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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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How to Encourage Kids to Wear Their Mask

Check out this excellent article from Boston Children's Hospital providing helpful tips for getting kids comfortable wearing face masks.

Ages: Adults
Category: Blog posts and Articles

Homemade Ice Pops

Find some relief from the heat with these homemade ice pops from National Geographic Kids! Not only are they delicious and healthy, they are a more sustainable option than plastic-wrapped store versions.

Ages: 3-12
Category: Health and Wellness

Let's Make Whatever Butter!

Many folks have allergies to certain kinds of nuts, so it can be difficult to find safe and yummy nut butters at the store. Alissa is showing us how to make a zero-preservative, delicious and nutritious spread with *whatever* kind of nuts work for you!

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

Storytime: "Who Made a Hole in the Chicken Coop" by Malvika Patel

Author Malvika Patel joins us today for a reading of her book, "Who Made a Hole in the Chicken Coop?", a fun and engaging mystery about honesty and having the courage to go after your dreams.

Ages: 0-6
Category: Storytimes and Literacy

Jamaal Eversley: Artist of Inspiration and Instructable

Check out our Collaging with Shapes instructable inspired by the work of Jamaal Eversley, our newest Artist of Inspiration! Jamaal pursued his talents as an eccentric abstract artist, intertwining business with the arts to serve his community. Learn more about Jamaal's background and work and try out the instructable.

Ages: 5-12
Category: Art Activities

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)

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