Like most of the rest of the country and even the world, Oklahoma families are grappling with the challenges brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. While we’re sad to be temporarily closed, we know this period of isolation is necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19, and our thoughts go out to all of the patients, medical workers, other frontline workers, and their families affected by the pandemic.
For parents who are lucky enough to still have jobs and work from home, the situation is less dangerous, but still a lot to handle. It’s tough to focus on spreadsheets or emails when your kids are right next to you, restless and struggling to learn all of the tools needed for successful distance learning! We hope that these at-home activity ideas will help even a little bit to take your family’s minds off the stress and bring some much-needed smiles to your faces. Stay #MooreStrong and we will see you when it’s safe to skate again!
At-Home Activities to Keep Your Kids Occupied During COVID-19 Isolation
Take a virtual field trip… Or several!
While the internet has its pros and cons just like anything else, it’s really coming in clutch right now. This is a great time to take advantage of all the incredible virtual field trips out there, many of which are free! There are so many out there that we can’t list them all, but here are some fun ones to start with.
- Google Arts & Culture has an incredible array of virtual experiences available, including tours of some of the world’s best museums, like the Musee d’Orsay, National Gallery of Art, the Van Gogh Museum, and MoMA.
- The Center for Puppetry Arts has a ton of excellent content for kids, from puppet shows to workshops where they can make their own puppets with stuff you probably already have laying around the house!
- The San Diego Zoo lets you get up-close-and-personal with animals thanks to their live zoo cams. Watch elephants, koalas, tigers, giraffes, polar bears, and more.
Hold P.E. class right in your backyard.
No gym, no equipment… No problem! Staying active is important for both mental and physical health, so check out these backyard P.E. at home ideas to get you and your kids off the couch and burn off some of that pent-up energy.
Feed the belly and the soul with homemade treats.
Baking is good for the soul, so why not use the time at home to teach your kids how to make some family favorites or try a new recipe? With easy, kid-friendly meal ideas like this, you can even enlist your kids to make (or at least help with) their own lunches!