Indoor Activities to Keep the Kiddos Busy During the Coronavirus Outbreak

With schools closed and social distancing encouraged, here are some ways to educate and entertain your kids.

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Parents around the state of Rhode Island: You have successfully completed the first few weeks of COVID-19 social distancing. While the kids are out of school and you’re working from home, it is all but nearly impossible to keep them entertained and educated while you do work of your own. Relax — we’ve got you covered. Here are some fun and educational indoor activities to keep the kiddos busy.

 

EDUCATION

Audubon Society of Rhode Island 

Pulling from years of environmental education experience and expert resources, Audubon introduces Audubon at Home: Nature Play and Learning. Each week Audubon shares a different theme. One week is owls, another might be turtles or frogs! Videos and activities will be posted on Facebook and Instagram, and families are encouraged to visit Audubon online for materials, downloads and ideas for family fun.   

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden 

Tune in every day at 3 p.m. on the zoo’s Facebook page for an at home live safari. Learn about all of the different animals that call the zoo home. Plus, kiddos can take part in a fun online quiz. Access the online safari here.

Cool Math 

Kiddos ages thirteen and older can choose from hundreds of math games that focus on several different topics like pre-calculus, algebra and more. Also check out Cool Math for Kids, which is geared towards children ages twelve and younger. Games focus in addition, multiplication, division and more.

Fun Brain

Fun Brain is a site chock-full of educational games, books and videos for children in grades pre-school through eight. Read favorites like Diary of a Wimpy Kid or Judy Moody or have your child sort through a plethora of fun but informative games.

Khan Academy 

Khan is a nonprofit that provides free education for anyone, anywhere. The academy is providing school closure resources and daily schedules for students ages four through eighteen. Learn more here.

PBS Learning Media 

WGBH and PBS have curated free, standard-aligned videos and interactive learning for children of all ages. Click here for the student portal. Then, choose a subject and filter by grade level and interaction types including videos, audio and more.

Prodigy

Students from first to eighth grade can access full curriculum for free. The game adapts in difficulty to suit a child’s learning style and grade level. Plus, parents can monitor and support their child’s learning using tools in their parent’s account.

Scholastic Learn at Home

Every day includes four separate learning experiences and activities, built around a meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families or with their teachers. Grade levels include pre-school through sixth grade. Register online for free.

Smithsonian

View online exhibits and learn about history with your children. Current online exhibits include “America’s Presidents,” “T is for Television,” “Science Under Glass” and more.

Squiggle Park 

This site focuses on accelerating reading within students. It is broken down into two categories: reading skill building for children ages three to eight and reading comprehension from children ages eight to fifteen. Watch a demo online then sign up for a free two-week trial.

 

FUN ACTIVITIES

Momunity

Join Momunity, a health and wellness community for virtual events all week long. Take part in a yoga class and meditation or watch a cooking demo. Check out their Facebook page for a full list of events.

Online Art Class

Take a free, live online art class with Cassie Stephens. The theme of the week is robots and the art projects can be made with supplies already found around your home. She goes live at noon each day. Click here to learn more.

Pea Poddery

While the studio is temporarily closed to the public, Pea Poddery is offering pottery kits to-go. Keep the kiddos (and yourself!) busy at home with some painting and pottery fun. The kits can be pre-purchased online and picked up in the store Monday through Friday, 4-7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Once you have finished painting your pottery, drop it back off in the store– the only thing you will have to touch is the door handle which is being constantly disinfected.  Order the kits here.

Pete the Cat

Download free Pete the Cat coloring pages and other fun crafts like door hangers, plus printables like mazes, memory cards and matching worksheets. Songs, videos and books are also on the website. Plus, join them live on Instagram each day at noon for virtual storytime with Pete the Cat creator, James Dean.

Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art

Since RIMOSA is unable to bring you facilitated programs in person, they are publishing an activity a day on their website and Facebook page during the time they are closed. The programs are designed for children ages eleven and older. However, younger kids can still enjoy them with help. RIMOSA activities are designed to use simple, inexpensive materials that should already be available at home.

RWP Zoo Art Contest 

In celebration of Endangered Species Day (May 15) Roger Williams Park Zoo is accepting art entries from local children in kindergarten through twelfth grade and homeschoolers to submit original artwork depicting threatened and endangered species. Computer-generated and traced images will not be judged and all entries must be submitted electronically. Plus, each art entry must also include a short explanation as to why saving your chosen species from extinction is important. Entries must be received by April 19. Late entries will not be judged.

Simply Stained Shop

Painting and puzzles and more, oh my! Purchase a set of four DIY paint kit magnets. Available themes include dinosaurs, Easter and unicorns/rainbows, and each set comes with paint and a paint brush if you choose. The small business also offers picture puzzles featuring the farm animals on their ranch. See a full list of products here.

Weirdgirl Creations 

The studio has more than 300 pottery choices and fifty glaze colors to choose from. Email the pottery studio with your shape/pottery and color request and they will provide you with a pottery painting kit to-go. Pottery kits are available for pick up daily between 2 and 4 p.m. Once you paint your pottery at your home, drop the pottery back off within two weeks. They will dip and fire your pottery and it will be ready for pick up within seven to ten days.

 

 

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