73 Easy and Fun Activities for Kids to do at Home During School Cancellations and Isolation

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If you’re stuck at home in isolation with your family during this tough time, this article is for you!

 

We teamed up with every awesome mama that we could find and asked her to share her best ideas for easy and fun activities for kids to do at home during school cancellations and social distancing.

 

And let me tell ya mama…

 

This is NOT a generic list of things that require a special trip to hobby lobby and 10,000 hours of crafty Pinterest-approved work on mom’s part.

 

Nope. Aint nobody got time for that!

 

These are just the tried and true things that mamas around the world are doing with their kids to keep them busy, happy, and safe during isolation.

 

In no particular order …

 

73 Easy and Fun Activities for Kids to do at Home

 

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Let’s start with a few simple things that I’m doing with my own kids to keep our sanity in check and imagination on point.

 

For what it’s worth, my kiddos are 2 and 4. If your kids are older, you can just scroll past these first few toddler activities, because there are plenty of ideas for kids of all ages below!

 

  1. Easy counting games during everyday tasks.

 

Here’s an easy one that requires almost no thinking power (my kind of kid activity)! And it’s especially helpful if you desperately need to get chores done but also have kids to feed and entertain.

 

When we’re making a meal or having a snack, we count out the ingredients (count the raisins in oatmeal, the marshmallows in hot cocoa, the chocolate chips in cookies, etc).

 

Other counting ideas for toddlers:

 

-count your hops, steps, or skips when walking to check the mail.

-read counting books and let your kids count the pictures.

-count and match up socks during laundry day.

-organize jellybeans or M&Ms into color categories and count to see which category has the most candies.

-count toilet paper rolls as you stockpile resources in your underground bunker (kidding, kidding … but also kind of serious for some of you).

 

 

toilet paper rolls

 

 

Of course, not everything NEEDS to be educational. Letting your kids explore and play and dance and have fun without structure is fine too!

 

  1. Play ‘restaurant’ with play dough food or other play food.

 

If you have any play dough at home, use it to make some play dough food with your kids. Think easy stuff like play pizza, rolled tacos, cookies etc.

 

Then set up a little food station and play restaurant with your kid(s). Give them a little notebook and pencil, let them take your order and deliver your food, or vice versa. My kids LOVE this activity and they could play for hours!

 

If you don’t have any play dough, you can make your own using the recipes below. Or you can just use good ol’ plastic or wooden play food.

 

  1. Make playdough or goop!

 

My daughter’s preschool sent us homework packets and fun activity guides to help us through the school cancellations, and I’m so thankful! I had no idea how to make play dough and if you’re in a pinch and can’t get to the store to buy it, these recipes will help! Again, these are not my recipes, they were sent home from my daughter’s preschool, and they gave me permission to share.

 

Basic play dough ingredients:

 

2 cups flour
1 cup salt
4 tsp. cream of tartar
2 cups water
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
food coloring

 

How to make it:

 

Measure and mix all ingredients together in a saucepan off the heat until all the clumps are gone. Put on the stove and set it to medium heat. When it pulls away from the sides of the pan and forms one large ball, it’s finished. Let it cool. Knead the dough and have FUN! Store the dough in an airtight bag. No need to refrigerate.

 

Jello play dough ingredients:

 

2 cups flour
2 tbsp. salt
2 tbsp. cream of tartar
1 cup water
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 box of jell-o (1.4 oz)

 

To make it: follow same steps as basic play-dough, but don’t forget to add the box of jell-o powder when you add the flour.

 

Goop ingredients:

 

One part liquid starch
Two parts white/clear glue
Optional: washable markers

 

How to make it:

 

Add the liquid starch to the glue until the mixture becomes a workable ball. Store in air-tight container in the fridge. Once it is cold, play and have FUN!

 

And here’s an easy salt play dough recipe and activity for the play kitchen too.

 

This super simple recipe comes from Linda of the All About Baby Blog. For extra fun, Linda suggests using acrylic paint to decorate your salt dough creations!

