Parents / Grandparents / Friends / Caregivers,
We recognize the demands you have on your mind, your patience, your time, your space and your resources. We also recognize your love for your family supersedes all. We know this because we have families ourselves. We have set this site up as a menu to spark ideas should your imagination well temporarily run dry. The goal of it is to support your learners' independence and give parents the opportunity for some independent time of their own!
We have segmented activities across categories: Get Active, Get Creative, Get Helpful, Get Mindful and Get Learning. We have included a short description for each and most images are linked to another resource. Empower your children by having them choose an activity from each section each day and watch the time fly by!
To foster independence, we recommend setting up a routine at the onset of some of these activities:
- Discuss: Set aside 5-10 min at the onset of each activity to talk through the game plan
- Example: Today you chose to build a city! I can't wait to see all the things you come up with. Where do you think you'll start? What materials do you think you need? What will you do if you encounter a question?
- Set Goals: What are the 2-3 goals the young innovator is trying to accomplish across the time period?
- Example: [As described by the child] I want to make a list of all the places I like in my own city and then brainstorm the ones I want in the city I make. I want to build at least two buildings, name them and color them.
- Get Busy: Set a visual timer so both you and the young innovator have time for independence. At the end of the allotted time, the young innovator can determine if they would like to continue or move on to another activity.
- Engage: If you can, set aside 3-5 minutes for the innovator to discuss their progress. Guiding questions and affirmations can keep them engaged.
- Example: Wow! Look at the start of this city! Look how creative you are. That car wash is made from a Kleenex box. What part of the city are you most proud of? What was the hardest part? How did you work through the tough parts? What are your goals for next time?
Go outside and get moving by engaging in a fun and active scavenger hunt. Search for shapes, angles, colors, bears in windows, garden gnomes or specific items to get students thinking!
Have fun on your own home putting course! Create "holes" out of boxes and assign point values to the different holes.. Don't have a club or ball? Make them out of things that you have around your house?
How many jumps can you get in 1 minute? Can you do skip jumps? If you have a sibling, can you try one of the other games? Keep track of your heart rate before and after you jump. What do you notice?
You have been deemed the royal leader of your home! You obviously need a fort! Use sheets, blankets, chairs, couches, cushions, etc to make an elaborate fort for your Highness. Bonus if it has rooms!
Are you the next musical sensation? You just might be! Practice filming yourself singing your favorite song, write new lyrics to a song you like, or write your own song. Share it with family & friends! Vote on the favorites!
What can you recreate using legos? Mount Rushmore? The couch in your house? The bus you ride on? A flower pot? Create a Lego museum. Name each piece and write a museum placard about it.
Think of a board game you like. If you don't have one at home, look up instructions for one online. Then, change the theme, create your rules, make your pieces, make spinners and dice, etc.
Build a City
Using leftover boxes, food boxes, paper, etc, build a city. Think of what your city will need. Do you have grocery stores, hospitals, schools, streets, parks, transportation?
Write a Story
There are so many awesome books out there! Become an author and create your own! Make a lift-the-flap book. Make a chapter book. Make a comic book. Make a how-to book. Then have a book signing with your family!
Chalk your walk! Draw states, flags of different countries, animals, kinds of candy, emojis, thank you notes, rainbows, book covers, modes of transportation, game characters... what else can you think of?
Make your bed, dust shelves, clean up toys, put labels on toy bins, organize books by type or author, vacuum... can any other rooms in the house benefit from your clean wizardry?
Lists keep us organized and help spark new ideas! You can make lists of books that you want to read, birthday guest list, places you want to visit, movies you enjoy, goals you have, etc.
Be the Caregiver for the Day
What can you do to make your parents, grandparents or caregivers feel like royalty for the day? Make them lunch? Offer them help in the kitchen?
Take Care of Family Pets
Your pet is so grateful you're home with it. Set aside some special time with your pet to let it know you love it by playing with it, cleaning up its cage / area, giving it exercise, etc.
Ask your parents to get down the plates and glasses from cabinets so you can reach them, then finish setting the table and clearing it after dinner. You are appreciated!
Let a book take your imagination take you away! Build yourself a cozy reading nook or fort, then get started on completing this Reading Bingo board or make your own reading bingo board.
Cosmic Yoga on YouTube takes you on an imaginative adventure while doing yoga. From Frozen to unicorns to superheroes to holiday adventures, Cosmic Yoga has enough variety to keep you engaged for months.
Many people love receiving messages. Think about the people you love or admire, your neighbors, or even people you don't know who might smile from a positive message. What do you want to tell them? What questions do you want to ask them. Send a smile!
Authors use one another for inspiration! Choose some of your favorite picture books: notice the style of writing the author uses. The words, phrases, illustrations, characters. See if can create a sequel to one of your favorite books! Maybe you even want to write a letter to your favorite author and share your creation!
Who is one of your heroes? Is it someone famous? Is it someone in your family? Is it a job you hope to have? Think of 20 questions you want to know about that person, then research or call the person (if you can) to find out the answers. Create a poster, presentation, drawing, or something creative to display what you learned!
Think of all the sports you know. Or all the games you've seen at a carnival. How can you make a new sport to play each day? Paper airplanes soar into targets. Skeeball made from cardboard boxes. Across the week, create a whole carnival game or sports camp for the family to play. Keep track of points (math), write rules (writing), and have fun!
Go for a dive into the deep, blue sea (on a computer)! Learn about sea animals at various depths in the ocean. As you read about them, create a museum exhibit about what you learned using drawings, cards, videos you make, etc.