Coronovirus 2020, Education, Kids, Parenting

Family Fun at Home with Great Wolf Lodge – How About Easy Paper Crafts?

If you are adding to your list of family at-home activities I wanted to feature the blog for Great Wolf Lodge. This blog brings family activities, topics and tips for at home, on the read and at the lodge.

New content is added regularly and currently there are several fun activities you can take advantage of being home with your children. You can do paper crafts, build a wolf costume, make Grilled Cheese Soup Sliders and more.

All the activities, including the science experiments are geared to all ages. We love Great Wolf Lodge for weekend getaways, but now we can also visit online and connect with them until the park reopens and you can too.

Visit Great Wolf Lodge Blog for all the fun at home!

Books Reviews, Coronovirus 2020, Education, Parenting

The 5 Children’s Books To Read While in this Coronavirus Pandemic

Guess what? We just all became homeschool parents! What does this mean? What exactly do we do? This is a hard question and many of us are still waiting on resources and word from Teachers as they scramble to make sense of all of the learning effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

There are obvious steps we can take now that they are home for a while. Get them moving and keeping a ‘PE log’ is one thing we can start. Signing up for online learning portals and reading books or mini book reports for the older children.

Here is a list of the 5 children;’s books to read about this coronavirus pandemic.

Something Bad Happened: A Kid’s Guide to Coping With Events in the News – by Dawn Huebner

Provides comfort, support and action plans for children learning about troubling world events. Available on Amazon

How Are You Peeling? Foods with Moods by Saxton Freeymann

This is a book that asks all the right questions. And leaves you feeling great no matter what the answers are! Available on Amazon.

The Way I Feel by Janan Cain

The Way I Feel uses simple verses to help children connect the word and the emotion. Available on Amazon

What To Do When You’re Scared & Worried: A Guide for Kids by James Crist

This is a book kids can turn to when they need advice, reassurance, and ideas. Available on Amazon

Is a Worry Worrying You? by Ferida Wolff

This book addresses children’s worries with humor and imagination Available on Amazon

Coronovirus 2020, Education, Healthy Living, Parenting

How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus – Tips from PBS KIDS

Have you ever shown your child that pepper in water experiment. You take a plate and pour water on it so you have a puddle then sprinkle a bunch of pepper (germ bugs) into the water. Then have them dip fingers in hand soap and just touch the water. What happens to the “germs” (pepper) when it comes in contact with your hand soap? This is a fantastic way for kids to see why it is important to use soap and scrub our hands clean.

Now that our world consists of germs and pandemic, surely all kids will grow to remember Spring Break of 2020. World events like this will shape them and what they learn from this will guide them to better futures. Even if we are just talking about hygiene and self care. Let’s remember all the aspects from social responsibility and hand washing as you talk to your kids about Coronavirus.

Here are four ways we can help young kids build germ-busting habits.

Wash Your Hands

Make it a family routine before every meal and snack to wash hands. If you do it together, you can model for them how to use soap, rub your hands together and rinse. For a timer, try slowly singing the ABCs together while you scrub. In Curious George, the Man with the Yellow Hat has a cold. He teaches George how germs can move from person to person and that’s important to wash your hands and avoid sharing utensils. Good hand washers, like Daniel Tiger, are germ busters!

Catch that Cough

When kids cough or sneeze, they tend to do it right into their hands — and then they use those hands to touch everything in sight! Instead, we can cough and sneeze into our elbow. Make it a game with kids. Can they catch the cough in their elbow? In the beginning, cheer when they do: “You caught it! That’s what germ busters do!” If they accidentally “catch it in their hands,” they can simply wash their hands with soap and water and start the game again.

“Rest is Best”

Daniel Tiger reminds us that “When you’re sick, rest is best!” This is a good episode to show kids and a great song to sing when they are feeling under the weather. Tell them: When we are sick, we can stay home and rest our bodies; we can be germ busters by not spreading germs or going to school sick. And as parents, we can keep ourselves and our kids home if we have a fever or other symptoms.

Practice Healthy Habits

Remind kids that sleep, exercise and eating healthy foods are good, everyday ways to strengthen our bodies. We will all get sick sometimes! They have probably already had at least one cold this season. But we can be responsible germ busters when we practice handwashing, cough-catching, resting and basic healthy living.