Having kids home in the middle of the school year is tricky. These activities can help.
By Lauren Tippetts
During this global health crisis, events are being cancelled and things are shutting down everywhere. With Governor Herbert’s recent announcement regarding schools, you will likely have kids home for two weeks. This news probably threw a wrench in your routine. But there are some kind souls out there making this time off easier for you. Below are some free resources you can take advantage of during this unexpected break in school. We will keep this post updated with any other helps we come across.
Updated April 8, 2020 12:46 am.
Studio 5’s At-Home Activity Plans
Fun creative and educational activities, centered around a new theme everyday! Find all of our at-home activity plans here.
Free Computer Science Courses
Amazon Future Engineer is providing free access to Computer Science courses for grades 6-12. They are also offering a virtual robotics program through CoderZ, and access to EarSketch, a program that helps kids code through music. You can sign up for these courses here.
Easy Indoor Activities
The folks over at @hellowonderful_co on Instagram have put together 5o+ Easy Indoor Activities for Kids. They use materials you probably already have at home, just in case you don’t want to venture out.
Sarah Jane Wright, author/illustrator of the Lola Dutch books, is sending out a daily email with printables and video art lessons for kids. Visit @sarahjanestudios on Instagram to sign up for her email list.
Learn at Home
Scholastic has created a learn at home website. They are providing 20 days of articles, stories, videos, and fun learning challenges. These activities can give your kids up to three hours of learning per day. Visit www.scholastic.com/learnathome for these resources.
DIY Disinfectant Wipes
Can’t find wipes at the store? Here is an affordable way to make them at home. You probably already have the ingredients.
Free Subscriptions From Education Companies
This is a great list of education companies who are offering free subscriptions right now. Find it at Freebies2Deals.com.
Photo Projects for Kids
Persnickety Prints put together a list of 5 Home Photo Projects for Kids to do during the two week quarantine.
Yoga on YouTube
Sunday Coloring Page
Stop Motion Kids Camp
Doable At-Home Activities
Studies Weekly is opening up their online platform. This includes student editions, teacher editions, lesson plans, and more. Set up your free account here.
Khan Academy is a free app/website that offers lessons on tons of different subjects. During these school closures, they are offering daily schedules for kids ages 4-18, and other remote resources, including daily live streams. Find them here.
Free Printable Project
Help your kids document their feelings during this extended break. This free printable helps kids be creative, while recording their experiences.
Online Painting Classes
Head over to www.staceypaints.com for free painting classes! Get a different painting every Wednesday. Find tutorials and supply lists as well.
Science Class Live Stream
YouTuber and former NASA scientist, Mark Rober, is starting a live stream science class on Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Jump on at 2 pm to join in.
Internet Safety Daily Challenges
The Be Awesome Online Statewide Initiative is starting daily challenges on March 30th. Each challenge will give resources to parents to have a 5-10 minute conversation with the family about internet safety.
Even More Online Resources
The School Closure Resources Adventure is an ongoing list of resources to keep kids brains active during school closures. It has information from free internet access to virtual tours.
Activities on All Topics
The Discovery Family Program has over 50 activities for families. The program gives parents important information about using protective measures from the SHARP survey in their daily lives.
Free Magic Classes for Kids
My Discovery Destination! and Wonder Academy are coming together to put on free magic classes for kids. The first class will be held on Friday, March 27 at 3pm. Find all the details in My Discovery Destination! communities.
Free Daily Printables
Grab a free daily printable over at Camp Castle.com. Sign up with your email and get them sent to your inbox.
Free Financial Literacy Class
101 Financial is offering free financial literacy classes during April. Tune in with your 5-12 grader Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12 pm on Facebook and 1 pm on Instagram. Click here for all the details.