British Columbians have been practicing social distancing for several weeks now and I would like to express my gratitude for your diligence in adhering to advice of our government and public health officers. For parents and caregivers of children, it can be challenging to come up with new ways to keep young people busy. Fortunately, there are many online resources with ideas and activities to engage kids of all ages.
- Check out Let’s Play! Activities for Families, a booklet published by the Ministry of Education, full of activities for children and caregivers to play and learn together.
- Created for BC families, Appetite to Play has ideas for fun in addition to information on healthy eating and physical activity.
- The Government of Canada’s Kids’ Stop has games and stories for youth and educators about Indigenous culture, history and languages.
- The Royal BC Museum’s Learning Portal covers everything from plants to photography to dinosaurs.
Some of the activities in these resources may need to be adapted for social and physical distancing, but they offer great tools for positive and constructive engagement during these challenging times. Please ensure that you follow the advice of the Provincial Health Officer regarding social and physical distancing!
I would also like to remind parents and caregivers to practice self-care during this time of uncertainty. Taking a few minutes for a mindfulness session or an online yoga class can be very helpful to reduce stress.