Pandemic Play

For many children in Southwest Florida, returning to school is not an option. Consequently, many of those children miss out on meaningful learning within the context of play.

At C’mon, we recognize that play is vital for child development. Exploration, trying new things, learning about cause and effect, and developing an understanding of the world around them all help build a child’s executive functioning skills.

That’s why, in addition to providing a safe place for in-person play and learning, we have developed online learning options to keep kids engaged and active while distance learning.

Recognizing the Importance of Play and Movement in Distance Learning

Incorporating play and movement into learning is a sound, developmentally critical practice for learners of all ages. Exercise and activity are essential for effective teaching under normal circumstances, and perhaps even more vital during this time of distance learning.

Regardless of the setting, fun “brain breaks” during the day are essential for students to meet their physical movement needs as well as to keep them focused and engaged with their learning in more profound and more meaningful ways.

Going the Distance

Using the latest technology, our staff educators share activities with children and families, engaging them in dynamic, hands-on experiences.

C’mon currently offers 11 Little Learners Storytime programs, including three in Spanish. Watch favorite childhood books from the “Very Hungry Caterpillar” to “Goodnight Moon” come to life in these fun, educational videos.

For our younger learners (ages 2-5), C’mon educators engage children with activities to develop their fine motor skills and develop their letter recognition using different items easily found at home, including playdough.

“Click Clack Moo Cows That Type” is a staff favorite and available to watch now online.

C’mon’s YouTube Channel also has a video collection of hands on activities for all ages. These Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) videos reinforce math and science in a fun, entertaining format. From fun with edible paint to inflating balloons with vinegar and baking soda, children get the opportunity to explore science activities at home.

Practical Play Strategies for Distance Learning

If you’re a parent of young children or work with families —these tips are especially for you. Activities that include movement, music, and rhyme are prevalent for grades K-2 and can help boost your child’s academic, motor, communication, and social emotional skills.

Take a break every 40 to 60 minutes to:

  • Sing the alphabet song
  • Spell the names of friends and family
  • Play ”I spy” (keep it simple, “I spy something blue,” “I spy something that moves”)
  • Blow bubbles
  • Put couch cushions on the floor and crawl, walk or jump from one to the next (don’t touch the floor, it’s hot lava!)
  • Kick, roll, or toss a ball back and forth

How You Can Help Support C’mon’s Distance Learning Programs

As an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3), community support is vital to the museum’s existence. Support raised from generous donors is necessary for C’mon to continue serving the community through educational workshops and camps, community outreach, virtual learning programs, and ever-changing exhibits.

Now, let’s PLAY!

We’re open Thursdays – Tuesdays (closed on Wednesdays) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visit us online ANYTIME at CMON.ORG for fun online activities. While you’re visiting our site, subscribe to our monthly newsletter to keep updated on our latest events, exhibits, and daily activities.

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