COVID-19 Youth Resources

Looking for something to do with your children while they’re home from school? Our Youth Development team has put together a list of crafts, recipes and fitness activities for you! We will be updating them weekly as long as school is out.


Mindful Monday (May 18th) - Nutrition
Frozen Applesauce Bites

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These one ingredient treats are health, delicious and easy for your children to make!
All you need are snack-and-go applesauce pouches.
Line a cookie sheet with wax paper and then squeeze bite size drops of applesauce on the wax paper.
Make as many bites and you’d like and put them in the freezer for a few hours. Enjoy!


Who Are You Wednesday (May 20th) – Character Building
Kindness Rocks

Be part of a worldwide movement to spread smiles with this Kindness Rocks project! Have your children paint rocks in bright colors with kind messages on them and as a family, go out in your neighborhood and leave the rocks in places other children will find them. The idea is that they then hide the rocks somewhere else, so even more people can find them and smile!

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Fantastically Fit Friday (May 22nd) – Exercise Activity
Spell Your Name Workout

Spell your name and get moving

Have your child write their first name on a piece of paper.
They have to do each exercise that corresponds with each letter in their name.
They’ll be getting a good workout and not even realize it because they’ll be having so much fun!

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Mindful Monday (May 11th) - Nutrition

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Kid Assembled Pizza 

Ingredients1 bell pepper, 1 green onion, 1 tomato, ½ cup of sliced mushrooms, black olives, pizza crust, 1 cup of marinara sauce, meat topping of choice and mozzarella cheese

Instructions: 1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees 2. Chop veggies 3. Spread marinara sauce

4. Add desired toppings 5. Bake for 5-8 minutes or until cheese is melted


 

Who-Are-You Wednesday (May 13th- Character Education

Table Manners

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Teaching table manners to kids is an important part of family mealtime that will help them thrive in social settings throughout life. Here is a list of 10 important manners.

  • Wash hands before eating.
  • Don’t talk with your mouth full.
  • Say please and thank you.
  • Wait to be excused until everyone is (at least mostly) finished eating.
  • Put a napkin in your lap. (Challenge your little ones to see who can through the meal without their napkin falling off your lap.)
  • Take bites in the appropriate size for your mouth.
  • Avoid using devices at the table.
  • Express thanks for the meal.
  • Clear your plate and offer to clear others near you.
  • Avoid in appropriate noise like burping out loud.



Once they master their table manners, you can introduce formal dinner setting. Have a fancy meal one night, with all the dishes. Show the kids which forks to use for that food. The more often you do this with your kids, the more likely the lesson will stick.

 

 

 

Fantastically Fit Friday (May 15th– Fitness

5 (Sneaky) Ways to Get Active as a Family

  • Nerf Fight! 
  • Hide and Sweat! (The adults in the family write down 20 physical activities on separate small pieces of paper. These are then put in plastic Easter eggs and hid around the house. Kids are then tasked to find the eggs. When they find them they open them and the entire family performs the activity for the reps or amount of time given.)
  • Family Walks
  • Dance Party
  • Jump Rope (A friendly competition to see who can jump rope the longest. This might be fun to do every on a weekly basis to see how you improve.)

Mindful Monday (May 4th) - Nutrition


Food Prep for tomorrow (Cinco de Mayo)

Here are a few healthy sides to go with your tacos, enchiladas, nachos, fajitas and any other delicious festive foods you may be preparing for your celebration!

Homemade Guacamole

Ingredients: 2-3 ripe avocados, 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice, fresh cilantro (chopped) and 2-3 cherry tomatoes (chopped)

Directions: Start by dicing the tomatoes and avocados. Put them in a mixing bowl and the liquid ingredients. Once you’ve prepped your ingredients, little hands can join in. This is a great activity because they can mash, pour and stir – the fun parts. You can give your helper some chips for a taste “test.”

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Rainbow Salsa

Ingredients: 3 tomatoes, 1 orange and 1 yellow pepper, 1 can of black beans, 2 can of whole kernel corn, 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro, 2/3 cup of chopped purple onion, 1-2 green jalapenos of green bell peppers, 2 tablespoons lime juice, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste

Directions: Combine the tomatoes, jalapeno, bell peppers, black beans, corn, cilantro and onion in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the lime juice, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Add the juice to the bowl of salsa. Then toss everything until combined. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to 48 hours.

