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.
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!
- 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.
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!