WCPA Things to Do With the Kids
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Activity TitleInstructionsSuppliesLink
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Playdoh Recipe2 cups all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
3⁄4 cup salt Food coloring (optional)
4 teaspoons cream of tartar Essential oils (optional)
2 cups lukewarm water
Cook the mixture in a pot on the stove on medium heat. Continue stirring until the play dough stiffens
and forms a ball. Allow to cool and enjoy!
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Alphabetize the spices in your kitchen.
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Another great activity outdoors is nature paint brushes. All you need is to find sticks and bundles of leaves outside. This makes for fun and unique paintings!Arthttps://pin.it/EUTjdsf
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Art
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Art hub for kids on youtube
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Audio books
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Bag puppetsBrown paper sandwich bags
Googly eyes
Markers
Colored paper/Glue
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Bake something every day
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Ballon relayKids hold a balloon between their knees and waddle across the room
How many other ways can they move a ballon across a room without touching it??
Balloons
*Optional: masking tape
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Balloons
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Baths (with popsicles, legos, etc.)
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Be completely silent for 60 minutes, then write about the experience.
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Blind food tasting
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Board games
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Bob for apples
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Books
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Books on tape/kids podcasts
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Bowling!Line up light/empty objects that can be easily knocked over
Allow the kids to toss bean bags or bowl with balls from behind a masking tape line
Masking tape
Bean bags OR balls
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Breakfast for lunch/dinner
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Build a "fable fort" out of blankets and chairs. Camp in it all day while you create stories to tell your family over dinner.
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Build things with recyclables (STEM)
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Call a grandparent or older relative. Ask them to teach you the words to a song from their childhood days.
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Call a person who speaks a language you do not. Ask them to teach you five common words or phrases.
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Charades
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Chores!
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Classify twenty everyday objects by shape, size, color, height, mass, and material.
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Clay
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Collages
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Collect a bunch of tape markers and cardboard boxes. That'll keep them busy for a day or two.
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Collect leaves from ten different (non-harmful) plants. Sort them by size, color, and texture.
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Color or Letter TossUse color spots or tape letters/numbers to the floor
Get kids to toss colored beanbags to match, spell, or count!
Color spots
Masking tape/paper
Bean bags
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Color Wheel HuntGive the kids a color wheel
Ask them to find an object in the house that matches each color and put it in their "spot" (taped off circle or piece of paper labeled with their name)
Color wheels
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Coloring
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Construct a family tree.
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Cooking/Baking
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Create a Venn Diagram that compares and contrasts two people in your family, your neighborhood, or your church, mosque, or temple.
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Create and use a secret code.
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Decorate the house
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Design a map of every state ever visited by people in your family.
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Design and build puppets that perform a show about multiplication.
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Determine and chart the times that different liquids require to turn solid in the freezer.
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Determine the volumes of ten containers, them display them in order on your porch.
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Dinos
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DIY Skeeball with laundry baskets
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Do a family workout
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Do a study on planets
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Dominoes
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Don’t forget to practice mindfulness everyday! This activity includes mindful listening. Take a nature walk and ask your child to listen for specific sounds as you go!https://pin.it/5WanmFZ
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Don’t touch the lasers! Turn your house into a laser maze using only streamers or tape!
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Dot to dot books
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Draw a map of your home.
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Dress up
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Egg Hunts
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Face paint
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Facetime friends/classmates
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Facetime grandparents
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Family puzzles. Ones that are 500-1000 pieces and a challenging but not frustrating picture
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Find ten rocks smaller than a dime.
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Find, pick, and dissect a flower.
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Fly a kite
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Forts
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Glow stick party
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Go noodle
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Go through all the old mail laying around (ok, that one's not for kids although they do enjoy helping tear stuff up)
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Graph the types of birds that frequent your yard or windows.
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Hangman
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Have a fashion show
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Have each kid pick a topic they'd like to learn about and spend 30 mins each day on that topic
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Have each kid write a letter and/or emails to a different friend or family member each day
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Hide and seek
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Hopscotch
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https://pin.it/3aWke10
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https://pin.it/JbKAWDW
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Ice cube painting! All you have to do is add food coloring and water to your ice trays and viola!
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If you have stairs, walk up and count them. Walk down and count by twos. Walk up and count by threes. Continue through tens.
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Imagine, create, and fly a full size flag that tells the world about you.
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Indoor/picnics
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Interview a family member.
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Jan Brett Coloring Pageshttps://www.janbrett.com/activities_pages_artwork.htm
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Jan Brett teaches children how to drawhttp://www.janbrettvideos.com/video/video_main_page.htm
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Jan Brett’s homepage. Click on Lesson Plans. If you have her books at home, she provides activities to do with children to help them explore plot, setting, characterization, and more.http://www.janbrettvideos.com/video/video_main_page.htm
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Kathryn Brunner from Musik At Home has generously opened up an entire music class series for freeOnline Music Class
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Kinetic sand
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Learn and tell jokes
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learn how to do simple book binding.
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Learn morse code and use it to communicate with your siblings through walls and floors.
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Learn ten new big words. Write them in marker on your bathroom mirror.
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Learn three new jokes. Tell them to an aunt or uncle.
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Learn to shine a pair of shoes.
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Learn, practice, and perform a magic trick.
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Learn, practice, and tell three new jokes.
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Legos
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Leprechaun Traps
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Let’s enjoy the outdoors! We all love a good scavenger hunt. All you need is an egg carton and some nature pictures. Allow your child to explore the outdoors by finding specific materials in your yard!https://pin.it/1CSbPrm
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Let’s get creative! Use your recyclables for building. Have the children build different structures using different materials that you find in your recycling bin!STEMhttps://pin.it/6h8AVR8
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Letters
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Magic show
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Make a band
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