( for: actual quarantine, school closures, weekend social distancing, anytime!)

GIANT LIST OF IDEAS FOR BEING HOME WITH KIDS

  • Have each kid pick a topic they'd like to learn about and spend 30 mins each day on that topic
  • Spne day reading every single picture book we have in the house
  • Go through all the old mail laying around (ok, that one's not for kids although they do enjoy helping tear stuff up)
  • Bake something every day
  • Have each kid write a letter and/or emails to a different friend or family member each day
  • Use all of our building toys on one giant structure
  • Wash our hands!!!!
  • Races of various kinds in the backyard (hopping on one foot, crabwalk, walking backwards, etc.)
  • Try stop motion animation with playdough
  • Facetime grandparents a lot
  • inventory the plants & w

TV wildlife (from bugs on up) in your yard.

  • learn the parts of plants/flowers & how they function (bonus if they learn the Latin names).
  • if you aren't too squeamish & have a spare clear shoebox size tote or 5-10 gallon tank, catch some pillbugs (rolly pollies, sowbugs) & observe them (if you really do this, i can tell you how to set them up. i have about a thousand of them currently because it's too cold here to thin the herd & they've been reproducing all winter. they're pretty interesting).
  • write a short story & illustrate it.
  • learn how to do simple book binding.
  • make paper (from your old mail!)
  • have the kids help with yardwork in between playing games outside. They're little, but they like getting dirty and "working" in the gardens.
  • GoNoodle! Great for guided movement, relaxation, etc.
  • Board games, card games
  • Legos.
  • We have some extreme dot to dot books (1400 dots) that the kids love, especially the 5 year old!
  • Lots of reading, playing with the dog,
  • Working on learning to sew using stuff we have on hand.
  • Card making/scrapbooking projects (mostly for me but kids can do it too).
  • Getting the garden ready, we need to weed and work the ground. I might get seeds and we'll set up to have our own starts this year.
  • Make tents and reading caves : ) flashlights, tidy snacks, books, and pillows!
  • Have a shadow show in the reading tent (we used blankets over chairs or a table)
  • Get binoculars and learn about the birds near your house, look them up on google and search for their birdcalls on YouTube
  • Learn how to make a stuffed animal
  • Play with cornstarch and water and cheap action figures
  • many educational websites are waving fees if your students school is closed
  • Collect a bunch of tape markers and cardboard boxes. That'll keep them busy for a day or two.
  • Watch all the hand washing videos & vote on your favorite. Discuss why each good, helpful, funny. The Holderness parody one is hilarious, the Vietnam Tiktok one is great choreography, some have good songs etc.
  • Also pick your favorite song with a 20 second refrain or verse perfect for hand washing length of time.
  • Family puzzles. Ones that are 500-1000 pieces and a challenging but not frustrating picture
  • We homeschool (4 kids) and honestly, just have fun!!!!!
  • Team up and really clean and organize each kid's space, making a donation box for each. Parents are included.
  • Have a board game day
  • kids can also make their own games! Board games, card games, you name it! My daughter spent a lot of time this winter creating soccer and football games played with cards for moves and pieces made out of legos
  • Write a story cooperatively. One person picks a character and the other picks a setting and then go gangbusters together.
  • the folding picture story one! We called it “eat poop you cat” one person draws a small picture across the top of a paper the next person writes a sentence that describes that picture and folds Over the paper top of the paper hot dog style to cover the picture. So the 3rd person only sees a sentence and they have to draw a picture. They fold over the sentence.
  • Any and all art is fun at home: beading, painting, drawing, play dough or kinetic sand, sewing, etc. when my daughter was young we could do art all day.
  • Massive board game tournament with all the (mostly forgotten) board games we own!
  • Stolen from “growing up global fb page”
  • If your school is going on #quarantine and running #schoolonline, get #GlobalKids for the special price of just $10.98. Take a screen-free, curiosity + creativity boosting, global empathy + engagement trip around the world, from comfort of your home
  • My daughter (6) has enjoyed doing yoga at home. There are kid-friendly YouTube videos and printed cards with poses.
  • Zumba or Dance-along videos on YouTube
  • We home school exclusively and the best advice I have is check out Pinterest. There are tons of ideas for activities, games, etc.
  • Draw self portraits on blank faces
  • color coded different interesting places on a map.
