100 Things To Do With the Kids During the Pandemic: Week Two

Posted by Jamie Lee and Liz Yee on 4/1/20 8:00 AM

It’s Week #2. How are you holding up? You’ve likely settled into the new reality, and the “excitement” of social distancing, teleworking, and keeping things calm is wearing off. We are committed to supporting you on this journey. Even if you only need one good idea—it’s here. When things are getting stressful and the kids feel like they are going to blow a gasket, scan these ideas and mix it up. It’s important to remember that you need to also take care of yourself, so we’ve added in some self-care ideas for you too. As the flight attendants say “Put your oxygen mask on first.”

Activities 11-20 of 100

  1. Explore some technology-free STEM projects
  2. Check out these TEDtalks for kids. And a few more!
  3. Home spa day! Set up a beauty parlor with hair, makeup, and nails. Get ready to be the first customer.
  4. Snail mail correspondence to family and friends. (This is a great time to catch up on some thank you's or keep in touch with grandparents and grandfriends.)
  5. Setting up GoTO meetings or Google Hangouts for kids to connect with peers to talk about online learning or homework
  6. Create stories using clay or playdough. Stop motion animation anyone? Here's one place you can go to learn more about how to do it
  7. Draw and/or make self portraits out of craft supplies or objects. Have everyone in the family try it! Here's some inspiration (and the start of an art history lesson): Archimbaldo, Frida Kahlo, Kehinde Wiley, Picasso, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Chuck Close.
  8. Go on a micro hike.
  9. Blow bubbles! And check out these bubble STEM ideas (recipe for bubble solution included).
  10. Use the outdoors. Open a window and have your children make up stories about what they see. Keep the fun going by encouraging them to turn the stories into plays that they put on for the family!

A few self-care activities for you:

  1. Stay connected! Call your friends, start a group chat on What’s App, or touch base via video.
  2. Start a gratitude journal—expressing gratitude brings more joy into your life. Write down one thing a day for a five-minute break.
  3. Only have a little time before the kids are up? Get your day going with just five minutes of yoga—almost better than coffee. Here are some more yoga suggestions to help you relax.

Ten more activities coming next week, so stay tuned!

Week One Activities

Week Three Activities


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