FUN ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES AT HOME
Looking for engaging activities to do at home with your kids? We've compiled a list of fun and educational ideas for you (see below)!
Also, many neighborhood toy and game stores are offering curbside pick-up and home delivery so you can stock up on books, games, toys and puzzles! They will happily offer suggestions for you based on what your family enjoys.
Stay safe and active - both mentally and physically especially during the corona virus pandemic! Here are videos that explain the corona virus and the importance of washing hands.
Older Kids - The Coronavirus Explained & What You Should Do
Younger Kids - PLAYMOBIL's friendly robot, ROBert, explains the coronavirus and how to stay safe.
Spin Master's PAW Patrol Handwashing Video teaches kids about the importance of proper hand washing to protect themselves, friends, family and neighbours
Keep kids active with the following ideas. We're adding new ideas to end of the list as we discover them!
Young Inventor Challenge - Invent toys and games! We have all the free resources you need: Design Guide, articles, videos and more. Read about our most recent winners, Lily and Tait and their Target debut. If that doesn’t motivate you, this video clip will! Kids can use their inventions to compete this November in the Young Inventor Challenge to receive feedback from toy and game execs and possibly earn scholarships, prizes and a deal with a toy/game company.
Chicago Toy & Game Fair’s facebook page posts activities every day.
Mattel opened their Playroom!
Hasbro is bringing home the fun!
Goliath has coloring pages to download!
PlayMonster - Free games, puzzles and other online resources!
Spin Master opened their Sago Mini School!
Rummikub App is free and this year at the Chicago Toy & Game Fair is the National Championship!
Hand2Mind’s Learning at Home - new content posted each day by on-staff educators.
Educational Insights has activities and daily schedules by age!
Learning Resources has free at home learning essentials
Neighborhood Parents Network has ideas to keep kids entertained and learning while school is out and insightful conversations from parents about everything from kids' online learning recommendations to how the pandemic could have some positive impacts.
We Are Teachers has the big list of children’s authors doing online read alouds & activities
Lock Down Distraction Fun - Toy inventor Kaye White is compiling fun activities to do at home
Chicago Kids has a big list of activities on facebook and on their website
ThinkFun has free and fun downloadable logic games and brainteasers
ThinkFun STEM Learning with free-downloadable games
The Met is offering free streaming operas.
Pearachute is posting virtual classes
Chicago’s The Local Tourist has complied a list of activities
Crazy Aaron LIVE! Learn something new every day at 4 p.m. (Eastern) from Crazy Aaron himself!
ELENCO offers students, teachers free snap circuits guides
The Family Gamers has tips on how to steer towards educational concepts by using games
Amazon offers free content for kids
Charlene Chronicles offers free printable calendars
Van Gogh Museum has coloring pages that you can download, print, and fill in. Let's Gooooogh.
Let's Play Game's best 1-2 player games to play In quarantine!
Global Innovation has a field trip
Travelzoo showcases 20 amazing places you can visit without leaving home
Marbles Kids Museum has team marbles play resources
Roylco offers free worksheets
Tink Digital has created for families public health education games on covid-19
Anomia Kids has free lesson plans
Brick Loot has partnered with Tyler Clites of LEGO MASTERS to bring you a daily build challenge.
Qubits has a free downloadable Golden Polyhedra Lesson Plan to build paper polyhedra
Cards Against Humanity provides free download and print of the new Family Edition for FREE!
Bear Hunts! Teddy bears are appearing everywhere along streets made empty by coronavirus.
The Laughing Academy offers a series of free in-home improv games the whole family can play!
10 group games you can play remotely
Miniland has 46 free online activities to practice mindfulness at home
Maple Landmark Woodcraft added a KidZone filled with activities for the kids
Backspindle Games has weekly free colouring in competitions
Gnome Your Family and post in a window for all to see
Dr Gummer's Good Play Guide's Home Learning Hub
#WeCountChallenge for kids to submit a poster/video saying why their community counts in the 2020 Census
HIGHLIGHTS for Children: HIGHLIGHTS @ HOME: FAMILY
Two Bit Circus Foundation has at-home escape room activities for families and children
IAmElemental has made their 75-page Elements of Power Workbook free
Book of Beasties has released free to download curriculum based, mental wellness themed lesson and activities to support families during the pandemic.
KUBO PLAY launched free educational online activities.
Upparent's list contains hundreds of parent-submitted ideas for keeping kids busy in and around your house.
Ravensburger Free Games/Play Activities, including the GraviTrax Academy
Recess Guardians has created daily physical activity videos for the home
BBC Bitsize with three new lessons every weekday, with videos, activities and more.
The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation - kids can find out how much they have in common with architect Frank Lloyd Wright with “How Like Wright Are You?”
Storyline Online: Parents and kids alike can enjoy famous actors reading children’s fiction.
TIME for Kids is providing a free digital library
NY Magazine - The Best Board Games to Play Over Zoom, According to Experts
Toys you can make! - Hundreds of Ideas!
The United States Playing Card Company has score sheets, Cribbage board, Pokeno game boards, Poker chips, samples of our board games: It’s Blunderful and Tattoo Stories, coloring pages. Also free 100 searchable card game apps here and here.
Frog Street for Young Learners - Free online eBooks and activities
Mondays with Michelle (Obama) - On PBS KIDS Read-Alongs, Michelle Obama will read some of her favorite children’s books on Mondays at 11am CST.
Old Christmas Catalogs - 196 vintage Christmas & Seasonal Catalogs to get lost in!
WowWee - Baby Shark Toy School provides a daily schedule with activities for learning, laughing, and playing together.
WTFF (What the Fun!) Series - Learn where Puzzles, Games and more come from!
Thames & Kosmos - Free downloadable instructions for science activities you can do at home.
Fundamentals4kids - The Mary Manners live show on Monday's at 11:00 PST
Catlilli Games has free print-and-play games available
Bent Castle Workshops has released a free print&play version of Numbers League
Luma World - free print-and-plays and webinars.
Sisper Design - make your own pinwheel video.
Play Mind The Gap LIVE twice a week, every Tuesday and Thursday at 8:00 PM Eastern T
Upcycler’s Lab has free printables.
Pers has print and plays games.
Amy Saldanha, Owner of Kiddywampus explains why boredom is awesome and has ideas on what to do when you are bored!
For Adults Needing a Break...
Goliath Games has instructions on how to play Shit Happens remotely
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