As communities seek to lower the impact of COVID-19, many families are spending a lot of time at home with their kids. One great way to pass time with your little ones is to read PJ Library books! Here are other ideas for ways to stay busy and have fun at home.
For guidance in talking with your children about quarantines and pandemics, visit our page on How to Talk to Your Kids About Scary Situations.
For Babies and Toddlers
5 Super Easy No-Prep Toddler Activities
Creating a Simple Bedtime Routine for Babies & Toddlers
Listen to the Sleepy Bedtime Playlist
Family Together Time
Read a story together. Browse all PJ Library books about Hanukkah to start learning.
Check out PJ Library Listen for hours of free audio content for the whole family.
Listen to our podcast: Have I Got a Story for You!
Listen to our animated PJ Library books playlist
Play Hanukkah Mad Libs
Light the Hanukkah candles together
Arts & Crafts
12 Indoor Activities With A Jewish Twist
Bake An Edible Menorah
Decorate Handmade Menorah Cards
Make a Hot Chocolate Gift Kit
Hanukkah Sponge Stamper Cards
How to Plant a Tree Sapling During Cold Weather
The Easy Hanukkah Guide, featuring books and activities for each night
A Mitzvah A Day (From Home) Chart
9 Fun and Easy Ideas for a Shabbat Family Game Night
15 Unplugged Ideas for Shabbat
Unplugged Activities for Quiet Weekends/Shabbat
Kids in the Kitchen
Mushroom Medley Rice for Shabbat
Hanukkah Gelt via Nosh & Nibble
Hidden Veggie Latkes
Oven Fried Zucchini Sticks
Stained Glass Cookies
Sufganiyot Donut Holes
Watch PJ Library and Kosher.com's kids' cooking show, Nosh & Nibble
Hands-on Activities from Favorite PJ Library Books:
Decorate Your Own Goblin Puppets
Be the Shamash
Make a Handprint Menorah
Make a Tzedakah Box
Salt Dough Candleholders
Tips For Sharing Hanukkah at Virtual School (Facebook Resources)
Different Families, Different Rules: Tips For Talking to Your Kids
Easy Ways to Practice Mindfulness With Your Children
Sample Daily Schedule for Families at Home
More Resources from Our Partners
Visit the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) for an ongoing ticker of Jewish coronavirus news.
My Jewish Learning has guides to traditional prayers that may be particularly useful at this time, including the Prayer for Healing, the Prayer for Hand-Washing, the Prayer for Travelers, and the Prayer for Doctors.
Kveller has published helpful advice and personal essays about coronavirus, including life under quarantine, building community during this stressful time, and a profile of the teen who started the best coronavirus website.
PJ Library sends free Jewish children’s books around the world to families of all levels of Jewish observance or knowledge. The program is inspiring new generations to explore Jewish values, traditions, and culture through storybooks. Perfect for kids from birth through 12 years. Sign up the kids in your life today.