Parents get creative to entertain kids

BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) – While kids are off from school, parents are getting creative to make sure they stay busy.

With schools closed until at least April 20, parents may wonder how to keep their energetic kids occupied for the eight hours they would typically be in class. Luckily, they aren’t alone in the effort.

“[Teachers] did an excellent job as to laying out each subject,” said Laura Kiliany, a mom of two boys.” ‘Here’s what you need to do on a daily basis to not overwhelm yourself. Give them breaks if they need it.’ So, it’s been very organized.”

Although parents can’t band together in person, many moms and dads find ideas to keep kids busy online.

“We’ve really enjoyed [the Cincinnati Zoo.] They have these short 20- to 30-minute clips where they bring in different animals and they teach you about that animal, where that animal comes from, what their living habits are.”

Scholastic has two weeks worth of lesson plans for kids from Pre-K through the 9th grade. DC Comics also pitched in, offering a Kids Camp on social media where they provide a variety of superhero activities.

Taking another route, the Holcomb family in Beckley used the free time to teach their kids to help others by sewing masks. The Kiliany family spends their free time outdoors.

“We’ve also done scavenger hunts outside and you can find those online. They’re very easy and they really like to do that as well. Those are easy things that, you know, everybody has in their backyard you don’t have to go find or go purchase.”

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