Parenting Resource
Simple Activities for Children and Adolescents

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has developed a useful handout that offers activity ideas to parents whose families are sheltering in place, social distancing, and homeschooling due to school closures amidst the COVID-19 outbreak. This fact sheet outlines activities families can do without supplies, in lighted or dark areas, to stay preoccupied when dealing with the stress of a major event. Ideas found on “Simple Activities for Children and Adolescents” include:

  1. Write letters to friends or family. Create homemade cards to send to friends and family to stay connected.
  2. Play “Sound Search.” Everyone sits still and identifies as many different sounds as possible.
  3. Play “Follow the Leader.” Players line up and walk behind the leader, copying whatever the leader does.
  4. Read to your pet. This is great for young readers as well as children with reading challenges.
  5. Tell exaggerated “Stories” of the “old days” to entertain.

To access this complete handout, please visit