Youth Newsletter: 3/27/2020

This week’s newsletter will hopefully bring you a sigh of relief! With the amount of time spent indoors, it’s hard not to get a little stir crazy. We have so many great activity ideas for independent play/study or activities that you can do as a whole family. Social distancing can be difficult for many reasons, so we hope these ideas can help brighten your day, relieve some boredom, maybe spark a new interest, and have fun! Some of these activities may provide the perfect opportunity for you to check in with your child/children on how they are feeling during this time. If you’re unsure of how to approach this subject with your child/children, we’ve listed some great resources to assist you in starting that conversation.

We also know that isolation and social distancing can increase the risk of domestic violence, child abuse, and depression/suicidal thoughts. Please refer to the end of this newsletter for links, phones numbers, and resources because we want you to know that there is help and you are not alone.

Indoor Activities

Here are some great electronic free activities for those rainy spring days:

  • Build a fort or make an indoor obstacle course
  • Have a dance party
  • Do a puzzle or play a board game (or create your own board game)
  • Make art or do a craft
  • Write a letter to a loved one
  • Bake or cook together (great time to work on math with measuring)
  • Have story time or take turns writing your own stories and reading them to each other
  • Create an art gallery and display your artwork around the house
  • Write different exercise down, put them in a bowl, and take turns picking
  • Make a family tree or look at photo albums
  • Wash toys – get a bin and add some dish soap!
  • Put masking tape on the floor to create a “race track”
  • Re-arrange rooms and furniture as a family
  • Pop popcorn and tell stories
  • Make encouraging signs to post in your windows for neighbors to read
  • Make and decorate paper airplanes and have a contest of who’s can go the furthest
  • Get out old magazines/newspapers, glue, and scissors and make a vision board

There are some great educational activities that you can access online:

If you have social media, follow The Children’s Museum. They post science experiments, like color changing milk, and for our paleontologists out there, how to do a Paleo Cookie Dissection!

Get moving! Kids are used to have recess time and running around. Help them move their feet while they are indoors:

Outdoor Activities

Going outside and getting fresh air can help relieve anxiety, get some much needed energy out, and provide kids with a sense of normalcy during this time. Just remember to continue social distancing when going outside by
giving your neighbors and those passing by the recommended 6 feet of space. As tempting as it may be, it is also recommended by the CDC to avoid going to playgrounds or parks with play equipment.

  • Go on a family walk, run, or a combination of both
  • Play “Red Light, Green Light”
  • Play “Simon Says”
  • Race each other to the mail box/end of the sidewalk/tree and back
  • Garden or do yard work together
  • Do a family scavenger hunt – you can make up your own list of items to find or borrow a list from
  • Bring your music, books, arts and crafts, or science experiments outdoors
  • Create a dance or gymnastics routine
  • Go on a bike ride
  • Make an outdoor fort
  • Do a toy car wash (or a real one!) – grab a bucket of clean water, bucket of soapy water, unused tooth brushes or sponges, and small towels or rags for drying
  • Have a picnic – grab a blanket and eat lunch outside

Coping Skills and How to Talk with Your Child About COVID-19

Listed below are many resources to help you navigate conversations about COVID-19 and how to help your child/children cope with information about the pandemic, manage their anxiety and fears, and adjust to their new daily schedule.

Additional Resources

If your family has had a change in contact information, location, or interest in the program, please contact us! These changes can impact wait times and communication with the organization. Below is our contact information:

Karly Lieske
Matching Specialst
(317) 472.3721

Karen Schenk
Youth Enrollment Specialist
(317) 472.3744

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