I know many people are feeling cooped up and it seems like there is no end in sight. I am not one of those people. I am actually busier since preparing lesson plans for 5 kids that are not my own as well as doing Zoom and Skype lessons daily. Online teaching takes more time than just teaching in person.
We are also very fortunate to live in sunny Florida where we can get out for walks and ride bikes. Our church has a gym the kids can play in (as we live on the property), and they can still walk over to church to do their school lessons. This helps keep our routine the same.
However, I understand how people could feel this way. I talked to my parents, and even though they are doing projects and going on walks, they can’t wait until they can meet up with friends again.
When all of this isolation stuff started as well as stay-at-home orders, I was getting many emails with free materials available for kids — and adults –to do. I also received books to review, so I thought I would share what I found in this post.
Here are 16 free resources for activities for kids:
- Fox Chapel Publishing has free downloads for kids.
- Lakeshore Learning has many free resources for education and fun crafts.
- Adventures in Odyssey is allowing you to stream some of their stories for free. We buy the subscription yearly, and my kids love it. Even some of my teenagers still listen to the stories! Here is some more information about the free service they are offering right now.
- Audible is offering free streaming of a collection of books for kids right now.
- Epic for Kids Facebook page has some Live Cooking (smoothies, etc.), writing, and painting classes. Even if your kids can’t go when it is live, they can go back and watch the videos later.
- Get the kids outside for this Nature and Garden Scavenger Hunt.
- Watch this FREE Walk Thru the Bible STEP INTO THE STORY live stream on Facebook! Great for everyone, including KIDS!
- Make cards for shut-ins, grandparents, or people in nursing homes. You can use these scripture cards from Apologia if you want.
- Have your kids do some workouts!
- Watch this LIVE Electronic Field Trip on the Colonial Williamsburg Education Facebook page.
- We’ve watched live hymn and gospel song times with The Collingsworth Family and the Getty family.
- Make play-doh.
- Make history fun: there is a new app that was going to be released for $12.99, but because of Coronavirus, they are releasing it for a limited time for free. It is called Gettysburg: A Nation Divided, a new mixed reality app from QuantumERA®. I had an apple device, and I could download the app. I don’t know if you can get it on Android devices. You can watch a video about it here.
- The Natural History Museum of Utah has daily livestream videos with many different topics.
- I think I’m going to teach my kids how to make homemade bread using this sourdough starter recipe.
- The Quarto STEAM Club’s Facebook page has many videos with crafts your kids can do.
I receive all of the Quarto Steam Club picks. They sent me a box in March, but I wasn’t able to open it until now.
All of these books and kits would be perfect for your child to do while he/she is at home. Here is what it includes:
This Tiny Robots! kit has 26 peaces and comes engineering foldout that shows what to build with this kit. It does need batteries.
This book is a children’s picture book about David Attenborough, an avid collector of fossils and plants. Encourage young kids to love science!
I wish I would have had this book, Audubon Birding Adventures for Kids, earlier this year as I actually taught about birds at the beginning of this school year to my 3rd-5th graders. This book teaches about 25 different kinds of birds plus has activities and ideas for watching, feeding, and housing birds.
This book, The Organic Artist for Kids, encourages kids to do art with items that can in nature. Some projects are making pens and wild inks, creating paint from stones and rocks, crafting your own paintbrushes, and making simple stencils and rubbings. No need to go to the store to do these projects!
This book is large, hardback, with vibrant colors. It is the Search-and-Find A Number of Numbers book. Each number 1-20, 50, and 100 has it’s own center-fold page. The page gives directions on what the child is to find, and some pages have a counting challenge.
I don’t even understand how this is possible, but the 3D Printing and Maker Lab for Kids book teaches kids how to create amazing projects with CAD design and STEAM ideas. They use the web applications Tinkercad and SketchUp, and you would have to have access to a 3D printer. This would be a great skill for kids to learn, and fun at the same time!
You can see all of the books that have been part of this month’s box plus the other months HERE. Also, you can join the Quarto Steam community.
Another book I received was not from Quarto but from Simon & Schuster was the The Everything Kids’ Baseball Book.
I thought my son would be the one that loved this book as he watches all things sports. But my daughter had fun doing the crossword puzzle and word search in it. Baseball players would love this book!
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