With schools closed, social activities cancelled and social distancing highly recommended in light of the coronavirus pandemic, families across the country are currently tasked with not only educating their children at home, but also entertaining their children from home.
Thankfully, the modern age of technology that we all live in provides for fun activities for all ages and interests.
For kids ages 8-18 who are interested in digital coding and programming, www.codewizardshq.com is offering reduced price classes for students whose school is closed currently.
Pbskids.org and www.starfall.com are two free sites catered to preschool and elementary age learning, and if your child watched PBS shows they’ll love seeing some of their favorite characters featured in the games.
Kids.nationalgeographic.com brain-boosting features include science experiments and quizzes, while www.funbrain.com features online books, quizzes and videos for students from preschool all the way to eight grade.
Kids.scholastic.com/kids/home offers tons of free literacy-based learning and fun, as well as a section to for kids to make their own comic book.
Opportunities for some free movement are available at https://www.forcedanceacademy.com/force-tribe -online, which will begin offering free dance classes, as well as https://www.cosmickids.com, which offers kid’s yoga videos on their website as well as on their YouTube channel.
With travel also on hold for the unforeseeable future, virtual field trips are a great way to expose children to new and exciting places all from the safety of their home. Thankfully, in the modern age of technology, numerous museums, zoos and aquariums have set up virtual tours and webcams of their facilities.
Art-related field trips can be found at following sites:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
Uffizi Gallery, Florence Italy
Zoo field trips from home can include:
San Diego Zoo
Smithsonian’s National Zoo
Ouwehand Park Polar Bear Cubs Rhenen, Netherland https://explore.org/livecams/polar-bears/polar-bear-ouwehand-twin-cubs-cam-2
Online aquarium visits can take place at:
Monterey Bay Aquarium
National Aquarium Virtual Tour http://samuraivirtualtours.com/example/nadc/index.html