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Learning from home can be tough.

When your child is out of their normal learning environment, it can take them out of the learning mindset. But with the right plan and activities, your child can continue learning and developing their skills from home (while still having fun).

Keep reading for tips, resources, and activities to keep your child busy and engaged with learning from home.

10 At-Home Learning Activities For Kids

  1. Plan A Scavenger Hunt
  2. Hone your child’s attention to detail with a scavenger hunt close to home. If you have a backyard, this is a perfect place to hide items for your child to find. Give them an incentive like a tasty treat or letting them choose the next movie for family movie night.

  3. Cook And Bake Together
  4. Getting your child involved in cooking and baking has many benefits to their learning, and it’s also fun! Pull out an old recipe book or browse Pinterest for fun recipes for your child to help you with. Have them measure out ingredients or read off the directions for you so they can practice both math and reading comprehension.

  5. Try At-Home Science Experiments
  6. There are many at-home experiments on the internet that can nurture your child’s interests in all branches of the sciences. Don’t be afraid to get a little messy!
    Try one of these fun experiments:
    – Recreate the exploding volcano experiment
    – Make crystals with epsom salts

  7. Make Art
  8. Drawing and painting are a great way to develop your child’s creative side. It could be as simple as handing them a sketchbook and some pencils and telling them to go wild, drawing whatever their imagination dreams up. You can also sit in the backyard with them and paint pictures of the trees, grass, and sky. Drawing prompts are also a great resource if they need a little help thinking of something.

  9. Get Crafty
  10. Making something is rewarding for both you and your child. There are many ideas out there that you can make with stuff you already have around the house.

    Check out these resources with lots of fun craft ideas:
    Easy, 10-Minute Crafts for Kids
    16 Arts and Crafts Projects for Kindergartners
    26 Crafts for Elementary School Kids

  11. Take Turns Reading Aloud
  12. This is a fantastic time to get your child interested in reading. Have your child read a fun book out loud to you to improve both their reading and public speaking skills. Read something out loud for them too! Hearing you read can be very helpful for them to grasp more complex language depending on what type of books or articles you’re reading to them.

  13. Play Board Games
  14. Play fun board games like Monopoly, Scrabble, and Chess with your child. Board games help develop your child’s analytical and strategic skills when solving the challenges of a board game. Get your entire family involved to share the fun.

  15. Make A Garden Plot
  16. If you have the space for it, start a small garden plot with your child. There are many things that can be learned from something so simple. Like have your child determine the perimeter and area of the plot while you’re planning and digging it. Then get them involved in planting things. They can even start a plant journal for the plants in the garden to learn about growth cycles.

  17. Start Journaling
  18. Writing in a journal has shown to be therapeutic and helps to develop self-reflection skills in children. With your child off school, this is a great time to start. Give your child questions and prompts to answer in their journals each day and read them together when they’re finished.

    Check out these prompt ideas:
    53 Writing for Fun Journal Prompts For Elementary Students
    30 Creative Writing Prompts for High Schoolers

  19. Make A Pillow Fort
  20. Make use of that free time you incorporated into your daily plan and have some fun. Build a pillow fort in the living room, cuddle up, and watch a movie or read a book.

Keep The Learning Going From Home

While learning from home can be a new experience for students and parents, keeping your child engaged with fun, educational activities can help keep your child on track and ready to tackle school work with confidence. Remember, learning can (and should) be fun!


Dr. Danielle, PhD


March 31, 2020