Coronovirus 2020, Healthy Living, Parenting, Summer

Get Outside With These Stay Safe at Home Activities

Get Outside With These Stay Safe at Home Activities

Staying home was fun at first, but now it might feel like your kids have done everything possible indoors. They might have completed a video game, used all their toys or become sick of playing the same board games. Everyone’s ready to go outside, but the world needs people to stay at home a little longer.

The next time you and your kids feel cooped up, get outside with these stay safe at home activities. You won’t need to risk your health to get active and have fun in new ways.

1. Create Nature Sculptures

If you have clay or playdough at home, you’re in luck. Forget about sitting around the kitchen table for another hour and get outside. Ask your children to find little bits of nature around your yard, like leaves or small sticks. They can bring everything back and stick them in the playdough to create nature sculptures. Let them dry overnight and you’ll have a new art installation at home.

2. Draw a Chalk Obstacle Course

You’ve spent many afternoons watching your kids draw stick figures and small pictures on the driveway with chalk, but now it’s your turn. Grab your favorite colors and draw a chalk obstacle course that encourages your kids to exercise. They can run, jump, spin and hop their way through to the end and add new challenges their next time through. 

3. Set Up the Sprinkler

Most kids love going to the pool, but not many people have one in the backyard. Instead, hook up your garden hose to a sprinkler and let your kids run through it in their bathing suits for a half hour. They’ll love the time in the sun and your lawn will appreciate the extra water during the hot summer afternoons.

If you think your kids are too old to find a sprinkler fun on its own, introduce them to new games that will make them look at the sprinkler in a whole new way. See who can win the different games or come up with new ones to pass the time.

4. Teach Them Sports

Households with two or more kids are the perfect place for backyard sports. Introduce them to the rules of soccer or baseball if you have the right equipment in the garage. They might fall in love with being on a team or playing the sport and turn it into a lifelong hobby that carries them through college and their careers. 

5. Start a Scavenger Hunt

Anyone looking for something their kids will enjoy that’s also inexpensive will love the idea of starting a scavenger hunt. The first step is to make a list of all the things they have to find. You can write down objects they’ll find in your yard or hide secret surprises for them to discover.

Another way to make scavenger hunts fun is to establish a prize. Maybe your kids would love a later bedtime, an extra scoop of ice cream at night or a movie night with you. Tailor the prize to what they’d like and the game will mean so much more to them. 

6. Find New Grill Recipes

Eating outside is also an activity many families are enjoying now that the weather is warm. Pull out your grill, clean the grate and use a cast-iron skillet for cooking new recipes everyone will adore. After you finish your flaky fish or sautéed mushrooms, lay everything out on a blanket and make it a picnic. Don’t forget to set up fun extras like a speaker with music and special drinks to make it an occasion. 

7. Grow a Garden

Do your kids love hands-on activities? Teach them about how the world works by growing a garden together. You can find flower or vegetable seeds at most grocery stores or order them for delivery. Get some soil and teach your family how to plant seeds in pots or your yard.

Gardening is an excellent opportunity for kids to learn about responsibility and new skills because they’re personally involved. They’ll become more confident in their abilities, study how plants grow and express their creativity through how they decorate their garden.

8. Host a Camping Night

Stretch your outdoor fun into the night when everyone camps outside. Show your children how to set up a tent and even start a fire if you have a fire pit. You can cook outside, roast marshmallows and watch the stars come out. Entertain everyone with spooky stories or hang fairy lights around your yard for ambiance. Adventurous kids will love a vacation away from their rooms and you’ll create memories they’ll treasure. 

Tailor to Their Interests

Think about what your children do for fun and tailor your outdoor activities to their interests. Maybe they’d love helping you draw a chalk obstacle course. They might want to help make food to grill for dinner or plant a garden by your side. Find new ideas they’ll enjoy and everyone can have fun and stay safe outside.

