Activities for parents and foster parents to enjoy with kids at home.
From virtual field trips to dance tutorials, make the most of this time to connect with your kids.
Schools are closed, life seems upside down, and families are suddenly faced with extended periods of time at home.
Routines are very important in keeping a sense of normalcy and safety for both adults and children. Experts are recommending parents keep children on their usual schedule as much as possible, setting aside "school time" at home. To help parents and foster parents with this, we have created a list of online resources for you. From virtual field trips to online drawing and dance tutorials, we hope you enjoy these kid-friendly ideas to help structure a school-like environment at home.
Virtual Field Trips:
You and your kids can explore zoos, aquariums, museums and more from the comfort of your couch! Check out this list of virtual field trips:
- San Diego Zoo: This kid friendly website has lots of fun tours, information and games for you and your child to explore.
- Yellowstone National Park: Check out one of America's most treasured National Parks.
- Mars: You can explore the surface of Mars!
- Animal Cameras: See what the beluga whales or pandas are up to right this very second.
- Farm Tours: Check out eleven different farm tours in Canada.
- U.S. Space and Rocket Museum Tour: This father-son trip to the U.S. Space and Rocket Museum is a fun watch.
- Louvre Online Tour: Check out one of the world's most famous museum's online.
- Boston Kids Museum Tour: This will be on your bucket list after seeing the Boston Kids Museum.
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Search YouTube for your favorite type of exercise and get moving! We bet you will find a Zumba, yoga or any other class you love. Below are some kid-friendly favorites:
- Cosmic Kids Yoga: This YouTube channel has lots of fun exercise activities and adventures that spark younger children's imaginations.
- Renegade Dance Tutorial: Your kids will know exactly what this is! Learn the most popular dance on Tik Tok.
- Family Fun Cardio Workout: This 13-minute Youtube video will have your heart pumping!
Use these resources to play games together online or around the dinner table.
- Lovatt Puzzles: Crossword Puzzles, Word Searches and Sudoku for Kids
- San Diego Zoo Animal Games: This great website has lots of animal-themed games to enjoy with kids.
- Fun Games to Play at Home: 18 games you and your kids can play indoors.
- Creative Game: What is this Thing? Use basic household items for this game and enjoy some laughs! Crossword Solver:
- Need help finding a crossword? Use this resource submitted by a fellow parent!!
Arts and Crafts:
Crafts are a great way to pass the time and champion each other's creativity. Below are a few helpful resources, but Google or YouTube other possibilities!
- Art for Kids: This YouTube channel has lots of drawing tutorials for you and your kids! Enjoy!
- Free Printables and Art Lesson Videos for Kids at Home: This website is sending parents free printable crafts as well as art lesson videos for kids online every day. Click the link to subscribe.
- Oragami for Kids: There are lots of fun templates you can print and attempt to learn with your kids. All you need is a few pieces of paper.