With children out of school across the country, many parents are struggling with finding ways to keep them occupied. While you could let them help you explore online listings of Tuscaloosa homes for sale, when you're done, you'll still have many hours of idle time to deal with.
There are many different types of virtual field trips available. With a bit of creativity, it's easy to turn these online adventures into fun learning activities. Many of our REALTORS® have children of their own and have been working together to come up with some creative ideas. Here are some of their best tips.
- Animal Activities
Many different zoos have webcams that allow you to watch some of your favorite animals as if you were really there. Here are a few of our favorites:
- Polar bear cubs at Ouwehand Park in the Netherlands
- San Diego Zoo (apes, baboons, koalas, giraffes, elephants, penguins, and more!)
- Lion Cam at Reid Park Zoo
You'll find some suggested lesson plans on a few of these websites. You can make things really fun by choosing an animal your child is particularly interested in and exploring it further. You could also learn more about the animal's natural habitat and use things around the home to create a replica.
- Art Appreciation
There are many incredible art galleries around the globe, but you don't have to get on a plane to appreciate famous works of art. After you and your child go through the virtual tour, have them pick a piece of art they loved and create their own replica. Take a look at these online museum tours:
- Go Back in Time
Is your child interested in history? Take a step back in time with virtual visits to some of the world's best history museums and historical locations. This includes:
- Underwater Exploration
Almost all kids are interested in aquatic life and there are many different aquariums that have set up webcams. Some of the best options we've found include:
- Georgia Aquarium (Atlanta, GA)
- Seattle Aquarium (Seattle, WA)
- Monterey Bay Aquarium (Monterey, CA)
- National Aquarium (Baltimore, MD)
After you take a look at these, talk to your child about their favorite sea animal and create an age-appropriate project using this as the focus. You can also watch movies like Finding Nemo, Finding Dory, or Disneynature's Oceans and use it as an opportunity to identify and talk about different types of sea creatures.
- A Trip Around the Globe
You can also take your kids on a virtual tour of many interesting places the world without ever leaving your home. If you find a location that excites your child, have them make a travel brochure or a postcard. Here are a few of the coolest places you can check out together:
Once you've occupied your child, you can turn your attention back to searching for your dream home. We can help! Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started.