 

  1. Do puzzles.

 

My kids love puzzles, and they’ve been using these foam puzzles since they were about a year old. We have about 10 of them and my kids still love taking them apart and putting them back together every day.

 

Hopefully you have some puzzles at home, since shipping can be complicated right now. But I found a few foam puzzles at our local Rite Aid and a few other puzzles at our local Dollar Tree.

 

 

  1. Transform a cardboard box into a playhouse or a rocket ship.

 

If we ever make a large purchase or order through Amazon pantry, we end up with a big cardboard box that the kids will play in for hours.

 

Give them some crayons or markers, put a big sheet or towel down under the box, and let them create their own little masterpiece. I give them ideas of things they could create (like a house or rocket ship) but then I just let them go to town.

 

  1. Paint on paper, canvas, cardboard, or foil.

 

If you have paints and paintbrushes, set up a painting area for your kids (and yourself). For extra fun: ask your kids to paint a picture of YOU.

 

My portrait looks like it was done by Jackson Pollock… and I don’t know if that’s good or bad.

 

You can also print out coloring book pages and have your kids paint or color in the pictures.

 

  1. Do shapes, letters, and numbers in a salt tray.

 

If you have some spare salt and a baking tray, this is an easy activity that little kids usually love!

 

Just fill the baking tray with salt and then let your kids draw different shapes, letters, and numbers in the salt using just their finger. All you have to do is gently shake the tray when you want to erase and start over.

 

Side note: if you have a salty kid that will dip their fingers into the tray and eat all the salt (like my kid), then substitute with oatmeal or flour instead!

 

  1. Mud play.

 

‘After rainy days, mud play and making mud pies is a favorite for us! Use plastic bowls, sticks, pinecones, and sand shovels for playing in the mud and making mud creations.’ – Tip from Melissa of Sweet Succulents, whose babies are 4 years old and 22 months old.

 

Fun little side note: my first baby (this is Cate) and Melissa’s first baby were coincidentally born at the same hospital on the same day, and we’ve been friends ever since!

 

You can support Melissa’s small business through ‘Simply Made Local’ right here.

 

  1. Plant seeds or do some gardening.

 

This activity idea comes from Bobbie of the Millennial with Littles blog.

 

Bobbie’s kids are 3 and 6, and they’re spending time planting seeds, learning about different kinds of plants and what they need to grow.

 

Janice from Another Strong Widow is also taking advantage of planting seeds and growing things during isolation. Her kids are taking the seeds from all of the fruit they eat and planting them in little containers on the window sill. Super cute and educational!

 

  1. Water play.

 

‘Use different size containers and measuring cups to play, pour and measure water.’ – Another great tip from Melissa from Sweet Succulents, whose babies are 4 years old and 22 months old.

 

  1. Bake cookies.

 

Is it ever a bad idea to bake cookies? Probably not!

 

Marie from Live and Earn Canada is finding fun cookie recipes on Pinterest and using them to spend time baking with her 3-year old.

 

Send some cookies our way Marie!

 

 

  1. Include the kids in dinner prep.

 

Lindsay from Paperclips and Confetti is letting her kids help more with dinner preparation. Her kids are 2, 6, and 7. She says they enjoy helping make dinner and they eat better when they participate in making the meal (mine do too)!

 

Super cute pictures and ideas on her Instagram too!

 

Marie from Mrs. Foodie Mumma is focusing on cooking dinner with her kids too. You can find family-friendly dinner recipes on her blog through the link above.

 

  1. Make preschool crafts with kitchen supplies.

 

Erin from The DIY Nuts is finding unique ways to make crafts for her preschooler with things they have around the house. This adorable marshmallow rainbow is sure to be a big hit with your kids.

 

Want the printable checklist? Grab it here: Easy and Fun Activities for Kids to do at Home (no email needed)!

 

  1. Use spaghetti noodles to make art.

 

Suel from Life and Homeschooling is a long-time homeschooling mama that knows a thing or two about keeping kids busy when you’re stuck at home!

