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Grilling with Kids - Here are Some Great BBQ Safety Tips

BBQ season is a delicious way to enjoy food with friends and family. Here are some wonderful safety tips for barbecuing with kids we found on www.chla.org and wanted to share.  Happy grilling :)!



By RN Remedies® blogger, Robert Giesler, BSN, RN, RNC-NIC, RRT, CPST

In our family, the Fall season means getting out of the house, enjoying the cooler weather and firing up the fire pit or barbecue for amazing family meals! We are big on barbecuing, and why not? It’s faster to cook, there are less dishes and it gets everyone outside. My boys enjoy helping me barbecue and I certainly like the father-son time too. But before you ask your child to be a barbecue assistant, it’s important that you know the correct safety tips. You will also need to take a few safety precautions yourself in order to keep your kids as safe as possible.

Create a barbecue-only zone
  • Your child should not be close to the barbecue once it’s turned on. Have your child draw a border on the pavement with chalk around the barbecue area (3 feet on all sides)—a barbecue-only zone, which no one should enter while the adults are grilling. Remind your child that a barbecue is just like the stove because it gets very hot, and should not be touched. Since the grill creates an outdoor kitchen environment, this new kitchen should be a safe and kid-free zone too.Barbecuing with kids. Safety tips.


Barbecue cleanliness

  • Don’t forget to clean the grill and turn it off when you are done. An unclean barbecue can also cause flare-ups, which can be lethal. Not only do the flammable materials you use to operate your barbecue cause flare-ups but so does the food you’re cooking. Grease that collects in your grill builds up over time, and it is easy to accumulate several pounds of grease in the bottom of your grill after only a few cookouts. Click here for steps to clean your charcoal or gas grill. Make sure you clean your grill with a non-wire brush. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warn against wire brushes because the little wires can fall off during cleaning and increase the risk of little wires mixing with food on the grill.


Fire safety

  • Before starting up your grill, make sure you are away from structures like the house or garage and low-hanging shrubbery or trees. Open flames close to any of these can easily cause a fire. Make sure that the fire is completely put out before going inside. Even a small flame can peak interest in children or pets and result in a fire. Let children know that they are not to go near the grill even when you are finished cooking because it can still be very hot.


Do you have a fire extinguisher? If not, purchase one before you barbecue!

  • Every year grills and smokers cause thousands of fires, hundreds of injuries and deaths, and millions of dollars in damage. Here are fire safety tips from CHLA’s Injury Prevention Program. The U.S. Fire Administration offers fire safety and burn prevention tips. Especially important is knowing which type of fire extinguisher to use based on the kind of fire occurring.charcoal lighter


Charcoal grills

When I use a charcoal grill, to minimize fire risk, I use a charcoal lighter. It’s a round metal cylinder with a handle (see image at right). It’s a great way to effectively light your charcoal grill and minimize risk. Read the manufacturer’s instructions thoroughly before you use.


Gas grills

A major cause of gas grill fires is an obstruction in the path of the fuel. This largely takes place behind, underneath or inside your grill where you do not look. This means you need to regularly inspect your gas grill for problems. Bugs and other critters can climb into little places, causing gas to flow where it shouldn't. At the first sign of problems, turn off your control valves, turn off the fuel tank and disconnect everything.

Prevent food poisoning

  • Getting sick from food poisoning is not fun, especially during a family barbecue. My fellow RN Remedies blogger talks about food poisoning and how you can prevent it from affecting your family.


“Baby-proof” your barbecue

  • A large portion of barbecue-related injuries come from being cut or scratched by the barbecue itself. Be aware of jagged edges, pointy protrusions and anything that a child-sized person could bump their head on. It might even be worth it to "baby-proof" any part of the barbecue grill that seems particularly sharp with a piece of masking tape or furniture corner cushions. Place metal grilling tools out of reach, preferably on a solid surface. For safety and injury prevention supplies, visit CHLA’s Safety Corner in our Family Pantry, or one of our home safety vending machines.


