The COIV19 pandemic is a tough time for us all. However, there are things we can do as parents, and as families, to make this tough time terrific.
Send a Letter
Encourage your kids to write a letter to a classmate each day. It fosters a connection, and kids love to get letters. If you don’t know classmates’ mailing addresses, consider writing letters to the troops or relatives you haven’t said hello in awhile.
Clean Out Closets
While maybe not a favorite activity for the kids, it will make you feel more organized! Plus, if the kids know cleaning out old clothes means getting new ones, they may be motivated. After they clean out clothes that don’t fit or have rips, let them circle favorite outfits in an accessible catalog. Take a further and give them some glue and poster board and encourage them to create a mood board or fashion board. Plus, when you donate or recycle clothes, talk to them about giving back to others and the environment.
Give Them Lego Challenges
Most of us have TONS of Legos in the playroom. Have the kids read a book. Once your kids are done reading, have them make a Lego build that represents part of the story. Then give a two-minute presentation to the family. This Lego activity combines reading, STEM, and public speaking. Or print out this weekly Lego challenge guide!
Have a Movie Night Or Puzzle Night
Now that baseball games are canceled, and the gymnastics gym is closed, take the time to do things as a family with a family game night or doing a puzzle together. Pop some popcorn, put on a movie, put together a puzzle, and bond together. Do it every night!
Collect Recyclables for Play
Grab an old shipping box and use it to stash fun, clean recyclable objects. Collect things like paper towel rolls, coffee canisters, plastic strawberry containers, etc. Once you have a good collection, give the box to the kids, along with markers and tape, and tell them to create a unique object that can solve a problem. See what they come up with to share with you!
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