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March 30, 2020

21 Fun Things to Do with Kids While You're at Home

Need some ideas of things to do with kids during the COVID-19 quarantine? Here are some great ideas that include spending family time, learning and having fun.

1.  Go to a Zoo or Aquarium Online
Many zoos are offering live looks at their exhibits and animals. Your kids can see tigers, penguins, elephants, koalas and more through the the world-renowned San Diego Zoo’s live feeds. The Monterrey Bay Aquarium and Toronto's Ripley Aquarium is offering live looks at jellyfish, sharks, sea otters and more.

2.  Have an indoor picnic
Grab a sheet, whatever food you have, and enjoy a living room picnic (without the ants). You can even play that memory game at the same time: “I’m going to a picnic and I’m bringing…” Each person takes turns remembering (in order) what everyone is bringing and then adds one thing each turn.

3. Set up a treasure hunt
Treasure hunts are pretty easy and depending on how many items there are, could last a while. Hide anywhere from 10 to 20 items around the house or outside to keep kids occupied for a few hours.

4. Make a sensory bin
Fill it with anything and everything, give the kids some shovels, and they’ll be excavating for hours.

5. Watch Oxford Education’s Story Hour
They have lots of great stories here!

6. ABCmouse Learning Academy
ABCMouse Learning Academy is a great educational resource with tons of lessons that kids can benefit from.

7. Take a virtual field trip to Yellowstone National Park
Virtually visit the Mud Volcano, Mammoth Hot Springs, and so much more with a digital field trip to Yellowstone.

8. Get active
There are many fitness classes and livestreams to keep you and the kids moving together. The Cosmic Kids Yoga channel on YouTube offers kids a fun way to participate in yoga. Joe Wicks, known as The Body Coach on YouTube, offers daily 30-minute videos leading children in exercises that include jumping jacks and kickboxing.

9. Arts and crafts
Let your children free their imaginations with a wide array of fun arts and crafts activities. Crayola offers free projects on its website and has live demos on its Facebook pageMcHarper Manor also has live demonstrations on Facebook, showing children how to make miniatures, sew and paint.
Insider.com also offered many Instagram channels that offer arts and crafts activities for children.

10. Keep to a schedule
Daycare may be closed but one of the ways to keep things running efficiently at home is to stick to a daily schedule.

11. Check out Mars
Explore the surface of Mars with this digital 360° camera.

12. Listen to Josh Gad’s story readings on Twitter
Josh Gad just gets it. (He’s a dad, after all.) To make it easier on all of us, the voice of Olaf has been broadcasting readings of different kids’ stories on Twitter.

13. Join a Facebook Live dance party with DJ Mel
DJ Mel in Austin, Texas, is hosting a weekly kid-friendly “Living Room Dance Party” on his Facebook page. Join the fun here! Thousands have been tuning in, so get ready for fun.

14. Make a space for learning
This won’t keep kids entertained, but it will make learning from home all the more easier. Set up a designated homework/schoolwork area. Whether it’s a desk or a specific place at the kitchen table, having a workspace can really help kids focus.

15. Do give them recess
Setting a schedule and focusing on educational tasks is awesome, but you should take time to focus on recess, too. After a few educational tasks, make sure to focus on playtime, too.

16. Connect with family members
Talking with family online is another meaningful way to connect with family and friends while practicing “social distancing.” Use it to check in on family members and to socialize, even if over the phone.

17. Make your own play dough
Need a recipe? Check out this one from I Heart Naptime. All you need are quart-sized bags, all-purpose flour, salt, cream of tartar, water, veggie or coconut oil, and food coloring.

18. Take mindful walks
Getting fresh air even on rainy days helps the cabin fever and you can even make a game of it. Can you spot any birds, squirrels, stop signs, etc.? 

19. Have a "paint night" anytime
Grab some paper or canvas, brushes, and paints, and do a "paint night" at home. Yaymaker online has virtual painting classes everyday. They are fun!

20. Take a virtual tour of a farm
Learn about what it takes to run a farm, meet farm animals, and more by taking a virtual farm tour on Farm 360.

21. Amazon Is offering some of its kids’ TV shows and movies for free during the pandemic. PBS shows like “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” and “Arthur” are included in the deal.

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