Keep your pets safe

  • When you barbecue protein such as steaks, ribs and other meats, there are bound to be plenty of bones left over. Resist the urge to give your dog or cat a bone as a treat. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health counters the notion that your pets would eat bones in the wild with the fact that your pets are actually domesticated. As such, they are in danger of choking on bones or bone fragments. Another danger is the injury that a bone splinter could cause harm to the animal's digestive tract.


Empower your child

  • I don’t know one person who doesn’t love to fire up the grill on a nice afternoon while watching the kids play in the yard. Embrace your child's natural curiosity about cooking! For example, while the barbecue is turned off, show and explain how it works. A short tutorial will go a long way toward curbing curiosity once the actual cooking has begun. Show children the standard procedure if their clothing was to catch on fire—stop, drop to the ground and roll is a technique that could save their life one day should a fire get out of control. Let them help arrange charcoal briquettes in a charcoal barbecue. Also, if they’re standing outside the “barbeque area” marked by a chalk line (mentioned above), demonstrate how to turn on a gas barbecue and how to adjust the flame. Food must undergo a fair amount of prep before it can be grilled on the barbecue. Show your child the steps of marinating meat, skewering kabobs and wrapping potatoes or corn in aluminum foil. Showing your children these steps involves them in barbequing and enhances their knowledge about cooking without giving them access to fire."

What You Need to Know if Your Child is Sick During Covid-19 Pandemic

We found this very helpful article on kidshealth.org and thought it useful for parents and caregivers. Let us know what you think. Article is taken directly from the website. 

"Coronavirus (COVID-19): What to Do if Your Child Is Sick

Reviewed by: Jonathan M. Miller, MD and Elana Pearl Ben-Joseph, MD
Primary Care Pediatrics at Nemours Children's Health
Date reviewed: January 2022

Far fewer cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) have been reported in children than in adults. Usually, the virus causes a milder illness in kids, though some children have become pretty sick.

Many parents wonder what to do if their child gets sick. Here's what you need to know.

What Are the Signs & Symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Infection can cause a range of symptoms. Most common are fever, cough, trouble breathing, and gastrointestinal problems like bellyache, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Other complaints include headaches, muscle aches, loss of taste and smell, and cold symptoms. The virus can be more serious in some people. And some people have no symptoms at all.

Some kids get symptoms caused by inflammation throughout the body, sometimes several weeks after they were infected with the virus. It can affect many different body systems, including the lungs, heart, brain, kidneys, blood vessels, skin, eyes, and gastrointestinal system. This is called multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C). Doctors are trying to find out how these symptoms are related to coronavirus infection.
Most kids with MIS-C get better after they get special care in the hospital, sometimes in the ICU (intensive care unit).


What Should I Do if My Child Has Symptoms?
Call your doctor if your child has a fever, cough, trouble breathing, sore throat, belly pain, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, dizziness, or just doesn't feel well. If your child has been near someone with coronavirus or been in an area where lots of people have it, tell the doctor. Talk about whether your child needs a test for coronavirus. The doctor can decide whether your child:

can be treated at home
should come in for a visit
can have a video or telehealth visit
In a telehealth visit, a health care provider can see your child on video while you stay at home. If you can, choose a telehealth provider who specializes in caring for kids. If the doctor thinks your child needs care right away, they will guide you on where to go. When possible, check for telehealth in your area before anyone in your family is sick.

Watch for signs that your child might need more medical help. Go to the ER if your child:

looks very sick to you
has breathing problems. Look for muscles pulling in between the ribs or the nostrils puffing out with each breath.
is confused or very sleepy
has chest pain
has cold, sweaty, pale or blotchy skin
is dizzy
has very bad belly pain
Call 911 if your child is struggling to breathe, is too out of breath to talk or walk, or turns blue or has fainted.

