The COVID19 seems to have escalated very quickly. For mothers, it can be very scary as we try to protect our littles.
Many of you are completely quarantined. Others are out of work and stuck at home. And with schools closing for an extended Spring Break, you are probably wondering how you will keep your sanity for 2-6 weeks.
If you are struggling, reach out to us on social media messaging. We can message you and encourage you and assure you that you are not alone! But in the meantime, here are 10 things you can do indoors with your kids during quarantine!
Stay sane, mamas. It’s all going to pass soon!
12 Museums That Offer Virtual Tours
If you ware worried about your kids missing school, this is an awesome virtual field trip! See the world’s greatest exhibits all from your couch. History lesson time! You can do one museum a day!
Check out Scholastic’s distance learning! They include different grade levels for each child! Even 30 minutes a day will help keep your kids up to speed with education. They have fun games and educational videos to keep your kids entertained. Also, check out https://www.dreambox.com for math lessons. Until April 30, parents can order the math curriculum for free so their kids can stay current in their studies.
I saw this on social media and think it’s a great way for us to connect with our kids: "spend time teaching life skills! Cooking, cleaning, how to change the oil in a car, how to do laundry, sew a button (or a hem), balance a checkbook, etc… Not all learning is done in the classroom." These are the skills and moments kids will look back on one day and remember their parents teaching them.
Learn a new dance. Youtube has millions of videos for any age or level. Proper dance is a lost art. What better time to learn the waltz, foxtrot, or hip-hop than during quarantine? (This is also great exercise and can get all your kid’s energy out of their systems since they are stuck indoors.)
When I was a little girl, my mom would check out “Hank the Cowdog” cassettes from the library and the whole family would make popcorn and snuggle in and listen. We’d laugh all night long. Now with Audible, it’s easier than ever to listen to novels and kids books as a whole family. Even though the graphics aren’t there, this forces kids to use their imagination as the reader takes them to new worlds. If you are looking for a way to rest their eyes from a screen, this is an amazing option! Your first month is also free with Audible and then $14.99. You can cancel anytime.
Craft (with Amazon)
Amazon still delivers, guys! Candle making, soap making, paper mache, painting, bead-making, even soda brewing kits! If you can’t leave, that’s ok! Let Amazon bring it to you!
Write Thank You Notes To First Responders
Nurses and doctors put their lives and the lives of their families on the line every single day so our country can move forward. Nursing homes and assisted living centers are on quarantine and elderly people are locked in the rooms until further notice. Consider teaching your children a lesson about thankfulness and jot notes to first responders at your local hospitals and clinics or to lonely people in homes. Maybe use your newly found crafting skills to make bracelets or canldes as gifts to remind others they are thought of and prayed for.
Write A Book With Your Family
I actually saw this one in USA Today. Pick a character and each member writes a chapter about their adventures. Read aloud to each other. This sounds so fun!
Check Out Google Earth
This is a fun way to take a “virtual vacation.” It’s also a sneaky way for your kids to learn geography. Got to keep the education going until school starts, right?
Checkout These Bakers--And Then Bake
Use Amazon Fresh to deliver ingredients, and then go to town (figuratively, of course) learning new recipes! Learn anything from Asian food to Mexican to American. This list below is the internet's most popular cooks. Staying in is more comforting with comfort food.
I hope this list inspires you to have fun, learn, and enjoy your time with loved ones during your quarantine! Remember, if you have not lost loved ones, you have so much to be thankful for! This is a wonderful opportunity to spend time with our families and make memories in a way we normally don’t have the time for. Our American lives are riddled with deadlines and stress and go-go-go. Take a moment to view this as an opportunity to rest, catch up, and be present.
God bless you! If you need support or a friend to chat with, Mary’s Pregnancy Resource Center will be monitoring their social media messages if you need us.