 

Her kids are 11, 7, and 5, and her blog is packed with helpful ideas for homeschooling parents.

 

  1. Have a ‘kid-friendly’ in-home spa day.

 

Christine from The Growing Creatives set up an in-home spa day with her kiddos.

 

I loved this article and this idea sooooo much, especially because a lot of kids love to pamper their mamas!

Set up a little spa area where you can lean back and let your kiddos brush your hair, paint your nails, do your makeup etc.

 

Christine’s kids are 4, 2, and 1 month old.

 

 

  1. Switch up the toys in the toy bins.

 

Sonja from the Too Much Character blog says that she keeps her kids busy by rotating through toys on a regular basis.

 

Either putting some toys out of sight for a while or just moving them to another room. ‘When you put toys into a rotation, they magically become like new toys when they are brought out again!’

 

We do this in my home too and it works wonders!

 

Sonja’s kids are 2.5 and 5 years old. She also put together this list of 13 tips for your extended family time.

 

  1. Teach your kids helpful new skills.

 

My friend Angela recommends using this time at home to teach your kids valuable skills or to reinforce the value of their previously learned skills. Cooking, working on cars or electronics, helping fix things around the home, etc.

 

And if they don’t already have chores, getting kids involved in helping around the house with daily chores can open their eyes to the things needed to keep the house together. Angela’s kids are 11 and 16 (and it shows in her wise advice)! Idea 18 and 19 came from Angela too.

 

  1. Create Youtube or Spotify playlists together.

 

Oh man, I love this tip!

 

My kids are still pretty small, but I absolutely LOVE making Spotify playlists with my hubby. We could easily sit for a few hours and reminisce over old songs and listen to new ones – it’s such a great way to connect.

 

This is a great idea to try with your own spouse or kids … I might even do a kid song playlist with my littles now!

 

  1. Talk about the deeper things.

 

Angela suggests having deep conversations about important topics you may have been falling behind on due to busy schedules, feeling too tired, older kids not being home as much.

 

Now is the time! Put that phone away for a bit, sit and talk to your kids, and really listen to them too.

 

  1. Make a ‘feelings’ chart.

 

“One activity my pre-K son really loved this week was making a ‘feelings chart’. You can section off a piece of paper and write different scenarios on it, and then use emoji stickers (or draw faces) to showcase how you feel in each of their scenarios. It’s easy to forget about emotional health and connecting with feelings during these hectic times, and this was a good way to bring that into focus in a fun way.’ – Tip from Chrissy Carol of Dairy Free for Baby.

 

 

  1. Sing and dance more.

 

“We sing and dance together a lot. I put worship on in the morning and often our favorite kid songs in the afternoon. It gives us a break from the stresses of the day and the toddler LOVES yelling as loud as he can when he sings.” – Tip from Amnysti of AmnystiLauren.com

 

  1. Go on a nature walk or nature hunt.

 

‘Make a list of several nature items to look for before going on your walk and then see how many you can find!’ – Tip from Melissa from Sweet Succulents, whose babies are 4 years old and 22 months old. Her 4-year-old baby girl came up with tip # 23 to share with you guys!

 

  1. Upcycle a milk jug into a flowerpot.

 

I think Melissa’s beautiful little daughter gets her love of succulents, planting, and gardening from her mama! This sweet little 4-year old girl has an activity idea for you, mama, and I hope your kiddos love it too.

 

Upcycle a plastic juice container or a milk jug into a flowerpot or succulent pot.

 

Cut off the top. Poke some holes in the base. Paint it. Add some glitter, glue, or twine, and you’re ready to plant your flowers or succulents!

 

  1. Follow Gymboree on Instagram.

 

A friend of ours in my blogging group has a mother that works for Gymboree in Munich. They post about new baby and child activities every day, even when the store is closed!

 

Get daily activity tips from their Instagram page and be sure to show some love by giving them a like or a comment.

 

  1. Have a fort – building contest.

 

‘You can use sheets, pillows, cereal boxes, whatever you can find. If the kids are a little older you can even have them draw up plans first and then build their forts.’ – Tip from Cynthia of Peachy Keenes. Her kids are 8, 6, and 3!