How Can I Keep My Family Safe if My Child Has Symptoms?
Keep your family home until you talk to your doctor. If the doctor thinks your child's symptoms could be COVID-19, everyone in the household should stay home until testing is done or symptoms are gone. Check the CDC's website for details.
Keep other people and pets in the house away from your child as much as possible.
Try to have one person only care for the sick child so others are not exposed.
If your child is over 2 years old and can wear a mask without finding it hard to breathe, have them wear one when the caregiver is in the room. Don't leave your child alone while they're wearing a mask. The caregiver also should wear one when in the same room. For more about masks, check the CDC's guide.
If possible, have your sick child use a different bathroom from others. If that isn't possible, wipe down the bathroom often.
Everyone in your family should wash their hands well and often. Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Use regular household cleaners or wipes to clean things that get touched a lot (doorknobs, light switches, toys, remote controls, phones, etc.). Do this every day.


How Do Doctors Test People for Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
To test someone for coronavirus, doctors put a Q-tip (a swab) into the nose or mouth, then send it to a lab. Some areas offer drive-thru testing, which lets people stay in their car during the test. At some testing sites, people can swab themselves following directions from the health care team. People also can order special kits to do the test at home.

If you think your child has symptoms of COVID-19, call your doctor or local health department. They will give you the most up-to-date information on testing.

How Is Coronavirus (COVID-19) Treated?
Most people with a mild illness, including children, don’t need any specific treatment. They get better with rest, fluids, and fever-reducing medicine.

A very few kids ages 12 and older who are at higher risk for severe COVID-19 can get monoclonal antibodies. This special medicine is given within 10 days of when symptoms start or from when a child was around someone with COVID-19. It can keep them from getting very sick and needing hospital care.

Some people who get very sick from COVID-19 will need hospital care, possibly in the ICU. Doctors can closely watch them, give oxygen or IV fluids if needed, and treat any problems. Rarely, they will give medicines such as antiviral drugs or steroids. Someone who needs extra help to breathe will be connected to a breathing machine (a ventilator)."

Knee Pain and Kids - What Do You Need to Know?

We found this amazing article on addressing knee pain in children at health.usnews.com and wanted to share it. This article is taken directly from the website. 

 

"Addressing Knee Pain in Kids

Here are five questions parents should consider to determine if a child needs medical attention.

By Dr. Natasha Burgert

U.S. News & World Report

What to Do When Kids Have Knee Pain

As fall sports get back into full swing, our pediatric office will see more kids with knee pain. Although knee pain can be nagging and uncomfortable, in most cases parents can take simple steps at home to relieve the discomfort kids feel and help them heal.

However, it’s essential to know the signs and symptoms of knee pain that suggest a more serious problem. Here are five questions to help you determine if your child needs medical attention right away:

1. Has there been trauma?

If your child has knee pain, swelling or bruising after impact or an accident on the field, the child must be seen by a doctor. Impact injuries are a common cause of anatomical problems, like a broken bone, dislocation or torn ligament.

Young athletes are particularly susceptible to anatomical injuries since their skeletons are still immature. Growth plates in growing bones create relatively weak spots in the bone matrix, increasing the risk of fracture when under stress.

If possible, call your child’s physician to see if an office appointment or emergency room visit is best. Until the doctor visit, try to have the child avoid putting weight on the affected knee, and consider applying ice packs and having the child take ibuprofen for swelling and pain control.

2. How long has your child been complaining of knee pain?

The largest category of knee pain in kids is chronic knee pain. These kids have intermittent pain for at least six weeks without a known accident or injury, can still walk without limping, and have no signs of redness or swelling. Their knees just hurt.

The location of the nagging pain can be a clue to the cause. Chronic aching in the lower front of the knee is often from Osgood-Schlatter disease. OSD is due to ligament stress on the very top of the shinbone. This is a temporary problem in older kids and teenagers that resolves naturally when the skeleton stops growing. Ibuprofen and rest help to reduce pain. Rarely, kids need physical therapy to help with pain control.


Pain on the outside of the knee is commonly caused by what’s called IT band syndrome. This pain happens when the strong tissue on the side of the thigh and knee gets inflamed from repeated stress during exercise, especially in runners. It can be a very nagging and uncomfortable pain. Great stretching habits, good shoes, appropriate rest and training on softer surfaces can help. If the pain is limiting activity, physical therapy may also be recommended.

