Get ready to have some fun!
When kids are out of school and families are home together, it can be a wonderful way to connect, engage and support each other. That’s why we’ve asked our youth development staff to compile some great ways to keep your kiddos smiling, their brains working and their feet moving.
The below activities and resources will cultivate the values, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health and educational achievement. Let the fun begin!
Audible is offering hundreds of free stories for kiddos and teens. From Winnie the Pooh to YA bestsellers, it’s a wonderful screen-free option to keep children and young adults learning and growing.
SCHOLASTIC LEARNING AT HOME
Even with schools closed, you can keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys.
NASA KIDS’ CLUB
Find games of various skill levels for children pre-K through grade 4. These games support national education standards in STEM.
Funbrain offers hundreds of games, books, comics and videos that develop skills in math, reading, problem-solving and literacy.
Art & Craft ACTIVITIES
COFFEE FILTER ART
It’s so simple, and you’ll find a million iterations on Pinterest. Children color on coffee filters with washable markers, spray them with water or use eye-droppers of water. And then lay them out to dry. It’s a blast!
TAPE RESIST ART
An art project that will keep your kids busy and creative — and results in a fridge-worthy masterpiece. Plus, it uses supplies parents may have at home.
This shadow tracing art is a great activity for kids. A fun way to use those mini animal figures in a new and interesting creative process.
SALT DOUGH RECIPE
Make memories with your kids by making an array of wonderful keepsakes or ornaments with our salt dough recipe and tips. It’s super easy to learn how to make salt dough, read through the recipe and start making your first batch right away as we are almost certain you already have all that you need in your kitchen pantry.
MUSIC AND DANCE ACTIVITIES
This site offers an amazing arrange of music, dance, and fun! As well as cool downs, thoughtfulness activities and ways your family can come together and enjoy time together.
THE LEARNING STATION
This YouTube channel has a ton of active songs that encourage you to get up and get moving.
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