ARTS & CRAFTS IDEAS!
- Backyard Camping & Stargazing
- Pitch a tent, make some smores, and enjoy your backyard!
- Grab the Monopoly, Life, SkipBo, UNO, or pick up some new ones!
- Color – crayons, pencils, markers, pens, etc. Download Free Coloring Books from 113 Museums
- Cork Stamping (use those wine corks, yo!)
- Plant and collect flowers, leaves, look at bugs
- Homemade Cards for family, friends, troops, folks who are sick
- Learn Knitting!
- Lego Building Challenges
- Learn Needlepoint!
- Cornhole, Ladderball, KanJam, Ring Toss, Horseshoes
- Use imagination, write a script, use old Halloween costumes and act out a play!
- Available at Wal-Mart, Target, Dollar Tree, Amazon, etc.
- Available at Melissa & Doug, Amazon
CHECK OUT THIS FREE ART TUTORIAL!
McHarper Manor – https://www.facebook.com/McHarperManor/
- Projects include: Drawing and painting watercolor animals, peg dolls, painted canvas sloth, chalk pastel galaxy, sculpt with model magic
- Supply list: www.mcharpermanor.com/blog
OTHER WEBSITES WITH REALLY AWESOME
ARTS & CRAFTS IDEAS:
- It’s Always Autumn: 50 Best Indoor Activities for Kids
- Artful Parent: 13 Fun Indoor Activities for Kids
- What Do We Do All Day?: 10 Indoor Active Art Projects for Kids
- Scholastic: 5 Fun Indoor Crafts and Activities
- Mom Junction: 25 Creative & Simple Art and Craft Ideas for Teenagers
- 28 Cool Arts and Crafts Ideas for Teens
NATIONAL PARK VIRTUAL TOURS
- Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
- Bryce Canyon National Park
- Canyonlands National Park
- Channel Islands National Park
- Cuyahoga Valley National Park
- Death Valley National Park
- Dry Tortugas National Park
- Grand Canyon National Park
- Grand Teton National Park
- Great Smoky Mountain National Park
- Guadalupe Mountains National Park
- Joshua Tree National Park
- Mount Rainier National Park
- Redwood National and State Parks
- Rocky Mountain National Park
- Virgin Islands National Park
- Yellowstone National Park
ORCHESTRAS, SYMPHONIES, OPERAS
EUROPEAN, ASIAN, and SOUTH AMERICAN MUSEUMS
- Musei Vaticani (Vatican Museums)
- Paris Musees (over 100,000 images)
- Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
- National Museum of Modern and Contemprary Art, Seoul, Korea
- National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City
- National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
- Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Guggenheim Museum, New York
- The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
- Smithsonian’s National Zoo
- Reid Park Zoo Lion Cam in Tuscon, AZ
- Ouwehand Park Polar Bear Cubs Rhenen, Netherland
- National Aquarium Virtual Tour
TOUR THE WORLD (AND OUTER SPACE) THROUGH GOOGLE MAPS!
- FarmFood360 (Virtual Farm Tour)
- US Space and Rocket Museum, Huntsville, AL
- Discovery Education Experience Polar Bears
WATCH A BROADWAY PLAY!
Ideas for Board games:
- Littles: Candyland, Hungry Hungry Hippos, Spot It Alphabet
- Older: UNO, Sorry, Yahtzee, Monopoly, Life, Clue, Dominoes, Pictionary, Scrabble
- Adults: Spades, Apples to Apples, Catan, Scrawl
- Pillowcase races
- Hide and Seek
OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO AT HOME:
- Wash your hands!!!! (And again)
- Have races of various kinds in the backyard (hopping, crabwalk, walking backwards, etc.)
- Facetime grandparents, family, and friends
- Lots of reading
- Play with the dog, cat, bird, lizard, hamster, etc.
- Teach kiddos how to sew a button (or whatever you have on hand)
- Build an indoor fort! Gather flashlights, tidy snacks, books, and pillows!
- Grab binoculars and learn about birds near your house, listen to their calls.
- Beading (good fine motor exercise), painting, kinetic sand
- DANCE PARTY! Zumba or Dance-along videos on YouTube, KidzBop
- Indoor scavenger/treasure hunts! Follow clues.
- Popcorn + Movie Marathon
- Listen to a kids podcasts!
- Declutter toys
- Water play
- Make ice cream
- Flashcards with index cards!
- Make a VOLCANO!
- Grow seeds indoors
- Egg-drop experiments
- Trampoline Jumping
- At Home Spa Day with the Kids
- Make a blanket pallet and have some quiet time