We find ourselves living in unprecedented circumstances these days, as we all work to navigate the changing landscape of society in the face of COVID-19. Here at Adventure Nannies, we want to offer as many resources as possible to help you and your nanny kids get through this with kindness, creativity, and grace.
Here are some ideas for how to guide your nanny kids through the next few weeks with a sense of hopeful excitement by creating some fun activities, and working on developing a consistent schedule for their days away from school.
What To Do When There’s Nowhere To Go
-Make a game out of washing hands frequently, show the kids proper technique then sing the happy birthday song to time each hand washing session. Make a cute chart like you would for potty training to incentivize!
Storytime From Space is unlike any other kind of storytime; NASA astronauts read stories to kids while they float around in space.
Learn with Osmo, an online learning resource that interacts with the real objects you have in front of you for engaging play!
-Watch our weekly storytime via Facebook Live every Wednesday at 1pm EST!
-Create homemade bingo boards and play together!
-Create an indoor treasure hunt!
-Create (with watercolors, crayons, or markers) thank-you notes for care providers and first responders to drop off at local hospitals/fire stations.
-Search TED-Ed videos on YouTube for lessons that your nanny kids will appreciate and are age-appropriate, like this one about understanding immunity.
-If a polaroid camera is available, make a photo journal to share with their classmates when they return to school.
-You can practice mindfulness with your nanny kids using an interactive app like Headspace!
-Turn your nanny kids into mini chefs! Cooking is not only a good activity for long days spent at home, but it’s also a great opportunity to teach kids about science and math. If possible, you can get them their very own baking set online, and stock up on ingredients for their favorite recipes so that they can do some kitchen experimenting and whip up some delicious creations.
-Keep an art journal with the kids during this time – it will be so interesting to read or look at one day!
-Gather things around the house to donate to shelters if there’s a curb drop-off.
-Record a play or a song with your nanny kids to send to classmates, relatives + friends so everyone feels connected.
-Have the kids help you Venmo their favorite baristas and service industry employees.
-Construct a cardboard fort with your nanny kids or for their small pets.
-Explore the surface of Mars with this digital 360° camera.
-Visit the Mud Volcano, Mammoth Hot Springs, and so much more with a digital field trip to Yellowstone National Park.
-Take a digital tour of one of the most famous international museums, the Louvre.
-For older kids who are interested in learning more about the scientific aspects of COVID-19, help them create a model of a human or plant cell out of styrofoam or play dough.
For more educational ideas to help develop a curriculum for your school-aged nanny kids, check out our blog post about homeschooling in the midst of this pandemic right here!
We’d love to hear your thoughts, do you have any advice for caregivers navigating this time?
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