Article / Published May 17, 2020

One Great Thing for Monday, 5/18

As parents grappling with life in the era of coronavirus ourselves, we know how hard it feels to get through these days—let alone what the next weeks and months will bring. Every day, we’ll share a few great things that are helping us cope with kids at home, work to do, and plenty to worry about. We hope they help you, too.

For those juggling the demands of toddlers at home, think in terms of 15- 30 minute activity blocks, with plenty of wiggle breaks in-between. Throw in a rousing rendition of the “clean-up song” (you know the one—“cleean up, cleean up, everybody do a share!”) to teach them how to tidy after themselves so you aren't on your hands and knees collecting toys.

This week in “We Are Officially Becoming Our Parents": bird-watching is the new…whatever activity used to be cool.

Over 12 million people first experienced America at Ellis Island, the world's most famous immigration station. Maybe someone in your family is included in that number. Today, let's take an up-close virtual tour that includes photos and audio to learn what it was really like at the country’s once-busiest gateway.

What TV theme song do you have memorized? (And most importantly, will it get stuck in everyone’s heads? No? Okay, go ahead and sing it, then.)

Make your own jumping frog using origami. (Plain white paper is just fine! The kids can color it green—or poison dart frog blue—when it's done.)

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