Hi students! I've been brainstorming activities that you can do at home while schools are closed. I'm focusing on activities that are screen-free!
1) Design an Obstacle Course - 1st plan it out. Draw a map of the room you're going to create the obstacle course in. Use labels to show where people have to go around, under, over. - Create the obstacle course. Use pillows, books, empty boxes and your imagination. - Test the obstacle course. - Make a few improvements. Was it too hard? Too easy? Too short? - Get a timer and ask someone to try your obstacle course.
2) Play a board game - or better yet - design your own board game. - Write down the rules for your board game (how many people can play? how do you decide who goes first? do you use cards, a spinner or dice to move? - Come up with a name for your board game - Create your board game. Make sure it's colorful. + Bonus: add a physical activity into your board game (for example, when some one lands on the green square they have to go up and down the stairs three times!)
3) Make a scavenger hut - Walk around your house or apartment and look for small details. - Make a list of the items to find * include clues that have a number (find 4 zippers) * include clues that have letter sounds (find something that ends with the sound -ch)
4) Go for a long walk & Make a map of your walk
5) Treasure Map - Make a X on small piece of paper and hide it. * Easy Version: Make a map that leads some one to the hidden X * Hard Version: Make a list of clues some one has to read to get to the treasure
6) Write a letter and mail it! - Getting letters in the mail is better than emails. Baby Ava looks forward to getting the mail every day. + Bonus: Make your own post card. * If you write me a letter I promise to write you back.
7) Do a puzzle - or better yet - make a puzzle * Easy Version: take a cereal box and cut off the front. Then cut the front of the cereal box into pieces about an inch * Hard Version: Color a design on a thick piece of paper. Make sure you color the entire piece of paper. Then cut up your design.
8) Make puppets and write a play - Ask your parents for some socks you can turn into puppets. Use markers and other materials to decorate your puppet.
10) Do an art project
11) Make a maze
12) Come up with your own screen-free activity - Write a description of the activity - Include a list of any materials you need - Take a picture of you doing the activity - email the description and photo to Dr. Leonard and I'll add it the website for others to do!