Resources for Teens
During Social Quarantine
Entertaining our babies, toddlers, and pre-schoolers is tough.
But also tough: keeping our teenagers feeling connected, inspired, and emotionally stable during this time.
Teenagers are social beings and, as parents, we know that we are usually the last people they want to spend all of their time with. Navigating social distancing and quarantine is hard. Like, REALLY hard. So hopefully this list of resources will help you navigate this tricky time with your teens.
Arts and Music:
Take free drawing classes from famous illustrators to visit the link here.
Imagineering in a box brought to you by Walt Disney Imagineering Partners: Khan Academy
Facebook Live online art classes with the Hansen Art Studio
Compose Music with Garage Band
Hours of art tutorials for kids of all ages at Art for Kids Hub
Nothing wrong with being in your backyard!
Old Fashioned Night Games
Water Games (depending on where you live right now)
Jump on Trampoline
Old Fashioned recess games, like 4 square, kickball, ultimate Frisbee
Backyard or living room camp out
Make new recipes, especially ones you normally don’t have time for, like bread!
Teach your teens important life skills for when they leave the house (cooking essential recipes, budgeting, yard work, cleaning, laundry, etc. They have much more time right now than normal this would be a good time to have these lessons and discussions)
Encourage contact with friends via face time, Marco polo, zoom, etc. They could even do homework with friends this way.
Write letters to Grandparents or far-away family
Write letters to teachers at church and school
Have them help you organize photos
Set up a homework command center so they can stay on top of their required work
Science and Math
Have your own Lego Master Competitions
Science Mom and Science Dad videos on Youtube
Real-life skills math, like savings accounts, balancing bank accounts, budgeting, etc. Dave Ramsey has a resource here
Spiritual and Personal Development
Encourage Journaling They may resist but when your life is thrown for a spin journaling is proven to help. Here is a youtube resource to encourage teens to start.
Meditation and Yoga (There are several mindful meditation apps available)
Prayer, reflection, bible study.
Set personal, physical, spiritual, and educational goals. This is a great time to explore things you don’t normally have the time for.
Work on Family History. Record your own history or interview members of your family. You could even work on your Family Tree! Visit FamilySearch.org for more resources.
Watching movies and shows is a great way to connect! Choose a topic you want to learn more about or something that goes along with your school work and watch movies as a family that relates to that topic.
Start a series together. Watch all the Marvel Movies in Chronological order, or all the Star Wars movies. You have the time!
Read a series together
Read Read Read. This is a great time to read literature that may not always work into our teen’s academic schedule. Check out your local library’s online resources for available audio and e-books.
Take everything one day at a time!