Parents: Your Weekly Resource Guide (4/17/20)
To try to help you, the CE team will be updating you with a (short!) weekly blog that highlights a couple of resources that we found beneficial. Remember: read it if it helps you. If it doesn’t help you, let it go the way of all blog posts. But know that God is with you, we are with you in spirit, and you can do this by his strength (Phil 4:13).
For our recommendations this week, Pamela Hedges has put together a whole list of activities:
- I think the best resource that I have found is the 4-week free trial of Adventures in Odyssey (AIO). AIO was created by Focus on the Family and has been producing new episodes since 1987. Our kids (along with Don and I) love(d) these audio dramas that teach Biblical and moral lessons through storytelling. The Old Testament and New Testament stories are suitable for 5 years and up. If the drama has content that might be beyond younger children, there is an announcement at the beginning telling the child to get an adult/parent. You can access this free trial at https://www.whitsend.org/
- Our oldest son is the youth librarian in a small library just across the border in Wisconsin and he sent me this link with links to many free sites, including TIME for Kids, online story times, etc. I have not previewed any of these so please check them out first before letting your child access them.https://sites.google.com/communitylib.org/community-library-online/
- I wasn’t counting on cold weather and even snow so some of these activities may be for the hardier….
- www.messylittlemonster.com has some free scavenger hunts which parents can print for free
- indoor: https://www.messylittlemonster.com/2020/04/printable-indoor-scavenger-hunt.html
- outdoor: https://www.messylittlemonster.com/2020/04/printable-outdoor-scavenger-hunt.html
- colors: https://www.messylittlemonster.com/2020/04/printable-colour-scavenger-hunt-for-kids.html#more
- Sidewalk chalk is fun for all ages and can be simple or elaborate. Kids can take pictures of their creations and send them to Pastor Casey.
- a STEM/STEAM challenge that uses things you probably have around your home (or can adapt/substitute) can be found at http://preschoolpowolpackets.blogspot.com/2016/09/ancient-greek-architecture-stem.html
- Or another site with a printable STEM challenge pack can be found at http://www.wellnurturedplantsandpillars.com/2015/03/16/free-printable-stem-challenge-cards/
- Need your kids to burn some energy? try the Roll the Dice Exercise Game that can be printed at https://heyletsmakestuff.com/dice-exercise-game-kids/
- A printable COVID-19 time capsule for older kids or younger ones with assistance is available for free at https://www.9and10news.com/2020/04/07/childrens-activity-covid-time-capsule/”