Find a cozy space or an opportune time to read stories together. Perhaps simply open a book to pause on each page and notice what you see. Reading the pictures in this way can be a novel way to encounter a familiar tale.
Act out a storybook you know well.
audible.com is a resource for listening to stories, too. They have announced free selection of stories for kids of all ages while schools are out.
Share a true story aloud! You may be inspired to tell a story from when you were little or simply reflect on your day together and take turns sharing back one moment.
Sign up to be a member of Internet Archive. Always free to borrow books, always books for all ages!
Here is a video of a favorite book that demonstrates for children the need for handwashing. It is also a very fun story to try acting out with young children!
Whether outside or inside, find a time to move each day!
ACTIVITIES OF DAILY LIVING
It can be the daily tasks we do to take care of each other and our home that offer us engagement, focus, and contentment. How can we create opportunities for children to partake in these activities of daily living?
Sorting the laundry
Caring for each other
Feeding family pets
Picking up sticks
Making your space beautiful
Setting the table
Helping to prepare food
Raking the yard
FAMILY GAME TIME
HIDE & SEEK
Fun and easy games to order online include:
FIRST ORCHARD Cooperative Game by HABA
FEED THE KITTY, by Gamewright
Send drawings to elder members of the community.
The Commons in Lincoln
2 Harvest Circle
Lincoln, MA 01773
Send notes and drawings to classmates.
Create a routine around calling or video chatting with loved ones.
LUNCH DOODLES with Mo Willems
Experiment with different paper/surface textures.
What happens when you offer paper cut from…
What happens when you draw on rock or wood?
A special time for drawing can become a daily routine. Perhaps you leave it open ended, simply inviting messing about with materials and tools. Or perhaps each day you provide a focus. This focus may stay the same or change.
What becomes possible with a simple frame?
Draw a true story from your day.
Save a memory of something you created today.
Trace materials you find inside or out! What do you discover when you trace a leaf, a pair of scissors, a hand? What might it become?
Artist Christoph Niemann takes ordinary objects and turns them into something new. Look him up to see what he does!
What can you create with loose parts?
If you have a small bag or box, gather an array of loose parts from around your home. Perhaps invite your child to partake in this collection. Once you have ten or so items, lay them out on a mat or simply use a piece of paper. Now it is time to play!
Begin a collection of recycled materials to build a creation station!
Leave it open for messing about or offer a focus.