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Who-Are-You Wednesday (May 6th- Character Education

Gratitude. The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation

Children have a natural gift for wonder. You can see their eyes light up and faces fill with joy when they see something marvelous. Even though children can exhibit selfish tendencies, many times they are able to express thankfulness and gratitude for what they have received, especially when it is something they have wished and hoped for. This ability to demonstrate gratitude is fun and encouraging, but did you know it is also healthy? Yes, research has demonstrated a high correlation between a spirit of gratitude and success in life – including maintain good health. Since we all want out children to be happy, healthy and successful, here is a great activity to help encourage and develop a spirit of gratitude.

 

Gratitude Jar

The gratitude jar is a stunningly simple exercise that can have profound effects on your family’s gratitude. 

 Step 1: Find a jar or box

Step 2: Decorate the jar however you and your family wish. 

Step 3: Cut slips of paper to use to fill the jar

Step 4: This is the most important step, which will be repeated every day. Write down something you are grateful for and drop it in the jar. 

Over time, you will find that your family has a jar full of reasons to be thankful. If your little one is ever feeling down and needs a quick pick-me-up, take a few notes out of the jar to remind them of all the good in their life.

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Fantastically Fit Friday (May 8th– Fitness

As homeschooling continues, we are trying to find fun ways to help encourage physical activity in a realistic way. This week we thought it would be fun to combine reading and exercise. Here’s a few ways your little ones can exercise while getting their school work accomplished!

 

Wall Sit-N-Read

Try to read a book while doing a wall sit.

For older children, try to read one chapter.

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Page-Turner Push-Ups

Place an open book on the floor. Start doing push-ups while reading as many pages as you can. This can also help develop multitasking skills!

The Cooldown

Lie flat on your back. Hold the book above your head and read until your arms are sore.

Mindful Monday (April 27th) - Nutrition

It seems like age-old wisdom that says, “Eat your vegetables,” but what do you do when your child doesn’t like eating vegetables? Do vegetables feel like a source of conflict at the table for you and your children? Are you constantly struggling to find ways to offer vegetables that your kids will actually eat? If you answered yes, you are not alone. Kids and vegetables can be a tricky combination. Here is a fun activity for kids to encourage eating vegetables. They can eat and play with their food!


Vegetable Stamping

Ingredients: Bell pepper, carrot, celery, potato, cucumber, okra, lettuce, onion, corn cob, etc.

(This is just a recommendation of vegetables, you can use any of your choice.)

Directions: These vegetable stamps can be made mainly from the parts you would usually throw away, like the carrot tops. The majority of each vegetable can be eaten! Spread out some paint onto paper plates (for easy clean up!), thinning any thicker paints with a little bit of water. Then the kids can get to stamping. vegetable


Who-Are-You Wednesday (April 29th- Character Education

LOVE – Love is hands down the most important character trait for children to have. While the formal definition of love is “an intense feeling of deep affection,” we know that definition cannot sum up what love is. Love is intangible and cannot be taught. Love is learned through positive experiences with parents, family and friends. We would like to share a fun and simple activity for children to participate in with their siblings or parents. This lesson will encourage your children to spread love as well as receive love with others.


“Paint/Draw your Partner”

First, you will need a partner. This can be a sibling, parent or anyone in your home with you. Face your partner and start drawing/painting a portrait of each other…be sure to hide your work. You don’t want your partner to see your portrait…yet! In the picture, you should try to illustrate at least 3 things you love about your partner. For example, you may draw a heart on their shirt to represent how kind they are. Once you both are finished it’s time to reveal your masterpiece. Stand up, face each other and have someone count to 3 for you. At the same time, you will reveal your pictures to each other. Now, you must describe the 3 things you love about each other. paint your partner

 

 

Fantastically Fit Friday (May 1st– Fitness

One of our staff members is also a professor at USC Upstate. Just like your kids, her college students are trying to navigate the uncharted waters of virtual learning. One of her students created videos (we’ve put the link down here for you) to showcase fun and unique ways to teach elementary school lessons. One of these lessons includes stretching. Stretching keeps the muscles flexible, strong and healthy!

Check out this link to the her YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtiissjIMjCADeNk55qK9Lg/featured?view_as=subscriber

*We would like to encourage your little ones to create a video of how they are staying active. If you would like to share their video with other children, please send your video to Kristen at KGuilfoos@spartanburgcounty.org and you might just find it posted to our Spartanburg Parks Facebook Page. Thanks!


