We at BigSIS understand that not all learning comes from a lecture, reading, or worksheets. Children need to break up their days and enjoy activities that are fun but at the same time educational. Below is a list of a few ideas that will get your students' bodies moving, imaginations active, and all-around have some fun. These resources would likely be appreciated by parents as well! Should you have any you want to share, please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will make sure to add them!
Virtual Field Trips
50 of the best virtual museum tours around the world [art, history, science & technology] are just a click away from the comfort of your own home! This expansive list of museums gives you the unique opportunity to tour museums not just in the US but across the globe, from Mexico, Paris, Spain, Italy, England, China, and many more.
Virtual field trips allow children to visit places around the world without ever leaving their homes. Through virtual field trips, they can visit other states and countries across the globe, and even other planets. Visit more than 20 different locations, all from your home!
No permission slips required with Discovery Education. These virtual events let educators take students to amazing places and give them remarkable experiences, without ever leaving the classroom. Each no-cost Virtual Field Trip comes with a companion guide packed with standards-aligned, hands-on learning activities!
Museums might be closed right now, but that does not have to stop you from taking a virtual tour of the exhibits. The American Museum of Natural History has Ology, a science website geared for kids. They also have virtual tours that let you explore a large variety of their exhibits, all from the comfort of your home.
Do your children, or yourself, enjoy the Opera? The Metropolitan Opera is currently offering 'Nightly Met Opera Streams' where you can enjoy some of the most famous operas right from your couch!
Everyone enjoys going to the zoo, the aquarium, museums, even theme parks, however, that isn't a possibility right now. "Walk" through some of the world's most prestigious cultural institutions, like The Met and The American Museum of Natural History, then go for a "ride" on Disney's new Frozen rollercoaster with the kids. And regardless of your age, everyone will enjoy some live footage of pandas playing at the zoo!
Crafts, Puzzles, and Online Games
In need of crafts to do with your kids? You will find themed crafts such as Harry Potter and springtime to just general pipe cleaner crafts. This is the place you will want to go to get ideas for a rainy day, or right now to keep your kids entertained with an afternoon project.
Cooking with children can utilize math, science, and life skills, not to mention the final products bring satisfaction of a job well done. Teach your kids to cook with these free cookbooks, youtube cooking channels, and cooking websites.
Hellokids offers a wide range of activities to keep kids entertained for hours. From puzzles, printable coloring pages, crafts and activities to online games and reading and learning. Let them choose what activity they want to work on that afternoon!
Puzzles are a great way for everyone, not just children, to take a break! Although they are usually pulled out during a rainy day, puzzles can be the perfect activity for your child to develop key fine motor skills, sharpen their memory, and get better at problem-solving all while visiting new places through a picture.
Brain breaks are fundamental for children's education but also for the teachers and parents. GoNoodle has a plethora of dance-along videos, some from popular songs others created by them. All will get your blood pumping and brain ready for the next activity. (There are separate sign up portals for families and educators)
Yoga, mindfulness, and relaxation designed especially for kids aged 3+, used in schools and homes all over the world. Cosmic Kids makes fun, interactive videos that are perfect for the 10-15 minute breaks everyone, especially children, needs.
With kids at home, it’s important to build time into schedules for focused brain breaks. Maybe they need a movement break to get the wiggles out? Or a quiet moment to just stay still? Here are 50 brain breaks for kids that increase productivity at home or in the classroom.