So school doors have closed and Spring break activities have been cancelled. Which presents a unique challenge; what do I do with a child who is bouncing between feelings of boredom and fear? In the first few days, I have to admit that I've let him play unlimited video games. Now that reality has sunk in we've gotten more creative with our activities!
Have any spare cardboard boxes? Give them some markers or paints and let them build a city. My son now spends all his time in his cardboard city.
Camp in the Backyard
Don't have a backyard? No problem set up your tent in the living room.
This is an important one for my son as he is really missing his friends. We installed Facebook Messenger Kids and coordinated with other parents to set up some needed face time.
We have stopped treating isolation like a holiday and settled into a routine. I think this has helped my son the most. Part of this routine is study time! I'm no teacher so we've been trying out several online education websites. Here are some of our favourites:
- Scholastic Learn At Home https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html
- PBS Learning Media https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/
- National Geographic for Kids https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/
- Brain Pop https://www.brainpop.com/
- Dreamscape https://www.squigglepark.com/dreamscape/
- Wonderopolis http://wonderopolis.org/
- GoNoodle https://www.gonoodle.com/
- Highlight Kids https://www.highlightskids.com/
- Math Playground https://www.mathplayground.com/
- Prodigy Game https://www.prodigygame.com/
We're always looking for activity ideas! If you have any activities to share please tag Tradle at @tradle.community
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Jahzel Misner is a Vancouver Mom, designer and toy-maker. She is on the quest to reduce her family’s footprint so that her children and their children can enjoy nature in the same way we do today.