If the pain is deeper in the knee, or “under the kneecap,” patellofemoral pain is the likely cause. This is the most common type of overuse injury we see in kids. The pain is due to the kneecap getting slightly out of alignment when the knee bends, so activities like squatting or climbing hills or stairs make the pain worse. Lots of stretching and slowly progressing workout routines can reduce your child’s symptoms. Physical therapy can be helpful to strengthen the muscles around the knee that are responsible for proper running motion.

For all of these common types of chronic knee pain, try home management first. That includes rest, ibuprofen as needed, improved stretching, ice packs for relief or taking a brief hiatus from the sports field. However, if your child has tried home therapies for over two weeks and the pain has not changed, it’s best to take the child to the doctor.

3. How does the knee look – and feel?

Is the knee red, swollen or warm to the touch? These are symptoms that need to seen by a doctor, since they usually indicate the child has inflammation or an infection.

Joint infections are not common, but swift and proper treatment is required to avoid long-term complications. Young children can also have arthritis or other forms of inflammatory diseases that cause knee pain. Typically these diagnoses are made after a child has been experiencing pain for many weeks – or longer – and the pain is severe enough to cause the child to limp.

4. Does the pain wake your child up at night?

There’s a big difference between pain that occurs before a child falls asleep and pain that wakes a child up. For the second type of pain, you should definitely call the doctor in the morning.

During periods of rapid growth, it’s common for kids to have aching knees in the evening or around bedtime. Growing pains happen on both sides of the body with no swelling or redness over the painful area, and this pain may be relieved with over-the-counter pain medications and massage.


Knee pain that rouses kids from sleep, however, may point to a more serious issue. Doctors worry about bone infection and bone cancers, although these are very rare in kids. Make sure to call the doctor if any type of pain – including knee pain – interrupts a child’s sleep.

5. Is there anything else going on?

Sometimes when kids complain of a body part aching, we forget to take a good look at the whole child. Knee pain can be indicative of hip, foot or lower back problems. Also, skin changes, such as rashes or bruising, and growth delays can be a clue to more chronic issues.

So when your child is complaining of pain, take a quick head-to-toe inventory. Note any illnesses or symptoms that don’t seem related to the knee as well, like fevers and recent sore throat. Call the doctor if you have any concerns, and relay all symptoms the child is experiencing.

Knee pain in kids can slow them down with their friends and on the field. Fortunately, for most kids with sore knees, a few days of rest and OTC pain medication should be enough to get them back to the activities they love. But if you have any questions or worries, please give your child’s doctor a call."

Can Your Child Benefit From Wearing KneeBees Knee Pads?

KneeBees Knee Pads for Patients with Spina bifida

A birth defect in which a developing baby's spinal cord fails to develop properly.
It occurs when a developing baby's spinal cord fails to develop or close properly while in the womb. Symptoms can sometimes be seen on the skin above the spinal defect. They include an abnormal tuft of hair, a birthmark, or protruding spinal cord tissue. When treatment is necessary, it's done through surgery to close the defect. Other treatments focus on managing complications.

https://www.spinabifidaassociation.org/infants-children/

KneeBees Knee Pads for Patients with Cerebral Palsy - CP

Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a group of disorders that affect a person's ability to move and maintain balance and posture. CP is the most common motor disability in childhood. Cerebral means having to do with the brain. Palsy means weakness or problems with using the muscles.

https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/cerebral-palsy.html 

KneeBees Knee Pads for Patients with Blood Disorders

KneeBees Knee Pads for Patients with Hemophilia A – HemA, Hemophilia B - factor IX (FIX)

A disorder in which blood doesn't clot normally. If blood can't clot properly, excessive bleeding (external and internal) may occur after any injury or damage. Symptoms include many large or deep bruises, joint pain and swelling, unexplained bleeding, and blood in urine or stool. Treatments may include injections of a clotting factor or plasma.

https://www.hemophilia.org/bleeding-disorders-a-z/types/hemophilia-a

https://www.hemophilia.org/bleeding-disorders-a-z/types/hemophilia-b

KneeBees Knee Pads for Patients with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome – VWD

A bleeding disorder caused by low levels of clotting protein in the blood.

