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With more and more people social distancing and staying indoors, coronavirus can be particularly difficult for parents of little ones. Across Canada, schools and daycares have been closed — and while it’s a necessary step to prevent the virus from spreading further, it can be difficult to keep your kids engaged and entertained.
While it’s not recommended to spend time in groups, in public places or on transit, there are still easy ways to keep your kids busy – and safe from the virus. Whether you’re enjoying the outdoors and going for walks in less-busy areas or self-isolating in your home, puzzles, board games and educational computer games are great ways to keep kids entertained.
We’ve rounded up our top picks below.
This fun and educational art booklet inspires kids to get inspired by creating beautiful masterpieces. Following a paint-by-numbers guidelines, these arts books encourage kids to follow the patterns using numbered stickers. Mess free and a fun way to inspire kids to get creative, these art books are an easy way to entertain little ones. With a 4.7 star rating and 900 reviews, parents everywhere love these art books.
“These sticker books are great for all ages. Some are larger piece puzzles which work best for younger children and the smaller piece ones are great for older children with a little better dexterity,” reads one review.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $14
An educational game about pizza? What’s not to love. With school being canceled, this Osmo game is an easy way to brush up your little one’s entrepreneurial skills without them even realizing. Connecting a to the iPad and tablet, this game quickly becomes interactive, encouraging your children to make pizzas according to customer requests and provide them with accurate change back.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $60
If you have an Amazon Prime subscription, did you know you also have access to Prime Video? This subscription allows you to watch tons of series and movies for free on the platform. If you don’t have Prime, you can sign up for a subscription and get immediate access to educational kids’ shows such as: Nature Cat, Cyberchase and the classic Reading Rainbow.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $8/month
While it may be easy to entertain little ones in the daytime, finding activities for the evening hours can be more of a challenge. This fun board game is designed to be played in the dark, making for a fun glow-in-the-dark game of hide-and-seek adventure for your children. With a 4.4 star rating, customers admits adults and children alike will enjoy it.
“We all liked this game. At first, when you're setting it up, you don't quite get it. But when you turn the lights off, it all makes perfect sense. Adults and young children alike will get a kick out of it, and the games are quick and exciting. Great buy,” says one customer.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $35
If you’re trying to encourage a bit of a break from screen time for your kids, the Last Kids on Earth box set is a series of illustrated novels that showcase a group of friends after the monster apocalypse. Inspiring imagination and perfectly witty, these novels are an easy way to get your children to take a break from the screens.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $49
A subscription for the whole family, Disney+ has something for kids young and old. Featuring new films and series as well as the classics, you can social distance with Flubber, The Mandalorian and National Geographic channel for a nice balance of family favourites and educational programs. The whole family will be singing the Duck Tales theme song in no time.
SHOP IT: Disney+, $9/month
In a time where the world can feel inaccessible, this floor puzzle is a great way to add a bit of adventure to your kids’ day putting together this educational puzzle featuring animals from around the world. This puzzle has 4.8 stars on more than 100 reviews from happy parents.
“Great bright colours. All the animals are great for young minds. My daughter loves the zebra and elephant,” reads one review.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $20