Resources for Families with Young Children
How to Talk to Your Children About the Virus
- Talking with our Kids about Corona Virus from the CDC
- Time for Kids Magazine (Good for elementary age readers)
- Brain Pop short video about the virus geared for children (washing hands, not blaming demographics of people for it)
- An article about managing anxiety – ours and our kids
- From PBS’ Daniel Tiger
- Time to Come In, Bear: A Children's Story About Social Distancing
Faith Development at Home: Ways to Worship at Home
MUSIC: Dancing, playing, singing: find a worship song to share, YouTube music video or instrumental song. Does your family have a favorite hymn/chorus? Maybe sing at a regular time during your daily routines. Music can also be incorporated as prayer. For example, you could sing “God’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” and pray for specific people/groups of people (i.e., “God’s got the doctors and the nurses in his hands”; “God’s got grandma and grandpa…”; God’s got the people who are sick”)
PRAYER: Write, color, and share concerns, celebrations, thanks, and current events. Others may need to hold hands for kinesthetic comfort. Figure out what works for your family to talk to God.
STORY: Read Bible stories together.
Light a candle (or an electric candle) to be reminded of the presence of God.
Lent and Holy Week Activities
More Creative Ideas for Time with Kids at Home
- Virtual Field Trips and Museum Visits.
- Make crafts like an origami butterfly or a paper airplane.
- Other educational ideas: 20 Online Learning Resources to Get You through Coronavirus School Closures