Coronavirus Tips for Families with Kids, Plus Fun Ideas for Play While Stuck at Home
We know it’s difficult to keep up with the rapid influx of information about Coronavirus. And we know life during a global pandemic can be stressful! That’s why we created a page full of Coronavirus Resources for Fun and Safety. We curated this guide specifically for families with kids to navigate daily life during the COVID-19 outbreak.
This resource includes safety instructions from the CDC, state-specific health guidelines, ways to help your community and fun activity ideas your kids will love. We even have ideas of ways to help others!
Coronavirus Resources for Families with Kids
According to the CDC, there are a few actions you can take to help protect yourself, your family, and others from COVID-19.
COVID-19 is mostly spread person-to-person.
- Try to stay at least 6 feet away from anyone who is not a member of your household. We understand that many people must leave home for work, so this is not possible for everyone.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Here’s list of songs compiled by CNN that can help you keep track of time!
- Wear a mask if you leave your home. Here are CDC mask recommendations and a tutorial for making your own. Even if you are wearing a face covering, you should keep a safe distance between yourself and others whenever possible.
- If you are in a private space without your face mask, use a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Immediately throw away the tissue and wash your hands. If you do not have a tissue, cover your cough or sneeze with the inside of your elbow.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces every day. Use soap and water if the surfaces are dirty, then use regular household disinfectant.
This information can be found on the CDC website.
Coronavirus Tips for Buying Groceries and Other Essential Items
Shop for groceries curbside or delivery if available. If you must go into a store to shop, it’s best to do the following:
- Disinfect the cart.
- Wear a mask.
- Stay 6 feet away from other customers.
- Try to go to the store during less crowded hours.
- Do not touch your face.
- Only touch items you intend to purchase.
- Use touchless payment when possible.
- Use hand sanitizer when you’re finished shopping & wash your hands when you arrive back home.
- If you are able, buy enough groceries for a couple weeks, but do not hoard.
Coronavirus Tips for Ordering & Accepting Delivery
- Avoid contact when you can.
- Attempt to pay over the phone and ask for packages to be left at the door or in the lobby, if possible.
- Wash hands after accepting deliveries.
Coronavirus Tips Getting Gasoline
- Use gloves or disinfect buttons.
- Use hand sanitizer before getting back into your car.
- Wash your hands with soap and water when you return home.
Coronavirus Tips for Doctor and Pharmacy Visits
- Use telemedicine services when possible.
- Reschedule procedures that are not urgent.
- Before you visit, inform the office if you are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms or if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19.
- If you must go to the visit, follow regular coronavirus guidelines. Do not touch your face. Wear a mask. Stay 6 feet away from others. Disinfect surfaces that you need to touch. Use hand sanitizer. Wash your hands when you return home.
- Use pharmacy drive-through windows when possible.
Coronavirus Tips for Kid & Adult Exercise
Exercise can be helpful for your physical and mental health. It’s also a fun way to pass the time!
- You may be able to go to the park. Check out the CDC website for park & recreation safety tips. Basically, stay home if you are sick or have been exposed to COVID-19. Stay 6 feet away from other people. Wear a cloth mask. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer if you touch anything. Do not use public playgrounds.
- Popsugar Fitness has over 500 free workouts. These workouts were designed for adults, but kids have fun jumping around while their caregivers work out!
- Check out this list of super fun workouts for kids via Romper. My personal favorite is Cosmic Kids Yoga!
How to Explain Coronavirus to Kids
There are helpful coronavirus resources for explaining COVID-19 to kids. Check out this free coronavirus children’s book written by an expert, Dr. Christine Borst.
Commonly Asked Coronavirus Questions and Answers
We gathered some of the most commonly asked questions about coronavirus and answered them for you here.
What does COVID-19 stand for?
COVID-19 is shorthand for Corona Virus Disease 2019.
What is the treatment for the coronavirus disease?
There is no vaccine or FDA approved anti-viral medication to treat COVID-19. According to Harvard Health Publishing, you should get plenty of rest, stay hydrated, and use proper dosage of acetaminophen for pain relief.
WHO recommends seeking medical attention if you have have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.
What is the recovery time for the coronavirus disease?
Recovery time depends on how ill you become in the first place. WHO reported that it takes an average of two weeks to recover. For those who experience serious symptoms, it could take up to eight weeks to recover, according to BBC.
How can I care for a family member with coronavirus disease at home?
WHO provides specific recommendations for ill people, members of an ill person’s household, and caregivers of ill people.
How is coronavirus related to SARS?
The viruses that caused COVID-19 and the SARS outbreak of 2003 are genetically related but the diseases are quite different, according to WHO.
Is coronavirus like the flu?
Yes and no.
There are similarities between COVID-19 and the seasonal flu.
- The two have overlapping disease presentations. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, both cause fever, cough, body aches, and fatigue. They sometimes cause vomiting and diarrhea as well. They can both develop into pneumonia.