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Mindful Monday (April 20th) - Nutrition

You probably heard it from your own parents: “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” but now you’re the one saying it to your little ones. Breakfast is a great way to give the body the refueling it needs. Kids who eat breakfast tend to eat healthier overall and are more likely to participate in physical activities. So we have a couple breakfast challenges for you to try with your kids.

  • Cereal Box Puzzle - Remove the front panel of the cereal box, draw out the puzzle pieces on the back of the front panel and then using scissors cut your box into puzzle pieces. Challenge your child to put the puzzle together while enjoying a bowl of cereal. Will they finish the puzzle or the cereal first?
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  • Animal Face – You and your child can make an animal face on toast, pancakes or waffles using fruit and other delicious toppings. Don’t look to see what the other one is making…once everyone is done count to 3 and reveal your masterpiece to each other for you to guess the other person’s animal. The first one to guess the animal wins!
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Who-Are-You Wednesday (April 22nd- Character Education

Happy National Earth Day

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Today marks 50 years of Earth Day.

Earth Day isn’t just about taking care of the planet. It’s also a great opportunity to teach young children about how the Earth helps us. This is a great time to talk about stewardship with you little ones. Part of being a steward of the Earth is not just taking care of it but also using its resources to the fullest. Did you know…many vegetable and herbs from the grocery store will regrow easily in water or in soil? You can regrow fresh greens on a window sill indoors or get a jump start on your herb or vegetable garden by re-growing kitchen scraps.

Check out this link on simple ways to grow new vegetables from your kitchen scraps!

https://www.apieceofrainbow.com/veggetables-herbs-regrow-kitchen-scraps/

Fantastically Fit Friday (April 24th– Fitness

Happy Arbor Day!

Yoga offers some simple tools to help our kids feel more confident, more relaxed and a bit more grounded. On this Arbor Day, we hope you and your family will try out these nature inspired yoga poses. Enjoy!

 

Tree Pose

Stand on one leg, bend your knee, place the sole of your foot on your inner thigh and balance, Sway like a tree.
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Squirrel Pose

 Stand on your knees, open your chest, look up and reach up the tree to find the nuts.
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Mindful Monday (April 13th) - Nutrition

There’s an old saying that says, “An apple a day, keeps the doctor away” and we thought that was a good saying to remember. During this time, we think it’s even more important to make sure we are eating healthy foods. Here are 3 easy and healthy apple snacks for you to try.

Apple Nachosapple nachos

Instructions:

  *  Slice apples into wedges
  *  Drizzle apples with your favorite yogurt dip
  *  Top with your favorite fruits…and enjoy!



Apple Donuts
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Instructions:

  1.  Slice the top and bottom of apple. Slice the remaining apple into ½ inch circles. Carefully cut a hole in the center of each to make a “donut.”
  2.  Spread frosting around the donut
  3.  Top with sprinkles



Apple Chips
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Instructions:

  1.  Preheat oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2.  Slice apples and add them to a large bowl; then coat the apples with the cinnamon and/or sugar.
  3.  Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and line the apples flat on the pan. You may need to use two pans so that they are not overlapping.
  4.  Bake 2-3 hours until the chips are dry yet still soft. Allow to cool completely before placing them in an air tight container for up to 4 days (if they last that long!).



Who-Are-You Wednesday (April 15th) - Character Education

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For millions of adults across the US and world, life has changed dramatically in the last few weeks. Most have been asked to practice social distancing, while some are sheltering in place. But for children, life has changed perhaps even more drastically. Millions are home from school or daycare, with no clear idea of when they’ll be back. Many can’t go to playgrounds, see friends or visit grandparents anymore. And unlike adults, who at least can read and understand the news, many younger children may struggle to grasp what’s going on and what their future may hold. One way we can help ease their fears of the future is creating a vision board. Vision boards are a fun and creative way for children (and adults) to envision their future and set goals. We would like to encourage you and your little ones to create their vision board.

Once you have created the boards, we would love for you to snap a photo of your child and their board for us to post on Facebook. This will be a great way to spread positivity to others during an unsettling time. Please send all photos to Kristen at Kguilfoos@spartanburgcounty.org and include a description. We look forward to seeing them soon!



