Category Archives: Enrichment Pandemic

MOVIE NIGHT

MARCH 29

Instead of our usual breakdown by subject, today we are listing two sets of short films and one recommendation for online classes.

Children’s Shorts. A collection of short films for children, curated by a father.
Sprout Film Festival. The Sprout Film Festival is a profoundly beautiful, honest, and thought provoking set of short films featuring people with developmental disabilities. The appeal this will have to children and youth may vary. Be My Brother might be a good start for older children through adults.

Online Film Classes.

Inspired to make your own films? Charlottesville’s Lighthouse Studio is currently offering “pay what you can” online film making classes. This very generous offer will turn time at home into an opportunity to develop talents and document an historic episode of children’s lives.

Share your creations as you go. Tag enrichmentalliance on Instagram or post on our Facebook Page, Enrichment Alliance of Virginia.

WHAT’S OUT THERE?

MARCH 27

Movement

Look up at any window. You might see a bear. Or if our idea takes off, maybe favorite gaming images instead. Communities around the country are taking the children’s rhyme “Going on a bear hunt” and turned it into a game for the COVID-19 quarantine. The link on the left tells you about the game in Augusta County. Take a walk around Augusta towns and see for yourself.

This sounds like so much fun, we think you could be excused for stealing the idea and giving it your own twist.

Network with your friends to pick a favorite gaming character from any video game. Have everyone print pictures of the character and put them in their windows. You might have figurines or stuffed toys you can put out also.

Use social networking to get the word out to get friends and neighbors. And friends of friends. And neighbors of neighbors. Ad infinitum. In addition to the apps you usually use, neighborhood apps and neighborhood list serves might be especially helpful. Once you get the word out, take a walk every day to to see if the character you suggested is showing up in any windows.

Remember, this will only happen if you get the word out to lots of people.

Art and Literature

Sidewalk Art. Do you remember the sidewalk art scene in Mary Poppins? How the sidewalk came alive with the work of a street artist? Bring your sidewalk alive with sidewalk art ideas. Or draw a gaming character from the activity above, or a bird from the activity below, and encourage walkers to come find your masterpiece.  

Science and Math

Birdzilla. Download this bird bingo game, and mark the spot when you see a matching bird.

Bird Bingo Adapted. If listening works better than looking, familiarize yourself with these birdsongs. Each player picks five birds to listen for. Who will hear all five of their birds first?

GAME NIGHT IDEAS DURING HOME QUARANTINE

March 27

Get Ready for Game Night

Art and Literature

Make your own board game.  This video by the National Museum of Australia is full of great ideas for creating board games using readily available materials.  The museum has additional videos and activities.

Movement

Movement and Music Games. Yesterday we posted a link to a rock podcast.  Use the podcast to play some music and movement games, like musical hide and seek.

Science and Math

Brainteasers. How quickly can you do the penny triangle challenge? This and other brain challenges use materials you should be able to find around the house, but if not, just improvise, sticks for toothpicks, buttons for pennies.

Adapting Games

Making Games Work…. This article has outstanding suggestions for making board games frequently played at home accessible at all levels.

After-School Online March 26

Subscriptions and Podcasts

Science and Math

But Why This semi-weekly NPR “Kids and Family” podcast digs into life’s pressing questions, like “How Do People Fall Asleep?” and “Do Animals Get Married?” This podcast does cover some topical issues, such as the COVID-19, so some parents might want to pre-screen or discuss the podcasts. Technically, these aren’t all Science and Math podcasts, but … close enough.

Movement

Rock Podcast.  Spare the Rock is a weekly radio show out of  KUTX 98.9, Austin.  This web link takes you to their blog, where if you scroll down you will find their most recent playlist.  Now, we put this under movement for a reason, so grab your phone, connect with your friends, and throw a virtual dance party.

Art and Literature

Today’s reading subscriptions will appeal to younger children. To make this suitable for older readers, consider having them create their own read-aloud recordings to share with younger children. They should think about how they will introduce and conclude their reading, and how they will use vocal tone to make it interesting.

Story Podcast Circleround is a weekly podcast from WBUR 90.9 Boston.  The website includes links to coloring books and soundtracks. 

Kids’ Books Read Aloud. If listening to read-alouds doesn’t work for you, this YouTube series features read-along books.

After-school Online Activities During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Quick Daily Links to Activities Using Readily Available Supplies.

We do what we do because we are well aware not only of the benefits of engaging in enriching activities, but also of the risks of not engaging in them. Risks that have been identified include substance abuse, obesity, premature sexual behavior, and academic failure. The COVID-19 Pandemic is resulting in an unprecedented out-of-school time and isolation for children and youth.

After-School Online. We have created an After-School Online web page on which we will post enrichment activities daily. These activities cover three broad themes: Science and Math, Movement, Art and Literature.

Each posting includes one adaptive activity for children and youth with differing abilities. Many of the other activities are adaptable or accessible.

You can access these daily postings here on our website, on Facebook (Enrichment Alliance of Virginia), Instagram (enrichmentalliance).