- The way they spread is also similar– the viruses spread from person to person through droplets in the air from an infected person coughing, sneezing, or talking. Both can spread by an infected person before the person shows symptoms.
But there are also important differences between COVID-19 and the flu.
- They are caused by different viruses.
- There are flu vaccines, whereas there are not yet any vaccines available for COVID-19.
- Unlike for the flu, there are currently no approved antiviral medications for treatment of COVID-19.
- COVID-19 is estimated to to be about 10 times more lethal than the seasonal flu, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Disease. We do not know the true death rate yet, however. The New York Times reports that unofficial COVID trackers show that about 6.4 percent of infected people have died worldwide.
- COVID-19 may stay in the air and infect others even after the infected person leaves, as noted by Johns Hopkins.
What are coronavirus symptoms?
According to the CDC, the following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
Emergency warning signs of COVID-19 include trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, and bluish lips or face. CDC notes that this list is not all-inclusive. Call 9-11 immediately if you experience a medical emergency.
Are there coronavirus resources for low-income people?
- Check out this U.S. government benefits page with information on unemployment resources, healthcare coverage, resources for business, and resources for families.
- The National Low Income Housing Coalition has updated, helpful resources for people in need and those who want to help.
How can I help during coronavirus?
What a great question! Here are some ideas:
- Deliver groceries to people who are elderly or immunocompromised.
- Call and check in on your friends and family.
- Make your own masks. Donate any N-95 respirators unless you absolutely need them.
- Donate blood through American Red Cross or America’s Blood Centers
- Help people eat by donating money to Boys & Girls Clubs of America, your local food bank, meals on wheels, or No Kids Hungry
- Help with research by donating to the CDC or the Center for Disaster Philanthropy.
- Volunteer to be a crisis counselor.
For more ideas, check out this list of ways to help via CNN.
Are the symptoms for the coronavirus disease different in children than in adults?
According to the CDC, symptoms are similar in children and adults. However, symptoms in children are often milder.
Am I more at risk if I’m pregnant?
According to the CDC, it is currently unknown whether pregnant women have a greater chance of getting sick from COVID-19. However, pregnant people have been more at risk for illness from other viruses from the same family as COVID-19.
Can I breastfeed if I have coronavirus?
You should talk to your doctor about this question. The CDC reports that there are no studies so far that show COVID-19 in breastmilk. If you are sick and decide to breastfeed, wear a face mask and wash hands before feeding. The CDC provides pumping guidelines as well.
Are young people having strokes from coronavirus?
Yes. See this article from Washington Post. If you exhibit any stroke-like symptoms, such as slurred speech, confusion, drooping on one side of your face, or a dead feeling in one arm, please seek immediate medical attention.
Quality Coronavirus Resources
There is so much informations about coronavirus online. But it’s not all created equal! We provided a list of quality, trustworthy sources.
U.S. and International Coronavirus Resources
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
U.S. State and Territory Health Department Coronavirus Resources and News
The week of April 26, some states are easing safety practices regarding coronavirus. According to some health experts and officials, it’s too early. Check out these articles on CNN and Fox News.
These links take you directly to each state’s Health Department.
- American Samoa
- District of Columbia
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Northern Mariana Islands
- Puerto Rico
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- U.S. Virgin Islands
- West Virginia
Coronavirus Fun Ideas & Resources for Kids at Home
Now for the fun part! We know your day isn’t all cleaning and feeding and thinking about the virus– we hope! Please check out these activity ideas your kids will love. Coronavirus is influencing children’s play in interesting ways, according to The Atlantic. Encourage kids to play, no matter how they do it!
- Adopt a pet at your local shelter!
- Join one of your kids’ favorite authors or illustrators for online story time!
- Travel the world from your couch with this list of 40+ virtual field trips.
- A dozen moms shared how they are keeping sane with a schedule for school at home.
- Let kids explore this virtual Hogwarts escape room!
- Check out these basic learning worksheets you can print at home.
- Make being stuck at home fun with our favorite indoor games for kids.
- Print out some Frozen 2 coloring pages.
- Try these active indoor games.
- 5 minute crafts are so fun and easy.
- Impress your “students” with fun facts for kids!
- Make a quarantine time capsule.
- Make bread with your kids!
- Check out these kids education websites offering free subscriptions.
- Help your kids learn how to make bubbles at home!
- Make homemade tap shoes by gluing pennies on shoes.
- Rawr! Here are some of our favorite dinosaur crafts.
- Make being stuck at home fun with our favorite indoor games for kids.
- Use this hand washing trick for kids… it’s baby shark time!
- Throw a unicorn party… because why not? These ideas are so fun!
- Make your own unicorn slime!
- Learn how to make a compass
- Create an Ash Ketchum costume
- Paper mache is always a winner.
- Make edible playdough
- Play these 50 science games for kids
- Coloring is fun! Especially with our Fortnite coloring pages.
Please keep in mind that I am not a health expert–I simply gathered resources to help you navigate COVID-19. Stay well!