  • I've had them draw maps of places and then make directions from one place to another to see if someone else could follow it.
  • We've done scavenger hunts, indoor treasure hunts where they follow clues through the house to a "treasure" at the end (could be candy, a movie, whatever), and a lot of charades.
  • I made videos with my 3rd grade daughter teaching kids how to write code. Check out the videos here
  • My daughter wanted a doll house for her 18" dolls. We saved cardboard boxes and got more from Dollar general and got to work. The closets and couch are cardboard as well.
  • There are a few easy "kitchen chemistry" type science experiments that are easy to do, like making slime, baking soda and vinegar reaction, etc.
  • we put food coloring under the baking soda in a mini muffin pan and used Pipette to drop vinegar in and then you can see the color!
  • Last summer we did an experiment to learn what each ingredient did for a cake (so we made one following the recipe, one without eggs, one without milk, etc.). We then compared and contrasted the different cakes ... Then we ate a lot of weird cake.
  • There are a bunch of ideas on the lab section of our webpage! And we have letters from women in STEM around the world!
  • give the dogs a bath and brush
  • wash and clean out my car (mostly their food trash and dirty socks)
  • mow the lawn (my 11 year old just learned!)
  • play sidewalk chalk outside
  • glow stick party
  • popcorn + movie marathon
  • Listen to kid podcasts - we love story pirates and smash boom best.
  • Declutter toys!
  • Have an Olympics with a bunch of events competitions - funny ones, helpful ones like cleaning and really fun ones like minute to win in style.
  • Learn new card games
  • We’re going to learn to make sushi!
  • Lots of art projects!
  • Dig up all the activity books, presents, etc that never got played with, and use those!
  • There’s always time tested building a tent in the house with blankets and chairs. Great for just before nap time.
  • We are going to bust out our hiking gear and try new hiking paths. As long as you stay away from over populated areas you will naturally stay a safe distance from others and sick people generally don't hike!
  • Do a study on planets, then have the kids create their own planets- how big is it, where in the universe is it located, atmosphere conditions, can it sustain life, how long is a day/year, name it, etc.
  • you could even spread the planets out around the house to show "approx." distance from each other.
  • Watch this to learn about relative distance
  • Design a new space craft, draw plans, then create out of legos or household items. Spend some time pretending you're on different planets with different gravity, you could seriously spend a whole week on just fun space activities.
  • But that's not limited to space- these ideas would work for animals, geography, body systems, historical events/time periods, etc. Beyond that, do some fun physics experiments like making a bridge out of straws, egg drop protectors, paper airplanes, etc.
  • PuppetMaster:  an app where you can animate anything from a drawing to a stuffed animal.
  • Practice spinning poi - my daughter is just learning how to spin and it’s been fun practicing together.
  • Puzzle races: put several puzzles (20+ piece puzzles) in a paper bag and shake it up. Pour pieces out and give each person the puzzle box they are to put together. Go! (Cooperation tends to be a result as pieces are traded.)
  • Dig through cabinets and figure out recipes for that thing you got at the grocery store and thought "this is interesting surely it can be used for something!" And then make it!
  • Audible!
  • Have astronauts read to you or observe them doing experiments: https://storytimefromspace.com/
  • Take baths
  • Dance party!
  • Dress up with adults included
  • Give parents a makeover
  • Cut up strips of paper and brainstorm activities that don't involve money, eating, or electronics (my kids are would only talk about these of I didn't specify). Write one activity on each strip and put all strips in a box. Pull out a strip when things get dull.
  • Water play
  • Make ice cream
  • Make and play with Play dough
  • Gardening
  • I let them “paint the fence” with washable paints outside
  • My mother used to let us put on swimsuits and get out our beach towels and have a pretend beach party on rainy or snowy days, complete with Beach Boys music.
  • Make a boat that can really float. How can you modify your design so that it would be a fun bath toy?
  • Fold and fly different styles of paper airplanes. How can the science of flight help you design a better plane?
  • Look closely at various kitchen tools. How do you think they work? How could they be improved?
  • Transform a room of your house into a castle! What features do you think are most important in real castle designs?