Von Willebrand disease is often inherited, but in rare cases, it may develop later in life.

Symptoms may include recurrent and prolonged nosebleeds, bleeding from the gums, increased menstrual flow, and excessive bleeding from a cut.

Treatment focuses on stopping or preventing bleeding episodes, typically by using medications.

https://www.hemophilia.org/bleeding-disorders-a-z/types/von-willebrand-disease

KneeBees Knee Pads for Patients with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome- EDS

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome affects connective tissue, primarily the skin, joints, and blood vessel walls. Symptoms include overly flexible joints that can dislocate, and skin that's translucent, elastic, and bruises easily. In some cases, there may be dilation and even rupture of major blood vessels.

Treatment helps manage symptoms and monitor for complications. Options include drugs, physical therapy, and sometimes surgery.

https://www.ehlers-danlos.com/what-is-eds/

Dirty Carpet and a Crawling Baby - Every Parent Should Know This

Dirty Secrets Your Carpet May Be Keeping from You that May Be Harming Your Crawling Baby

According to research findings published in the March 2020 issue of “Building and Environment” carpets have high capacity to absorb, hold and then release different and biological matters. “… Carpets are reservoirs for uptake and re-emission of chemical and biological agents …”. To us at KneeBees it was always a great concern and one of the reasons why our knee pads for crawling babies were invented and designed in the first place. Scratching a knee is one thing but it is a whole different matter to get some infection into the blood stream via a cut or skin cracked open due to a bad rugburn.

We think it is important for every responsible parent to know what kind of nasty things are hiding in your beautiful carpet and what dangers they pose to your crawling baby.

Bugs and Insect Feces

Different insects get caught in the fiber of your carpet and become food for other microorganisms in your carpet. Another uncomfortable fact we would probably not have known is as living organism bugs need to defecate and guess where all their poop gets caught? You guessed it, your carpet.

 

Mold/Fungus

If moisture is caught in a carpet, it becomes a breeding ground for mold and fungus and can cause infections and skin rashes.

Mold

 

Germs/Bacteria

According to Dr. Philip Tierno, a microbiologist from NYU Langone Medical Center you carpet may contain up to 200,000 bacteria per square inch. This is dirtier than many toilet seats. Not all the germs are dangerous, but some of the most dangerous ones are E. coli, staphylococcus, Campylobacter, salmonella and they may cause serious skin infections.

E Coli
E. Coli
Salmonella

 

 

Skin Flakes

While human skin flakes caught by your carpet are not dangerous on their own, they are becoming a food source for dust mites.

Dog and Cat Poop/Urine

Dogs - Even if you don’t have a dog, you might bring the animal waste (fecal matter) into your house on the soles of your shoes, and it will be stuck in the carpet and maybe cause infection problems when in contact with skin.

Cats - Whether you have outdoor or indoor cat, you will also have same issue of animal waste in your carpets introduced either via dirty paws after outside adventures or via litter box.

References

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0360132319308017

Would You Like to Teach Your Child About Thanksgiving? We Can Help

What is Thanksgiving and why it is an important holiday? We found this awesome explanation on www.brighthorizons.com and wanted to share. 

"WHY IS THANKSGIVING IMPORTANT? TEACHING CHILDREN ABOUT THANKSGIVING

Written by: Bright Horizons Education Team

Family, gratitude, and thankfulness are the true meaning of Thanksgiving. Follow this advice so your children can understand why Thanksgiving is important.

Thanksgiving is a special holiday: a whole day focused on spending time with loved ones and being thankful, without much of the commercialism that has crept into many other holidays. But before you pull up to the table to enjoy your delicious Thanksgiving feast, consider the opportunities this day presents to teach children about the important values of Thanksgiving, such as thankfulness, gratitude, and family.

