Activities for Children Stuck At Home
Hey parents! We know that this is going to be a LONG isolation period, and we want you to know that the Martin-Pitt Partnership for Children is here to help you find stuff for kids to do while we’re closed. Finding age-appropriate fun activities for children to keep your kids entertained while still learning important skills and information can seem impossible. However, we’re here to fill in the gaps!
Be sure to let us know what you think in the comments below and let us know if you find any fun activities for children we should add. We’ll do our best to keep adding to the list as much as possible. We’re also working on a blog of resources for older students, parents, and adults so stay tuned!
Virtual Tours & Activities For Children
You can still explore the world around you even if you’re stuck inside. Whether you’re watching animals frolic around Yellowstone National Park or taking a tour of the Louvre in Paris, you can make the world come to life with the amazing virtual tours on these websites!
- Tour Yellowstone National Park and explore the elk, bears, and gorgeous mountains and lakes.
- Have you ever seen the surface of Mars? Now you can with the Curiosity Rover!
- Travel to Paris, France and see amazing works of art at The Louvre with this virtual field trip.
- This virtual tour of the Great Wall of China is beautiful and makes history come to life.
- The Museum of the World’s British History Museum in the heart of London allows virtual visitors to tour the Great Court and discover the ancient Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies.
- Tour the Guggenheim Museum in New York and explore the museum’s famous spiral staircase as well as art from the modern, impressionist, post-impressionist, and contemporary eras.
- The National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC features two exhibits people can explore through Google: the exhibit of American fashion from 1740 to 1895 and the collection of works from Dutch Baroque painter Johannes Vermeer.
- Explore pieces from famous French artists including Monet, Cézanne, and Gauguin from the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, France through the museum’s online website.
- The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, South Korea features a virtual tour through Google that allows students to explore six floors of contemporary art from across the globe.
- Pergamon is one of Germany’s largest museums. If you can’t physically see the works of art and history for yourself, Google has you covered with a virtual tour of dozens of pieces from the museum’s collection.
- Wander the halls of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and explore artwork from the Dutch Golden Age.
- If you’re a fan of Van Gogh, you can explore his works up close (in a virtual sense, that is) by visiting the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. The museum features the largest collection of pieces by the tragic artist including 500 drawings, over 750 letters, and over 200 paintings.
- The Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles features European artwork that dates back as far as the 8thcentury. Explore everything from paintings and drawings to sculptures, manuscripts, and photographs in the virtual tour.
Live Animal Cameras & More
If your kiddo is a fan of animals, you’re in luck! These websites feature a variety of stuff for kids to do including watching live animal cameras, engaging in activities, and videos for your child to explore! For another comprehensive list of various cameras, check out https://explore.org/livecams for a list of webcams that includes senior dogs, Great Horned Owls, puppies, Bald Eagles, manatees, horses, alligators, and so much more!
- The San Diego Zoo has a website with stuff for kids to do including amazing videos, activities, and games.
- Play games, create animals, and take a guided tour with Switch Zoo! This site features a variety of activities for children that will help them learn in a fun and creative way.
- The public can’t visit the Georgia Aquarium for at least two weeks, but that won’t stop you from taking an in-depth look at the sea creatures the facility has to offer. You can explore a variety of live ocean cameras, including a jelly cam, beluga whale cam, ocean voyager cam, Indo-Pacific Barrier Reef cam, an African Penguin cam, a Southern Sea Otter cam, and more!
- The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has a variety of remote cameras that allow kids to get up close and personal with wildlife across the state. Check out the salmon cam and Pacific Walrus Beach!
- Take a live look into the Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute with their collection of webcams. You’ll see everything from naked mole rats and lions to giant pandas and elephants! You can also check out the Smithsonian’s Learning Lab for additional stuff for kids to do, including games!
- Explore the National Geographic Kids website and learn about Earth Day, women heroes, U.S. Presidents, gemstones, and more through videos and games.
Activities for Children [Toddlers & More]
If you have a toddler at home, it can be exhausting to keep up with their constant energy. Although it may seem easy to put on the television or use other means of screen time, it’s essential to find stuff for kids to do that includes hands-on activities that are educational and fun. These activities for children have a combination of websites, games, and puzzles that you can do with your child while you’re practicing social distancing!
- Busy Toddler is a website run by Susie, an advocate of early childhood education, former teacher, and mother of three. Her goal is to provide stuff for kids to do that increases hands-on learning in childhood while supporting fellow parents in the process. Here is Susie’s list of the 40+ best indoor activities for your kiddos!
- KiwiCo offers stuff for kids to do at home for kids of all ages. Learn STEM, refraction, and even how to build a blanket fort! KiwiCo even has resources for parents to learn more about the activities they’re doing with their children.
- The OT Toolbox features activities and games that focus on functioning skills, vision, fine motor skills, sensory skills, and executive function to build skills in young children through movement and play.
- All Kids Network features resources for teachers, parents, and anyone who works with children. Enjoy thousands of activities for children, arts and crafts, worksheets, hidden pictures, coloring pages, and more.
- Highlights Kids features stuff for kids to do such as activities, jokes, games, and more on topics ranging from animals, food, science, and more.
- 123 Homeschool 4 Me offers a list of preschool activities for children including activities and games to play with your little one at home using items you’ll find around the house. Not to mention, the website also offers additional resources for older kids! The website also has over one million pages of free worksheets for children of all ages.