  • Create the ultimate creative rolling car that can go down a ramp. How many different ideas can you try?
  • Create a gap that is about 12 inches across. Use different materials to create a simple bridge. How can you determine which bridge is the strongest?
  • Do batteries really power the world? Go on a scavenger hunt to find things powered by batteries. What kind of batteries can you find?
  • Transform a sheet of paper into a fan. How many different designs can you come up with? How else can you transform paper?
  • Louis Braille wanted to make reading easier for other blind people so he created a code of raised dots. Can you write a message in Braille?
  • Watch a movie about sports. How would you describe the different forms of motion? What needs to happen to move fast?
  • Discover how LEGO bricks are made. Can you use your LEGO to make one really big LEGO brick?
  • Plan and make a model playground. Who will you make a model playground for?
  • Build a car or house entirely out of edible materials. Consider having an edible car race
  • Design and build a pair of scissors that can cut through dough. What can you use for the blades?
  • Experiment with freezing different mixtures of water and salt. What do you notice about the amount of salt and the time it takes to freeze?
  • Build a pendulum by tying a weight on a string. What do you notice about the swing when you change the length? How can you use this as a timer?
  • Did you know that windshield wipers were invented by Mary Anderson? Experiment with making a model windshield wiper. What would you invent for cars?
  • Design a town square for the heart of a healthy community. What makes a community healthy and strong?
  • Make a building with multiple floors. What do you need to do to ensure that the building is stable? Can you install an elevator?
  • Take apart a click-to-write pen to see if you can get a closer look at the mechanisms that make it work.
  • ✅The San Diego Zoo has a website just for kids with amazing videos, activities, and games. Enjoy the tour! https://kids.sandiegozoo.org/
  • ✅Tour Yellowstone National Park!
  • https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/photosmultimedia/virtualtours.htm
  • ✅Explore the surface of Mars on the Curiosity Rover.
  • https://accessmars.withgoogle.com/
  • ✅This Canadian site FarmFood 360 offers 11 Virtual Tours of farms from minks, pigs, and cows, to apples and eggs. https://www.farmfood360.ca/
  • ✅Indoor Activities for busy toddlers
  • https://busytoddler.com/2020/03/indoor-activities/?fbclid=IwAR3tYXAqw7tJRAzLExpPcJo4rApLsKtgL0AwghzxgnhwOajc4auX6o12_xw
  • ✅Play games and learn all about animals
  • https://switchzoo.com/
  • ✅Play with fave show characters and learn too https://pbskids.org/
  • ✅Travel to Paris, France to see amazing works of art at The Louvre with this virtual field trip.
  • https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne
  • ✅This Virtual Tour of the Great Wall of China is beautiful and makes history come to life.
  • https://www.thechinaguide.com/destination/great-wall-of-china
  • ✅Math and Reading games https://www.funbrain.com/
  • ✅Phonics skills https://www.starfall.com/h/
  • ✅This iconic museum located in the heart of London allows virtual visitors to tour the Great Court and discover the ancient Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies. https://britishmuseum.withgoogle.com/
  • ✅ Read, play games, and hang out with Dr. Seuss https://www.seussville.com/
  • ✅300,000+ FREE printable worksheets from toddlers to teens https://www.123homeschool4me.com/home-school-free-printables/
  • ✅Geography and animals
  • https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/
  • ✅Math practice from counting to algebra and geometry http://www.mathscore.com/
  • ✅Fave kids books read by famous people https://www.storylineonline.net/
  • ✅Crafts, activities, mazes, dot to dot, etc, https://www.allkidsnetwork.com/
  • ✅High school chemistry topics https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/resources/highschool/chemmatters/articles-by-topic.html
  • ✅Math and reading games https://www.abcya.com/
  • ✅Math and language games https://www.arcademics.com/
  • ✅Hands on Elem science videos https://www.backpacksciences.com/science-simplified
  • ✅Voice based learning... learn through Alexa https://bamboolearning.com/resources
  • ✅Fun games, recipes, crafts, activities https://www.highlightskids.com/
  • ✅ClickSchooling brings you daily recommendations by email for entertaining websites that help your kids learn. https://clickschooling.com/
  • ✅Math as a fun part of your daily family routine http://bedtimemath.org/
  • ✅Games to get "into the book" https://reading.ecb.org/
  • ✅Online history classes for all ages preteen through adults https://school.bighistoryproject.com/bhplive
  • ✅Biology https://www.biologysimulations.com/
  • ✅ Elem Math through 6th grade https://boddlelearning.com/
