During school closures, it’s important to keep kids engaged, healthy, and active at home. Here are mostly free suggestions and links to keep your kids engaged. Of course, all this time with your kids is a great opportunity for you to talk about your expectations for them regarding drug and alcohol use. Use the Talk About It tip-sheets to get the conversation going.
Visit New Places
- The Cincinnati Zoo will go live each day at 3pm
- San Diego Zoo Cams OR Animal Cams around the world
Virtual Museum Tours offers tours from museums around the world
Take a Class
- Learn a Language: Download the Duolingo app for free. It’s great for all ages.
Learn to Draw: There are so many online resources for this, you can check out what works for your students based on their age.
Learn to Cook:
BBC has a nice selection of cooking videos
for people with a variety of skill levels. Don’t know how to cut an onion? There’s a class for that. But there are also classes on advanced techniques.
- Free Activities for Learning Fun from Little Passports
- Group HIIT Circuits for Kids: No-Equipment HIIT Workout OR No Equipment HIIT 30s/20s Intervals
- Squish the Fish | A Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure!
- Frozen | A Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure!
- Yoga For Kids with Alissa Kepas
- Yoga For Teens | Yoga With Adriene
- Yoga to Calm Your Nerves | 10 Minute Teens Yoga Class with Yoga Ed. | Ages 13-18
- Yoga For Beginners | 30 Minute Teens Yoga Class with Yoga Ed. | Ages 13-18
- Meditation for Teenagers Stress & Anxiety – Guided Meditation for Teens
Guided Meditation for Children | Your Secret Treehouse | Relaxation for Kids
Breathing Exercises for Teens
- Sesame Street Deep Breathing with Elmo
- Fun activities that encourage deep breathing:
- Try blowing crepe paper.
- Blow bubbles.
- Inflate a balloon.
- Blow feathers in the air or off of a table.
- Blow ping pong balls on the floor.
- Blow small pieces of tissue paper.
- Blow through a straw to spread out paint on paper.
Try Low-to-No-Tech-Needed Activities
- Put on a play or a talent show
Have a picnic on the living room floor
Play with a frisbee or ball in the yard
Do a puzzle
Look through old family albums together
Take family photos
Play board games
Clean out your room and make bags for donating (spring clean!)
Put on an indoor scavenger hunt
Write letters or make your own postcards
Call a friend or a family member
If a family member plays an instrument, have them teach it to you
Build a fort. Eat dinner in it.
Have a dance party where everyone takes turns picking the music
Learn a new card game
Have a contest to see who can make something useful from what’s in the junk drawer
Stare into space and let your mind wander (doing nothing is actually good for you)
Write your own stand-up comedy act
Or listen to family-friendly stand-up for inspiration. Billy Kelly’s kid-friendly comedy album is on iTunes or Amazon.