With the Covid-19 school closures, many students will now be learning from home. Teachers and parents are scrambling to find ideas to keep their children learning over these next few weeks. Read on to find some easy, low prep activities you can do at home.
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My sister helped come up with this list of games and activities you can do with Amazon Alexa. Post this list by your Alexa device. You child can simply say “Alex open…” and choose an activity. Download this FREE poster of Alexa games for kids.
Learning at Home Games
Learning from home means you can get outdoors more. Grab some sidewalk chalk and write sight words on your driveway. Say a word an have your child stomp on the words. Another possibility would be, to have them toss a bean bag or other object instead.
Kids love playing hangman, I just like to make it a little more kid friendly and call it “build a snowman, flower, pumpkin, etc”. Have your kids guess letters to complete the sight word or sentence. Each time they miss, draw part of the picture.
Fluency & Fitness® is a classroom favorite, but can be played at home as well. You can even mirror it to your TV if you’d like. These are the perfect way to help kids review over 350 skills, while also getting in some exercise.
Kids love playing sight word hide and seek. Write a few sight words on plastic cups, then have your child close their eyes. Next, hide an object underneath a cup. Finally, your child can keep guessing words until they find the object.
If you have a scrabble game at home, you can have your child use the letter tiles for spelling words. For added fun, have them add up the numbers on the tile to see how much their word is worth.
I’m sure you have some Playdoh at home. Your child can easily build numbers, letters, words, and more!
Ghost writing is a hit with kids! Write words, letters, math facts, etc. in white crayon on white paper. Then, your child can color over the paper with markers or watercolors.
Shaving cream is a great fine motor activity. Simply squirt some on a table, and let your child start writing letters, words, sentences, etc.
Have your child get more writing practice by making cards for family members. You could also send notes to nursing homes, as the elderly often get lonely.
Lastly, get your plastic cups back out. Write a skill on the cups and make a tower. Your child can read the word, number, letter, etc., and then try to squirt the cup off of the stack.