13 Creative Ways to Keep Students Engaged as Schools Remain Closed During the COVID-19 Crisis

It’s likely that millions of students won’t be returning to school this year due to the COVID-19 crisis. As a result, many parents, guardians, and educators are concerned that some students will regress as a result of no longer being in the traditional classroom setting. And children have concerns of their own. But there are creative ways to keep students engaged.

While parents and educators alike adapt to this new normal, they are also working around the clock in the house and from their home offices to make sure that young people have the support they need.

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With more time on our hands than usual, here are some activities that parents and guardians can keep young people engaged and on track as schools remain closed during the COVID-19 crisis.

13 Creative Ways to Keep Students Engaged


  1. Have family reading time.
  2. Create a schedule for your student’s day and stick to that routine to create a sense of normalcy while in the house.
  3. Create traceable worksheets to keep students learning new words and letters.
  4. Make up and remix songs by their favorite artists to help them memorize important facts and lessons.
  5. Google fun homemade science projects that are kitchen and carpet friendly!
  6. Watch five minutes of the news with your child and recap the current events.
  7. Share a family and or cultural history lesson or create a family tree.
  8. Research or create financial literacy exercises as an alternative to regular math lessons.
  9. Stay active in the house using fitness mobile apps.
  10. Meditate with your child.
  11. Prepare meals together for fun, to bond, and implement science lessons.
  12. Create educational and fun social media content.
  13. Work on a business plan that the family can collaborate on (even if you don’t plan on launching it). They just might find entrepreneurship exciting!


Making the most out of this time with young people can teach them a number of lessons about ingenuity, perseverance, social and emotional learning, and the importance of working together.

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