Fantastically Fit Friday (April 17th) – Fitness

Sami’s Circuit is doing a daily workout routine with great music, energy, & innovation. His goal is to motivate parents & kids to keep shining! Tune in M-F on YouTube live at 1pm or via uploaded footage later in the day:

Sami’s Circuit: Stay Positive, Happy, & Fit 4/1/20 Click Here<https://youtu.be/4B5D6_384Gg>

Sami’s Circuit: Family Workout at Home 4/2/20 Click Here<https://youtu.be/pTeMki1fJOo>

KIDZ BOP is doing a Daily Dance Break! As a way to move and stay active together with their fans, they will highlight different KIDZ BOP Dance Along videos at 3pm EST/ 12pm PT daily:

KIDZ BOP: Daily Dance Break 4/1/20 Click Here<https://youtu.be/klSgioRiYhM>

KIDZ BOP: Daily Dance Break 4/2/20 Click Here<https://youtu.be/J498vqLbTdg>



Other Free Resources:

An animated Educational Site for Kids - Science, Social Studies, English, Math, Arts & Music, Health, and Technology. Currently offering free access.

Harry Potter at Home:


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Mindful Monday (April 6th) - Nutrition

Become a MyPlate Champion!

Pledging to be a MyPlate Champion is a promise to eat healthy and be active every day. Learning how to make healthy choices at home and at school is an important part of taking care of you. The first step is to know which choices are best for you. Use ideas from the list below to get started.

MyPlate Champion List

  • Eat more fruits and veggies. Make half your plate fruits and vegetables everyday!
  • Try whole grains. Ask for oatmeal, whole-wheat breads, or brown rice at meals.
  • Re-think your drink. Drink fat-free or low-fat milk or water instead of sugary drinks.
  • Focus on lean protein. Choose protein foods like beans, fish, lean meats, and nuts.
  • Slow down on sweets. Eat sweets, like cakes or cookies, once in a while and in small amounts.
  • Be active your way. Find ways to exercise and be active for at least 1 hour a day like riding your bike or playing in your backyard.

Can you pledge to eat healthy and be active?  If you answered yes, you have what it takes to be a MyPlate Champion!

Print your own MyPlate Champion certificate. 


Download the Dining Decisions game to your iPad or Android and see how healthy you can make your food plate!

This free app helps you make smart food choices and puts you in control of your food plate. You can decide which foods give you more energy and powerful muscles and which ones are better to eat only sometimes.


Cooking With Kids

Time to get creative! Both of these recipes are a great way to get your creative juices flowing! 

 

M&M Energy Bites

 

Makes about 20-25 balls


Ingredients

1 cup rolled oats 1/2 cup peanut butter (or any nut butter will do) 1/2 cup M&Ms 1/3 cup honey ( maple syrup, dark or light corn syrup are great substitutions) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Steps:


  • Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed, saving the M&Ms until last to prevent the colors from bleeding or the shells from cracking.
  • Once you have fully mixed the no-bake dough, cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least half an hour.
  • Once chilled, roll into tablespoon-sized balls.
  • Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.


Pancake muffins


Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 3 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 ¼ cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • Fruit frozen or fresh, nuts, mini chocolate chips or whatever you prefer
  • Syrup (optional)


Steps:

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees
  • In a large bowl, sift together the four, baking powder, salt and sugar. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk egg and melted butter. Mix until smooth.
  • Spray a muffin tin well with baking spray. Fill cups 2/3 full. If using fruit or other add ins, drop 2 or 3 into each cup. *If you would rather skip using cooking spray, you put cupcake liners in each cup.
  • Bake for 8 to 9 minutes or until golden brown on top. Let sit for at least a few minutes before serving
  • Add syrup if desired

 

 

Who-Are-You Wednesday (April 8th) - Character Education

Kindness and Generosity:

Help your child find an article or video featuring a story of kindness or generosity during the current COVID-19 crisis. Here are a few suggestions:

 Begin a conversation with your child about the story you have selected and include the following questions:

  • How does this story make you feel?
  • Why do you think people practice acts of kindness and generosity?
  • Why are acts of kindness and generosity important?
  • What can you do to show kindness and generosity to others during this time?


Click Here to watch a video of a read-along of the book The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein and complete these free activities that go along with the book!

  • Giving Tree Activity for PreK – 1st Grade
  • Make a list of the resources that the Giving Tree gave to the boy {apples, branches, trunk} and reinforce that the giving makes us happy. Then, talk about the fact that the tree gave things she already had and that giving doesn’t have to mean buying things. Brainstorm a list of things we can give that we already have without spending money.


The More You Give, the More You Get Candy Race (for 2 or more children)


If you are looking for a way to use all that Easter candy while teaching a lesson on giving, this is the activity for you. The idea for this activity is based on the old adage that it’s better to give than to receive.


