Ideas for Social Distance...with Kids

With the efforts to curb the spread of CO-VID19 throughout Alaska,  schools have closed throughout Alaska through the end of March.  So families find themselves with kids at home or with unstructured time. So we are starting a page to capture some of the great ideas that foster and adoptive families have been sharing for resources.   Got some ideas to add?  Please email  And Like our Facebook Page to get more information and share your ideas.


Child Care

This is going to be a tough one for everyone.  Many child care and spring break camps are extending because of the closing of schools, so if your child is in an existing program,  start there first.

There are some employers that are allowing staff to work from home as part of the social distancing efforts to minimize contact between large groups of people.  This is not possible for everyone, but check with your employer to see if this option might work for you.   Balancing working from home and supervising children has its own challenges of course but it is often a good option when available.

thread Alaska  is available to help Alaskans find child care.



Obviously, the internet is filled with ideas of activities for kids so go looking for them (and then let us know).  Here’s just a couple ideas.

We love podcasts and will be listening to more for sure! Currently loving: ‘Wow in the World’ (science), ‘The Past and the Curious,’ ‘What if World’ (silly stories), ‘Noodle Loaf.’” ? Elizabeth Telmosse

We are making photo books online — we have so many photos we never printed, so each kid is going to sift through our photos online and put together their own book that we will then have printed and sent to us.” ? Melinda Catherine

“‘Brainchild’ on Netflix is a winner in our house right now!” ? Nikki McCormick

Write letters to relatives. Have your kids craft a letter to a grandparent or family member. It also helps them practice their penmanship, talk about a win-win.

Make a simple recipe. Get kids involved in the kitchen by having them help you prep lunch or dinner, with supervision, of course. Here's a list of simple recipes to get you started.

Free Online Art Lessons for Kids

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems   A daily doodle session with Mo Willems from the Kennedy Center. Subscribe to get noticed or go to the Kennedy Center Website  under videos (you will also find a lot of other great performances there as well!)

100 Activities to Do at Home During School Closures 

Cosmic Kids Adventures to the Moon

250 Plus Ways to Keep Your Family Sane During the COVID19 Outbreak

Adventures in Familyhood:  Virtual Field Trips to Take with Your Kids

Breathe In, Breathe Out Video

Storyline Online

The Georgia Aquarium Jelly Cam (and Whale Cam, and Otter Cam, etc.)  Just for fun!

A list of a lot more Virtual Field Trips including Buckingham Palace, the Great Wall of China, the Pyramids, and the Montery Aquarium, the San Diego Zoo, and a whole lot more!

#OperationStoryTime is a project of authors reading their children’s books. 

No restrictions on travelling (or reservations needed) when you take these virtual tours of the National Parks. 

Virtual Rides in Disneyworld and Disneyland

Make your own  Custom Paper Toys.

Best Beginnings Ideas for Digital Reading and Books in Alaska

Free Online Speech Therapy Resources for Kids

Beachbody Kids Workouts

Big List of Authors Reading Their Books

Alaska Caring Notes  Have your children write notes to elders and resiendts in nursing homes.  Free Coloring Sheets of robots, sloths, bunnies and more!

Free Digital Cooking Classes for Kids and Family

Free Online Workout Classes with the Alaska Club.  



Keeping Up With Education

Schools in Alaska are closed through the end of April.  Check with your school district to find out resources and expectations for continued schooling.

Listing of Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions

12 Famous Museums Offering Virtual Tours You Can Take on Your Couch

Khan Academy Kids

26 Educational Shows to Stream When Kids are Out of School

Online Learning Tools for Kids

30 Virtual Field Trips for Kids with Links

150 + Educational Shows on Netflix

2020 Parents Guide to Google Classroom

Science Mom Short Science Lessons by Video

Scholastic Learn at Home  Offering 3 hours of daily content

The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District has some great links  for all ages.

Anchorage School District Activities for Learning at Home 

Khan Academy Suggested Schedules for Learning at Home

Think Indigenous Online Education K-8  A Faceook Page Out of Canada with Videos Lessons

ST Math  (free until the end of June)

Boston Children’s Muesum Resources for learning and fun

Art at Home

PBS Kids



Other Ideas: 



ANCHORAGE SCHOOL DISTRICT  Food Distribution Information

Juneau School District  Food Distribution Information

Kenai School District Food Distribution Information

Mat Su Borough School District  Grab N Go Food Distribution



Always go to a reputable source.

Help Me Grow Alaska Resource Listing

Centers for Disease Control Guidelines for Families

State of Alaska Specific Information

Talk of Alaska  An excellent show about what’s happening in Alaska

Talking with Children About Coronavirus

Frequently Asked Questions from Foster Parents Answered by the State of Alaska Office of Children’s Services (As of March 17, 2020)  Find updates about the OCS response at the State of Alaska Office of Children’s Services website.

What Alaskan Youth Need to Know About the COVID-19 Virus  Put together by Facing Foster Care in Alaska.


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