A Compilation of Tips, Activities, and Resources during Self-Isolation

As our communities grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, we are all in shock, feeling slightly (or very) panicked, and now we are all full-time caretakers of our kiddos. To all the stay-at-home parents out there: I’ve always respected how much you work, but now living it in the flesh, you guys are amazing.

As I type this, my kiddo is on FaceTime roaring at his cousin who lives in Denver. It is loud, endearing, and makes me think that we are gonna get through this. Social distancing in the age of technology means that we can find means to have social interaction while not being in the same room. Thank God for this.

My city has basically cancelled everything for 3 weeks and health officials have recommended social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. My first thought was “I can’t have my kiddo watch TV all day for 3 weeks.” While I’m not opposed to screen time, believe me, I need my kiddo to be entertained while I get things done! But I decided to ask friends, family, and social media for tips, activities, and resources to keep a semblance of structure during this time. I have also been on the lookout for advice on talking with our kids and our own self-care.

Let’s Talk With Our Kiddos and Care for Ourselves

I was talking to my son’s daycare teachers yesterday, and they were telling me that the kids as young as 2 years old, were asking what a “virus” is. The kids are aware, and we need to include them in these conversations at an age-appropriate level. It’s really important to address our kids’ questions, fears, and anxieties, while also taking care of ourselves as parents and caretakers. Here are several helpful resources:

The playground? The library? The museum? With schools closed for COVID-19, where can kids go?

Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019: Messages for parents, school staff, and others working with children (CDC)

Coronavirus And Parenting: What You Need To Know Now

Parenting During COVID-19 A bulleted list to stick up on the fridge.

How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus (PBS)

Is your child more anxious than usual? Here’s advice on how to talk to kids about COVID-19

Daniel Tiger App for Parents (Designed with busy parents in mind, the app is simple, educational and entertaining for caregivers and children. It features over two dozen Daniel Tiger songs, supporting videos from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, and helpful hints for parents about the important skills children need to be ready for school and life.)

Talking to Kids about the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Kids Out of School Amid Covid-19 Crisis? This Homeschool Mom Has Some Advice

List of Activities

Since I have a toddler, much of what I’ve found is geared towards Pre-K, but if you have any tips, activities, and resources for the older kids, please reach out and I’ll be happy to include in this list.

McHarper Manor Art Tutorials Starting March 16

Ideas and free online resources for your kids to use during Covid-19 outbreak

50 PLUS EASY INDOOR ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS

School Closed Due to COVID-19: How Parents Can Thrive With School-Age Kids at Home

How to Entertain Your Young Children During School Closures Ages 1-4 (ish)

GIANT LIST OF IDEAS FOR BEING HOME WITH KIDS ( for: actual quarantine, school closures, weekend social distancing, anytime!)

busytoddler Instagram Page

Copy of Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions due to School Closings

Scholastic Learn at Home (PreK-8)

Making the Most of COVID-19 School Closures

Kids Activities Blog

Stuck at Home? These 12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours You Can Take on Your Couch (Video)

COVID19 Daily Schedule

If you have any suggestions, and would like to add to this list, please reach out!!

God bless, and remember to keep social distance, stay home, wash your hands for 20 seconds (No Scrubs chorus 2x LOL)!

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