 

  1. Laundry basket tic-tac-toe.

 

‘Set up baskets and use stuffed animals. We used to tie two colors of ribbons on stuffed animals (red team and blue team, for example). Then toss and try to get your 3 animals into three baskets in a row.’ – Tip from our friend Elise (you could also do this with cups and smaller items like balls or poker chips)!

 

Ideas 27 – 29 are from Elise too!

 

  1. Bathtub paints.

 

Mix shaving cream with food coloring and use paint brushes and/or craft sticks to paint yourself or the walls while bathing. – Another tip from our friend Elise.

 

  1. Set up obstacle courses in the house or yard.

 

Inside: set up cushions/pillows to jump over, chairs to go under, stuffed animals to gather up and dump in a basket.

 

 

  1. Water rescue.

 

Place items like golf balls, ping pong balls, bath toys, whatever you think of, into a water bin or bathtub. Use only chop sticks or a little net to try and scoop them out!

 

  1. Practice mindfulness during chore time.

 

Sandi from Happy Science Mom has an easy idea for mindfulness while doing basic chores. Example: Setting the table.

 

‘The next time you ask your children to set or clear the dinner table, turn it into a mindful event for them. Ask them to focus carefully when they hold each object, so they don’t drop it. Also, ask questions like these:

 

How heavy does each cup, plate, bowl, spoon, knife, fork, and napkin feel in your hand? Are the objects smooth or rough, hard or soft? What sounds do you hear when you place each object on the table? What colors and patterns do you see? What do the plates smell like as you clear them off the table?’

 

 

  1. Teach kids laundry skills and life skills.

 

Stacey made a big list of life skills for her child and tries to work through one each day. On day one, she recommends teaching your kiddos to sort laundry by color and use the washing machine properly (sooooo important)!

 

Stacey has a 9 year old boy on the ASD spectrum and you can find her at Attempting Life After 30.

 

 

  1. Get outside more.

 

‘I have 4-year-old twin boys who are home with me (on spring break from preschool but it’s indefinite right now). What always saves my sanity is finding a few minutes to get outdoors, as much as weather will allow.

 

It’s good for me, good for the kids. Even if it’s a walk down the block or sitting on the steps and eating lunch. There’s something about getting out of your own 4 walls that feels so much less isolating, even just seeing cars pass on the road. The fresh air and Vitamin D is so good for you and your mental health.’ – Tip from Katie of A Hundred Affections.

 

Another tip for people with limited outdoor space comes from Victoria, who only has a small balcony area for her son to play.

 

She says, ‘I’ve learned to take my son’s lead and let him turn almost anything into a toy. Today he painted with water, jumped in the “puddles” he made and watered my plants with kitchen utensils! We eat lunch outside every day and the fresh air keeps both my kids calmer!’ – You can find Victoria’s family lifestyle blog here.

 

  1. Make puppets and do a puppet show.

 

Our friend Carrie from my blogging group recalls one of her favorite activities growing up: making puppets out of brown paper bags and doing puppet shows!

 

  1. Do word puzzles or sudoku.

 

You can find word puzzles and sudoku books at most stores, but if you’re in isolation, you can download apps to play these games too!

 

 

  1. Kids yoga.

 

Staying active and being mindful are super important during this time. If you know basic yoga poses and can teach them to your kids, awesome. If not, you can use YouTube for help. They have yoga channels that are full of great kid-friendly yoga exercises. You and your kiddos can learn and enjoy yoga practices together!

 

 

  1. Ask your kid fun questions.

 

Emberly from MomHacks101 created this list of 101 fun questions you can ask your kids to get to know them better.

 

If you think you know your kids well, go through this list of questions with them! You probably have a lot to learn about them.

 

  1. Letter hunt.

 

‘You can either have your kids find objects that begin with every letter of the alphabet (either indoors or out). Or you can pick one letter and photograph all the objects you can find that start with that letter.’ – Tip from Stacy of Stacy Mae and Co. Get more of her activity ideas here.

