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Activities to help you spend time with your Nana virtually!

In times of social distancing, it can be difficult to maintain true connection with our beloved grandparents. But with these activities, DCT offers some fruitful and fun engagement that can be collaborated on together from a distance. Check them out, take a look back at our amazing season, and connect! Don’t forget to share your results with us via family@dct.org!

Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Encourage your child to interview a grandparent or someone else dear to them. The goal of the exercise is to help them see that through a spirit of kindness, we can appreciate the different perspectives and experiences of others, especially our elders.

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THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR CHRISTMAS SHOW

Encourage your child to fill out, either by drawing a picture or writing, the left half of the attached exercise, and have a grandparent or someone else close to them fill out the right. The goal of the exercise is to trade compliments and give the child (and whoever works with them!) some simple positive reinforcement for sharing and expressing themselves.

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LITTLE WOMEN: THE MUSICAL

Encourage your child to write a letter (or e-mail if more convenient) to a grandparent or someone dear to them. Ask them to retell a story they have recently heard or seen – it can be silly or serious. Make sure they indicate the source of the story. Write back and tell them a favorite story of yours and how you experienced it. The goal of the exercise is to allow the child to not only examine how they like to get their information, but also to help them discover their own preferences and organically establish connections with others.

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SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE!

Encourage your child, as well as a grandparent or someone dear to them to fill out the following “I learned” sheet throughout the day. At the end of the day, have them either e-mail or show their sheets to each other. The goal of this exercise is to strengthen awareness of learning in everyday life, and to enforce that even as a grown-up, you never stop learning important lessons!

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LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET

Even though the current crisis kept this beautiful production from making it to the stage, the curtain will rise on it hopefully some time next season. So go ahead and get ready by doing this activity. Encourage your child to interview a grandparent or loved one about their experiences over the years and what they have seen. The goal of the exercise is to capture, for a moment, another loving-yet-real, perspective of the world. Encourage the child to come up with their own questions to ask!

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Photos credits: by Karen Almond Lawrence Jenkins and via stock photo.

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