DIY Greeting Cards

While it’s so easy to be connected with people via the internet, sometimes a good old-fashioned card is even better. Bonus points when you make the card yourself because you are engaging in a creative activity. If you find yourself in quarantine, try sending cards to your loved one. You may find out this activity is as much fun for you as it is for the people you send the cards too!

Magazine Art

Are you looking for a fun yet simple art activity? Have you tried magazine art? This is a great activity that only needs paper, glue, scissors (if you want) and old magazines. The example here is of a rainbow. I drew the outline on the paper, and then I cut up strips of magazines to create the rainbow on the page.⁠

You can make any shape, and words are an added bonus. What can you create with old magazines?

Life-size Robot Game

You are now a robot that only responds to simple voice commands. Your little one has to tell you what to do to complete different tasks. Not only does your child get what he or she often wants (to be able to tell you what to do and you do it!) But she or he is working on critical thinking skills. As adults we don’t realize it, but completing everyday tasks does require some brainpower and problem solving. ⁠

Try out this game and let us know how it went! ⁠

No-Mess Painting

Let’s face it, little kids love painting. And cleaning up after them can be quite a chore. But here’s a solution: No-Mess Painting! All you need is a plastic bag in addition to the paint. It’s like finger painting but without all the mess!

There are a few ways of doing it. The simplest is using a ziplock bag and some paints. Take the paint and squirt about a teaspoon of each color into the bag. Seal the bag up (you can use tape to keep it closed) and let your little one experiment. While you may not put this one on the fridge, you might be surprised at how long this keeps your cutie occupied! ⁠

Infections and Epidemics Questions: Teens

Teens don’t always ask lots of questions, or if they do, it’s not always to their caregivers. But it’s still important to make sure they have a strong understanding of COVID-19 and how it impacts them and their families. Take the time to make sure your teen understands how infections and epidemics work. You’ll find that they are more compliant when they understand why rules and procedures should be followed. Check out the suggested answers below to common questions!

Explore Germs Using Glitter!

Looking for a way to teach your little ones about how germs are spread? Try this glitter germ activity! Mix glitter into your favorite lotion. Then explain to your little one that you are pretending the glitter is germs. Show how glitter can move from one hand to another just by shaking hands. You can also show how the glitter transfers to all surfaces that you touch.⁠

As the final step, show your little one how washing your hands gets rid of the glitter (aka, the germs!) It’s a great way to get visual for your little one! Try it at home and let us know how it went!⁠

Infections and Epidemics Questions: School-age

School-age kids have a better grasp on what is going on in the world they live in, but they can still hold misconceptions. It’s important to help correct their misconceptions so that they aren’t fearful of false beliefs. Here are some ideas on how to respond to kids questions about infections and epidemics.

Creative Story Prompt: Alien Visit

Looking for a fun and creative activity for your kids? Challenge them to tell a story about an alien who is visiting Earth during quarantine. Don’t forget to include where your alien is from, why your alien is visiting Earth, and what your alien thinks about Earth during quarantine. Share your story in the comments below! ⁠

Infections And Epidemics Questions: Preschool

Preschoolers love to learn about new things and they are always asking questions, sometimes the same questions over and over again. This is totally normal, but it can get hard for parents, especially when trying to explain something as complicated as an epidemic like COVID-19. Here are some simple responses you can use when you feel stumped by your inquisitive child.

Mask Tips and Tricks

With many cities and states requiring masks and no end in sight anytime soon, it’s important to make sure that you little ones and older ones are comfortable with masks. This includes helping infants and toddlers adjust to caregivers wearing masks. (It’s important to note that the CDC recommends that masks should not be placed on children under the age of 2, due to it being a choking hazard.) Check out the graphics below that give advice for masks with each age group.