FUN ACTIVITIES FOR THE KIDS 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! We found two videos, one for older kids and one for younger kids that helps explain the corona virus.
Older Kids - The Coronavirus Explained & What You Should Do
Younger Kids - PLAYMOBIL's friendly robot named ROBert explains the coronavirus to kids and how to stay safe.
Keep your kids active with the following ideas...
Chicago Toy & Game Fair’s facebook page posts activities every day.
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, about their Target debut and if that doesn’t motivate you, this video clip will! If your kids decide to compete this November in the Young Inventor Challenge, they will receive feedback from toy and game execs and might earn scholarships, prizes and a deal with a toy/game company.
The Roachy Scholarship! A new scholarship that you can use the game invention to add to the application! The mission is to help others follow their dream to “make art and play games” and will provide scholarships to college bound students who plan on pursuing a degree in art and/or game design. The scholarship was established to honor Alan Roach, a loved and respected leader in the toy and game industry.
Hasbro is bringing home the fun!
Rummikub App is free and this year at the Chicago Toy & Game Fair is the National Championship with awesome prizes!
Hand2Mind’s Learning at Home platform is the real-time content created and posted each day by the company’s on-staff educators. These videos start on Monday Marsh 23rd and will provide math and literacy content for kids in grades K-5, designed to engage kids without support from parents.
Educational Insights has awesome at home activities for including including daily schedules by age!
Neighborhood Parents Network has ideas on keeping your kids entertained and learning while school is out and thoughtful and insightful conversations from Chicago parents about everything from kids' online learning recommendations to thoughts about how the coronavirus outbreak 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
ThinkFun has free and fun downloadable logic games and brainteasers
Nickelodeon launched #KidsTogether platform with tips and activities for children and families in coronavirus lockdown the campaign and will feature SpongeBob SquarePants, Blue’s Clues & You, Bubble Guppies, and more, and will serve as an additional resource for parents while providing appropriate and directed information through short form videos, downloadable activities and social content.
Museums have virtual tours.
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!