- This document contains three weeks of free maker stations that use materials from around your home to keep your children busy. Find fun and creative stuff for kids to do as they learn through hands-on activities.
- Little Spark Company features printables to engage your child in a variety of activities. You do have to subscribe to the mailing list in order to receive the code to download the printables, however.
Is your child running around crazy from being stuck at home? Need stuff for kids to do around the house that gets their blood pumping? Help your little ones burn off the energy that’s building up with these workouts that are all kid-friendly! You can do yoga, cardio, and more with these amazing websites!
- Sworkit Youth Initiative features activities for children on strength, agility, flexibility, and balance, and warm-up and cooldown routines. You can also create your own custom kid workout!
- Fluency & Fitness is offering 21 days of unlimited access to K-2 content, including over 900 videos on topics including math and reading. At the end of the 21 days, your account will simply expire. There is no card entry or payment required.
- GoNoodle engages children’s minds and bodies through exercise and activities for children. The site features videos created by experts in early childhood development. Cast the videos to your television and let your kids work out their energy!
- Little Twisters Yoga & Emotional Wellness is making all of its products free due to the spread of COVID-19. Browse the store, add the products to your cart, and then follow the prompts for the free checkout. The store features a variety of yoga poses and activities to help bring a bit of calm into your life during this crazy time!
Online Educational Activities & Games For Kids
Hands-on activities and games are the best way to build essential thinking skills in your child. However, these are trying times for all of us! These fun and educational online resources provide videos, experiments, puzzles, and more for children of all ages. We’ll try to break down what grade level or age each resource is for so you can find the best activities for your child!
- TurtleDiary provides a variety of games and activities that focus on typing, writing, reading, math, shapes, and animals for children from K4 to 5th TurtleDiary pairs each activity with the appropriate age and grade level to ensure success in the classroom.
- All in One Homeschool provides a free, online Christian homeschool curriculum for families with children from preschool to high school. The Getting Ready 1 curriculum is for children age four who would be in a traditional pre-k program.
- PBS Kids has a variety of free games, videos, and more for children who are out of school right now! Play and learn with your favorite show characters.
- FunBrain features games, videos, and books for children in preschool and kindergarten through 8th Check out the preschool and kindergarten section here.
- Enjoy songs, rhymes, and activities that teach about reading, numbers, motion, and more at Starfall. This website has resources for children in preschool through third grade.
- Browse the PBS website for videos and other stuff for kids to do that will provide lessons on the world around them. Characters include Arthur, Pinkaliciuos, and Let’s Go Luna!
- Help teach your child about words, math, and more with ABCya! This website provides children with resources to keep their skills sharp in fun and exciting ways.
- BreakoutEDU put together a great list of educational digital games for students from kindergarten up.
- Explore this list of free coding apps for kids! Coding Safari is geared toward children as young as age 2, while others are more advanced. There are even options for parents to get involved!
Early Literacy Activities for Children
Local libraries around our community have closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Unfortunately, that leaves some families without access to books for themselves and their children. Thankfully, there are several free resources that will help inspire you to read with your child.
- Free Children’s Stories is a website that features free and original stories for children. Choose from stories by age or style and from a variety of topics!
- Seussville is the magic world of Dr. Suess, and what better time to explore this wacky and fun world than now! Play games and explore all your favorite characters with Dr. Seuss’s interactive website.
- Storyline Online features free storytime with books read by some of our famous friends, including Dulé Hill, Allison Janney, Betty White, Tia & Tamera Mowry, and Viola Davis.
- Explore the International Children’s Digital Library to read books from across the world. You can browse by age, book length, cover color, and more.
- Literacy with the Littles is a store on the website Teachers Pay Teachers. There are several free activities that provide stuff for kids to do while at home. The activities for children are geared towards kids from preschool to third grade.
- Letterland has a variety of free apps for your iPad, iPhone, and Mac that you can play to build early literacy skills with your little one.
- Engage in day-to-day projects and activities that educate children to keep them thinking, reading, and learning with Scholastic! The site features content for children from pre-kindergarten through 9th grade.
- The website We Are Teachers is sharing a list of 50 authors who are providing read-alouds of their books AND books by their favorite authors! Click here to browse the list!
Music Activities for Children
Music is something that can connect people across languages, continents, age, and more. Encouraging your child to experiment with making music can be a fun and interactive activity for your entire family. Check out the list of resources below to get started on your musical journey!
- Make your own music and explore different sounds, instruments, and songs with Chrome Music Lab! This resource is perfect for a multitude of ages and helps bring music to everyone.
- Finding musical activities for children around the house isn’t nearly as hard as you may think. In the Playroom shows us how to play toddler games that practice speech and language development.
- Dance to Walk Around by Nancy Kopman with this educational children’s music video!
- com features a list of dozens of musical activities for children that will give you the opportunity to get up and move with your little one.
- Dance to the ABC Hip Hop Song and help your kids get up and dance as they learn the alphabet and practice following directions.
- PreKinders has an amazing list of stuff for kids to do that relates to classical music. Find each song on YouTube, then follow the directions to bring movement and fun to your day.
These resources are only a fraction of the activities for children that you find and create. We know that right now is stressful, but we want you to know that we are all resilient. We will overcome the challenges we are facing and emerge better than ever. Martin-Pitt Partnership for Children is here for you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Visit our Facebook and Instagram or use our website to contact us with questions, ideas, or to chat.