By JODIE FITZ
It can be tough to keep busy as the weeks in pandemic-related isolation drag on. And parents who are trying to help their children stay sharp while they are learning at home, might be running out of ways to keep them engaged.
Parent Pages columnist Jodie Fitz has got some ideas! On her website, she’s sharing a number of free online activities related to her book “Fidget Grows a Pizza Garden,” about a girl who is very excited to grow a garden but is surprised when the tomatoes ripen and she realizes she isn’t actually growing a pizza. Visit jodiefitz.com/storytime to watch a video of Jodie reading the story and download coloring sheets, recipes and pizza fraction activities.
Also on her website, she introduces a brand-new character, Sip, who encourages kids to stay hydrated – something that is easy to forget when you are stuck at home. On Sip’s page (jodiefitz.com/sips-page), you’ll find lots of great resources and information for parents, a coloring activity and a downloadable kid-friendly water tracking chart that will encourage kids to drink more water – one sip at a time.
Cooking together as a family is a good way to bond and relieve the stress of stay-at-home monotony. At jodiefitz.com, you’ll find so many great recipes that even the littlest of kitchen helps can be a part of, like Apple Pie Parfaits and Butterfly Quesadillas.
People often find comfort in food when times are tough, and Jodie’s website offers a number of food-related activities to keep little minds and bodies busy.