Friday, March 27, 2020

A helpful blog to keep both children and family busy.

Elementary and public schools for kids were one of the first to be shut from this outbreak, making this an interesting time for both child and parent. We at the Chippewas of Rama want you to know that we are here for you. You may have seen some of these online elsewhere, but we bet we have some new ideas for you and your child(ren) to try out online. Help them get setup and watch the creativity flow.

A big thank you to Angela Johnston, Principal of Education at Mnjikaning Kendaaswin Elementary School, for most of these wonderful ideas:

Click here to see live cams of the San Diego Zoo

Live Cams from the San Diego Zoo - Go see live action video from one of the more prominent Zoos in North America. Polar bears, penguins, giraffes and more are here to observe in their settings. Ask your child(ren) how many of the animals they can count in a particular feed.

Click here to go to Seussville

Go to Seussville - An online portal to all things Dr. Seuss. What's old is new again.

Click here to find over 1,000 free Disney Coloring Pages

FarmGirlGabs - Melissa, from FarmGirlGabs, has curated over a thousand printable Disney color pages on this site. You'll have to scroll down a bit to find the actual pages (stop when you see the above image on the FGG page), so have fun with your kid(s) coloring. There is even a link for coloring pages for adults!

Click here to go to the Smart School House

Kelly Dixon's Smart School House
- Kelly has a list of 18 original crafts and ideas for you and your child(ren) can try out at home, and the kids can use them at home!

Click here to workout with your kid(s), featuring Joe Wicks

Joe Wicks' (aka the Body Coach TV)Workout with Kids YT Playlist - Tired of sitting around and want to get active with the family? Joe Wicks has created over 18 videos that the entire household can take part in with exercise. Get up and get moving with Joe!

Click here to go to the Highlights Kids' homepage

Highlights Kids - Used for decades with parents and kids alike, Highlights has many ideas for kids - from crafts, to science, to our history - this site really encompasses a lot of fun learning. There's even a link to take you to the official YouTube page of Highlights Kids.

Click here to go to the Nomster Chef site

Nomster Chef - Enjoy some time in the kitchen and make some yummy recipes that you kid(s) can help with! How about some Banana Pumpkin Pancakes, a PB&J burrito or Teriyaki Chicken & Broccoli? Remember to save some for Chief and Council to try out (just saying :)!

Little Twisters Yoga - Yoga is good for the mind, body and soul and our youngsters are no different. A playful approach to yoga while getting the youth up and moving. Usually a paid service, Little Twisters owner Amber has made all their material free! Take advantage of this opportunity!

Click here to gain some Mindful Poetry Moments

Mindful Poetry Moments - Great for the entire family, get immersed in poetry. A movement started in the U.S., it uses the power of literature to stay focused and present.

Get some learning done with EduHelper here! - Get some daily free learning done here, and with exercises that kids will actually do! Fun ways to learn, this resource uses many diagrams and pictures to help kids. It is a vast resource as you will see - take advantage of free learning with your young one(s).

Thanks to Shannon Snache, ECE Manager for these following great ideas:

Click here to go to Circletime

Circletime - From interactive storytelling, to family cooking, to family sing-alongs - Circletime does cover a lot of material. Watch on-demand whenever you wish. Learning with family and experts can be fun!

Click here to go to Crayola's CIY ideas

Crayola's Craft-It-Yourself page - Crayola has an excellent page with many easy, unique crafts and such to keep youth busy. Craft kits from Crayola are also available for purchase here.

We hope this helps in these very uncertain times. We know how much of a struggle it can be to keep the young ones entertained while this pandemic hopefully passes soon. Enjoy this time with your youth. Enjoy this time learning yourself. Maybe an idea here will spark another creative venture later. Take care of yourself, your family and those around you. The Creator is always watching, answering your calls and prayers.