Keeping the family busy – in all the right ways
With no school and no play dates, we need to keep the children busy.
We can do all the usual things: colouring, board games, card games, movies, playing with toys, and the school work that their teachers have sent them.
But don’t forget the internet. Not all screen time is bad. Educational programs will help them keep learning, mentally and physically. Kids can develop motor (physical) and cognitive (mental) skills by learning how to make things. Some programs will get them up and moving, while using something like FaceTime will help with social skills.
Here are some suggestions for useful places to check out on the internet…
Online Learning websites:
Scholastic online learning – audiobooks, reading and activities
Switcheroo Zoo – Watch listen and play games about amazing animals
National Geographic for Kids – Learn about geography and animals
Storyline Online – Stories read by movie stars
IXL Maths and English – Pre K –Grade 12
Arts and crafts:
You can look up activities and arts and crafts on line, here are just a few:
The content is specifically for kids, parents can set timers, block what content they see. Parents have a lot more control of YouTube Kids than YouTube. There are many videos on how to do things, such as make slime, make play doh, arts and crafts. There are videos to teach dancing or kids yoga and much more.
There are many educational Apps you can download onto phones and tablets. Some are free and some you need to pay for here are a few ideas: