As parents, we’re usually prepared for the occasional snow day and summer breaks, with childcare and camps rearranged in advance. That’s why we’ve come up with a list of the fun ways to ease the stress and chaos that comes with social distancing.
1. Go on Safari
ExploreWebcams.org has loads of wildlife webcams.
Animal Cameras: Live Cams at the San Diego Zoo,
Discovery Education Virtual Field Trips – A few of the field trip topics include Polar Bears and the Tundra
San Diego Zoo has a website just for kids with amazing videos, activities, and games.
2. Learn/Practice Life Skills
According to Dr. Jed Baker, the key predictors of success for someone with autism is not how academic they are. The greatest predictors of success are:
- self-awareness, the ability of individuals to understand their strengths as well as challenges so that they can pursue their talents and effectively get help for challenges.
- Persistence, the ability to handle mistakes and accept help is another key to a successful transition.
- Initiation and motivation to perform everyday tasks.
These can be practiced and deepened in a lot of ways.
- Playing games teaches you how to wait, take turns, being a good winner and a good loser
- Self-help skills like household chores are important. Knowing when to complete such tasks as well as how to carry them out.
- Laundry also can teach other skills (Sorting colors, Measuring soap, Takeing the clothes from the washer to the dryer, Fold (match socks).
- Cooking – setting up a menu, making shopping lists and if order online help set up delivery times (using ads), measuring, following a recipe
- General kitchen safety – Cutting (start with soft bread and butter knives), Putting groceries away, Cleaning, Sweeping, Vacuuming if not sensitive to the sound, Dusting, Toys/books/belongings away in designated areas or bins, Washing dishes/put away
- Using a phone. Dialing numbers. Conversation with friends/families (greetings/how to end a call)
3. Take a Trip!
Travel to Paris, France to see amazing works of art at The Louvre with this virtual field trip.
Mars: Explore the surface of Mars on the Curiosity Rover. They are updating from WEBVR to WEBXR now, but 360 Mode offers a digital view!
World Famous Landmarks Tours: https://artsandculture.google.com/
4. Get Moving!
Cosmic Kids Yoga offers free YouTube yoga lessons for children https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga
Go Noodle offers free movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts https://www.gonoodle.com/
- S’Cool Moves: https://www.dropbox.com/s/3dz2cctrfyele91/C12Booklet.pdf?dl=0
- https://bit.ly/2WsMkmd (Compilation of Resources)
- https://bit.ly/2WsMkmd (Compilation of OT activities)
- https://bit.ly/2x0NAST (Mindfulness)
5. Get Creative!
Lakeshore Learning is offering free crafts and activities. https://www.lakeshorelearning.com/resources/free-resources?ref=hpS2
Lunch Doodles with Mo Williems – Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together. New episodes will be posted each weekday at 1:00 p.m. ET/q0am PST and then remain online to be streamed afterward. https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems/
101 FUN Things to do in Isolation – https://www.123homeschool4me.com/101-fun-things-to-do-in-covid-19-isolation/
100 Things to Do With Your Kids During a Quarantine – https://www.todaysthebestday.com/things-to-do-kids-coronavirus/