HOW TO TEACH CHILDREN THE MEANING OF THANKSGIVING
Here are a few tips to teach and model important Thanksgiving lessons during the holiday:

Talk about why we celebrate Thanksgiving.
Connect your celebration to the original story of the fall harvest celebration that brought together Native Americans and Pilgrims for a feast.

Turn the television off during family time.
Yes, there are the parades, football games, and specials, but try to keep most of Thanksgiving about the conversation and time spent with loved ones.

Talk about family traditions and tell stories.
If your celebration involves multiple generations or multiple families, talk about traditions, "the good old days," and your own childhood. Stories teach children about life and history.

Put aside differences.
Families can be wonderful and enjoyable, but tension and stress are often a part of family get-togethers. Vow to put aside differences on Thanksgiving and focus on the aspects of your family for which you are grateful. While easier said than done, this provides an excellent model for children as they learn about relationships and family.

Talk about your Thanksgiving feast.
Talk to children about where food comes from and how it was prepared. Everyone can share what their favorite food is and why.

Be thankful.
Focus on the things you are thankful for; ask everyone at the table to say what they are thankful for or make a list of what your family is thankful for. To take this gratitude lesson to the next level, you could perhaps even hang poster board on the wall and ask everyone to write things they are thankful for throughout the day.

Share and donate.
Thanksgiving is a celebration of sharing and abundance. Develop a tradition of sharing with those who have less and involve children in contributing to a food shelter or other charities. This can help children to be thankful for what they have and learn the importance of helping others.

Create something for Thanksgiving together.
Whether you're cooking with your children or creating a craft, involving kids in the preparation or an activity is a great way to celebrate and enjoy family time. Don’t worry if the potatoes have a lump or two—the memory-making experience is worth it.

Have fun.
Sometimes children spend long hours at the kid’s table while grown-ups talk and talk. Be sure fun family activities and enjoying one another is a top priority on Thanksgiving. Maybe you can start a new tradition like going outside and playing a family game of football, or even creating a Thanksgiving Trivia activity."

 

2020 Fun Indoor and Outdoor Activities for the Whole Family

We found this great article on www.thecenterfordiscovery.org, filled with awesome ideas for indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family to partake in during these unprecedented times. 

"As more and more school systems close and families across the country follow mandates and start to socially distance themselves in order to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, parents are scrambling for ideas on how to occupy their children – off the grid. So, if you want to keep the phones, tablets, computers and gaming systems to a minimum – other than for the purposes of online learning – we’ve complied some great ideas for you and your children of all ages and complexities.

The first rule of thumb is to set and keep a predictable schedule – for all children of all ages. Since school, leisure time and all activities are now at home, perhaps consider a white board or chalkboard or simply type up a basic schedule in big, bold letters and hang on the refrigerator for everyone to see. 


The Great Outdoors – Fresh Air and Fun
Decorate a shoebox and go on an adventure collecting favorite rocks, acorns, twigs, pinecones. You can even make animals from the treasured pinecones and acorns with pompoms, googly eyes, construction paper, feathers, pipe cleaners, and more.
Go on a botany adventure! With a notebook and crayons/pencils in hand, try to draw local plants and observe what’s already budding.
Collect rocks and categorize or paint them! 
Play balloon tennis. No racquets? No problem. Use your hands, which is great for hand-eye coordination.
Ball Challenges. In partners, try bouncing a small ball right hand-to-right hand, and left-to-left.
Obstacle courses are a fan favorite! The skies the limit – use hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, tunnels, paper circles for markers, sturdy tape.
Digging in the dirt – obvious? Do not underestimate the power of a mud pie.
Preparing the garden for planting – rake, weed and plant a vegetable garden.
Build a slackline! Got two trees? Look around the garage for tubular webbing, carabineers and an old piece of carpet and voila – hours of fun trying to balance! 
Start a weeklong fitness challenge – indoors and out – jump rope, sit-ups, pushups, etc. Team up – kids versus adults to see who has the muscle!
Potato sack races: an old game with a few old pillowcases equals endless fun.
Three-legged races: team up adult and child and see who wins!
Egg race: a few spoons and a few hard-boiled eggs and a relay! Plus a perfect protein snack when you are done!
Bubbles, Bubbles, Bubbles! Everyone loves bubbles. Make giant wands and homemade bubbles mixed with some dishwasher detergent. Chase them. Pop them. Marvel at the rainbow of color in each! 


