Resources for Parents during the COVID Pandemic

Last updated 3/26/2020 @ 2:57pm

The COVID-19 outbreak has brought sudden changes for many families with children. School closures, telecommuting, and social distancing guidelines leave many parents struggling to balance working at home and taking care of their children during the day.

Our clinicians have pulled together a few online resources that might help you during this time. We will update these links as folks in our clinic discover more resources. Special thanks to our resident, Zaheeda Virani, Psy.D. for compiling the initial list to get started, and to all who contribute each day.

EMERGENCY RELIEF RESOURCES FOR THE PORTLAND METRO AREA—compiled by the office of Congressman Earl Blumenauer

Information

How to talk to your child about coronavirus: 

What to do when kids are anxious about the coronavirus: 

Answers to questions parents may have, such as is it safe to take my child to the park? 

Effectively parenting during the crisis (Part 1). 

Activities

All Ages  

A home experiment to show kids why handwashing is important!   

Fun ideas to get children engaged and using their imagination 

Printable activity pages for children of all ages 

Premade lists & clues for at-home scavenger hunts: 

National Geographic Kids—a plethora of educational videos, learning opportunities and games.  

Ways to make physical activity fun! 

A curated list of podcasts for kids. 

Meditation apps for children. 

Under Age 5 

Creative Art ideas 

A variety of activities for toddlers. 

No-cost, screen-free games to play with your toddlers. 

Play games online with their favorite PBS Kids characters. 

Movement and mindfulness videos. 

A collection of yoga, mindfulness and relaxation videos for younger children. 

Elementary School Age 

Creative Art ideas. 

Build an indoor obstacle course! 

Create a time capsule 

Free mindfulness classes for children from kindergarten to Grade 5. 

Links to a variety of fun activities to keep your child occupied including meditation apps for kids. 

Middle School Age 

Stream the Metropolitan Opera 

Explore Mars virtually  

Virtual tours of exhibits at the Louvre 

Virtual tours of other museums around the world 

Even more virtual museum tours 

Nutrition 

Free, healthy recipe cards for the whole family 

Educational 

Scholastic – Free Online Resources 

Khan Academy (a non-profit that aims to provide education for everyone) 

Free digital math lessons grades K – 5  

20 online learning resources, including Sesame Street games, coding, and second-language learning 

A list of other educational companies offering free resources during school closures 

Early Learning Academy digital education program for children between the ages of 2 and 8 years. Try the free 30 day trial. 

Online classes for students in kindergarten to Grade 12 using video chat. While this resource is not free, it offers low cost options. 

Virtual tours of Canadian farms, including videos on how food products such as cheese are made.  

A database of all-ages educational worksheets across multiple subjects

Ideas on how to create academically-based scavenger hunts.