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In the event that children are out of school or childcare program for a prolonged period of time due to weather, illness, travel, or school closures, here are ideas for caregivers and families to continue learning and playing. 

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Please see our daily menu below and links to activities that you can do at home. A few things to think about as you plan:

1. Create and Maintain Routines

  • Create a structure for your day. Breakfast, followed by clean up and an activity time together, some independent free play, lunch, rest, and another activity time followed by more independent free play. 

  • Reading books, daily household chores that children can help with like preparing meals, laundry, cleaning as part of the day.

  • Give children special jobs around the house and include them in the care of the environment. This could include watering plants, feeding pets, doing dishes, sorting and folding laundry, etc. 

 

2. Play and Physical Activity ARE Learning

  • If you can, get outside as much as you can. 

  • If stuck inside, building forts out of cushions and sheets makes a                                    great place to play. Kids love dressing up in your clothes, playing house                            with baby dolls and plastic dishes, and playing in water at the sink                                      and in the bath.

  • Put on music and dance, find a yoga or exercise video. 

 

3. Make Time for Quiet Activities

  • Build a quiet time into your day, perhaps after lunch. This can be a time for children to rest, look at books or listen to music. It is a good reset for the day. (audio books) 

 

4. Minimize Screen Time

  • No scary or adult content. Adults can watch their own content while children are sleeping or not around. Children see and absorb everything and can be confused or stressed from adult media.

  • Select times of day for appropriate content for children (see our links.)

  • Children learn best through human interaction.

Read books, count, sing, and move everyday!

 Click on underlined subjects for activities.

How many…..

Count the total number of shoes, socks, spoons, etc. in your house. Write the number on a counting list. Sort shoes by different types or characteristics.

Sort a group of  items by big and small. How many in each group? Sort buttons, silverware, keys or beans in to groups by shape, size, color, kind.

Read a book- How is this story like your life?

How is it different?

Find a collection of things that start with /M/.  Draw or write about the things you collected. 

Monitor the bean growing.

Draw a picture of your bean.

Re-read  a book to a stuffed animal, tell the story using the pictures.

Write a Journal Page.

Plan a shape scavenger hunt or shape walk. Search for items of different shapes in your house. Search for circles and squares today!

Continue to observe and document  the bean growing and changing over time.

Use recycled materials to build a sculpture of where your family lives.

Draw a picture of your favorite thing to do at home with your family. Tell your family about your picture.

 

Maybe it is a family dance party!!

Continue to build a map of your home or neighborhood-add more details

Make a shape collage-use materials from scavenger hunt or recyclables you have at home.

Teach a family member one of your favorite songs.

Listen to a piece of music and draw what you hear.

Color Hunt: Search for things at home that are red, yellow, blue, green. If small bring to a mat and sort by color. How many of each?

Read a book - Who are the characters?

Make your name using small toys or items (legos, pebbles,etc.).  Draw and write to record your work. 

Use skywriting to trace the letters of the alphabet

Play 5 Senses I spy

I see…

I smell..

Something that tastes sweet, sour etc.

Cook your favorite meal with someone in your family. Help find the ingredients, and measure how much. 

 

What do you smell and taste while you cook?

Color Collage: Using recycled materials and paper/cardboard scraps you color with crayons or maker create a collage.

  You can collage the letters in your name or a inside a shape.

Make a fort with blankets and pillows. Go camping inside.

Read a book - 

Who are the characters?

Write a letter to someone you know.

Day 1

Sing and listen to We are Family by Jack Hartman.

Draw a family portrait and tell a story

Play outside for 30-60 minutes!

Read a book - Where does the story take place?

Write or trace your name five times.  Write the names of other people in your family.

Measure items around the house with paper clips or shoes. How many shoes from the door to the couch? How many paper clips long is the table?

Day 2

Plant beans in zip lock bag.

Predict what will happen

Ask-What does the bean need to grow?

Record Growth over time.

Look at a map at home or online. Find where you live.

Read about Maps!

 

Draw a picture of where you and your family live.

Make a 2D or 3D map of your house or neighborhood using recycled materials

Dance to your favorite song

Day 3

Day 4

Tell your own story to your family.  Then, act it out with your family.  

Find a collection of things that start with the letter S.

Tell a Math Story: Open a page of a book and gather small animals or other toys. Tell a story using the toys and count how many during the play. How many all together?

Day 5

Draw a picture of your bean. Continue to observe and document  the bean growing and changing over time

Ask-what do you notice?

Observe Birds out the window or yard

Listen to bird songs

What does your family cook?

Read Everybody Cooks Rice by Norah Dooley

 

Pick your favorite meal and draw the ingredients.

Make binoculars out of paper towel rolls  - look for birds and squirrels out your window.

Listen to a piece of music and draw what you hear

Make an obstacle course with jumping jacks, hops, and balancing.

Day 6

Read a book-Where does the story take place?

