Every family will agree that it can be a challenge being confined in the house with the kids. Schooling at home can be hard. Utah State University Extension understands and has some great resources for you:
Kids handwashing website
We already knew how important hand washing was but now with the pandemic it is even more crucial. Teaching kids how to properly wash hands can be fun using www.soaperhero.org. There are three “Soaperheroes.” Soaper Man, Water Woman and Dry Boy work together to beat the germ-monsters! The website includes an interactive hand washing quiz, quick facts and steps to hand washing with photos. Coloring sheets, mazes and other fun activity sheets are available. You can print them off at home or if you would like some printed and sent to you at home please email email@example.com, and share hare how many children you have and what ages they are. When teaching kids about how to prevent the spread of infection, talking about the “T Zone” is also important. The “T Zone” refers to the mucus membranes of the eyes, nose and mouth. By touching these areas with a contaminated finger, disease can enter the body. It’s a great reminder for adults also: avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with fingers.
Discover 4H Project Manuals
Free 4H project manuals provide step-by-step instructions for pretty much anything you can think of. Just a few include: healthy snacks, photography, family history, cake decorating, sewing, 4H kitchen science, junior gardener, entomology and edible science. As a family you can complete a whole project series or take bits and pieces from manuals for family fun. Many of the items needed you may have at home so you don’t have to risk a trip to a store. Intended to be guides for 4H clubs, these manuals can also be used to supplement at-home schooling. The manuals are long and have many pages. Instead of printing the whole file, it may be helpful to view it on a computer or iPad. Fill out a simple online form to receive an email that gives access to the manuals.
This blog shares fun recipes and activities for kids and families. A recent post was “At Home Recess!” Easy and fun physical activities you can do at home are shared. Click on the Captain CREATE YouTube channel to watch funny and informational videos on healthy eating and exercise. Captain CREATE will take you on fun adventures and share easy and nutritious recipes. Learn how to make cinnamon crisps and fruit dips. In another video you can play the “Guess the Fruit” game.
Food, Fun and Reading Lessons on Facebook
Jack and the Hungry Giant Eat Right with MyPlate, The Little Red Hen, The Little Mouse, The Red-Ripe Strawberry and The Big Bear. Do these sound like fun books? In a series of facebook videos children can enjoy watching a food-related book being read. A fun nutrition message and recipe are also shared. Ambassadors from the Create Better Health USU Extension program from different counties have recorded MyPlate food-related lessons. To find Food, Fun and Reading open Facebook. Search for Food, Fun and Reading. Then click on videos.
Tooele County 4H Facebook and Instagram
Follow Tooele County 4H on Facebook and Instagram to find videos on simple projects you can make with kids at home such as how to make your own bouncy ball. Check back each week to learn what will be shared next.
Darlene Christensen is an associate professor at the USU Extension – Tooele County office, which is located inside the Tooele County Health Department Building, 151 N. Main, Tooele. She can be reached at 435-840-4404, 435-277-2406 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.