Coronovirus 2020, Healthy Living, Parenting

Keeping Your Kids Healthy and Safe During the Coronavirus Pandemic: It Takes More than Masks

Keeping Your Kids Healthy and Safe During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Photo by Karly Gomez on Unsplash

Quick poll: how many face masks does your family have in rotation right now? If you’re anything like most folks, everyone in the house probably has at least one or two. Maybe you are sewing together as a family craft or supporting local crafters. Regardless, it’s almost certain that the number of masks you own today is way more – maybe even 100% more! — than you did a month or two ago.

Unfortunately, keeping your kids safe during the coronavirus pandemic takes more than cute fabric and elastic ties. Have you let your guard down while you are focusing on coronavirus-specific dangers, not to mention just keeping body and soul together while working from home, homeschooling, and doing household chores? Read on to learn about a few areas where kids are more vulnerable than ever before.

Kitchen Accidents

Families are baking and cooking a lot more these days. Not only are these wholesome, screen-free activities that can keep the kids busy, there are tons of educational opportunities that come with measuring, mixing, and applying heat. And of course everyone loves to snack on homemade treats!

However, the more chances your kids have to use the oven or stove, or practice their knife skills, the higher the odds of kitchen accidents. Teach your kids knife safety. Make sure they aren’t standing on a rickety chair to reach the high cupboards. Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove. Most importantly of all, supervise your kids while they cook and bake until you know they can be trusted to follow rules and stay safe.

Skateboarding and Biking Accidents

It’s tough to juggle everything that needs to get done in a day, and many parents are struggling to encourage their kids to get daily exercise. But now that they’re not in gym class anymore, or running around outside with their friends, it’s crucial that they get some physical activity. Why not take advantage of the relatively quiet streets for some skateboarding and biking?

Not so fast, say the San Jose personal injury lawyers at The Barnes Firm. Just because there aren’t nearly as many cars and buses running as usual doesn’t mean you and your kids have carte blanche to treat streets as your personal playground. Don’t go careening down the middle of the street just because it seems dead – you never know when a fast car may come out of nowhere.

Take precautions to prevent accidents by instructing kids to skate or bike safely. Use dedicated trails for these outings, or stick to the side of the road as you usually would.

Backyard Accidents

Now that the weather is starting to warm up in many parts of the country, the kids are probably just as eager to go play in the backyard as you are to have them out of the house for a while! Just don’t neglect their safety in the interest of getting a little peace and quiet. There are many types of accidents and injuries that can befall children in their own backyard that you must guard against.

Pool injuries are one type of tragic, potentially fatal accident that can occur. Another is trampoline injuries.

Read up on safety tips for pool and trampoline use, and sit the family down to go over some ground rules. Be firm about following such rules, too, and be honest about whether or not your kids are old enough to responsibly obey them. If necessary, go outside with them to oversee their play. Heck, you could probably use a little play time to let off steam yourself!

Follow these tips, as well as your own common sense, to make sure your family not only survives during this pandemic period, but actually thrives.

Children's Books, Coronovirus 2020, Kids, Parenting

Anna and the Germ – Children’s Book About the Coronavirus Pandemic

Anna and the Germ - Children's Book About the Coronavirus Pandemic
Anna and the Germ that Came to Visit Book Cover

If there was ever a book to tell kids the changes and emotions around this virus, Anna and the Germ that Came to Visit is it. We are all dealing with the confusion, fear, sadness, boredom, and loneliness right now, especially our kids. This book talks about those emotions and how to talk to and help our kids through this at that point where boredom and sadness hit.

Anna and the Germ that Came to Visit is written by Mother and Daughter, Christianne Klein and Helene Van Sant-Klein. They have come together as Emmy-winning Journalist and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (to name a few of their titles) to tackle this heavy topic for you and your children with this book about the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Make sure you take advantage of the free resources to help children through the crisis are available in a kid-friendly format on the website, TheGermBook.com – including coloring pages to allow children to draw out their feelings, and a song inspired by the book (you can even wash your hands to the shortened 20 second version)! 

Buy the book on Amazon!