 

 

Download the FREE checklist: Easy and Fun Activities for Kids to do at Home (no email needed)!

  1. Go on a scavenger hunt.

 

Katie from Avenue Kate has 3 kiddos, ages 7, 4, and 2. She suggests taking your kids on a scavenger hunt (which you can so inside or outside). Get Katie’s full Spring Break bucket list here.

 

Kristine from Kris Bee Mama also does scavenger hunts with her toddler. She prints out activity sheets, puts them on a clipboard, and then goes hunting for everything on the list. She has more tips for getting your kids outside here.

 

And Charissa from The Wild West 3 has a printable scavenger hunt list you can download here!

 

  1. Make puffy paint!

 

Crystal from Simply Full of Delight has this activity idea for you and your kiddos: ‘Make puffy paint! It’s 1-part glue and 1-part shaving cream. Just stir together and add a little kid friendly paint to color it. The kids painted pretend ice cream cones and when it dried it was puffy and soft! So much fun! My kids are 9, 4, 3, and 2.’

 

  1. Make the ultimate indoor obstacle course.

 

Lisa from Your Mom Village says, ‘We like to create an ultimate obstacle course in our home. Take streamers and create a laser zone, take painters tape and make boxes on the ground to jump over, take streamers across the door that you have to go under for limbo, set up toys on the stairs that you have to shoot before moving on to the next level of the house.’ Lisa’s kids are 17, 5, and 2 years old

 

  1. Help your kids find a new hobby.

 

Jessica from Secrets of a Sunflower has this tip to share: teach kids a new hobby. ‘Hobbies are something we take on as we grow up and we never stop finding new ones to try. Start now, use this time to try different skills with your kids. You can bring out the inner chef or baker in them, dabble in musical instruments, try out their green thumb and plant flowers or vegetables, or even work on playing different sports outside if you have a yard.’

 

  1. Play board games.

 

Tamara from Pomegranate Mom says that time blocking your day and making room for quality time and board games is helpful during their time at home during school cancellation.

 

  1. Use your Little Passports subscription box to explore the world.

 

Kerry from Bon Voyage with Kids is breaking out their Little Passports subscription box for her kids, who are 11, 7, and 7.

 

  1. Do a living room campout.

 

If you have the space, bring out the tent and the camping supplies, or make a simple fort!

 

  1. Do relay races or jump on the trampoline.

 

Adriane from Raising Kids with Purpose has 3 energetic boys, ages 10, 7,  and 3. She structures their day to bounce back and forth between lots of physical activity (like relay races and jumping on the trampoline) and schoolwork/STEM work.

 

  1. Play musical chairs.

 

Tip from Ophelia from A Centsational Life: ‘today we brought the dining room chairs into the living room and played musical chairs. The kids had a blast and I got to listen to some Tom Petty! Then we took a blanket and put it over top of the chairs for an instant fort.’

 

  1. Make laundry time more fun with hidden treats.

 

Amanda from Sparks Creation 17 gets her son to help with laundry by hiding treats in clean socks around the living room. Her son hunts down the hidden socks, matches them up, and then counts how many treats he received. She says it’s a big hit with her son and it helps get get all the socks matched up when putting laundry away!

 

  1. Do Zumba or take virtual gymnastics classes!

 

Whatever you’re doing, make sure you get some physical activity into your day!

 

Gyminny Kids offers FREE virtual gymnastics classes for kids of all ages.

Download the FREE checklist: Easy and Fun Activities for Kids to do at Home (no email needed)!

 

  1. Use colored tape on the floor for games.

 

Ashley from Irish Twins Mama does fun and educational dancing games and exercises with her 3 and 4 year old boys!

 

They do limbo, musical chairs, and put a strip of blue tape on the floor to practice the balancing beam. They love having car races across the blue tape too.

 

Nicole from Keep Calm It’s Life does something similar with her 4 kiddos!

