NEW INNOVATIVE WAYS TO ENTERTAIN YOUR KIDS IN SELF-ISOLATION THIS WEEK
by Alana Dunsmore
UPDATED – 15 April – new info in PINK.
It may not always be pretty and there may be moments when we wonder how on earth we’ll manage, but we’re trying our best. Pat yourself on the back.
In case the first weeks didn’t go as well as you’d hoped, we share some NEW – including local – ways to keep the children happy and learning.
ALSO read our other articles for tips on self-isolation in Geneva:
MERCI LES INFIRMIERS ET INFIRMIÈRES – Drawing competition for children
Teaming up with Weez, J’Adooore family guide is hosting a drawing contest for children ages 5-15 years old. The contest is called Merci les Infirmiers et infirmières, celebrating all the hard-working nurses during this time. This contest will continue until the children return to school. All finished work will be offered to a nurse to express our solidarity with them. Send your drawings via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Each child can submit a maximum of three drawings per child which will be displayed on Facebook and Instagram. This contest is open to childen living in Geneva and neighbouring France.
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DIGITAL LIBRARY FOR UNDER 12s
This app is a digital library for kids 12 and under. The app provides a large variety of books and there are audiobook versions as well. Some even have quizzes at the end. For us this has been a lifesaver. Your child can practice reading on their own and you can get some time to yourself with this app!
CLICK HERE for link to app.
LET SOMEONE ELSE READ THE STORIES…
Our son loves listening to stories, which is great but sometimes our voices need a break. There’s also only so many times we can read the same book. Libraries have online options (see previous point) but that still requires screen time for young eyes. This is when podcasts can be great. Kids can lay down on their beds and be taken off to a fantasy world without using a screen and you get a break. Check out our list of great online audio resources. Make sure you check out storyline online. This website has favourite celebrities reading the classics!
BURNING OFF ALL THAT ENERGY
CALMING DOWN WITH MEDITATION
Even if you are incorporating some sort of home schooling, your children still might be quite excitable and in a holiday state of mind. Incorporate a bit of meditation in in their bedtime routine to help calm them down. It might even be the one thing from self-quarantine you are happy to keep when this crisis is all over.
The Headspace app introduce kids to the art of mediation, helping them to calm down. They offer a free trail. The subscription offers a full library of themed courses, including a new meditation every day. The offering includes sleep sounds and bedtime exercises.
MAKING NEW FRIENDS – INCLUDING A BIG RED DOG!
Ok, so this might be more of a favourite of mine than my son’s, but Clifford the Big Red Dog and PBS friends are available for games, videos and other activities to assist with learning. The crew at PBS (American network) are offering daily activities and tips to help the kids during school closures.
A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING – VIRTUAL PAID CURRICULUMS
These resources offer a variety of courses, for a variety of ages. Depending on your need you will find everything from academics option to more vocational choices. Something for all interests or needs. They are all paid services and may require pre registration for courses but a great range of variety.
READING AND WRITING FUN
Funbrain is great if your child needs help with maths or reading. They offer a variety of games, videos and books to help with these important skills. You will find something for every age starting from beginners’ levels to around age 13.
A BIT MORE STRUCTURE
Reading Eggs makes learning to read interesting and engaging for your child. This site provides great online games and activities to help your child improve their reading skills.
There is an online curriculum that your child can move through at their own pace. You pay and create an account but currently they are offering a 30-day free trail which is easy to cancel. With the subscription you have access to printing out your own worksheet for any area your kid needs help with.
INTO THE BOOK
Into the Book is a resource for elementary students and teachers. Here the focus is on eight reseach based strategies: Using prior knowledge, making connections, questioning, visualizing, inferring, summarizing, evaluating and synthesizing.
On this website you will find online interactive activities and videos programs. The resources are for Engish and Spanish learners! Lots of information available here so make sure you take a look!
FOR THE YOUNGER KIDS – NEW
Here you will find a variety of learning activities for kids up to about 8 years old. There’s a variety of activities to help with Math, English Language, Arts and Music.
FOR LITTLE CHEFS
Through instragram Delish is offering kids and parents cooking classes. Weekly at 1pm EST they will be streaming live cooking classes intended for kids. 1pm means 6pm Geneva time, which is not ideal but maybe something that can be done for dessert or in prep for the next day’s meals.
If you can’t make the Delish classes because of the time change check out this website. In addition to a variety of activities it has recipes that the kids will love and I am sure the can help make!y
FOR LITTLE CONSTRUCTION BUILDERS
Brick 4 kids has started a free LEGO building session live on their Facebook page. Every Wednesday at 2:30pm kids can tune in and work on their lego building skills! The sessions will also be available for replay after.
FOR THE BUDDING SCIENTISTS IN THE HOUSE
If your kids love history BBC is offering activities on a variety of periods. Here you will find activities on not only Bristish history but all over the world of all periods.
Good luck and stay positive. Remember nothing has to be perfect and it doesn’t matter how messy the house is. Just take a deep breath and find time to have fun with the family!
As always, we would love to hear from you – what is really working in your house. Please share. COMMENT in the field below.