Corona Got You Locked In? Break Your Imagination Out!

     Families all over the world have been effected by this virus. One of the biggest changes that have happened is quarantining. Parents are home from work, children are home from school and we ALL want to break out. That really isn’t an option like it was jus a few weeks ago. What can we do to break us out of the funk? While we may be locked in our imagination has the opportunity to soar like it never has before!

Here are a few recommendations to help get us out of this funk called Corona.

Penelope The Pirate Princess

Tips for Parents: After reading this book, play dress up with the children. They can pick characters from the book and reenact the book. This can be a drama class for the day! You can also have them draw and recreate items for the book and sign that off as your art requirement for the day!

Dream Big

Tips for Parents: After reading, allow your children to come up with the most INSANE dream and go with it! If your child wats to pretend to be an underwater tow truck driver that delivers Christmas presents to penguins... Looks like you’re going to be a penguin, dad!

Homecoming

Tips for Parents: After reading, hold a talent show! Pick an event that happens during homecoming and reenact it. Someone can do a step show, another can be the drum major for the band, someone else can be the band... The option are limitless!

Oh, The Things I Can Be When I See Me

Tips for Parents: After reading, play dress up! Allow your children to pick a career listed in the book. There is no limit to how many you child can be in a day. Be engaged! If you are asked to dress up with them, DO IT!

Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt

Tips for Parents: After Reading, have your children recreate the Underground Railroad through your home. Have them reenact how they would have navigated through the Underground Railroad and make up their own characters to create a story!

Cooking with Daddy

Tips for Parents: Did I hear someone say Home Ec?! Have this children decide what they want for lunch/dinner and cook it with them. You can do this with children young and old. I you have toddlers, you can have them do simple things like pour cool liquids or stir batters! The options are vast when introducing and allowing kitchen time. The memories are also priceless.

Have You Thanked An Inventor Today?

Tips for Parents: After reading, play a game called “Find It!” For this game, you will randomly yell “FIND IT!” When you say this, the children have to run (or fast walk) to the closest invention to them listed in the book and tell you who invented it. Rewards can be anything you want!

Yes You Can

Tips for Parents: After reading, introduce your child to things that man be too hard for them but also continue to encourage them by saying “Yes you can,” every time they say they cant. This will empower your children to be more involved and boost their confidence!

 

     At the end of the day, this time should be used to build family relationships. You should focus on Ming your home a place of peace and comfort during this time of adjustment. As adults, we just kind of roll with the punches while hiding our true feelings. Now is the perfect time to teach your children about their emotions and have them understand they have the right to feel them. HOWEVER, expressions our emotions in the proper manner is how we get the solutions we desire. Here are a few book choices to help your family through the next few weeks.

B is for Breathe: The ABCs of Coping with Fussy and Frustrating Feelings

From the letter A to the letter Z, B is for Breathe celebrates the many ways children can express their feelings and develop coping skills at an early age. Fun, cute, and exciting illustrations, this colorful book teaches kids simple ways to cope with fussy and frustrating emotions. This book will inspire kids to discuss their feelings, show positive behaviors, and practice calm down strategies.

 

Breathe, Baby, Breathe: An ABC Guide to Mindfulness

 

Everybody feels mad sometimes. Sometimes we even want to flip our lid! Follow Leila’s journey as she practices her Mindfulness ABC’s when she feels angry. Walk like a dinosaur, breathe like a chicken, be still, and listen to your body. All children can benefit from adding these basic mindfulness skills to their wellness toolkit. Breathe, Baby, Breathe: An ABC Guide to Mindfulness is a beautifully illustrated book for babies and toddlers that introduces them to mindfulness strategies that can help them manage their bodies, breath, and emotions.

The Mindfulness Room

 

Everybody feels sad sometimes. Follow My'Angel's journey as she learns how to feel sad sometimes and still find her smile again. Walk like a dinosaur, breathe like a chicken, be still, and listen to your body. All children can benefit from adding these basic mindfulness skills to their wellness toolkit. The Mindfulness Room is a beautifully illustrated and fun family read, a touching story, perfect for teaching kids how to meditate and introducing them to mindfulness strategies that can help them manage their bodies, breath, and emotions. Bonus material includes the Mindfulness Room ABCs, where each letter of the alphabet is paired with an engaging illustration and explanation of the various techniques and movements mentioned throughout the book.

 

Be Blessed and Be BOMB! 

 


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