By this point, both you and your children might be rattling around your home, wondering what to do with yourselves. Your children are probably struggling to find things to do, and anything educational may feel particularly difficult to accomplish right now. Even if your children’s teachers are reaching out to them, it is mainly up to you to ensure that your children remain on task with learning through the upcoming weeks. Here are a few activities and options to keep your children meaningfully occupied.
Visit a Virtual Museum
Many museums around the world are offering free virtual tours of many of their most popular exhibits. Check out the National Gallery of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the American Museum of Natural History, the British Museum in London, and even the Musee d’Orsay in Paris from the comfort of your living room.
Visit a Virtual Zoo
You can also visit virtual zoo exhibits and learn more about animals through regular online talks from zookeepers around the country. Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Monterey Bay Aquarium, San Diego Zoo, and many more are all offering plenty of online activities these days.
Read Online Books Together
Reading together improves socialization, reading, comprehension, and listening skills. Try reading a chapter a day from a new book, or check out some favorite older options from your library’s online catalog.
Use Educational Apps
Many apps are designed to help your child have fun while also learning such things as math, spelling, and reading. While screen time should usually be limited to two hours or less per day, you may want to relax that rule a bit during this time.
Play Board Games
Much like apps, certain board and card games offer a unique blend of fun and learning. Monopoly, Clumsy Thief, Yahtzee, Rush Hour, and Boggle are great examples.