23 Mar '20 Six Heartwarming Activities for Kids While Social Distancing Posted by Annie Messing This blog has been gathering virtual cobwebs while I've focused on other areas of the shop - but a new post is long overdue! And there's no time like the present while we are all hunkered down at home, perfecting the art of social distancing. I am fortunate that my four children are natural homebodies and love being home together. My husband and I have been taking them outside at least once a day for fresh air, but they've been mostly content with their books, art supplies, and beloved toys. Hmm, wonder how long that will last - ha! Amidst all the fear, panic, and grim news regarding the coronavirus, I have been so touched by the heartwarming acts of service so many popular artists, authors, and entertainers have been creating. It's wonderful to see such empathy reflected from the global community. While I always recommend good old-fashioned block building, pretend play, and book reading over screentime, I am incredibly grateful that we live in a time when the internet is providing ways for parents to keep their children happily engaged and entertained. Here are six online activities for kids while social distancing - ones my own children have been enjoying ever so much! 1. Oliver Jeffries Storytime, available on his website as well as live on his Instagram account, weekdays at 2pm EST. 2. Josh Gad Storytime, available each day on his Twitter account. 3. Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems, every weekday day at 1pm EST on the Kennedy Center's website. 4. Coloring pages by artist Lore Pembleton. All proceeds go to a local Vermont food bank. Lore has also generously offered 20% off anything in her shop with code ATHOME. 5. Delish is offering a free children's cooking class via their Instagram account, weekdays at 1pm EST. For ingredients list, go here. 6. Google Arts & Culture invites you to virtually explore five US national parks here.