The coronavirus pandemic has everyone stuck at home, parents and kids alike. However, the good news is that there are some ways to keep your kids entertained while at home.
MAKE KID-FRIENDLY RECIPES
While you and the kids are home, head to the kitchen and whip up some tasty kid-friendly eats.
BBC Good Food features Broccoli Pasta Shells recipe.
Country Living has a recipe for Crispy Oven Chicken Fingers.
Delish features Zucchini Grilled Cheese recipe.
Food Network has a recipe for Sloppy Joe Sliders.
MAKE SPRING-THEMED CRAFTS
The first day of spring was back on March 19, so gather the kids together to make some spring-themed crafts.
All Kids Network- Instructions for April Showers Mobile Craft.
Arty Crafty Kids- Instructions for Cherry Blossom Handprint Tree.
Easy Peasy and Fun- Instructions for Toilet Paper Roll Bee Craft.
Hands On As We Grow- Instructions for Fruit Loops Rainbow Craft.
Party City- Instructions for Tissue Paper Spring Flowers.
TAKE A VIRTUAL FIELD TRIP
Since most aquariums, museums and zoos across the country are closed right now, many of them offer virtual tours you can take right from the comforts of home.
Georgia Aquarium- Atlanta, Georgia- Features 9 live webcams, including African Penguin Webcam, Beluga Whale Webcam and California Sea Lion Webcam.
Monterey Bay Aquarium- Monterey, California- Features 10 live webcams, including Aviary Cam, Sea Otter Cam and Shark Cam.
Boston Children’s Museum- Boston, Massachusetts- Features virtual tours of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors of the museum.
Louvre Museum- Paris, France- Features virtual tours of some of the museum’s collections and exhibitions.
Houston Zoo- Houston, Texas- Features 7 live webcams, including Elephant Yard Cam and Giraffe Cam Gorilla Habitat Cam.
San Diego Zoo- San Diego, California- Features 11 live webcams, including Butterfly Cam, Koala Cam and Tiger Cam.
TRY A SUBSCRIPTION BOX
Monthly subscription boxes will keep your kids entertained throughout the coronavirus pandemic and beyond.
Doodle Crate- Features art projects for kids ages 9-16+.
Kidstir- Features cooking kits for kids ages 5 and up.
Kiwi Crate- Offers art and science activities for kids ages 5-8.
Little Passports- Features projects that introduce kids, ages 3-12, to geography and world cultures.
We Craft Box- Offers craft activities for kids ages 3-9.
LEARN ABOUT FARM LIFE
Farm Food 360 features 11 different 360-degree tours that showcase various aspects of farming:
Canadian Feed Mill
Dairy Cow Farms
Egg Processing Facilities
Milk & Cheese
Oat Farm & Processing
LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE
This is a great time for kids to learn a new foreign language, like French or Spanish.
Duolingo is a free website that offers instruction in 30+ languages.
Babbel offers courses in 14 language and is currently offering 3 months free to students in kindergarten through college.
Rosetta Stone offers classes in 22 languages and is currently offering 3 months free to students in Grades K-12.
LISTEN TO STORY TIME FROM SPACE
Story Time From Space features NASA astronauts who read stories to kids while floating around in space. Stories include:
A Moon of My Own- written by Jennifer Rustgi and read by Astronaut Serena Aunon Chancellor.
Endeavor’s Long Journey- written by John Danny Olivas and read by Astronaut Timothy Kopra.
Max Goes to Mars- written by Jeffrey Bennett and read by Astronaut Michael S. Hopkins.