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27 Ways to Keep Kids Busy During School Closures

So by now we’ve realized that neither endless hours of Disney+ and Nintendo, nor the vague concept of “distance learning” are going to save us. The truth is, we need a lot of options in our arsenal if we’re going to keep our children from climbing up the walls while their schools are closed. (Come to think of it, an indoor climbing gym might be a good idea.)

As unprecedented as most of this pandemic is, we do at least have some practice in the area of entertaining kids at home when school’s out. And if they’re lucky, most kids will only know the new coronavirus pandemic as a time when they weirdly have no school for a long time. It’s our job to keep it that way — while also making sure their brains don’t rot.

Parents, teachers, and officials alike are worried about a potential “brain drain” due to coronavirus-inspired school closures. “Wide-scale learning loss could be among the biggest impacts coronavirus has on children in America,” Betsy Zorio, vice president of U.S. programs at Save the Children, tells SheKnows. “With an unprecedented number of school closures already announced and many more expected, ensuring that children can continue to learn is essential.”

So what can we do? We’ll try our best to stick to the online curriculum our schools give us, of course. But we also have gathered all these other options that will entertain, educate, and distract our kids for as long as we’re in this thing.

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A version of this story was originally published March 12, 2020.

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