Below is a list of virtual activities and ideas you can try out with your child/youth during the COVID-19 shelter in place order.
- Create a vision board: The CASA volunteer or the caregiver can provide the child with pictures from a magazine that reflect the child’s feelings or future aspirations. Then the CASA volunteer and their child can assemble it together via FaceTime or Skype and plan to share it once in-person visits resume.
- Scavenger hunts: Working with the caregiver, create a list of items that the child can find in the home, then provide the child riddles or clues over the phone so that they identify and then find the item.
- FaceTime/Skype: Communicate via FaceTime or Skype. Activities could include reading an age-appropriate book to your child, or have them read to you; playing 20 questions; having lunch; playing board games, etc., over FaceTime or Skype.
- Pen pals: Send the child stationery and self-addressed stamped envelopes (to the Child Advocates mailing address - 509 Valley Way Building 2, Milpitas, CA, 95035) and have the child write you letters. We are collecting mail weekly and will forward any letters we receive to the CASA volunteer's home.
- Coloring books: Get matching coloring books for you and your child and color the same picture, possibly while online together, to send each other or to compare once in-person visits resume.
- Virtual spa day: You and your child give yourselves an at-home face mask, manicure, or pedicure over FaceTime or Skype.
- Kindoma Storytime: This iPhone/iPad app allows for users to read stories while video chatting. The free app comes with access to 10 books; after that, users can buy stories individually or through a subscription. The books target children ages 3 to 6. Kindoma.com is also beta testing two new apps, Kindoma Drawtime and Kindoma Talktime.
- Interview practice: For older youth, CASA volunteers can research potential job interview questions and help their youth practice interviewing over the phone.
- Virtual movies: Watch the same age-appropriate movie on television or computer and then discuss it over the phone, either during or after the movie.
- Tutorials: Watch the same YouTube tutorial video, either independently or together via a split screen on FaceTime, and plan to practice your new skill together later.
- Museum Tours: Go on a virtual tour of a famous museum and then each decide on a painting to recreate or put your own spin on.
- Missed Activities: Ask older children about the experiences, such as field trips and dances, that they are missing due to COVID-19 precautions and brainstorm ways to recreate, either virtually or once restrictions are lifted.
Thanks to our sister agency, Voices for Children, for creating and sharing this list of virtual activities and ideas.
If you have any questions or concerns about the activities outlined above, please contact your CASA supervisor.