arts and crafts activities reduce stress when kids can't do normal activities because of social distancing

Find creative ways to keep kids busy during social distancing.

As more experts recommend social distancing, parents wonder what to do with kids who are cooped up at home. We understand that COVID-19 is no snow day, but children need a break from the gloom of quarantine. Without losing sight of how serious the Coronavirus pandemic is, allow your kids to have fun. These five mindful activities each teach a lesson about self-care and hygiene. Please use adult supervision for each activity.

1. Emotion Stress Ball Activity

  • Gather balloons, a funnel, flour, and a small-tipped water bottle.
  • Using the funnel, fill up the water bottle with flour as shown here.
  • Place the balloon over the lid of the water bottle.
  • Tip the water bottle and begin filling the balloon with flour.
  • When the balloon is filled, tie the top of the balloon.
  • Using a sharpie, create faces of different emotions on the balloons and discuss these emotions with your children.
Sensory play offers kids an easy stress reduction tool during social distancing.

Sensory play reduces stress and promotes mind-body awareness.

2. Wash Your Hands

  • Fill a bowl with water and add black pepper to the top.
  • Explain that the pepper is like the germs that spread, or watch this video together.
  • Tell your child to place a finger in the bowl of water and watch as the pepper remains close to the child’s finger.
  • Now, in another bowl, add dish soap and prompt your child to dip their finger in the dish soap and then back into the pepper water.
  • Watch as the pepper disburses to the outside of the bowl, and does not touch the finger covered in dish soap.
  • Discuss with your child the importance of using soap during hand washing, as it prevents germs from spreading.

3. Shaving Cream Clean

  • If your kids have any toys with hard surfaces, (IE a table, chairs, action figures, etc…) have them clean these objects with shaving cream. It is fun, provides a sensory experience, and it can help to clean items in the home!

4. Oobleck

  • Add 1.5 cups of corn starch to a large mixing bowl.
  • Add 1 cup of room temp water to the same bowl and mix.
  • (Optional) Add food coloring and ask your kids what different colors will appear when mixing different colors.
  • This activity can be messy, so it is best to do this in the kitchen and have them wash their hands before doing anything else.
  • To help your child understand the science of this experiment, watch this video.


Slime is a fun activity for kids during social distancing because of the COVID-19 outbreak

Remember to wash hands with soap and hot water before and after playing with slime.

5. Slime without Borax

  • Put 1/2 cup shampoo and 1/4 cup of cornstarch in a bowl and mix well.
  • (Optional) Add 3 drops of food coloring.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of water and stir.
  • Slowly add 5 more tablespoons of water, stirring well after each one.
  • Knead the slime for around 5 minutes.
  • This video will give you more information!


We hope that your students and families use these activities to find a moment of fun during social distancing. Sensory play and interactive at-home learning will keep little ones busy. Be well!




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