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Play & Learning Activities Archive

Every day we'll send you an activity you can work on with your children, as well as informative articles and podcasts about play and learning at home during this time of social distancing.


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Build a DIY Telescope

This awesome activity from National Geographic Kids shows you how to build your own telescope to look for birds, treetops, and even stars in the night sky!

Ages: 5-12
Category: STEAM (Science, technology, engineering, art, and math)

Sun Safety with Sesame Street

Headed outside this weekend? Spend a couple minutes with your favorite characters from Sesame Street to learn about sun safety, specifically the importance of staying hydrated when out in the heat!

Ages: 3-8
Category: Health and Wellness

Storytime: "Julián is a Mermaid" by Jessica Love

Tune in for a reading of "Julián is a Mermaid," written and illustrated by Jessica Love. The story uses words and beautiful illustrations to tell the story of Julián, a young boy exploring his individuality & freedom of expression.

Ages: 0-6
Category: Storytimes and Literacy

Nurturing Gratitude

Gratitude helps us focus on the good in life, but it requires practice and may not come naturally for young children. Check out this article from Zero to Three for some great ideas on how to model gratitude and values of thankfulness and generosity in kids.

Ages: Adults
Category: Blog posts and Articles

Let's Bake Bread!

Raise your hand if you've tried out a new recipe while stuck at home these last few months? Head to the kitchen to try out a delicious bread recipe with Steve.

Ages: 5-12
Category: STEAM (Science, technology, engineering, art, and math)

Mess-Free DIY Stress Balls

Stress balls are a great way to help kids cope with anxious feelings. These mess-free DIY stress balls are squishy and stretchy, and kids will love squeezing them to calm down, soothe themselves, or just play. Adults, feel free to enjoy them, too! more

Ages: 3-8
Category: Health and Wellness

Artist of Inspiration: Maya Freelon

Our new Artist of Inspiration Maya Freelon creates artworks out of colorful tissue paper, water, and glue! Learn about Maya and find out how to make a tissue paper kinetic sculpture inspired by her work.

Ages: 5-12
Category: Art Activities

Remembering Congressman John Lewis

We remember and celebrate the life and work of Congressman John Lewis. Lewis dedicated decades of his life to supporting young activists seeking justice and was the youngest person to speak at the March on Washington in 1963. He recognized how impactful and important young voices are in the fight for equality, and we hope his legacy inspires America's next generation to continue in the fight for racial justice. Rest in peace, John Lewis.

If you'd like to share more about John Lewis' story with your kids, this is a great book to explore "Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of John Lewis."

Ages: Adults
Category: Blog posts and Articles

Online Mad Libs

We're offering free online Mad Libs and Mad Libs Junior on our website! There are several puzzles to choose from and endless combinations of silly stories to create!

Ages: 3-12
Category: Storytimes and Literacy

Sesame Street Sun Safety Singalong

With summer in full swing (hooray!), kids may need a few reminders about the importance of sun safety. This video from Sesame Street teaches kids why it's so important to wear sunscreen when we're outside enjoying the sunshine.

Ages: 3-8
Category: Health and Wellness

Storytime: "Stack the Cats" by Susie Ghahremani

Cats + the internet = a match made in heaven! For this edition of Tell Me a Story, Steve is reading "Stack the Cats" by Susie Ghahremani, a book about the weird and delightful behavior of cats that will help kids practice their counting skills.

Ages: 0-6
Category: Storytimes and Literacy

Mindfulness Activities Kids Will Actually Want to Do

These simple mindfulness exercises from the organization Zero to Three will help you and your little one find some calm-and they're designed so that kids will actually want to participate!

Ages: Adults
Category: Blog posts and Articles

Spot the International Space Station (From Home!)

Can you spot the International Space Station? The ISS is the third brightest object in the sky and easy to spot if you know when to look up. This cool resource from NASA will help!

Ages: 5-12
Category: STEAM (Science, technology, engineering, art, and math)

DIY Pinwheels to Encourage Deep Breathing

"Take a deep breath," you might say to your child to calm them. It's a good strategy, though not always easy for kids to put into practice! We are showing you how to make a pinwheel, a fun craft that doubles as a calming tool to encourage deep breathing.

Ages: 3-8
Category: Health and Wellness

STEAM Activity: Alka-Seltzer Rockets

Looking for something to do outside with kids that is fun, easy, and highly entertaining? Alissa's got you covered-follow along with her and make an Alka-Seltzer rocket!

Ages: 5-12
Category: STEAM (Science, technology, engineering, art, and math)

Fun Ideas for Water Play with Toddlers

Check out this article from the NAEYC offering three easy ways to engage your inquisitive toddler in educational play using water! Toddlers' natural curiosity about what is going on in the world makes them perfect little scientists.

Ages: 0-3
Category: STEAM (Science, technology, engineering, art, and math)

Build a Teeny Tiny Home Inspired by Ana Serrano

Check out our new instructable to learn how to build a Teeny Tiny Home inspired by the work of Ana Serrano, our newest Artist of Inspiration! Ana is a first generation Mexican-American born in 1983 and raised in Los Angeles, California. She works with cardboard and paper to create vibrant miniature sculptures of stores and homes.

Ages: 5-12
Category: Art Activities

DIY Bracelet Making with Recycled Materials

We are making bracelets out of things you find around your house! With a little creativity, you can turn junk mail, glue, and dental floss into jewelry. This activity is also great way for kids to develop their fine motor skills.

Ages: 5-12
Category: Art Activities

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