1. In case you didn’t see when I posted on Facebook: This American Life stories that kids seem to like.
2. These creative designs with everyday objects are amazing — and great inspiration for an activity at home.
3. Since we can’t go out to catch a flick, Amazon just introduced Prime Video Cinema, access to the latest movies that were just released (or would have been) in theaters.
4. When I talked to a friend recently about the anxiety I (we all) feel right now and how overwhelming and hard-to-process everything can be, she sent me this article, which I found insightful and helpful.
5. Kudos to Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints. I hope more people who are in a position to do so follow his lead. (Also, Hoda ❤️❤️❤️)
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1. National Geographic is offering free access to all of their coronavirus coverage, including their Resources for Families with good articles and tips for being at home with the kids during this time. And their National Geographic Kids section is always great to check out with children.
2. I’m not usually a post-my-meals person on social media but recently shared my very favorite, super delicious, easy to make breakfast that I eat all the time.
3. While the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore is closed, they have moved online, offering science activities, events, and even content for adults.
4. Being “stuck” inside might be a bummer, but this will make you feel a little better. Actually the whole episode it came from is a great, feel-good watch.
1. If you’re thinking about heading out to Shenandoah National Park to get outdoors with a lot of space, be sure to check these alerts as many parts are closed due to COVID-19. In a similar vein, I’m no longer recommending getting out for certain activities, as some places seem to be drawing too many visitors to maintain safe social distance. More here — scroll down to the Hang Out(side) section.
3. This is a perfect time to work on a puzzle. Local stores that sell them are closed, but you can still buy them online. Whether you pick one the whole family can to do together or opt for something tougher just for adults, it’s not just a good activity that takes up time, there’s also something very soothing about it. Surely, we can all use some soothing right now.
4. Sasha and her friends are missing their sleepovers, but Netflix Party has been a great substitute in the meantime, since spending the night at each other’s houses always includes a good movie or show and lots of chatting. Don’t forget the popcorn! (Of course, this would be a fun thing for adult friends to do, too.)
5. Need an awesome distraction, even just for a minute? Here you go!
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Working on Brazilian toe taps on the front sidewalk
1. This social distancing time began just as Sasha’s soccer season was about to kick off, and while she’s bummed about it being postponed, her club and coaches have been great about keeping players engaged. They have daily assignments, like practicing ball manipulation, taking a short jog, and watching pro soccer matches on YouTube for player/team observations. They’ve also set up virtual lessons and chats with the team. It’s not only helped her stay “in the game,” it’s been really fun for her, too. If your kids are missing their sports, you might consider similar activities for them: You can search for easy at-home drills, find past games of some of their favorite teams on YouTube, and/or set up video chats with teammates.
2. While they can’t host their fantastic scavenger hunts in museums, Watson Adventures has come up with virtual activities to engage in some family fun. On Saturday at 11am, join the Trivia Slam, Family Edition and play against other teams all over, and you can even create a team with friends in other places. It’s $35/team and recommended for ages 8 and up. There will also be one on April 4 at 1pm. Read more about Watson Adventures here.
3.An app is being released next week that will let you know in real time what food and supplies are available at stores. OurStreets Supplies sounds like it works kind of like Waze, but with store inventory instead of road situations. That will certainly be helpful during this time!
Channeling Frida Kahlo with a fun and reflective art prompt.
1. The National Children’s Museum, which just opened last month, but like most places is now temporarily closed, launched a daily, digital “STEAMwork” Series on their Facebook page. Each day at 2:30pm, talented members of their team feature different STEAM projects, challenges, experiments, and story times for children under 12 and their caregivers.
2. My kids had such a wonderful art teacher in elementary school, and she’s been doing some great prompts on her blog that encourage thoughtfulness and reflection along with creativity. This Frida Kahlo-inspired post is especially fantastic.
3. Kidstir, a company that makes subscription boxes providing cooking inspiration for children, is giving away 15,000 kits to keep the joy of cooking and baking alive as families are affected by the coronavirus. Sign up to get one! (Note: there is a $4 shipping fee so they can support as many families as possible).
5. My friend, Shannon, just revived her blog, But I Do Have a Law Degree. Some of you might remember it from several years ago — it was really popular when she was writing regularly. Anyway, she’s super cool, funny, and real and that all comes through in her fantastic writing.
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