As many of us remain under stay-at-home orders during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, you may be looking for activities to do with your kids. The American Red Cross has some ideas on how to keep your children engaged while teaching them something valuable at the same time.
No formal instruction is needed. These free activities can be downloaded and used in the comfort of your own home.
THE PILLOWCASE PROJECT (8 to 12 years old)
Developed for third- to fifth-grade students, The Pillowcase Project aims to increase children’s understanding of natural hazards and empower them to prepare for emergencies
- Download resources like My Preparedness Workbook, posters and activity sheets (available in English and Spanish) for kids to learn about home fire prevention and safety and other emergencies, such as tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, and more.
- Work with children to create a household emergency plan and personal emergency supplies kit.
- If available, encourage children to be creative and decorate a spare pillowcase to hold their own emergency supplies.
PREPARE WITH PEDRO (4 to 8 years old)
A complement to The Pillowcase Project, Prepare with Pedro is designed for kindergarten to second-grade students. Children can follow Pedro the Penguin as he learns how to be prepared for and take action during home fires or other emergencies through a fun and educational story.
- Download storybooks in English and Spanish for emergencies, including home fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, floods and tsunamis.
- A disaster preparedness activity book is also available in English and Spanish.
MONSTER GUARD: PREPARE FOR EMERGENCIES APP (7 to 11 years old)
Monster Guard is the first mobile app created by the Red Cross that's designed specifically for kids to learn how to prepare for emergencies.
- Follow Maya, Chad, Olivia and all the monsters as they teach kids how to prepare for emergencies in a fun and engaging game. Users earn points and medals as they role-play as different monsters to identify household hazards, locate safe spaces and practice protective actions for different natural hazards, such as earthquakes, floods, tornadoes and thunderstorms.
- Download the free app on iOS and Android mobile and tablet devices by searching “Monster Guard” in your app store or texting ‘MONSTER’ to 90999 to receive a link to download.
- Children should ask a parent or guardian for permission before downloading the app.
PREPARE AS A FAMILY (entire household)
While you’re all at home, spend time together preparing for emergencies.
- Create a home fire escape plan and practice it until everyone in your household can escape in less than two minutes — the amount of time that fire experts say you have to escape a burning home before it’s too late. Find more tips and free resources at redcross.org/fire.
- Make your emergency plan. With household members, discuss how to prepare and respond to the types of emergencies that are most likely to happen where you live, learn, work and play. Identify responsibilities for each member of your household and how you will work together as a team. Practice as many elements of your plan as possible.
FIND COVID-19 SAFETY UPDATES
Visit redcross.org/coronavirus for more information on COVID-19 safety. For the latest information, please visit the CDC website at cdc.gov/covid19. If you live outside the United States, health and safety tips can be found through the World Health Organization and by following your local Red Cross or Red Crescent society’s social media channels (directory).