It’s Wednesday afternoon and our home is oddly quiet. The usual self-isolation soundtrack of my two young daughters shouting, singing, arguing and laughing as they hula hoop, skip, jump, dance and hop from sunrise to nightfall has been muted.

Instead, the girls, ages 5 and 7, are sitting in silence at a table, creating their very own Joan Miro-inspired paintings during a live online art class — one of a string of virtual activities currently available to children stuck at home due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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