Supplies: Lots of candy; two buckets per child (or team if more than 2 children are present); measuring cups; spoons; bowls; anything small that could be used to transport candy.

Set Up: Create a table in the front of the room you use with one bucket for each child sitting on top of the table. Label each bucket with the child’s name (or team name if more than 2 children present). This will be the Receiving Bucket.

On the other side of the room, set up another bucket for each team filled with candy. This will be the Giving Bucket.

Before reading the objective and rules to your group, divide children into teams and have them go sit near their Giving Bucket.


The Game Objective: Each team wants to unload as much of their candy into another team’s bucket in the front of the room as quickly as possible. The team with the least amount of candy will be the winners. Thus, in this game, it is truly “better to give than to receive."

Rules: Each team will start with an equal amount of candy in the Giving Bucket. When the whistle blows, your team will have 5 minutes to get rid of as much of your candy as it possibly can. For small groups have children move one piece of candy at a time. For multiple children, you can provide tools to use to take candy from your Giving Bucket and put it into another team’s Receiving Bucket (tablespoons, cups, etc.). You can use anything to move the candy except bare hands.

You will notice other teams will be dumping candy in your Receiving Bucket at the front of the table. As the Receiving Bucket becomes full, you may move candy out of that bucket and into another team’s bucket if available. However, you must first carry the candy back to your Giving Bucket before you can pour it into another team’s Receiving Bucket.

Any physical contact with another team, moving your buckets or blocking your bucket from being filled will result in disqualification.

As you can see, strategy is important in this game. Take some time to plan with your team how you will end up with the least amount of candy.

When the time is up, have each team sit down. Give them both buckets and have them count all the candy collected by their group. Have a prize ready for the winners, which will be the team with the least amount of candy. This is the team that gave more than it received.



Fantastically Fit Friday (April 10th) – Fitness

1. Dance Party Fitness Class(es):

Kidz BOP Kids: Dance Along Videos 2018 30 min


2. Aerobic Class(es):

Sh1ft Fitness: HIIT For Kids 20 min

Moe Jones: Superhero Workout 10 min 


3. Yoga Class(es):

Yoga Ed: Mat Yoga Classes for Children & Teens

 

Other Free Resources:

PBS KIDS Play and Learn Science App - Includes hands on science projects with everyday materials, along with online science games and explorations

Goodnight With Dolly Join Dolly Parton as she reads a series of Imagination Library books all carefully chosen for their appropriate content at this moment in time.

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Mindful Monday

Kids Food Critic Activity

Click Here for Printable Activity Sheet

In this fun game, kids get to pick a new food, taste it, and rate it like a food critic.


Cooking with your Kids

This is a great time to get cooking with your kids. Most of these ingredients are things that you can buy as you find them in the store and keep on hand until it’s time to use them.


French Bread Pizzas

Ingredients

1 loaf french bread

1 cup Tomato Sauce

3 cups Mozzarella cheese, shredded

Any toppings you like on your pizza!

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Slice french bread loaf in half lengthwise.

Spread sauce on each half of the bread.

Sprinkle each side with cheese and cover with toppings.

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Slice into 2 inch wide pizza sticks and serve.


Ice Cream in a Bag

Ingredients:

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, half and half or any kind of milk

1 tsp vanilla

2 1/2 tsp sugar

Any other additions you want to add ( fruit, chocolate chips etc)

Instructions:

Place these ingredients into a tightly sealed sandwich sized bag, pressing the air out as you seal it. Then put this into another tightly sealed sandwich bag. Fill a gallon size resealable bag half-way full of ice cubes, and mix with 6 tablespoons of coarse kosher salt. Then put the sealed sandwich-size bag into the middle of the ice, and seal the larger bag. To make the ice cream, get moving! You will need to shake the bag for about 5-10 minutes


 

Who-Are-You Wednesday - Character Education

Cooperation:

Watch this YouTube video for a read-aloud of Zinnia and Dot, a cute book about two hens who don’t like each other and compete on who is better and can make the best eggs. They never got along, but when something goes wrong they lose all but one egg. The hens then have to work together to care for the egg despite not liking each other. They find they are both very brave and have much to appreciate with each other. Start a conversation with your child about the book and include the following questions:

Do we always get along with others? Share with others? Why or why not?

What happened to make Zinnia and Dot work together? Did they want to? Why did they do it?

How did Zinnia and Dot cooperate to ensure that the egg survived?

How did cooperating change their attitudes toward each other?


