Right now is a really challenging time for everyone. Children especially need our reassurance and attention right now as we temporarily adapt to social distancing. All we can do is make the most of it and try to engage our children in the things that they love and to keep their minds and bodies engaged in stimulating activities. Here are some ideas you can utilize while at home.
Recycled Energy: From trash to treasure
As we are leaving the house less, we’ve relied heavily on our essential workers to provide deliveries. With the abundance of packages and boxes, any recycled items can be transformed into arts projects, once the material has been properly quarantined, of course. This is a valuable tool of entertainment and distraction. These crafts cost almost nothing to make and you can use materials from around the house, like oatmeal containers, toilet paper rolls, aluminum cans, and more.
With Earth Day approaching, this is a great way to stay creative while teaching an invaluable lesson. For DIY ideas, check out the link below:
Physical exercise and movement
Being cooped up all day with playgrounds and outdoor activities canceled it’s important to implement a physical regiment daily. There are so many resources to keep the little ones moving. See the list below:
Carolina Rosa Arts
A local Jersey City favorite is offering online ballet classes. The virtual dance classes are only $10 a class.
Hip Hop Classes
A free and fun online program is hip-hop dance classes for kids. They have an array of classes to choose from and post regularly.
Karate and Kickboxing
A Jersey City Karate studio is offering online classes for people of all ages. The Family Fitness Karate and Kickboxing can help you equip your child for success from the comfort of their own home.
The Little Gym
The Little Gym offers Gymnastics, Parent/Child classes and a variety of other fun classes for children to develop their skills, confidence and self-esteem. Follow them here:
Educational: Keeping the brain stimulated
Fast Track Learning
Fast Track Learning offers many online classes ranging from language to yoga, from Math to meditation. The classes are conducted via zoom and children are provided with learning materials and assignments which is a great asset during this time. More information can be found here:
Zaniac is teaching online Steam classes via zoom. Classes range from coding to fashion design, to chemistry to game design. Their classes are highly advanced and reputable. Contact them to set up a session here!
Another educational resource that provides outdoor entertainment are virtual tours. Many public institutions have set up online resources through their websites and now children can visit zoos, landmarks and museums all through virtual field trips. Find your next field trip here: https://www.weareteachers.com/virtual-museum-tours/
Tinkergarten is a widespread program that offers resources through their website that provides children with the developmental tools to nurture their creativity, persistence and problem solving. Their expert-designed classes and activities help kids ages 6 months—8 years develop core life skills while enjoying healthy, fun, engaging experiences in the physical freedom of local green spaces.
Join the movement and find more information through their social media platforms.
Hazel Baby, a local Jersey City toy boutique is offering deliveries of toys and crafts supplies to your home. This is a great way to support local businesses while providing kids with good quality toys and supplies. Check them out here:
Zoom with friends
A favorite for everyone right now is Zooming friends and family members for virtual hangout sessions. Children equally need social interaction more than ever. You’re your child host their own virtual hangout with their friends. FaceTime is another meaningful way to connect with family and friends while practicing “social distancing.”