Too Cold to Head Outdoors? Check out these Ideas for Tons of Indoor Fun!
Go camping! Build tents with blankets and pillows, and decorate with favorite stuffed animals, plastic figurines, flashlights, etc. Snuggle inside and read books and tell stories!
Hunt for Treasure! Hide “treasure” all over your home and devise cleaver clues to bring your treasure-hunters closer or farther away from the cache.
Cook, cook, cook! It’s a perfect time to spread your love for food and nutrition.
You can have a bake-off challenge between siblings, or even mom vs. child!
Another cooking lesson could be to teach your children to make Chia Seed Pudding or a “healthy” ice cream made from coconut or almond milk, with healthy flavorings like cacao powder.
Smoothie Challenge. Find out who’s got the perfect recipe!
Slime it up! Rather slippery slime over dough? Bubbling slime? There’s so many possibilities! 
Sensory boxes galore! Grab some plastic bins and fill them with rice, beans, buttons, beads, feathers, slime, or even dough. Hide your favorite toys inside and let the kids dig!
Make sensory balls. Kids can fill balloons with dough, water beads, glass beads or slime and decorate!
Make sensory pillows. Make small pillows from material scraps and stuff with bells, paper, foam, etc.
Bag puppets! Remember them? A paper bag – construction paper and crayons? Bits and pieces of material and imagination and you are on your way to a fantastic puppet show.
It’s all about art! Plan an art show by challenging your children to draw a picture and then make it come alive with materials from your house or backyard. 
Feeling silly? How about a dance party? It’s a great way to expel some energy, while also having tons of fun – great from the heart and soul.
The Voice…at home! You don’t need a karaoke machine to get this going, just lyrics from your favorite songs – on your phone or on a Bluetooth speaker.
The Wow Factor! Bring science right to the kitchen table. Make corn dance or homemade lava lamps. Who doesn’t love a fizzy baking soda-vinegar reaction? 
Don’t have a lot of space? Try some simple kid-based yoga videos on YouTube and meditation Apps. In fact, even if you have space – try the yoga and meditation with your children. It’s a great break from your day!

Calendars! Calendars! Calendars!
Use a calendar to challenge your little (or big) ones. Are they builders? Do they like Legos? Blocks? K’nex? Create a construction challenge for each day that outlines a different activity with their item of choice.
Decorate for spring! Here in the Northeast, we’ve had quite a mild winter and the crocuses are beginning to show their purple flowers. Challenge your children to make arts and crafts each day to decorate your home. Tissue-paper flowers brighten everyone’s day!
Kindness matters. Make a list of loved ones – especially those who may be isolated by themselves. Put their names on a calendar day. On that specific day, call to check up on them. Have the kids use FaceTime or Skype or any other platform to show they care.
There’s power in the written word. If you have a budding writer, use a calendar challenge to create short stories or poems each day.
The art of the letter. Bring back the art of writing a letter. Reach out to grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends – both far and near.
Make a coupon book! Have the children make lists of things they love to do. Ice skate? Make a coupon for ice skating at your local rink. The movies? Another coupon. Climbing a ropes course? There’s a coupon for that, too! Staple them all together and save for when things return to normal with the understanding that your children can turn in the coupon for a fun time with their loved ones.

Slow it Down
Remember all those pictures saved on your phone? Start organizing them into digital albums.
Books! Books! Books! Designate an hour each afternoon or evening to sit together and read aloud a picture book. Kids too old? Just cozy up on the couch and read. TV – off!
Game Night (or day)! Get those competitive juices going and play some board games – or even simple card games.
Movie Night! Grab some snacks (healthy, of course) and head to the couch for some old family favorites. Make a calendar with each family member’s choice and day of “showing.”

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