COVID-19 Youth Resources

Looking for something to do with your children while they’re home from school? Our Youth Development team has put together a list of crafts, recipes and fitness activities for you! We will be updating them weekly as long as school is out.

Mindful Monday (April 6th) - Nutrition

Become a MyPlate Champion!

Pledging to be a MyPlate Champion is a promise to eat healthy and be active every day. Learning how to make healthy choices at home and at school is an important part of taking care of you. The first step is to know which choices are best for you. Use ideas from the list below to get started.

MyPlate Champion List

  • Eat more fruits and veggies. Make half your plate fruits and vegetables everyday!
  • Try whole grains. Ask for oatmeal, whole-wheat breads, or brown rice at meals.
  • Re-think your drink. Drink fat-free or low-fat milk or water instead of sugary drinks.
  • Focus on lean protein. Choose protein foods like beans, fish, lean meats, and nuts.
  • Slow down on sweets. Eat sweets, like cakes or cookies, once in a while and in small amounts.
  • Be active your way. Find ways to exercise and be active for at least 1 hour a day like riding your bike or playing in your backyard.

Can you pledge to eat healthy and be active?  If you answered yes, you have what it takes to be a MyPlate Champion!

Print your own MyPlate Champion certificate. 

Download the Dining Decisions game to your iPad or Android and see how healthy you can make your food plate!

This free app helps you make smart food choices and puts you in control of your food plate. You can decide which foods give you more energy and powerful muscles and which ones are better to eat only sometimes.

Cooking With Kids

Time to get creative! Both of these recipes are a great way to get your creative juices flowing! 


M&M Energy Bites


Makes about 20-25 balls


1 cup rolled oats 1/2 cup peanut butter (or any nut butter will do) 1/2 cup M&Ms 1/3 cup honey ( maple syrup, dark or light corn syrup are great substitutions) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed, saving the M&Ms until last to prevent the colors from bleeding or the shells from cracking.
  • Once you have fully mixed the no-bake dough, cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least half an hour.
  • Once chilled, roll into tablespoon-sized balls.
  • Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.

Pancake muffins


  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 3 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 ¼ cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • Fruit frozen or fresh, nuts, mini chocolate chips or whatever you prefer
  • Syrup (optional)


  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees
  • In a large bowl, sift together the four, baking powder, salt and sugar. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk egg and melted butter. Mix until smooth.
  • Spray a muffin tin well with baking spray. Fill cups 2/3 full. If using fruit or other add ins, drop 2 or 3 into each cup. *If you would rather skip using cooking spray, you put cupcake liners in each cup.
  • Bake for 8 to 9 minutes or until golden brown on top. Let sit for at least a few minutes before serving
  • Add syrup if desired



Who-Are-You Wednesday (April 8th) - Character Education

Kindness and Generosity:

Help your child find an article or video featuring a story of kindness or generosity during the current COVID-19 crisis. Here are a few suggestions:

 Begin a conversation with your child about the story you have selected and include the following questions:

  • How does this story make you feel?
  • Why do you think people practice acts of kindness and generosity?
  • Why are acts of kindness and generosity important?
  • What can you do to show kindness and generosity to others during this time?

Click Here to watch a video of a read-along of the book The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein and complete these free activities that go along with the book!

  • Giving Tree Activity for PreK – 1st Grade
  • Make a list of the resources that the Giving Tree gave to the boy {apples, branches, trunk} and reinforce that the giving makes us happy. Then, talk about the fact that the tree gave things she already had and that giving doesn’t have to mean buying things. Brainstorm a list of things we can give that we already have without spending money.

The More You Give, the More You Get Candy Race (for 2 or more children)

If you are looking for a way to use all that Easter candy while teaching a lesson on giving, this is the activity for you. The idea for this activity is based on the old adage that it’s better to give than to receive.

Supplies: Lots of candy; two buckets per child (or team if more than 2 children are present); measuring cups; spoons; bowls; anything small that could be used to transport candy.

Set Up: Create a table in the front of the room you use with one bucket for each child sitting on top of the table. Label each bucket with the child’s name (or team name if more than 2 children present). This will be the Receiving Bucket.

On the other side of the room, set up another bucket for each team filled with candy. This will be the Giving Bucket.

Before reading the objective and rules to your group, divide children into teams and have them go sit near their Giving Bucket.

The Game Objective: Each team wants to unload as much of their candy into another team’s bucket in the front of the room as quickly as possible. The team with the least amount of candy will be the winners. Thus, in this game, it is truly “better to give than to receive."

Rules: Each team will start with an equal amount of candy in the Giving Bucket. When the whistle blows, your team will have 5 minutes to get rid of as much of your candy as it possibly can. For small groups have children move one piece of candy at a time. For multiple children, you can provide tools to use to take candy from your Giving Bucket and put it into another team’s Receiving Bucket (tablespoons, cups, etc.). You can use anything to move the candy except bare hands.

You will notice other teams will be dumping candy in your Receiving Bucket at the front of the table. As the Receiving Bucket becomes full, you may move candy out of that bucket and into another team’s bucket if available. However, you must first carry the candy back to your Giving Bucket before you can pour it into another team’s Receiving Bucket.

Any physical contact with another team, moving your buckets or blocking your bucket from being filled will result in disqualification.

As you can see, strategy is important in this game. Take some time to plan with your team how you will end up with the least amount of candy.

When the time is up, have each team sit down. Give them both buckets and have them count all the candy collected by their group. Have a prize ready for the winners, which will be the team with the least amount of candy. This is the team that gave more than it received.

Fantastically Fit Friday (April 10th) – Fitness

1. Dance Party Fitness Class(es):

Kidz BOP Kids: Dance Along Videos 2018 30 min

2. Aerobic Class(es):

Sh1ft Fitness: HIIT For Kids 20 min

Moe Jones: Superhero Workout 10 min 

3. Yoga Class(es):

Yoga Ed: Mat Yoga Classes for Children & Teens


Other Free Resources:

PBS KIDS Play and Learn Science App - Includes hands on science projects with everyday materials, along with online science games and explorations

Goodnight With Dolly Join Dolly Parton as she reads a series of Imagination Library books all carefully chosen for their appropriate content at this moment in time.


Mindful Monday

Kids Food Critic Activity

Click Here for Printable Activity Sheet

In this fun game, kids get to pick a new food, taste it, and rate it like a food critic.

Cooking with your Kids

This is a great time to get cooking with your kids. Most of these ingredients are things that you can buy as you find them in the store and keep on hand until it’s time to use them.

French Bread Pizzas


1 loaf french bread

1 cup Tomato Sauce

3 cups Mozzarella cheese, shredded

Any toppings you like on your pizza!


Preheat oven to 400°F.

Slice french bread loaf in half lengthwise.

Spread sauce on each half of the bread.

Sprinkle each side with cheese and cover with toppings.

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Slice into 2 inch wide pizza sticks and serve.

Ice Cream in a Bag


1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, half and half or any kind of milk

1 tsp vanilla

2 1/2 tsp sugar

Any other additions you want to add ( fruit, chocolate chips etc)


Place these ingredients into a tightly sealed sandwich sized bag, pressing the air out as you seal it. Then put this into another tightly sealed sandwich bag. Fill a gallon size resealable bag half-way full of ice cubes, and mix with 6 tablespoons of coarse kosher salt. Then put the sealed sandwich-size bag into the middle of the ice, and seal the larger bag. To make the ice cream, get moving! You will need to shake the bag for about 5-10 minutes


Who-Are-You Wednesday - Character Education


Watch this YouTube video for a read-aloud of Zinnia and Dot, a cute book about two hens who don’t like each other and compete on who is better and can make the best eggs. They never got along, but when something goes wrong they lose all but one egg. The hens then have to work together to care for the egg despite not liking each other. They find they are both very brave and have much to appreciate with each other. Start a conversation with your child about the book and include the following questions:

Do we always get along with others? Share with others? Why or why not?

What happened to make Zinnia and Dot work together? Did they want to? Why did they do it?

How did Zinnia and Dot cooperate to ensure that the egg survived?

How did cooperating change their attitudes toward each other?

Use the information at here to have a lesson with your child on Cooperation. This information includes great answers to questions like:

What is cooperation?

What does cooperation look like?

How can you be a cooperative person?

How can we be cooperative to our family?

How can we spread the idea of cooperation to others?

Can You Save Fred? (Cooperative STEAM Activity)


Fantastically Fit Friday – Fitness

1. Dance Party Fitness Class(es):

Kidz BOP Kids – Best Classroom Dance Along Videos 2020 30 min

Kidz BOP Kids: Your Favorite Dance Along Videos 2019 30 min

2. Aerobic Class(es):

Jumping Jax Gym: Family Workout 25 min

Moe Jones: Family Bootcamp Style Workout 15 min

3. Yoga Class(es):

StoryHive: Yoga For Kids 25 min

Yoga For Kids: Play In The Park 30 min


Other Free Resources:

CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell: Look for Facebook Live videos that took place 3/23 - 3/26 called Kindness 101 with Steve Hartman

America’s Test Kitchen Kids:  Free access to cooking lessons and activities for kids from America’s Test Kitchen!


Mindful Monday - Nutrition Activity

This is bananas! (Could there be a more fitting activity for right now?)

Here are a couple of yummy ways to use one of the best fruits around

Banana Sushi

What you need:

  • Bananas
  • Yogurt, Peanut butter, Almond Butter
  • Nutella (optional)
  • Toppings (Rice Krispies, Shredded Coconut, Mini Chocolate Chips, Crushed Nuts, Chia Seeds, Rainbow Sprinkles, etc)


Put Rice Krispies, coconut, and chocolate chips in 3 separate bowls, each wide enough to dip half a banana in. Peel bananas and cut in half. Slather halves in nut butter of your choice (or nutella) and roll in topping(s). Cut into bite-size pieces and serve

Graham Cracker Banana “Cake”

What you need:

  • Graham crackers
  • 2 tablespoons Nutella chocolate hazelnut spread
  • 4 oz cream cheese (softened or at room temperature)
  • Sliced bananas


  • Combine the Nutella and crème cheese
  • Layer on top of the graham crackers, adding sliced bananas on top
  • Make the cakes a high as you want! 

Who-Are-You Wednesday (March 25th) - Character Education


  1. Ideas for Ways Your Child Can Stay Connected to Their Friends
  • Phone Calls – set up a specific time to talk one-on-one with your buddy, or a friend to see how they are doing
  • Study Buddies – study with a friend through video chat
  • Group Chats – Create Chats on topics of interest like: pet pictures, video games, funny GIFs
  • Video Chats – Start a video chat using Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts, or Facebook Messenger Kids
  • Exercise Buddies – have a parent lead a video workout class
  • Virtual Games – invite people to an online game

  1. Friendship Bracelet Tutorial for Beginners:



Go to this page and use it to talk with your children about what responsibility means, how it relates to consequences, and why it is important that we all take responsibility for preventing the spread of COVID-19. Students in grades 2-5 can also complete the worksheet here:

For children, the most important responsibility that they can take is that of washing their hands. Below is a link to fun and simple an activity that you can do at home to demonstrate the importance of hand-washing.

Fantastically Fit Friday – Fitness Activity

Dance Party Fitness Class(es):

1. Kidz BOP Kids: Dance Along Playlist

2. Aerobic Class(es):

- Les Mills Born To Move (8-12 year old class) 20 min

- Les Mills Born To Move (6-7 year old class) 20 min

3. Yoga Class(es): Cosmic Yoga Playlist:

Other Free Resources:

Could your child use a brain break? There are some great live streaming opportunities you can catch!

The Critter Keeper: Facebook Live, Friday 3/20 at 3pm, Check his Facebook page for more “shows”

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden: Facebook Live Daily at 3:00pm

Mo Willems’s Lunch Doodles: Weekdays at 1:00pm at the