Seattle's Child

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100+ coronavirus resources for families: websites, coping tips, things to do

Tips, tricks, websites and creative ideas for getting through the coronavirus crisis.

We’ve been at this for a while now, this lack of in-person school (and a lack of in-person work for a lot of us.) And the inability to go pretty much anywhere.

How are families coping?

We would love your advice, tricks, hacks, strategies and what have you. We all need to help each other.

We’ve been busy here at Seattle’s Child, putting together as much information as we can on learning, health and having fun, to name just a few.

Here it is, categorized to help you find what you’re looking for. Are there other things you would like to know? Tell us and we’ll try to find them.

Stay safe, stay home and hang in there!

 

Home learning

“Would you like to see an explosion?” Cool videos from Pacific Science Center
May Playlist: All about animals and pets
April Playlist: All about home learning!
Teacher-approved online learning resources + home-learning tips
4 ways to guide your preschooler’s home learning using a Montessori approach
Calming podcasts + online art and music for kids
Life skills to teach younger kids while staying home
Life skills to teach older kids, teens while staying home
In their own words: How Seattle-area parents are coping
When every day is Take Your Child to Work Day: Balancing work and learning
“Home schooling” is working great for some families; here’s why
Struggling with home learning? Take a deep breath and read this
Why I ordered one of those “Proud Family of a Graduate” lawn signs
Online learning from local museums, galleries and more
Online activities with your favorite celebrities and characters

Seattle Public Library lauches Summer of Learning program for 2020

 

Staying active/having fun

Seattle’s Child calendar of virtual events
March for Babies goes virtual: Walk at home to support March of Dimes
11 cool games to play at home with your family
Screen-free art activities and online art resources
5 fun games to spark dinnertime conversation
4 simple steps for teaching a child to ride a bike
Tips for a safe, socially distanced family bike ride
7 great ideas for family game night
9 tips for livening up your family walks
Can’t travel? Plan a staycation or virtual getaway
Coaches’ tips for kids whose spring sports seasons were canceled

Staying connected

How your child can get an animal penpal
Tips for staying in touch with friends and family when you can’t visit in real life
Bear hunts, love letters and more: community in the time of coronavirus
How Seattle families can stay connected and help each other
Creative ways to celebrate birthdays, etc., while staying home

 

Outdoors/nature

Get to know the insects and creepy-crawlies in your backyard
Get your kids started on backyard birding
14 wonderful animals you can spot in your yard in the spring
19 backyard games for beating boredom
Vegetables for beginning gardeners to plant right now

 

Health/wellness/home life

Cleaning more these days? How to keep your kids safe
Tips for getting kids involved in cleaning and tidying
Yes, your kids still need to get their shots; here’s how
Potty training while stuck at home: See if it’s right for you
Tips for helping young kids cope with coronavirus
Tips for helping adolescents cope with coronavirus
At-home exercise ideas for the whole family
Self-care during coronavirus: read, sleep, connect, chill
Tips for eating healthfully while stuck at home
Kids fighting all the time? Tips from an expert
Make time for SEL (social and emotional learning) while at home
Dad Next Door: Stay home, stay safe, be kind: We’ve got this

 

Erika’s Picks

Erika Bigelow usually combs local event listings to come up with the best out-and-about weekend fun, but lately she’s been focusing on at-home fun, so these listings will be good anytime:

Baking, exercise, creative crafts
Science experiment, cooking project, parade float-building
Gardening, games and virtual travel
Movies, snack prep and yoga
Art, photography and PE
Puzzles, pizza and penpals
Counting coins, petite pizzas, fort-building
Stilts, lava lamps, squirt-gun art