  • ✅Educational games K-12 https://www.breakoutedu.com/funathome
  • ✅Digital archive of history https://www.bunkhistory.org/
  • ✅Test Prep for SAT, ACT, etc. https://www.bwseducationconsulting.com/handouts.php
  • ✅Geometry https://www.canfigureit.com/
  • ✅Resources for Spanish practice https://www.difusion.com/campus/
  • ✅Chinese learning activities https://chalkacademy.com/
  • ✅Music is for everyone https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/Experiments
  • ✅Science, Math, Social Studies https://www.ck12.org/student/
  • ✅Grammar practice for middle grades https://www.classroomcereal.com/
  • ✅Daily free science or cooking experiment to do at home.http://www.clubscikidzmd.com/blog/
  • ✅Chemistry https://www.playmadagames.com/
  • ✅Reading passages for grades 3-12, with reading comprehension and discussion questions. https://www.commonlit.org/
  • ✅Vocabulary, grammar, listening activities and games in Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Korean, and Latin. https://conjuguemos.com/
  • ✅35,000 pages of online content on the cultures and countries of the world. https://www.countryreports.org/
  • ✅K-5th Science lessons https://mysteryscience.com/
  • ✅Tons of free classes from leading universities and companies https://www.coursera.org/
  • ✅Free printable K-8 Reading and Math activity packs (available in English and Spanish) https://www.curriculumassociates.com/supporting-students-away-from-school
  • ✅Digital learning content for preschool through high school https://www.curriki.org/
  • ✅A wide range of math content from middle school through AP Calculus. https://deltamath.com/overview
  • ✅Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing. https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html
  • ✅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. bit.ly/freemakerstations
  • ✅Classes for older teens or adults https://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/lp/t1/freemo?source_id=FREEMO&utm_source=Social_Media&utm_medium=Facebook&utm_campaign=1000614&fbclid=IwAR1vaJx-3_aCdyE75S0fTJg4JZ_jI6KJvsJb4CnXY03tnfTm3FdgflaNpYs
  • ✅Online homeschool platform & curriculum for Pre-K to 12th grade. All main subjects are covered, plus extra curriculum courses. http://discoveryk12.com/dk12/
  • ✅Printable board games, activities and more for phonics and reading all using evidence-based methods. Can be customized to any student's needs including creating flashcards for other subjects. https://dogonalogbooks.com/printables/
  • ✅K-8 online math program that looks at how a student is solving problems to adjust accordingly and build a unique learning path for them. https://www.dreambox.com/at-home
  • ✅Engaging reading game for grades 2-8 that combines strategy, engagement, and imaginative reading passages to create a fun, curriculum-aligned literacy game. https://www.squigglepark.com/dreamscape/
  • ✅Higher level math series... online video series with detailed solutions to more than a thousand publicly-released College Board SAT Math, Subject Test Math Level 1, and Subject Test Math Level 2 problems.https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbQoCpvYRYRkRRvsObOPHaA?reload=9
  • ✅Foreign languages https://www.duolingo.com/
  • ✅Interactive video earth science based curriculum supplement. https://www.everyday-earth.com/
  • ✅A safe research site for elementary-level readers. They are offering -- free 24/7 access
  • USERNAME: read (case sensitive)
  • PASSWORD: read (case sensitive)
  • https://www.facts4me.com/
  • ✅Resources for AP students including live reviews, live trivia, and study guides! https://app.fiveable.me/
  • ✅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. https://fluencyandfitness.com/register/school-closures/
  • ✅Movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts. https://www.gonoodle.com/
  • ✅7,000 free videos in 13 subject areas https://hippocampus.org/
  • ✅Carmen Sandiego videos, stories, and lessons for all subject areas https://www.carmensandiego.com/resources/
  • ✅Math Videos with lessons, real life uses of math, famous actors https://www.hmhco.com/math-at-work
  • ✅Entertaining & educational videos for all levels and subjects
  • https://www.izzit.org/index.php
  • ✅Online education program for toddler through high school... https://www.khanacademy.org/
  • ✅Free Printables for PreK-2nd Grade https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Literacy-With-The-Littles/Price-Range/Free
  • ✅Free printables library with activities for children 0-6 https://www.littlesparkcompany.com/printables-library
  • ✅Free at-home kids yoga lesson plans https://littletwistersyoga.com/online-store/
  • ✅Magic Spell is a carefully crafted spelling adventure. https://brainbox.games/
  • ✅Resources for AP students https://marcolearning.com/
