Activities for Kids to Do at Home

Activities for Kids to Do at Home: Joy and Play

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Right now, parents and guardians everywhere need activities for kids to do at home during lockdowns and closures due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. So to help, we’re bringing some of our Joyful Together activities to you!

With social distancing the norm and schools shut down, we wanted to provide caretakers with simple, fun, everyday activities. But more than that, we want to focus on something that may get lost in the anxiety and worry: joy.

Fortunately, we already have these resources. Best of all, we’ve seen them decrease parental stress while boosting childhood resiliency. Joyful Together infuses joy into everyday interactions between caretakers and children. The idea is that joy and play are essential building blocks in child development and relationships. By using these tools with our innate need for attachment, children and their families will thrive.

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How Tall Am I?

Looking for easy-to-do activities for kids to do at home? Try Joyful Together! We’ll be sharing some of our Joyful…

Posted by The Institute for Family and Community Impact on Friday, March 20, 2020

Rock-a-Bye Baby Hug

For parents of young children, embracing joy is one of the best ways to help both kids and caregivers cope through this…

Posted by The Institute for Family and Community Impact on Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Let’s Take a Trip

Our imaginations allow us to go places we can't right now. Take a trip with your child using today's Joyful Together…

Posted by The Institute for Family and Community Impact on Monday, March 30, 2020

Role Reversal

Happy April Fools' Day! Get into the spirit of the day with this Joyful Together activity you can do with your child…

Posted by The Institute for Family and Community Impact on Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Brain Power

Our Joyful Together activities are all about taking everyday moments between caregivers and children and consciously…

Posted by The Institute for Family and Community Impact on Friday, April 3, 2020

About Joyful Together

Joyful Together is a play-based model developed by the Institute of Family & Community Impact.

We created this tool for caregivers because of the pressing need for it among our families and communities. Nearly half of all children in Ohio have at least one adverse childhood experience, while one in seven have three or more.

Why do we care so much about this? Because we know adverse childhood experiences can lead to toxic stress, impacting brain development and increasing risk of long-term negative health effects.

Because of how it enhances child/caregiver relationships through joyful play, Joyful Together builds childhood resiliency and reduces toxic stress in children. It provides easy-to-do activities, coaching parents and caregivers on playing with their children in order to create stronger bonds and lower stress.

All of the activities we share here come directly from our Joyful Together manual. You can purchase it in our online shop.

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