Letter: Tips for kids stuck at home

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To the editor:

My daughter-in-law, Jenna Kenworthy is a pre-school teacher in Queensland Australia. She sent to her community this list of activities children and parents can do at home while needing to stay home.

Free play with duplo and/or Lego. Lacing with strings and beads or pasta (if you can find any!). Box construction: save up those recycled boxes and put them out with sticky tape and markers. I love how creative the children get with this activity! Video show and tell presentations and send them through to me on SeeSaw.

Build a cubby house. Pull out the blankets and torches! Free play in the backyard.Water play with buckets. Obstacle courses.

Plant a flower in a pot (and/or decorate said pot). Water it daily. If it rains, splash in puddles!

Help with chores. Wash the dog! Puzzles! Make paper planes or a paper hat. Cook!

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Make your own playdough or slime! Practice "worm squirms" (your child can show you what these are). Put on music and have a dance! Learn a new song or dance.

Free painting or drawing. Read books! Some of my family's favorites are "Dragons Love Tacos," "The Snail and The Whale," "Tiddler," "Press Here," "Oi Frog," "The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes," "Lost and Found," "All the Ways to be Smart."

Line up dominoes and watch them fall. Learn to play UNO and have family games. "Spot it" is another great game.

Sidewalk chalk outside. Make a hop scotch game. Blow bubbles. Go bike riding or scooting. Fly a kite.

Beach trip! Built sand castles, make tunnels, build a dam, play and run!

Lenny Kates,

Pittsfield


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