EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – Being a hero to your country has never been easier with social distancing, but parents face a challenge keeping their kids entertained, engaged, and educated while schools remain closed through April. To help get you through it, we’ve created a collection of at-home entertainment that will be updated daily.
“Visit” a museum
Many museums around the country are offering free online digital tours. Check out museums from around the world from the comfort of your couch:
- The British Museum provides an in-depth tour of its many galleries that includes Egyptian mummies.
- The National Gallery of Art is offering virtual tours of two exhibits the get a fix of culture: American fashion from 1740 to 1850 and the works of Dutch Baroque artist Johannes Vermeer. Moreover, the NGAkids Art Zone offers interactive artwork shops and activities for kids.
- The J. Paul Getty Museum is offering two exhibits apropos of our current condition: Heaven, Hell, and Dying Well that investigates death during the Middle Ages and Eat, Drink, and Be Merry that celebrates food during the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
- The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is providing guests with a peek into Vincent van Gogh’s love life as well as a look into van Gogh’s books.
- The TATE Modern in London offers interactive games, quizzes, and art for kids designed to inspire their imagination and enhance cultural knowledge.
Pick a project
Encourage independence, creativity, and practical skills with your kids with hands-on and traditional learning.
- Scholastic has set up free daily articles, stories, and videos that are both educational and entertaining that range from PreK through 6+.
- Build creativity with dozens of DIY crafts at home that will stimulate brain development and cultivate critical-thinking skills.
Take advantage of the time at home by performing practical duties with your kids. From setting the table and washing windows, to taking measurements and washing dishes, the best tool you can give your kids is knowledge.
Make a schedule, stick to a routine
Establish a daily routine to help optimize time spent at home.
- Keep spirits up and give your kids something to look forward to by establishing a different themed spirit day for each day of the week. Popular examples include: hero/role model day, crazy hat/socks/hair, western day, backward day, Halloween, and more.
- Create a schedule that will be easy for your kids to adapt to. A sense of structure will help them (and you) adapt to these unusual circumstances. For example:
|8 am||Good morning|
|9 am||Clean up, make bed, brush teeth, get dressed|
|10 am||Individual play|
|10:30 am||Outside time / take a walk|
|12:30 pm||Clean-up lunch, watch show|
|1 pm||Nap / quiet time|
|2 pm||Music / arts and crafts|
|4 pm||Dinner prep / set table|
|6:15 pm||Family time|
|7 pm||Bath time, brush teeth|
|8 pm||Good night|