  • ✅Enter your math problem or search term, press the button, and they show you the step-by-step work and answer instantly. 2nd grade through college. https://www.mathcelebrity.com/online-math-tutor.php
  • ✅Elem Math games, logic puzzles and educational resources https://www.mathplayground.com/
  • ✅Poetry and music https://www.thewell.world/mindful-music/mindful-poetry-moments
  • ✅3D printing projects and Coding projects, involving math and other K-12 subjects https://www.instructables.com/member/EdgertonCenter/instructables/
  • ✅Introductory and intermediate music theory lessons, exercises, ear trainers, and calculators. https://www.musictheory.net/
  • ✅Scads of free resources, games, learning resources, and lesson plans for teaching personal finance https://www.ngpf.org/
  • ✅Improve your typing skills while competing in fast-paced races with up to 5 typers from around the world. https://www.nitrotype.com/
  • ✅Illustrated recipes designed to help kids age 2-12 cook with their grown-ups. Recipes encourage culinary skills, literacy, math, and science. https://www.nomsterchef.com/nomster-recipe-library
  • ✅Online curriculum that builds better writers. https://www.noredink.com/
  • ✅80+ do at home science activities https://elementalscience.com/blogs/news/80-free-science-activities
  • ✅Daily lessons and educational activities that kids can do on their own https://www.superchargedschool.com/
  • ✅Adaptive curriculum in Math and ELA for Grades K-8
  • https://www.scootpad.com/
  • ✅Novel Effect makes storytime a little more fun for kids (and grown-ups too!) As you read out loud from print books (or ebooks!) music, sound effects, and character voices play at just the right moment, adjusting and responding to your voice. https://noveleffect.com/
  • ✅Quick & easy at home projects curated for kids 2 and up
  • https://www.kiwico.com/kids-at-home
  • ✅Teaches students how to write a paragraph through interactive online tutorial http://www.paragraphpunch.com/
  • ✅PreK-12 digital media service with more than 30,000 learning materials https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/
  • ✅Curricular content hub specifically designed for K-3 students.
  • https://pebblego.com/free-pebblego-capstone-interactive-access-school-closures?fbclid=IwAR0ldr6TT3grhEDzJ_fEpYvNGG13kqYo5ogwEqYneW7QBkX8L4u7cEIS0nE
  • ✅Science and math labs and simulations https://phet.colorado.edu/
  • ✅An online physics problem and video bank designed for conceptual, standard, honors or AP1 physics. https://www.positivephysics.org/home
  • ✅Prodigies is a colorful music curriculum for kids 1-12 that will teach your kids how to play their first instrument, how to sing in tune & how to understand the language of music! 21 for free https://prodigiesmusic.com/
  • ✅Free videos from around the world from grade 3-12
  • https://www.projectexplorer.org/
  • ✅QuaverMusic is offering free access to general music activities to all impacted schools, including free student access at-home https://www.quavermusic.com/info/at-home-resources/
  • ✅For students to practice and master whatever they are learning. https://quizlet.com/
  • ✅ReadWorks is an online resource of reading passages and lesson plans for students of all levels K-12. https://www.readworks.org/
  • ✅Critical Thinking resources for K-6 students https://marketplace.mythinkscape.com/store/redtkids
  • ✅Music Based Spanish Learning https://rockalingua.com/
  • ✅Science simulations, scientist profiles, and other digital resources for middle school science and high school biology
  • https://sepuplhs.org/
  • ✅The Shurley English program for grades K-8 provides a clear, logical, and concrete approach to language arts. https://www.shurley.com/
  • ✅Sight reading and sight singing practice exercises. https://www.sightreadingfactory.com/
  • ✅Music practice transformed https://www.smartmusic.com/
  • ✅Spellingcity is free right now with code VSCFree90
  • https://www.spellingcity.com/
  • ✅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. https://app.sworkit.com/collections/kids-workouts
  • ✅A collection of hundreds of free K-12 STEM resources, from standalone models and simulations to short activities and week long sequences of curriculum materials. https://learn.concord.org/
  • ✅Course sets (Levels 1–5) that combine and thoroughly cover phonics, reading, writing, spelling, literature, grammar, punctuation, art, and geography—all in one easy-to-use, beautiful course. https://www.goodandbeautiful.com/
  • ✅At home OT, PT, and ST resources designed to build skills in children through movement and play. https://www.theottoolbox.com/
  • ✅Science projects that can be completed with or without Internet access https://sciencespot.net/Pages/classhome.html
  • ✅Keyboarding practice https://www.typingclub.com/ or https://www.typing.com/
  • ✅Next Generation Science video game focused on middle school where students directly engage in science phenomena as they solve problems. https://www.tytoonline.com/
