At-Home Activities for Families

By March 16, 2020Guest article

Looking for inventive ways to spend time when school is out? Children will love playing and learning with these hands-on activities— all easy to do in your downtime at home!

Have a scavenger hunt:

Choose a variety of household items and strategically hide them around your house. Make the clues a bit trickier for older kiddos!

Make paper bag puppets and put on a show:

Break out the markers, pom-pom balls, and glitter glue! Kids can express their creativity while making characters out of paper bags and various art supplies. Then, put on a show for your family!

Prepare homemade playdough:

Playdough is simple to make at home— all you need is a few ingredients likely found in your pantry and a few minutes of mixing. Use this opportunity to teach kids about measuring, too!

* 1 cup flour
* 1 cup warm water
* 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
* 1 teaspoon oil
* 1/4 cup salt
* food coloring

With help from a parent, kids can measure and mix all ingredients, making sure to add food coloring last. Cook mixture over medium heat until smooth. After the mixture thickens, continue cooking until the dough comes together to form a ball. Remove from pan and knead until blended smooth. Be careful, kids! Practice patience by waiting until the playdough cools completely before playing. Store in an air-tight container or plastic bag.

Transform recycled objects:

Use your imagination to reconstruct an empty cereal box or paper towel roll into something entirely new!

Floating balloon:

Blow up a balloon or two, toss them in the air, and don’t let the balloons touch the ground! Kids can also use paddles to play balloon tennis.

Write a secret message:

Using a white crayon, write a message or draw a picture on a piece of paper. Then, paint over the message with watercolors and watch the writing appear before your eyes!

Float vs. sink:

Collect a few small (waterproof!) objects. Fill a small tub with water and ask your kiddo to guess whether the objects will float or sink. Test it out!

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