Fun, Free, Meaningful, and Generally Tech-Free Learning Opportunities:
(These are not required activities, they are just for fun and enrichment. Enjoy!)
Interview a family member.
Measure the area and perimeter of each room in your home.
Graph the types of birds that frequent your yard or windows.
Be completely silent for 60 minutes, then write about the experience.
Write and mail a [real] letter to your teacher or principal or classroom pen pal. Address the envelope yourself.
Build a "fable fort" out of blankets and chairs. Camp in it all day while you create stories to tell your family over dinner.
Learn Morse code and use it to communicate with your siblings through walls and floors.
Alphabetize the spices in your kitchen.
Stay up late and stargaze.
Call a grandparent or older relative. Ask them to teach you the words to a song from their childhood days.
Using household materials, build a working rain gauge, barometer, and wind vane.
Determine and chart the times that different liquids require to turn solid in the freezer.
Design and build puppets that perform a show about multiplication.
Construct a family tree.
Learn ten new big words. Write them in marker on your bathroom mirror.
Draw a map of your home.
Sit silently for 15 minutes while you write down every sound you hear. When you are done, classify the sounds (high/low pitch, high/low volume, manmade v. naturally occurring, etc.).
Create a Venn Diagram that compares and contrasts two people in your family, your neighborhood, or your church, mosque, or temple.
Learn, practice, and perform a magic trick.
Learn, practice, and tell three new jokes.
Use household materials to make and play stringed, percussion, and wind instruments.
Learn to shine a pair of shoes.
Collect leaves from ten different (non-harmful) plants. Sort them by size, color, and texture.
Put your favorite book, toy, and keepsake on a small table in sunlight. Draw or paint a full color still life.
Find, pick, and dissect a flower.
If you have stairs, walk up and count them. Walk down and count by twos. Walk up and count by threes. Continue through tens.
Cooking with your kids. Click on this link from America's Test Kitchen "Everyweek,we’re going to give you a series of recipes, hands-on activities and experiments, and fun food quizzes to tackle in the kitchen. Think of it as a sort of kitchen curriculum, composed of recipes, activities, and quizzes, with one or two simple recipes or activities for weekdays and a bigger project the whole family can accomplish on Saturday or Sunday. We’ll strive to include as many pantry-friendly recipes as possible, to minimize grocery runs. Feel free to make swaps and substitutions as you need to make this work for your family.”