Tips, Ideas and Activities for Children and Families during COVID-19

As schools close, activities pause and states issue stay-at-home orders, we have a unique opportunity to “go within” and connect deeply with our families. We hope the below activities will help foster peace with our children, inspire fun with our families and shine a healing light of love upon our world. We’re all in this together!

Ideas & Activities (pdf)

ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS

Put Our Peace Pledge Into Action

I pledge to use my words to speak in a kind way.

  •  Sing a happy song! Go curbside caroling with your family; create a music video and share far and wide; sing from your window like the Italians, or simply sing along with the radio.
  • List all the things that make you happy.
  • Send Peaceful Pen Pal letters to other kids in the USA. Sign up here. We already have 350+ youth from 32 states participating!
  • Create an entry for the “I Am Powerful” Kids for Peace Book “Contest.” This will be our 5th book. Flier & Book Entry Form.
  • Write and mail a card through our Loving Letters for Grandfriends project. Send cheer to a senior citizen who can no longer receive visitors due to the COVID-19 situation. Learn More & Sign Up
  • Hold gratitude circles at dinnertime.
  • Call or FaceTime friends, Grandparents, or Grandfriends just to say hello.
  • Make up a poem with a positive message.
  • Write positive messages on Post-It Notes and place on mirrors in your house.
  • Make Peace Rocks. Paint rocks with kind words and place them around town to delight your neighbors.

I pledge to help others as I go throughout my day.

I pledge to care for our earth with my healing heart and hands.

  • Check out the one-click actions from our friends at Roots and Shoots.
  • Take a hike or visit the beach and pick up litter along the way (remember to keep the 6 feet distance from others!) #SixFeetOfKindness
  • Learn about recycling in your community and discover something new.
  • Water your plants, pick weeds.
  • Harvest seeds from fruits and replant them.
  • Learn about composting and practice in your own garden.

I pledge to respect people in each and every land.

  • Show compassion to end harassment towards Asians who might be experiencing racial discrimination because of COVID-19 fears.
  • Discover something new about a different culture or a different country.
  • Listen to music from different parts of the world.
  • Pick at least one country from each continent and discover their favorite food/dish.

I pledge to join together as we unite the big and small.

  • NEW: Let’s safely celebrate birthdays with a Happy Birthday Party Parade! Click here for step by step tips on how to coordinate a successful and safe car parade.
  • Loving Letters for Grandfriends. Sign up a senior to receive loving letters or sign up to write loving letters to seniors! Learn more.
  • Send letters or cards to Senior Homes, Memory Care or Hospice facilities since they are not able to have visitors at this time.
  • Spend time taking care of your pet – feed them, brush them, walk them, clean up after them.

I pledge to do my part to create PEACE for one and all.

FUN ACTIVITIES FOR FAMILIES

  • NEW: NEW: Safely celebrate birthdays with a Happy Birthday Party Parade! Learn more and see the joy!
  • Download our Great Kindness Challenge- Family Edition checklist and complete as many items as possible from home.
  • Join our Happy Heart Hunt. Let’s blanket our world with LOVE! It’s simple! Just make a heart from any object and tape it to a street-facing window to send your love out to the world. Encourage all your friends to do the same. Then, in a few days, take a family walk to search for other hearts on houses. How fun it will be to watch the love grow! Learn more
  • Host Family Game Night – get out the board games, decks of cards, chess sets and puzzles.
  • Create an obstacle course with things from your home.
  • Have a spontaneous dance party! Crank the tunes and DANCE!!
  • Play charades.
  • Clean your closets together. (Seriously!) Put on some fun music and then joyfully declutter. Keep only the things that are useful and spark joy.
  • Create a family “masterpiece” out of recycled items from your decluttering.
  • Listen to a podcast: “Wow in the World”.
  • Learn on-line together.
  • Teach your child a skill or a share a talent. Teach them to cook, change a tire, sew on a button, balance a checkbook, play the ukulele, etc.
  • Go on a scavenger hunt.
  • Explore nature. Continue to spend time outdoors. The fresh air is good for kids, and for us as parents. But please do this as a family rather than meeting up in groups.
  • Create a family vision board.

VIRTUAL PLAYDATES AND CONNECTIONS

Use a free video platform to connect with other kids. Zoom, FaceTime, Skype, WhatsApp and Google Hangouts are some of our go-tos.

  • Lego Masters – Create a LEGO challenge amongst a group of friends. Give the kids a timeframe to create.
  • Send pictures of final creation on a video platform.
  • Start a virtual book club for kids.
  • Take a Virtual Museum Tour together.

TIPS FOR PARENTS

How to talk about COVID-19 with your children

  • Meet children where they are.
  • Help them feel like they’re in control.
  • Be realistic about them getting sick.
  • Provide reassurance.
  • Keep up a normal routine.

Sources/learn more:

NEW: Social Distancing – a PSA from Carlsbad High School Students

NEW: A cool way to show kids how easily germs travel from one child to the next!

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/28/809580453/just-for-kids-a-comic-exploring-the-new-coronavirus
https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/how-to-talk-to-children-about-the-coronavirus-2020030719111
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/hope-resilience/202003/how-talk-your-kids-about-covid-19
https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-coronavirus

Self-care Ideas

We must remember to take care of ourselves so we can take good care of our children!

  1.  Seek accurate information from legitimate sources and set limits around news on COVID-19.
  2.  Look after yourself – exercise & meditate.
  3. Reach out to others and support people around you.
  4. Maintain a sense of hope and positive thinking.
  5. Acknowledge your feelings.
  6. Take time to talk with your children about the COVID-19 outbreak.
  7. Ask for professional support.
  8. Remember you are not alone.

Sources/learn more:
https://www.mhe-sme.org/covid-19/
https://www.verywellmind.com/managing-coronavirus-anxiety-4798909

Create a Routine

While you are home with your children, a routine will be helpful for both your kids and you! We love to make plans, but stay flexible and leave room for the “magic” of the moment to happen.

  • Use school as the framework and honor what had been your child’s routine.
  • Dedicate time for play.
  • Schedule in some easy indoor activities.
  • Go to recess.
  • Make a screen time routine.

Sources/learn more:
https://time.com/5803373/coronavirus-kids-at-home-activities/
https://busytoddler.com/2020/03/indoor-activities/ 

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