Write or trace words for the people in your family - mama, mommy, daddy, baby, etc. Or, peoples’ names.

Sock Sort and Match: Gather socks from the laundry or drawers. Mix up in a pile and sort into pairs and roll up.

Day 7

Use skywriting to trace the letters of the alphabet.

Continue to help your family prepare food while home. 

 

Make a mini recipe book of the food you help cook with your family.

Sock Art:

Design and make a pair of card/paper socks. Use stripes, polka dots, a pattern etc.

 

Make a sock puppet using odd sock and items around the house.

How many jumps can you do in 10 seconds, 20 seconds, 30 seconds, 1 minute? Count and record.

How many hops, claps, etc.

Read a book - How is this story like your life?  How is it different?

Write a Journal Page.

Find a collection of things that start with /T/.  Draw or write about the things you collected.

How Many Dots?

Roll dice or use dot cards with 1-6 dots on them. Roll dice or show card quickly. How many without counting? How did you know? Count to check.

Day 8

Use skywriting to trace the letters of the alphabet.

Monitor bean growth.

Listen to the book or read the book

Love by Matt de la Pena.

Look at photographs and/or create a list of all the people in you love.

Make hearts for friends and family.

 You can make a simple stencil using cardboard, trace and decorate. You can print hearts using a cookie cutter and paint. 

 Adults or older siblings can write messages.

Sing Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes with your family.  Sing it quickly, sing it slowly. Can you sing it silently?

Read a book - What was your favorite part of the story?  Why?

Write the room- using letters from your name.

Find Shapes: Plan a shape scavenger hunt or shape walk. Search for items of different shapes in your house. Search for rectangles and triangles today!

Make Shapes!

Day 9

Light and shadow:

 

Explore shadows inside and outside.

Work on a message to send to someone you love that is far away. Send them the message.

I wonder how the message will get to them?

Share your ideas.

Trace shadows or

trace shapes:

Find items around your home, trace and decorate them.

Use your body to tell the story of a seed growing into a plant.  Start by curling up into a tiny ball.

Tell your own story to your family. Then, act it out with your family.

Go on a letter hunt! Search for familiar letters around the house.

Roll and Count:

Dice or spinner from other games. Roll and count out objects like silverware, buttons, paper clips, etc.

Day 10

Light and shadow:

Continue to explore light and shadow.

Check on bean growth and draw what you see!

Look at a map at home or online. Find your neighborhood.
 

What do you see? Where does your family like to visit on the map?

Making patterns

with objects at home like buttons, shells, office supplies.

Small Motor Play:

Wash toys in the sink with a toothbrush.

Read a book - Who are the characters?

Find a collection of things that start with /S/.  Draw or write about the things you collected.

Compare Containers: Gather 5-6 empty containers, pots, jars. Which holds more? Fill with cotton balls or other items to see which has more.

Day 11

Light and Shadow:

Continue to explore light and shadow.

Explore your home with  a flashlight (day and night)

Read with a family member.

Windows by Julia Denos is influenced by your city, Somerville!

Draw what you see outside your window

 

Explore light and dark. Mix paint to create different shades.

 

Mix crayons or pencils to create different shades.

Play flashlight tag or put up a sheet with a flashlight behind it and shadow dance.

Read a book - Where does the story take place?

Write a Journal Page.

Tell a Math Story: Open a page of a book or use a photo or magazine picture, and gather small animals or other toys. Tell a story using the toys and count how many during the play. How many all together?

Day 12

What do you notice about the squirrels outside 

 

What do squirrels need? (food, habitat etc.)

 What do you see today out your window that you did not see yesterday? 

(Reference drawing of outside from yesterday).

Texture Art:

Find things that are smooth, rough, bumpy, soft and create a scene out of the materials you find.

Take a Listening Walk.

More Small Motor.

Read a book - 

What was your favorite part of the story?  Why?

Find a collection of things that start with /D/.  Draw or write about the things you collected.

How Many Dots?:

Roll dice or use dot cards with 1-6 dots on them. Roll dice or show card quickly. How many without counting? How did you know? Count to check. Can also use pennies.

Day 13

Force and Motion:

Make ramps with recycled materials (cardboard boxes, paper towel tubes etc.) and race items such as cars and small balls.

Take a walk around your neighborhood with someone in your family and talk about the things you see.

Dot Art: Use a q-tip dipped in paint to make dot paintings.

Find some hills to run up and down. Roll down, run up.

Tell your own story to your family.  Then, act it out with your family.

Write a letter to someone you know.

Shape Sort:

Find as many small objects that are circles, squares, triangles, and rectangles and sort them into piles, each on a napkin or placemat. Then line them up big to small.

Day 14

Force and Motion:

Continue to explore ramps.

What does your bean look like now?

Play I- Spy out the window or on another walk with a family member.

Shape Art: More collage. Cut shapes out of wrapping paper, colored paper, and glue to make a picture.

Letter Walk: Find all the letters in your name on signs you see.

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