Virtual Activities Your Elementary School Student Will Love
Fun and educational explorations they can do from home.
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Add Adventure to Homeschooling
Your kids may be out of school for the foreseeable future but that doesn’t mean they can’t still learn, explore and have a little bit of fun. There are many awesome virtual activities out there, so log in and learn something new.
Coding Classes at Code.org
Coding is a skill almost everyone should have these days and Code.org makes it easy and fun. This always free site is full of amazing projects and activities that help you learn to code. Make your own app, draw something cool or even make your own game!
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems
Author and illustrator Mo Willems (of Elephant and Piggie fame) is the Kennedy Center’s current artist-in-residence and he’s been doing daily doodling every day at 1 p.m. EST. Learn to draw your favorite characters from his book or just the art of doodling. All you need is paper and a marker or crayon. This one is fun for the whole family.
Two Whats!? and a Wow!
If you want a break from looking at a screen, head to the podcast world where Guy Raz and Mindy–hosts of the podcast Wow in the World!–launched a new daily podcast called Two Whats!? and a Wow!, which is an interactive science game show that offers STEAM challenges to solve each day.
Cooking Classes via Chicago’s Kids Table
Being stuck at home offers a great time to cook and bake. Chicago’s kids cooking school, the Kids Table, has taken to the internet to help your kids learn healthy cooking skills. The classes are free–but throw them a donation if you can–and will cover dishes like black bean tacos and breakfast skillets.
Explore Astronomy Star Atlas
This star atlas is a great tool for understanding astronomy. If you plug in your zip code it’ll show the stars that are going to be in the night sky that evening in your area.
Get Fit with Kidlates
Kids need to stay in shape while their regularly scheduled sports and physical activities are cancelled. This unique pilates, from Core Method Pilates, is designed just for kids and helps with trunk stability and core, and it’s a great primer for when they can return to their regularly scheduled activities. Sign up here. It’s free through May 1.
Virtual Marine Biology Camp
You may not be able to get up close and personal with the whales but now is a great time to learn about marine biology. Dive deep with two marine biologists as they educate on all things ocean from salmon to killer whales every Monday and Thursday at 11 a.m. PST.Donations appreciated.
Learn in a Fun Way with Scholastic Activities
Your kids already know about Scholastic from books (and book orders!), and now they are offering a whole lot of cool online activities for free. Build an airplane, dive deep into the weather and learn how to write poems. The activities are divided by grade, so you can easily pick what’s best for you!
Listen and Create with the Story Pirates
Your kids may already know The Story Pirates from their popular podcast. Now, they are taking it a step forward. This group of teachers, musicians and comedians are helping to give kids a chance to stretch their creative muscles with story prompts and creative writing lessons. Plus, they are going to do a daily radio show with kid interviews and a whole lot of fun.
Create Projects with Arthub for Kids
Missing art class? This Youtube channel is filled with great art projects for any kid. Work on Easter projects, learn to draw Dr. Seuss characters, discover how to fold an origami tulip and so much more!