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About This Site

Hello! I’m Rachel. I work full-time from home normally, but with schools and daycare closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, all three kids are now home, too. I’ve put this site together to share some of the activities they have enjoyed, and that have occupied their time while I am working and we are all at home. Some are art or creative activities and a few I have also tagged as educational. I hope these ideas help you. Good luck and hang in there, everyone. 

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Food with Eyes

Food with Eyes

Draw food. Add eyes. We found a bag of googly eyes, and I've also used eye stickers from Michael's in the past...in a pinch you could just draw eyes with marker and cut them out for the kids to stick on. Eyes make any food look cute.

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Cherry Blossom Tree

Cherry Blossom Tree

Paint, draw or print out a tree branch. Glue tissue paper bunches on for the flowers. This idea is from Pink Stripey Socks' website... Check them out! Good job! This find saved you the frustration of hearing your kids complain that they can't draw a tree! Now, while...

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Trash Monster

Trash Monster

Collect materials (toilet paper tubes, tape, newspaper, cans, bottle caps, corks…) and supplies (tape, glue, scissors, string...) and make a trash monster! Give it a name, write a few sentences about it, and draw its portrait.

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Digital Photo Scavenger Hunt (Outdoor)

Digital Photo Scavenger Hunt (Outdoor)

Give kids your old point-and-shoot digital cameras and send them outside with a list of items to find. You will have to adapt to your area. Examples: a tall tree, funny face, shadow, stick, leaf, flower.   Be as specific as your kids can handle. Draw pictures next to...

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Homemade Puffy Paint

Homemade Puffy Paint

Mix 1 cup flour, 3 teaspoons baking powder and 1 teaspoon salt. Add water until you have a lump-free batter the consistency of pancake batter. You will need thick paper (we used watercolor paper) that fits in your microwave. With 3 kids, I used 3 cups. There's enough...

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God’s Eye Turtles

God’s Eye Turtles

Assemble materials. Body: You will need something for the turtle body. We had pipe cleaners. You could also use Popsicle sticks, straws, twigs. Shell: Yarn Extras: I had some wooden beads we used for the head and feet. Depending on the body material, you could just...

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Build a Boat

Build a Boat

Materials: Any/all...  foil, paper, straws, plastic plates, cups, tape, baggies Challenges: See who can build a boat that floats in the baby pool. See whose can hold the most marbles or gravel or crayons.

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Make an Oven

Make an Oven

You need a hot, sunny day for this one. The challenge is to make an oven you can set out in the sun. Materials: box/cardboard, tape, foil, you can throw in some plastic wrap, or use those throw-away plastic containers. Lesson: Talk about heat of the sun, reflection,...

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Poetry Snack Book

Poetry Snack Book

I really could tack “snack” onto anything and it would boost the appeal with my kids x10. So I do. A few years ago when I did this activity, I stapled paper together and had the kids write poems of different types. Then we shared while eating snacks. More recently, as...

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Wash My Car

Wash My Car

This one was from summer break when it was much warmer. I am not particular about the ol’ minivan. My husband would never allow this, but I set them up in swim suits and a bucket of soapy water and let them have at it. As long as they don’t drop the sponges on the...

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Painting Rocks

Painting Rocks

Prep: Acrylic craft paint in egg cartons, jars with brushes and water. Directions: Put on old clothes. Go outside. Find rocks and paint them. Rules: Paint only rocks. All painted rocks will forever live outside. Success (in terms of hours): This was a very successful...

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Write and Illustrate a Story

Write and Illustrate a Story

Prep: Staple some paper together. Directions: Write and illustrate a story. True Story: Admittedly, this one didn’t really grab them until I said, “and then at 3:00, we will meet in the backyard for ice cream and each person gets a turn to read his/her story and tell...

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Clue Path

Clue Path

The Rules: How I explain it to the kids: On each card, there is a clue or question. The answer will reveal the location of the next card. Go to that location and get the next card...and you keep going. At the end, there's a prize/snack. If you see other cards along...

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Designer Boots

Designer Boots

Materials: 1 piece of paper scissors crayons/markers Directions:  Cut out a boot Decorate it Reviews:  "It's surprisingly fun to decorate a boot!" "I cut off the heel since I didn't want high heel boots."

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Junk Art

Junk Art

Give each kid an identical set of materials, junk, and tools and see what they create. Here we had Popsicle sticks, glue, paper, 3″ of tape, 4 crayons, bottle caps, wine cork, paper clip, string, scissors, foil. Add in a theme (beach, weather, winter, etc.) if you'd...

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