Use the information at here to have a lesson with your child on Cooperation. This information includes great answers to questions like:

What is cooperation?

What does cooperation look like?

How can you be a cooperative person?

How can we be cooperative to our family?

How can we spread the idea of cooperation to others?



Can You Save Fred? (Cooperative STEAM Activity)


 


Fantastically Fit Friday – Fitness

1. Dance Party Fitness Class(es):

Kidz BOP Kids – Best Classroom Dance Along Videos 2020 30 min

Kidz BOP Kids: Your Favorite Dance Along Videos 2019 30 min

2. Aerobic Class(es):

Jumping Jax Gym: Family Workout 25 min

Moe Jones: Family Bootcamp Style Workout 15 min

3. Yoga Class(es):

StoryHive: Yoga For Kids 25 min

Yoga For Kids: Play In The Park 30 min

 

Other Free Resources:

CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell: Look for Facebook Live videos that took place 3/23 - 3/26 called Kindness 101 with Steve Hartman

America’s Test Kitchen Kids:  Free access to cooking lessons and activities for kids from America’s Test Kitchen!

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Mindful Monday - Nutrition Activity

This is bananas! (Could there be a more fitting activity for right now?)

Here are a couple of yummy ways to use one of the best fruits around

Banana Sushi

What you need:

  • Bananas
  • Yogurt, Peanut butter, Almond Butter
  • Nutella (optional)
  • Toppings (Rice Krispies, Shredded Coconut, Mini Chocolate Chips, Crushed Nuts, Chia Seeds, Rainbow Sprinkles, etc)


Instructions:


Put Rice Krispies, coconut, and chocolate chips in 3 separate bowls, each wide enough to dip half a banana in. Peel bananas and cut in half. Slather halves in nut butter of your choice (or nutella) and roll in topping(s). Cut into bite-size pieces and serve


Graham Cracker Banana “Cake”

What you need:

  • Graham crackers
  • 2 tablespoons Nutella chocolate hazelnut spread
  • 4 oz cream cheese (softened or at room temperature)
  • Sliced bananas


Instructions:

  • Combine the Nutella and crème cheese
  • Layer on top of the graham crackers, adding sliced bananas on top
  • Make the cakes a high as you want! 





Who-Are-You Wednesday (March 25th) - Character Education

Friendship:

  1. Ideas for Ways Your Child Can Stay Connected to Their Friends
  • Phone Calls – set up a specific time to talk one-on-one with your buddy, or a friend to see how they are doing
  • Study Buddies – study with a friend through video chat
  • Group Chats – Create Chats on topics of interest like: pet pictures, video games, funny GIFs
  • Video Chats – Start a video chat using Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts, or Facebook Messenger Kids
  • Exercise Buddies – have a parent lead a video workout class
  • Virtual Games – invite people to an online game


  1. Friendship Bracelet Tutorial for Beginners: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SpYmdjy3So

 

Responsibility:

Go to this page https://talkingtreebooks.com/definition/what-is-responsibility.html and use it to talk with your children about what responsibility means, how it relates to consequences, and why it is important that we all take responsibility for preventing the spread of COVID-19. Students in grades 2-5 can also complete the worksheet here: https://talkingtreebooks.com/docs/worksheet/character-ed-worksheet-what-is-responsibility.pdf

For children, the most important responsibility that they can take is that of washing their hands. Below is a link to fun and simple an activity that you can do at home to demonstrate the importance of hand-washing.

https://www.fantasticfunandlearning.com/make-germs-scatter-science-demonstration.html




Fantastically Fit Friday – Fitness Activity


Dance Party Fitness Class(es):

1. Kidz BOP Kids: Dance Along Playlist https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5pvzdXbuo256vQASwc9AEJv3l0Ojn5hz

2. Aerobic Class(es):

- Les Mills Born To Move (8-12 year old class) 20 min https://youtu.be/9WgkiB-GQMI

- Les Mills Born To Move (6-7 year old class) 20 min https://youtu.be/GHCqRsrQwNU


3. Yoga Class(es): Cosmic Yoga Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8snGkhBF7nhEc52y4C1S9yqjBQSLCmT4




Other Free Resources:

Could your child use a brain break? There are some great live streaming opportunities you can catch!

The Critter Keeper: Facebook Live, Friday 3/20 at 3pm, Check his Facebook page for more “shows”

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden: Facebook Live Daily at 3:00pm

Mo Willems’s Lunch Doodles: Weekdays at 1:00pm at the Kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems