Here are some ideas for a child needing things to do in hospital or a child who may be stuck at home due to treatment:
CHILD LIFE SPECIALISTS:
Child Life on Call:
Child Life Specialists are healthcare professionals who help children through the process of an intense event such as cancer or hospitalization. Many hospitals have child life specialists frequently available. They can be a huge support for the child and family. They can help to keep kids busy and entertained, and can also provide resources to help parents, caregivers, and children to cope with illness, diagnosis, or medical procedures. Child Life on Call is an organization that can provide virtual visits with child life specialists. They have a podcast, a blog, a free library of resources, and a Child Life on Call app. They also offer a free parent starter kit which is available to download.
There may be opportunities for your child to attend online classes (including some free classes) such as art classes, painting, drama, music, and more!
Here are some links to explore:
Online videos, activities, and blog posts about many areas such as science, math, cooking, music, nature, and adventure. Kids can watch short 1-5 minute videos to learn about topics of interest, and then do an activity to test their knowledge about what they learned.
Blue Balloon School
Virtual music and songwriting lessons!
VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS OR VACATIONS:
There are many websites that provide virtual tours or vacations to various places. Here are some articles with links to explore:
VIRTUAL or DIY GAME ACTIVITIES:
Let’s Roam has many fun virtual indoor and outdoor activities. They have scavenger
hunts, Virtual Game Nights, Virtual Escape Room. Let’s Roam also has virtual birthday parties that kids can help plan. This is a great way to help children feel special on their birthday even if they are in hospital.
The Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada:
The Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada has created a section of their website that has various resources for cancer patients. Part of this includes many fun activities that are free to download. Some include scavenger hunts, a memory game and educational activities.
More Virtual Activity Ideas:
Here are some more links with ideas for fun activities or experiences: