A survival guide for parents who are home with their children during self-quarantine
March • 26th, 2020
by the Expat in the City Team
Covid-19 and kids: ways to smoothly transition kids into “at-home life”
The coronavirus has forced many parents across the country to stay home for their work and their children. The self-quarantine will give parents and children another chance to be together during the day but it’s also a full time job - so what should parents do?
For support, here are some hints and tips, good links not just on the education and entertainment side but also how to manage the daily life around this current situation:
1. Encourage a routine
According to experts, one of the best things parents can do right now is to set a daily routine. Daily routines should have a mix of learning activities, physical activities and recreational activities.
2. Create a schedule
Use school as the framework and honour the usual routine of your children:
- When are they used to having breakfast? Snack? Lunch?
- When is recess?
- Break the day into small chunks much like school does with subjects.
- If your child has assigned schoolwork, do they work best in the morning or afternoon?
3. Learn at home
Keeping a regular learning schedule for kids and teens is a must.
Keep your children reading, thinking and growing during the self quarantine. Here are some useful links:
- 10 online museums to visit from your sofa
- E-visit the Louvre
Transport you and your family to Paris, France by taking a digital tour of one of the most famous international museums, the Louvre
- Take a virtual tour of the British Museum
Tour the British Museum online.
- Take a virtual field trip of the Boston Children’s Museum from your sofa: https://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/museum-virtual-tour
- Educational games:
NASA offers a website entirely dedicated to children (puzzles, coloring books, labyrinths, educational games:
- Educational lessons:
- World Book Online:
A fabulous collection of over 3,000 ebooks and audiobooks available for free for children to access at home. They have books suitable for all ages. Click on the following link to access them: https://worldbook.kitaboo.com/reader/worldbook/index.html?usertoken=Mjk5MzQ6MTpJUjA5MjAxNjoyOmNsaWVudDE2OTc6MTY5NzoyMjE2Mjg4OjE6MTU4NDM4MDExMzA2Mjp1cw==
4. Dedicate time for play
Here is a list of activities parents and children can do together when everyone is stuck at home
- Work on puzzles
Puzzles have the potential to keep kids—and adults—entertained for hours,
- Bring in the art supplies and create
Painting? Drawing? Coloring? All of these are options if you buy the right supples. Art supplies will help children and parents work together for fun. Like picture books, art work requires focus and concentration, too. While your child is out of school, this will certainly help them stay energized and educated
- Let them help with cooking
Pizzas, cookies, cakes, brownies. Anything! Baking is a great lesson in measuring, ingredients, and of course, making delicious goodies.
- Film TikToks
Quarantine? It’s perfect time to choreograph and film TikToks.
- Make your own play dough
All you need are quart-sized bags, all-purpose flour, salt, cream of tartar, water, veggie or coconut oil, and food coloring.
- Break out the board games
Scrabble, Monopoly, Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders…
- Make a sticker book
Paper? Check. Stickers? Check. Staples? Check. Make a sticker book, then decorate it.
- Create pasta jewellery
Paint it, thread it, and then wear it!
- Do Yoga
Do it your way, or check out this link
- FaceTime family members
FaceTime is another meaningful way to connect with family and friends while practicing “social distancing.” Use it to check in on family members and to socialize, even if over the phone.
5. Go outdoors!
As long as you can maintain social distancing, experts recommended spending time outdoors to avoid being cooped up. Every day should include outdoor time, to burn off your kid’s extra energy and as an extension of whatever educational lesson is suitable for your yard or a nearby park.
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