Here’s a suggestion I have seen across Facebook and elsewhere on the web (here for example) in recent days:
“This thing we are all a part of, it’s living history. Our children are all a part of this, and it will be talked about for generations to come. Schools are closed; sports are cancelled; people are quarantined… on a global level. The best thing your children can do is to keep a journal over the next 5+ weeks. Handwritten, typed, in photographs or drawings… record events, day to day activities, fears and feelings. Let them make a video journal if that’s the media they prefer. As parents, let them interview you, be a part of it. When it’s all over, save it/store in a safe place for them. They will share this with their children and grandchildren. Help them create a tangible, primary source of their own history.”
And might I add, if your kids’ inclinations run to writing mediated by a screen, this blog makes an excellent outlet and repository. Send me a note.