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ACTIVITIES AT HOME

Fun Stuff for Kids and Families

When kids are out of school and families are home together, it can be a wonderful way to connect, engage and support each other. But let’s just be honest, it can also cause some stir-craziness, a lot of sad faces and plenty of “I’m boooored” bellows. We get it! 

So we’ve asked our preschool and youth program staff to compile some great ways to keep your kiddos smiling, their brains working and their feet moving.

LEARNING

learning

Audible

Audible is offering hundreds of free stories for kiddos and teens. From Winnie the Pooh to YA bestsellers, it’s a wonderful screen-free option to keep children and young adults learning and growing. 

AUDIBLE

Creative Curriculum and Ready Rosie

Featuring the curriculum used at YMCA Inspire Preschool, Ready Rosie offers up activities that families can enjoy at home. Bonus, it provides information in English and Spanish.

READY ROSIE

FUNBRAIN

Funbrain offers hundreds of games, books, comics and videos that develop skills in math, reading, problem-solving and literacy.

FUNBRAIN

NASA Kids Club

Find games of various skill levels for children pre-K through grade 4. These games support national education standards in STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

NASA KIDS CLUB

Scholastic Learning

Even when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys.

SCHOLASTIC LEARNING

Story Time with Boulder Public Library

Enjoy the classic library story time from the comfort of your home.

BOULDER LIBRARY

PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES

coffee filter crafts

Corn Syrup Painting

This art project gets a little messy, which the kiddos love, and it gives their paintings an extra special shimmer.

SYRUP ART

Tape Resist Art

An art project that will keep your kids busy and creative — and results in a fridge-worthy masterpiece. Plus, it uses supplies parents may have at home.

TAPE ART

Pipe Cleaners & Colanders

This is a great challenge for little ones and helps them improve fine motor skills. You can also try it with strings.

PIPE ART

Painting with Water and Cotton Balls

In need of a fun, easy project for your younger kiddos? Just add water. 

COTTON BALL ART

Coffee Filter Art

It’s so simple, and you’ll find a million iterations on Pinterest. Children color on coffee filters with washable markers, spray them with water or use eye-droppers of water. And then lay them out to dry. It’s a blast!

COFFEE FILTER ART

Snow Painting

If it’s snowing out, bring in some snow and let children use watercolors or food coloring to paint the snow.

SNOW ART

MUSIC & DANCE

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Greg and Steve Music Videos

Are you ready to kick it old school? The Kids In Motion YouTube channel from Greg and Steve is full of 80s music, movement and leotards. It’s rad!

DANCE

Super Simple Songs

Your kiddos already know the songs, so they can jump right in and sing-a-long with the Super Simple Songs YouTube Channel. They also have Spotify and Amazon Music playlists — so no screen needed. 

SONGS

We All Go Traveling By

Based on the popular book on tape, We All Go Traveling By now has the song and lyrics on YouTube. It’s very popular and catchy.

WE ALL GO TRAVELING