Activity ideas during coronavirus shutdowns

Nat Geo is asking parents what they’re doing to keep their stay-at-home children active and educated. Here's what they're telling us.

Raise your hand if your kids are stuck at home while you struggle to fill their time. Who better to come up with creative solutions than parents? Check out these ideas from the experts themselves on how to keep children engaged during this forced togetherness time. And keep checking back for new ideas. Share your ideas on Twitter.

• Take the paint set outside. It’s fun to do in your front or backyard, but think about heading out to a local recreation area to inspire kids from a different perspective. Bonus: Painting outstide is far less messy!

• Choose a photo theme every week (like “red,” “birds,” or “water”) and challenge kids to think creatively about how to capture the theme in different ways.