Over the last few weeks, all of our lives have changed significantly. We aren’t going to work, to the gym or social events. Our kids are not going to school, seeing their friends or extended family, attending their lessons or coming to the Boys and Girls Club. Our lives look very different than they did even a month ago.
Most of all, we are worried and anxious – we don’t know for sure what the future holds, or when things will get back to normal. And we’re washing our hands – a lot – like, a lot a lot! (Hands up if your knuckles are as dry as sandpaper!)
We know that kids can sense our tension – and pick up on so much, as much as we try to protect them. You may be looking for some ways to talk to your kids about COVID-19, social distancing, and what you are doing to stay safe. Here are some videos that may help – you could watch them together as a family and discuss afterwards. You know your child best – how you talk to them about this “new normal” will totally depend on their age and their level of understanding.
Are you ready to take the kitchen by storm? Our partners at Kids Up Front Toronto have been collaborating with celebrity chef Matt Basile,the chef behind Fidel Gastro’s and the past host of reality tv show Rebel Without a Kitchen, to bring you and your families a live-stream cooking show! Tune in and cook a simple yet delicious dinner alongside one of Toronto’s most popular chefs!
In preparation for our live cooking show with Matt Basile this Friday, we wanted to send everyone a list of ingredients you will need to cook alongside Matt himself! Please see below for the ingredients, and try and guess what the dinner might be!
Tube Pasta (macaroni, penne, rigatoni)
Cheese (preferably mozzarella and marble cheddar)
On the day of the show, Matt encourages you to ask questions about incorporating other ingredients and spices you have at home into your dish! Feel free to get creative, these are just the base ingredients he will be cooking with.
About Matt Basile:
Matt Basile is the chef behind the Toronto based street food brand Fidel Gastro’s, which started as a sandwich pop-up shop and made its way into an internationally known food brand.
For two seasons, Matt starred as the host of the reality tv show Rebel Without a Kitchenwhich aired on Netflix, The Cooking Channel, The Asian Food Channel and The Travel and Escape Channel.
Last, but certainly not least, Matt is the author of two bestselling books – Street Food Diariesand Brunch Life.
For any parents worrying about keeping the kids engaged during this extended time away, we have put together this list of apps and places to access educational videos, and art activities for your children!
Fluency and Fitness: Educational brain breaks to help students review essential literacy and math skills, while getting in some exercise. Find over 900 videos to help your child keep learning at home and burn off some extra energy. Our site is best used for ages 4-8.
Sworkit Kid-friendly workouts — choose from Strength for Kids, Agility for Kids, Flexibility and Balance for Kids, Warm-Up for Kids, Cooldown for Kids, Stand Up and Move for Kids, OR create your own custom kid workout.
Maker Stations created by Brooke Brown 3 Free Weeks of Maker Stations to keep your children creating at home! Each challenge includes simple instructions using materials around the house, QR code video resources, and a student recording sheet.