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Activities and Resources for Kids

With children being home more, we thought you could use a list of activities and resources that will keep the kids busy. These are by no means exhaustive but may help to get you started as you figure out what works and what doesn’t. 

Cute siblings reading a story together under blankets at night

BEING HOME WITH KIDS: The Ultimate Guide of Activities and Resources for Kids

Allow children to choose something they’d like to learn about and challenge them to spend 30-minutes each day learning about it.

Set a 30-day Bake Every Day Challenge and bake something every day with the kids.

Help your child find a pen pal, or have them write an old-fashioned letter to a different friend, or family member each day.

Challenge them to use all their building toys to create the largest structure ever

Race Day: Make the day about racing: hopping on one foot, crabwalk, walking backward, relay, etc.

Do stop-motion videos with playdough

Have a Disney + Marathon

Facetime cousins or grandparents

Identify what plants, bugs, and wildlife are in your yard

Identify the parts of plants and flowers and how they develop

Please write a short story and illustrate it.

Learn how to do simple bookbinding.

Use your old mail to learn how to make paper.

Have a championship chart for board games, card games

Play with LEGOS

Get dot-to-dot books from the Dollar Store and let kids connect them

Teach the dog a new trick

Learn basic sewing stitches

Make Forts and reading caves, and when complete, give them flashlights, snacks, books, and pillows!

Use flashlights to make a shadow show.

Get a bird book and go bird watching (or use Google)

Learn how to make a stuffed animal

Make Oobleck

Make a solar oven and make smores in it

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Put together puzzles as a family

Challenge Kids to make a donation box as they organize and clean their room.

Arts and Crafts like beading, painting, drawing, playdough or kinetic sand, sewing, etc. 

Do yoga at home. 

Zumba or Dance-along videos on YouTube

Draw self-portraits on blank faces 

Learn how to write code. Check out the videos on YouTube.

“kitchen chemistry” type science experiments such as making slime

Bathe the dogs

Clean out the car 

Mow the lawn (age-appropriate)

Play with sidewalk chalk outside

Have a glow stick party

Pop some popcorn and have a movie marathon

Listen to Kid Podcasts like Story Pirates and Smash Boom

Host a backyard Olympics or a Cleaning Olympics

Learn a new card game

Lots of art projects! 

Go on a day hike

Create the solar system with whatever you have around the house

PuppetMaster: an app where you can animate anything from a drawing to a stuffed animal.

Puzzle races: put several puzzles (20+ piece puzzles) in a paper bag and shake it up. Pour pieces out and give each person the puzzle box they are to put together. Go! 

Listen to Audible!

Make ice cream

Make and play with Playdough

Make Kinetic Sand

 List of Activities and Resources:

Play Ideas/Simple Projects/Science Experiments: these suggestions use everyday household items that are things most kids can do with minimal supervision, and some produce something they can play with after the project/experiment part is done.

Build a blanket/pillow fort/base/hideout and play in it

Dress-up (old Halloween costumes, capes, winter/summer wear, etc.)

Kitchen (play for younger kids; simple real meals or baking for older kids)

Legos! (you can give them an assignment of something specific to build or just open play)

Set up tracks and play with trains or cars

Board games, card games, twisters, etc.

Build with popsicle sticks/glue (bridges, towers, ‘log’ cabins, etc.)

Build paper airplanes / fly them (which one goes farthest? highest? fastest? craziest flight path? can land on a target?)

Collect samples outside and examine them with a magnifying glass (check out the veins in leaves, the texture of bark or rocks, etc.)

Colored water/oil experiment (this is great because kids ‘make’ a new toy – a discovery bottle that can also double as a calm-down timer)

Volcano experiment (baking soda/water to make a ‘hill’ and slowly pour vinegar on the hill)

Penny experiment (dirty penny in lemon juice or other acids, watch to see if it gets shiny)

Set up a chain reaction/Rube Goldberg machine (think common toys/household objects like train tracks, balls, dominoes, cars/tracks, toilet paper rolls, etc. and use stairs, ramps, etc.)

Build with cardboard – trains, cars, planes, houses, forts, robots, etc.

Yoga (there are tons of simple yoga videos on YouTube that kids can easily follow)

Backyard sports (soccer, frisbee, baseball, etc.) / backyard play

Build and run an obstacle course

Write a book or comic book.

Arts and crafts – draw, paint, create!

Origami (there are tons of simple tutorials online)

Scavenger hunt (indoors or outside)

Garden/plant seeds/bulbs (spring is a great time to get a garden started, and older kids can be in charge of both planting and daily watering/observations)

Build a puzzle

Make a rubber band ball

Go through photos or take new photos and create a picture book

Make music (anything can double as an instrument!)

Put on music and have a dance party

Content that is entertaining or educational:

These can incorporate learning opportunities such as age-appropriate writing about a book/podcast/video, choosing a topic and researching it/putting together a report or presentation, etc.

Read a book! Can incorporate reading to siblings, audiobooks, comic books, etc.


GoNoodle (e.g. water cycle (see YouTube))

Discovery Channel “How It’s Made” series

NASA learning games 

Bitsbox coding projects (this is a monthly subscription)

Coding basics 

Building/Activity kits (a few suggestions below – many options available on Amazon)

Snap Circuits

Robot building kits (tons of options for a range of ages/skills)

Wooden projects (tons of options, some motorized)

Science kits (again tons of options, only independent for older kids)

Magnet build sets (especially good for younger kids)

Marble runs/mazes

Workbooks, puzzle books, coloring books

Scholastic grade-specific learning experiences – (you have to set up an account, but it is free and has excellent content for a variety of ages/grade levels)

TV Time:

Everyone has their own thoughts on how much TV is good for kids — I’m not here to make up your mind for you, but here are a few shows that kids like and are educational too!

Magic School Bus (both original and Rides Again)



Sesame Street

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

Electric Company

Nature shows – like Planet Earth, Blue Planet, Discovery Channel shows, NatGeo, etc. (maybe it’s just me, but my kids dig these and have learned a lot from them)

Documentaries (mostly for older kids, but there are a lot of educational options on many different platforms)

Mythbusters (for older kids)

Apps that are kid-safe and age-appropriate:

Many have free versions but some require payment for the app or for features within the app.

Lightbot apps for programming/coding (ages 4+)



Libby (online library but must connect through an existing library account)

Bedtime Math

Khan Academy (math, science, humanities, etc.)

Prodigy (math)

PBS Kids


Other/Possibly Useful info/links:

Common Sense Media (can search for apps, movies, tv, books, games, etc. by age)


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