandiegozoo.org/
For History lovers:
Aged 7-11: Static information for anyone interested in History. Virtual visitors to tour the Great Court and discover the ancient Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies: https://britishmuseum.withgoogle.com/
Aged 7-11: Really good resource for children who are interested in History and Geography. It allows children to type in any city or country to view an archive of historical photographs and other documents. It’s a unique way to help them learn about history: http://www.whatwasthere.com/
For Nature and Science lovers:
Aged 7-11: Very good resources for any children interested in Geography and animals: https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/
Aged 7-11: National Geographic Young Explorers is a magazine where children can listen to the magazine being read to them as they follow along with the highlighted text: https://ngexplorer.cengage.com/ngyoungexplorer/index.html
Aged 7-11: This is a great resource for information gathering with videos, maps, conservation information and some live cams to animal enclosures in zoos. Visit a zoo without leaving home!: https://www.si.edu/kids
Aged 7-11: Good information but no audio so children must be able to read or have it read to them. It covers a wide range of topics including weather, climate, atmosphere, water, energy, plants, and animals: https://climatekids.nasa.gov/
All ages: Daily free science or cooking experiment to do at home: http://www.clubscikidzmd.com/blog/
For those fascinated with space and more for curiosity than any educational activities. Explore the surface of Mars on the Curiosity Rover: https://accessmars.withgoogle.com/
For cooking lovers:
Aged 2-12: Illustrated recipes designed to help children cook with their grown-ups. Recipes encourage culinary skills, literacy, math, and science: https://www.nomsterchef.com/nomster-recipe-library
All ages: Movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts: https://www.gonoodle.com/
Aged 7-11: A variety of child friendly workouts: https://app.sworkit.com/collections/kids-workouts
Relaxing and Nourishing:
Aged 2-8: Excellent story reading resource read by famous people: https://www.storylineonline.net/
All ages: mindfulness videos created by child development experts: https://www.gonoodle.com/
All ages: excellent resource with fun games for children to play on their own as well a recipes, jokes, science, crafts activities to do together as a family: https://www.highlightskids.com/
Hope you have fun everyone and remember:
This too shall pass =)