  • ✅Short videos and readings that answer various burning questions for students. There are vocabulary challenges and comprehension questions. http://wonderopolis.org/
  • ✅Math practice https://xtramath.org/#/home/index
  • ✅K-5 curriculum that builds deep understanding and a love of learning math for all students https://www.zearn.org/
  • ✅A quick start resource to help families pull together a plan for surviving the next 1-2 months at home with their kids, but it can also be a time of slowing down and enjoying kids as they learn.
  • Preschool through 8th grade https://abetterwaytohomeschool.com/learning-at-home-everything-you-need-in-one-place.html?fbclid=IwAR0Lo2FZ5cWLMt-6nto19auqTtI5kztqLqwi3japOPl1rcR_rLaNuCUcaYw
  • ✅450 Ivy League courses that you can take https://www.freecodecamp.org/news/ivy-league-free-online-courses-a0d7ae675869/?fbclid=IwAR0tbYeSJTzmrzgs1z1Brpoh-Lg8zoqnThQAUTFqR-bBX9O6AEh2_lnLhTs
  • ✅Spelling 1-4 grade
  • https://www.spellingtraining.com/
  • ✅2,500+ online courses from top institutions https://www.edx.org/
  • ✅22 languages to learn https://www.memrise.com/
  • ✅Learn to code https://www.codecademy.com/
  • ✅Miscellaneous games for all subjects k-8 https://www.funbrain.com/
  • ✅Phonics and learning to read https://readingeggs.com/
  • ✅PreK - 5 games for all subjects https://www.turtlediary.com/
  • ✅Online digital coloring pages https://www.thecolor.com/
  • ✅Every course you could possibly want to homeschool preschool - 8 https://allinonehomeschool.com/
  • ✅Every course you could possibly want to homeschool for high school https://allinonehighschool.com/
  • ✅Phonics worksheets for kids https://www.funfonix.com/
  • ✅Free stories online ages 3-12 https://www.freechildrenstories.com/
  • ✅National Geographic Young Explorers is a magazine designed specifically for kindergarten and first grade students. Children can listen to the magazine being read to them as they follow along with the highlighted text. https://ngexplorer.cengage.com/ngyoungexplorer/index.html
  • ✅Learn all about earthquakes https://earthquake.usgs.gov/learn/kids/
  • ✅Learn all about the periodic table https://www.chemicool.com/
  • ✅Farmer's almanac for kids... Date, weather, moon phase, etc. https://www.almanac.com/kids
  • ✅Guide to gardening for kids https://web.extension.illinois.edu/firstgarden/
  • ✅Website allows students to play basic games to reinforce math skills and compete against the computer or others https://www.mangahigh.com/en-us/
  • ✅Space science for kiddos https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub/index.html
  • ✅Math Games, Logic Puzzles and Brain Builders https://www.mathplayground.com/
  • ✅Games, quizzes and fact sheets take kids on a journey through time. https://www.bbc.co.uk/history/forkids/
  • ✅NGAkids interactives offer an entertaining and informative introduction to art and art history. https://www.nga.gov/education/kids.html
  • ✅News and more for kids https://www.youngzine.org/
  • ✅Randomly generates 356,300,262,144 story starters
  • https://thestorystarter.com/
  • ✅Immerse yourself in cryptography https://www.cryptoclub.org/
  • ✅Math games galore https://gridclub.com/
  • ✅Tons of science experiments that you can do at home
  • https://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/
  • ✅An interactive way to learn history
  • https://www.mission-us.org/
  • ✅Just explore, have fun, and learn some science along the way. https://thehappyscientist.com/
  • ✅Interactive games based on the book series
  • https://www.magictreehouse.com/
  • ✅Work on the 8 parts of speech https://www.grammaropolis.com/
  • ✅Learn all about cells https://www.cellsalive.com/
  • ✅All sorts of learning here if you dig in https://www.google.com/earth/
  • ✅Scratch draws students of all types into coding and lays a foundation for future learning. https://scratch.mit.edu/
  • ✅A wonderful, endlessly detailed way to get kids engaged in the world of art. https://www.metmuseum.org/art/online-features/metkids/
  • ✅Tests kids’ geography skills. Using images from Google’s Street View, it plops players down in the middle of the street and asks them to figure out where they are. https://www.geoguessr.com/
  • ✅Allows students to type in any city, state, or country to view an archive of historical photographs and other documents. It’s a unique way to help them learn about history.
  • http://www.whatwasthere.com/
  • ✅Short videos about numbers that help kids explore complex math topics and make math more fun. https://www.numberphile.com/
  • ✅A human visualization platform that allows students to explore the human body in really cool ways. https://human.biodigital.com/login?returnUrl=%2Fdashboard
  • ✅Helps kids learn to appreciate the arts by providing them with the opportunity to play games, conduct investigations, and explore different forms of art. https://artsology.com/