 

She uses painter tape to make an assorted variety of shapes, letters, and numbers on the floor. Each kid stands on their favorite shape and then mom asks them to perform a specific function to get to their next destination. Something like, ‘jump to the letter T’ or ‘crawl to the square’.

 

‘There’s several activities you can do with painters tape but that’s one that exerts a lot of energy. And the kids get to practice their shapes, colors, and numbers. And it can be as silly as you want to make it. The kids love it and it will pass an hour in no time!’

 

  1. Set up an ice cream sundae bar.

 

Andrea from This Modern Mess bought all the ice cream sundae supplies you need from Amazon Fresh. She’s got everything ready for a surprise ice cream sundae station when her kids start going stir crazy at home (brilliant idea)!

 

 

  1. Have a book party.

 

Valerie from Valerie Fowler Writes has 3 kids, ages 13, 11, and 9. She likes to gather up several books, including old favorites that her kids can reminisce about, and do a little book party at home.

 

Her tip: ‘Arrange books in stacks around the living room, next to some pillows, blankets, or beanbag chairs. Then encourage your kids to read and discuss their favorite books and reminisce together.’

 

  1. Build something together using wood, hammer, and nails.

 

Give your kiddos a little lesson in math and wood shop by building something simple using wood boards. Measure them, paint them, get some practice with tools. Great idea for working with your hands when you’re stuck at home! – Tip from our friend Krystian.

 

  1. Cut out and decorate your own stars/moon for indoor camping.

 

Jade from Live a Blissful Life did some easy prep work to make her 3-year-old’s first indoor campout extra exciting!

 

She cleaned up the sitting room to create more space for play. She decorated glittery stars/moon with her kids and hung them up. Then lit a fire and had hot chocolate for a living room campout.

 

Soooo cute and creative!

 

  1. Do a sticky-note hunt.

 

‘Hide a variety of sticky notes around the house (different shapes and colors), and have your kids search for them.’ Tip from Pamela of Little Learning Moments.

 

  1. Hide-and-seek.

 

A tip from our friend Jeni: play hide-and-seek with the kiddos!

 

And to make it extra fun, turn out the lights and try to find each other in the dark (just make sure there is nothing dangerous to trip over).

 

  1. Setup a makeshift skeeball/basketball game in the living room.

 

My kids are 2 and 4 and they love playing their own mini game of skeeball or basketball using laundry baskets and softballs.

 

We line up stuffed animals on the couch as “prizes” for the winner. We tip the laundry baskets on their side so that you can roll a ball into the basket, kinda like skeeball (nothing fancy). And whoever can roll 3 balls into the bin wins a prize. Then we stand the laundry basket up and try to make as many baskets as we can from across the room.

 

 

 

Now, let’s talk about guilt-free screen time activities you can do with your kids (or your kids can do on their own) at home! Pssst: they are alllll guilt free, as they should be!

 

Download the FREE checklist: Easy and Fun Activities for Kids to do at Home (no email needed)!

 

 

  1. Take interactive kid classes at BeanStalk.co

 

The BeanStalk program is free during the COVID-19 threat period, and it’s great for kids 1 – 6 years of age! Tamara from Pomegranate Mom turned us onto this site and we are hooked!

 

  1. Build Your Own Virtual Theme Park.

 

Kerry from Bon Voyage with Kids found a free course from Walt Disney World Imagineering. You can go behind the scenes of the Disney theme parks and build your own virtual theme park through the course. You can find the free course here on the Khan Academy website. This one is best for older kids, Kerry’s kiddos are 11, 7, and 7!

 

  1. Play games via video chat.

 

Alice from Mommy to Mom put together a list of games that her kids can play with their friends or family through video chat. Such a good way to connect with your loved ones even during isolation. Find her list of games you can play via video chat here.

 

You can also have virtual dinner parties via video chat too!

 

Our friend Sasha from Every Day She’s Sparkling set up a virtual birthday dinner for her daughter and said it was one of the best nights they have had in a long time! They ordered takeout. Set up the laptop on the dinner table so their other daughter could be present via video chat (she was stuck on an island in isolation). Had dinner, caught up on family chat, played games together, and had a blast.

