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Talk to Kids About Coronavirus Parents play a critical role in helping children feel safe when many people are concerned about coronavirus (COVID-19). Be mindful of your own anxiety—and of exposing the kids to “too much” news. It is up to parents to talk to kids in a way that is honest, accurate and minimizes fear. Find out what they have heard about coronavirus from peers and friends, and provide assurance, if needed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides guidance to help adults navigate these conversations with kids. Their website also provides excellent tips on how to avoid getting and spreading the disease. Find great information and resources at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/ community/schools-childcare/talking-with-children.html.
The Mess That We Made, by Michelle Lord is a beautifully illustrated picture book that teaches children about the impact of trash on oceans and marine life, plus how kids can help.
Wildlife Ranger Action Guide, by Mary Kay Carson features 50 hands-on activities that help kids become advocates and protectors of local wildlife.
Cleaning Products that Make an Impact Show a little love to the planet (and your family) with Love Home & Planet homecare products, featuring plant-based surface cleansers, laundry care and dishwashing liquids that come in bottles made with recycled plastics. The products, available at Target, are vegan, gluten-free, and made without parabens or added bleach. See the full product line at www.lovehomeandplanet.com.
Fun & Easy Crafting with Recycled Materials, by Kimberly McLeod contains fun, engaging projects using items such as paper towel rolls, cardboard, popsicle sticks, egg cartons and more. There are even instructions for a dinosaur terrarium!
Play “Forest School” in Your Own Backyard Get a “Golden Ticket” to a Free Eye Exam and Glasses Do you know someone who needs eyeglasses, but cannot afford to purchase them? Scripps Poway Eyecare & Optometry is donating a “golden ticket” to a free eye exam and eyeglasses to up to 40 qualified individuals who do not have insurance. Learn more and nominate a person in need at www.scrippseyecare.com/community.
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Forest School Activity Cards: 48 Fun Things to Do Outdoors are adapted from the bestselling books Play the Forest School Way and A Year of Forest School, by Jane Worroll and Peter Houghton. The easy-to-transport deck inspires outdoor fun and learning for parents, kids, teachers and youth leaders through forest crafts, team games and skill-building activities.