Remember when we all used to complain, “Ugh, there’s just not enough time in the day”?
It’s not exactly a universal feeling as of late — especially for parents and older siblings of preschoolers. Suddenly there are hours upon hours to fill with at-home activities seven days a week.
With school and playdates on pause, it can be pretty difficult to keep even the most imaginative of kids entertained. “Frozen” can only be replayed so many times, and macaroni necklaces are probably ill-advised when we’re all trying to keep grocery trips to a minimum. So what’s an adult to do?
Hope, of course, is not lost. There are awesome online resources at your fingertips, whether you’re looking to calm down a wiggly kid or get them up and moving. We’ve rounded up some of our top picks.
Best for... a consistent daily schedule
Kids and parents alike love Mo Willems’ Daily Lunch Doodle, which goes live each afternoon at 1 p.m. EST through the Kennedy Center. Willems is the best-selling children’s author behind the “Elephant and Piggie” and “Pigeon” series, among others.
Kids are invited to draw along with Willems and then share their mini-masterpieces on social media. They can also email questions to Willems (LUNCHDOODLES@kennedy-center.org) and he’ll try to answer them in upcoming episodes.
Best for … naptime or bedtime
Don’t have the energy to read your kid a book today? Just head to Storyline Online, which houses countless videos of A-list stars putting their acting talent to work by reading literature aloud. Who wouldn’t want to hear the real-life Princess Anna (Kristen Bell, of course) read a bedtime story?
More famous faces who can soothe your child to sleep include voices your child will recognize — like Sarah Silverman, who they’ll better know as Vanellope from “Wreck-It Ralph” — and some they may not necessarily know but adults will appreciate, like Oprah Winfrey, Justin Theroux and Chris Pine.
Best for… releasing pent-up energy
With recess a distant memory, use Go Noodle to get legs moving and blood pumping. Even before the current situation was keeping kids home, 14 million kids were already frequenting the site for dance routines and interactive exercise games.
By the way, adults should take the opportunity to dance around too — it’s more fun than the gym and will help relieve stress!
For more, watch the video above.
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