We are living in a pretty crazy time right now. With kids being home from school, this provides parents the opportunity to occupy that time. It can be overwhelming, so we have compiled this list of resources to ease some of the stress you may feel.
Virtual Field Trips
A variety of museums, zoos, and more all over the world (and beyond) are offering virtual tours of their facilities for people to enjoy via the internet.
There are tons of recipes online that are easy and kid-friendly. Cooking and baking can be a fun and educational activity for kids of all ages.
Art projects are always a fun project for kids. Crayola has some awesome free printable coloring pages that you can find here. Zonderkidz also has free Palm Sunday coloring pages you can download here.
Gardening is a fun hobby that you can do anywhere. Growing your own flowers and plants is not only awesome to do, but it also attracts all kinds of creatures like butterflies and birds
Learn about missionaries
Back2Back Ministries is an international Christian non-profit organization dedicated to being a voice for orphans. Read Ronaldo’s story and follow the activities in the pdf with your family here.
ParentzMatter Facebook group
Join Ryan and Beth Frank, Publishers of KidzMatter Magazine, for an event designed to help you make the most of every minute with your children. This is perfect for parents and grandparents alike. View the replay of “The Quarantined Family” on their Facebook page.
125 Ideas to Keep Kids Entertained
Crafts, e-field trips, experiments, games, activities, ideas on making learning fun, and more! Check it all out here!
Storyline Online streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Over 50 children’s books to choose from. Teacher’s guides are also available for each book.
Pastor Nathan Clark shared that his kids love crafts. “Make craft time focused on the people you can do the crafts for,” says Nathan. “Pick someone to do art for. Then while you're drawing or painting or whatever, talk with kids about that person. Then when you're done with the crafts, facetime with them to show them. If they're not available, just record a video and send it.”
Nathan shared how to make walks around the neighborhood more personal as well. “Talk about specific neighbors as you walk past the houses,” says Nathan. “Talk with your kids about ways you can pray for those neighbors while you walk, then when you get in front of their houses, pray together for them. If you see those neighbors, encourage your kid to let them know they prayed for their neighbor. You can even invite those neighbors to pray with you.”
Connections Manager, Lauren Travers, shared that her little ones are just getting into board games, Candy Land is their personal favorite. “Our favorite is to play in our backyard with a make your own car wash with a bucket of bubbles,” says Lauren. “And my son is learning how to ride a bike.”
Connections Coordinator, Michelle Rattigan, suggests making Activity Stations out of whatever you have! An Art/Writing Center with paper, crayons, markers, paint, stamps, stickers, etc. A Reading Corner with whatever books you have, make a cozy corner with pillows and stuffed animals. A Puzzle Station with puzzles and games. A slime center with different kinds of slime, you can purchase it from Amazon, Target, or Walmart or learn how to make it.
“My kids LOVE kinetic sand,” says Michelle. “You can get this at Amazon, Target, or Walmart. I give any small toys that I can find laying around the house. For example, cars, play dough, tools/accessories, small animal figurines.”
Michelle also shared a pro tip for dealing with messy activities like slime, play dough, or kinetic sand. “I use these plastic paper trays,” says Michelle. “I found them in the dollar spot at the beginning of the school year, but you can use whatever you have laying around your house or order some on amazon. If you don’t have plastic bins, another good alternative is to use a plastic table cloth. I usually have a few extras lying around from kid’s parties or you can get them at the dollar store. You can even place in under a kids table for easy clean up for things that spill on the floor.”
Our Children’s Ministries team has tons of awesome resources for your kids such as songs, skits, devotionals, stories, and more! All of it can be found at NorthlandChurch.net/Children.
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