  • ✅Lets kids play instruments online. Instruments include the guitar, piano, pan flute, drums, and bongos. https://www.virtualmusicalinstruments.com/
  • ✅Crafts, activities, bulletin board designs, and finger plays for early education teachers and parents to use with kids.
  • http://www.preschoolexpress.com/
  • ✅A large selection of fun songs to help teach preschool and kindergarten students https://www.songsforteaching.com/preschoolkindergarten.htm
  • ✅Resource section includes free flashcards, coloring pages, worksheets, and other resources for children, teachers, and parents. https://supersimple.com/
  • ✅Life skills curriculum for students in grades K-12. Their resources include strategies for teaching social and emotional skills. https://www.overcomingobstacles.org/
  • ✅Coding for ages 4-10 https://www.kodable.com/
  • ✅No need to travel to one of the Smithsonian’s zoos or museums — this website brings your child everything from live video of the National Zoo to the Smithsonian Learning Lab right to their screen https://www.si.edu/kids
  • ✅Cool Kid Facts gives your child access to educational videos, pictures, quizzes, downloadable worksheets, and infographics. They can use these to learn about geography, history, science, animals, and even the human body.
  • https://www.coolkidfacts.com/
  • ✅This interactive website, hosted by the U.S. Government Publishing Office, allows your child to see the ins and outs of the U.S. government by taking a series of learning adventures with none other than Benjamin Franklin. https://bensguide.gpo.gov/
  • ✅This NASA initiative covers a wide range of topics including weather, climate, atmosphere, water, energy, plants, and animals. https://climatekids.nasa.gov/
  • ✅Ask Dr. Universe is a science-education project from Washington State University. Kids can send Dr. Universe any question they may have about history, geography, plants, animals, technology, engineering, math, culture, and more.
  • https://askdruniverse.wsu.edu/
  • ✅Your child can play games, learn fun facts, and find out how to turn coin collecting into a hobby. https://www.usmint.gov/learn/kids
  • ✅From rainbows to tornadoes and winter storms to tsunamis, meteorologist Crystal Wicker breaks down the fascinating world of weather. http://www.weatherwizkids.com/
  • ✅Kids Think Design explores careers in fashion design, graphic design, interior design, book design, product design, film and theatre, architecture, animation, and environmental design. http://www.kidsthinkdesign.org/
  • ✅This educational website hosted by the Smithsonian Museum takes a deep dive into ocean life. https://ocean.si.edu/
  • ✅Brainscape offers over a million flashcard decks for every subject, entrance exam, and certification imaginable. https://www.brainscape.com/
  • ✅The Theta Music Trainer offers a series of online courses and games for ear training and music theory.
  • https://trainer.thetamusic.com/en
  • ✅Banzai exposes students to real-world financial dilemmas to teach them the importance of smart money management. https://www.teachbanzai.com/
  • ✅Innerbody explores the 11 bodily systems in depth. With interactive models and detailed explanations, this website will help them learn more about the internal mechanics of the amazing human body.https://www.innerbody.com/htm/body.html
  • ✅Alcumus is specifically designed to provide high-performing students with a challenging curriculum appropriate to their abilities https://artofproblemsolving.com/alcumus
  • ✅Find and fix learning gaps https://www.mobymax.com/
  • ✅Algebra games for kids https://www.dragonboxapp.com/
  • ✅Fractions practice http://www.mathchimp.com/freddysfractions.php
  • ✅Education for kids all topics https://www.ducksters.com/
  • ✅Math and logic problems for ages 5 and up to adult
  • https://www.aplusclick.org/
  • ✅Science podcasts to listen to with your kids https://medium.com/kidslisten/19-great-science-podcasts-you-can-listen-to-with-kids-6fe46ac506b8#.rb23iuaw6
  • ✅Alaskan Wildlife cams http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=viewing.webcams
  • ✅Coding with Star Wars https://code.org/starwars
  • ✅Tons and tons and tons of games some learning some just fun https://www.crazygames.com/
  • ✅Crafts, projects, science, recipes for young children https://www.funology.com/
  • ✅Amphibian unit studies https://premeditatedleftovers.com/naturally-frugal-mom/amphibians-unit-study-resources/
  • ✅Engineering challenges with things you have at home
  • https://thehomeschoolscientist.com/paper-structures-engineering-challenge/
  • ✅Online photograph jigsaw puzzles You can set the pieces from 6-1000+ https://www.jigsawexplorer.com/
  • ✅Toddler and preschool age ideas https://preschoolinspirations.com/
  • ✅100 free online educational program ideas
  • https://savingdollarsandsense.com/free-educational-resources-for-kids/?fbclid=IwAR2UGmsPc7PImViwJ9mID1u7NKS9Vccq_CO1NAR0VqesLkj4Vog7HJbhZJ8

