“Stay home, stay safe, wash up and mask up is no longer a new way of thinking... it’s how our summer is progressing. When the Stay at Home order was issued in March, Old Mill Center staff found new ways to provide services and offer resources to help families cope with the new lifestyle.

Here are several links we’d like to share as a refresher for parents, who may be looking for ways to help keep their kids engaged.
Kids live in their own reality, and may not grasp the implications of a “pandemic or “virus two concepts that are hard to understand since kids can't “see them. Staying in close communication with kids and engaging in healthy family activities can help dispel the mystery about things like masks and social distancing.
Kids just want to feel love and be safe, as this article from healthychildren.org reminds us.
Activities to keep moving and learning
(for kids and kids at heart!)
Looking for something new to do? Our teachers recommend these websites:
CBC parents is filled with ideas for active play, crafts, food and fun, and offers realistic advice on parenting during COVID-19.
From ABCYa to Wonderopolis, these websites are kid-safe, kid-smart, and kid-approved.
Cosmic Kids Yoga is so much fun, parents will definitely want to join in. Namaste!
Along with a Stuck at Home Survival Guide, you’ll find 4500 activities grouped by age at kids activities.com and lots of cool STEM projects, too.
Teacher Donna shared her thoughts:

“Yes, these times are different... but families can still enjoy memorable activities, and make it a priority to spend time together. And we can still approach life with a sense of humor, fun and creativity.

Some of her favorite ideas:
  • Go on a nature walk
  • Have a picnic outdoors
  • Play spray bottle tag
  • Have a pool noodle “pillow fight”
  • Cook family recipes together
  • Read together (inside or outside)
  • Build an obstacle course
Old Mill Center
1650 SW 45th Place
Corvallis, OR 97333
541 757 8068