Tips for entertaining kiddos during social distancing

Social distancing can be hard on anyone, but it is especially challenging for young kids (and their parents). What can you do when school is out  and you need to stay home? Here are some tips on how you can destroy boredom and keep your kids entertained.

Keep them moving

Kids need exercise, too. In fact, preschoolers need at least 180 minutes of physical activity each day, while kids aged 5 to 17 need 60 minutes of mild to moderate exercise daily. Here are some things to keep them moving:

  1. Yoga for kids has become a movement around the world, and there is no time like the present to start your kids on this fun exercise journey. Cosmic Kids Yoga is a great YouTube resource with yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed especially for kids aged 3-plus. An added bonus, this channel also has meditation exercises for kids, perfect to help relieve stress during uncertain times.
  2. Have a dance party – This is good for kids AND you. Put on some of your favorite tunes and dance like no one is watching! This is a great way to get your heart pumping and relieve a little bit of pent-up energy. 
  3. Get outdoors – Did you know that five National Parks have virtual park tours? Take a tour of these incredible places, all from the comfort of your living room.
    • Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska
    • Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii
    • Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico
    • Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
    • Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida
  4. Take a virtual field trip – The Great STEMporium offers virtual field trips of famous museums, zoos and more.
  5. Get the kids cooking – It’s educational, hands-on and no need for an internet connection. If you’d like guidance, you can check out the Food Network’s Family and Kids page.