-flashlight games. Bring them into a darkened room and do I spy. They have to shine the light on the things you spy. Shadow puppets. Reading a book by flashlight.

-building forts. Eat snacks in there, watch movies in there, read books in there

-on a dry day, bring paint brushes and bowls of water outside. Have them paint the side walk, house, fence, rocks, etc. Watch the water go on and then dry up. Talk about evaporation.

-draw/paint pictures and mail them to family/friends

-make your own play doh (lots of recipes online)

-bake all the things. Cookies, cake, muffins, banana bread, etc.

-surprise buildings. Have them go into a room alone with blocks and build something for you. When they're done, you go in and they tell you what they built (a house, a garage, a zoo, a car, etc) and then you play with people/cars/animals on that thing.

-use books, blocks, tubes, etc to build ramps and see how far you can make toy cars roll down the ramp

-plant popcorn! Fill ziploc sandwich bag 1/3 of the way with soil, add a handful of plain popcorn kernels, cover with 1" of soil, and spray with a water bottle until soil is damp but not totally soaked. Seal the ziploc bag and tape it to a window. The popcorn will grow roots and start to grow like grass over the next week.

-make paper airplanes and fly them from different heights

-make paper chains together to decorate their room

-buy one of those butterfly kits. Comes with everything you need to hatch butterflies.

1. Give the toys a bath. Kids collect all their hard toys and put them in the tub. Fill with warm water and bubbles. Kids get clean, toys get sanitized.

2. If you have wood or tile floors, have kids get into bathing suits. Mix white vinegar and water and pour over the floor. Kids slide around on towels. Floor gets cleaned. Towels will need to be washed.

3. Sock wedding. Gather all the single socks into one pile. Set a timer. Whoever matches the most socks in the allotted time wins. Prize of your choosing.

4. DIY playdough. Tons of recipes online. I like to add lavender essential oil to make it aromatherapy playdough.

5. Inventions. Put a bunch of random items in a box. Tell them they have to invent something using only the items in the box.

6. Watch some of OK Go’s music videos and make your own Rube Goldberg machine.

7. Give them a book that is a little too hard for them and tell them to find all the words with a particular quality. Like starting with a certain letter, or ending with -ing, or having at least 3 syllables. They have to make a list of these words and then look them up in a dictionary.

8. Cooking. Have them make dinner with you! Have them help plan the meal!

9. If you have a yard, give them some “research” tools and tell them to find as many different living things as they can. They should draw pictures or make lists of what they find. If they’re old enough they should research which species they find and write down their characteristics.

10. Collect cardboard boxes and plastic bottles. Give them strong tape and safe cutting implements. (For younger kids, you should do the cutting in advance.) You may not see them again for a while.

Top Terrific Things To Do With Kids This Week

VIRTUAL EVENTS

Hubble at 30 Live Chat. Thursday, April 30, 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Join the National Air and Space Museum’s Live Chat about the Hubble Space Telescope. Launched 30 years ago, the science continues today. facebook.com

Mondays with Michelle Obama. May 4 & 11 at 12 pm ET. As part of the PBS KIDS Read-Along series, Michelle Obama will read some of her favorite children’s books. facebook.com/PBSKIDS/

AT-HOME ACTIVITIES

Make a Color Wheel. Use a paper plate and color sections of the plate in different colors. Color clothespins matching colors. Children will practice and learn their colors by placing clothes pins with matching color sections on the plate.

Make 5 EASY Paper Planes that FLY FAR.  Fly World Record distances with these paper airplanes. Whether you like a glider or a dart, this video tutorial teaches you how to fold one.

View Video HERE

DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint for Kids. Sidewalk chalk is a classic activity that kids love to take outdoors. This recipe is super easy to make and only takes a few simple supplies that are most likely already in your pantry. makeandtakes.com/sidewalk-chalk-paint

Shapes Games: Lock & Key STEM Activity For Preschoolers. This activity has the “key” to keeping students occupied while learning.  A little hardware and handiwork are all it takes to create an engaging lock and key station that covers shape matching, shape identification, hand-eye coordination, hand strength, cause and effect, and engineering.  playtolearnpreschool.us/lock-key-shape-matching-game/

Fun Kids Art Project. Draw a person and create several outfits using two flipbooks on each side of the drawing. facebook.com

Melted Crayon Turtle Suncatcher Craft For Kids. This craft is perfect to use up old stray crayons that you may have lying around. iheartartsncrafts.com/melted-crayon-turtle-suncatcher-craft-kids/

Check out our Virtual Calendar of Events! Find virtual classes, workshops, read-alongs and more from local and national businesses. CLICK HERE. Know of a kid-friendly virtual event? Feel free to add it to the calendar. It's free and easy! Just click on the +Add Event button. View HERE.