Military families get activity packs to keep children busy while stuck at home

A soldier picks up lunches for his children as well as an activity pack. (Sara Tewksbury/KTVF)
A soldier picks up lunches for his children as well as an activity pack. (Sara Tewksbury/KTVF)(KTVF)
Published: Apr. 17, 2020 at 3:38 PM AKDT
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The New Parent Support Program on Fort Wainwright is giving out activity packs to help families with children under five to stay busy. They are giving the packs out in partnership with the meal distribution at Arctic Light Elementary.

Before the novel coronavirus pandemic, the New Parent Support Program held a playgroup twice a week. When they were not able to do that anymore, they put together these crafts for families.

The pack has a craft that the parents can do with their kids, and videos are put online for families to follow along as they do the craft.

Karen Neuenschwander, registered nurse home visitor with the New Parent Support Program, says they have had a large amount of interest in the activity packs. She says they create 100 craft kits each session and they have given out all 100 almost every time.

"This is definitely a more stressful time for families, being at home, and maybe having some additional demand from work, children doing schoolwork, things like that. We also have a number of families with deployed spouses, and everybody [else] being at home. People are looking for any kind of respite that they can get," said Neuenschwander.

One mother, Mirian Montoya, says she has been picking up the activity packs ever since they started, and she loves them because they keep her children distracted.

"They like to sit down and actually do it themselves. If I try to help them they don't like it, so I let them do whatever they want as long as they’re busy and quiet," said Montoya.

The activity packs are available for pick up at Arctic Light Elementary on Fort Wainwright on Wednesday and Friday from nine to 11 a.m.

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