 

  1. Watch more movies!

 

Kerry from The Modern Simplest has teenage daughters, ages 19 and 14, and a 10 year old son. They’re spending time watching movie franchises (Frozen 1 and 2; Toy Story 1-4; Twilight series, Divergent series, etc). They also take turns cooking lunch for each other each day of the week, which is a great idea!

 

  1. Teach kids to make graphics using Canva.

 

Sierra from Amplified Innovation is teaching her two oldest kids to think outside the box by learning about graphic design. They’re using Canva to make logos, flyers, presentations, cards, books, and graphics for her business.

 

Both have expressed excitement and are coming up with more ideas. And her 10-year old is offering to make graphics for mom’s clients too! Her kids are 13, 10, 4, 3, and 2 years old.

 

You can sign up for Canva right here (it’s FREE)!

 

  1. Do FREE Beachbody workouts with your kids.

 

During this difficult time, Beachbody has released free kid-friendly workout videos that you can do with your kids. Find the free Beachbody videos here.

 

  1. Learn to knit or crochet.

 

Nadia’s tip is to let your kids watch YouTube videos to learn how to knit or sow!

 

  1. Do your genealogy.

 

‘We are doing family tree research and matching our big box of photographs to the records.’ – Suzanne from Meandering Wild.

 

We love this idea, because my own grandma is super into genealogy and she has mapped our family back to some pretty incredible historic events!

 

Use Ancestry.com or 23andMe.com to dig into your own genealogy.

 

  1. Learn a new language!

 

Easy ways to learn a new language for FREE:

 

Duolingo.
YouTube
MemRise.
Coursera.
LearnaLanguage.com.

 

  1. Create your own coloring book using Stencil.

 

Sign up for Stencil here (the free version is good for up to 3 templates)! To keep this activity “screen free”, mom can print out the coloring book, staple it together, and then let the kids color!

 

Login and go to their template section. In the templates section, use the bar at the top to search for ‘Outlines’.

 

You’ll find a bunch of templates with animal and shape outlines. Just drag and drop your favorite impage templates onto the white box and then Save, Download, and Print!

 

Looks like this:

 

 

  1. Read Scholastic Magazine stories online

 

Christina from Ruffled Mama brought this awesome resource to our attention!

 

She’s using the free Scholastic online education program with her middle schoolers and they are loving it. They currently have free modules for kids from Kindergarten through 9th grade. You can also grab her daily learning schedule through the link above.

 

  1. Take a virtual tour of National Parks.

 

Our friend Misty brought this awesome free resource to our attention and says her 13-year-old kids loved this experience!

 

Free virtual tours of National Parks are available here.

 

  1. Check out the Earth Observatory blog for kids.

 

Find tons of earth science and space facts, pictures, and printable infographics. The content is best for kids between 9 and 14 year old (tons of cool info here on the EOKids blog)!

 

  1. Watch fun videos on National Geographic Kids.

 

You can find tons of fun and educational videos from National Geographic Kids right here.

 

  1. Make origami animals.

 

You can find step-by-step instructions for origami animals here or watch origami animal tutorial videos on Youtube here.

 

 

  1. Explore nature through the National Park Service Website.

 

This will be more entertaining for older kids, but there is so much to explore through the National Park Service website. Definitely worth browsing around! You can even start dreaming up your next trip to a National Park when the isolation orders are lifted!

 

  1. Take a virtual tour of famous museums.

 

Although I personally don’t feel like virtual tours can even hold a candle to the real deal, there are better than nothing! And it’s pretty cool and you can peak into famous buildings and museums that are across the world. Here is a list of virtual some museum tours you can take!

 

And one final reminder that’s so important to all of us that are isolated at home right now!

 

Stay safe, stay positive, and make the best of every situation. We’ll get through this together!

 

 

Do you have any other fun activities for kids to do at home during school cancellations?

 

 

Share in the comments!

 

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