Need some inspiration for at home activities? We have you covered! Below you will find a variety of at home activities that will keep your little ones entertained while also learning. Be sure to check back regularly as we continue to update this list with new ideas.

Christmas Tree Bowling

Give this easy holiday craft a shot with your kids as they try bowling a strike with their homemade bowling pins!

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Disney Holiday Games

Check out this collection of fun online holiday games featuring everyone’s favorite Disney characters!

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Pin The Red Nose on Rudolph

A printable twist on the classic game of pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey to try out with your kids!

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Santa Says

You can play this super simple twist on Simon Says just about anywhere with your little ones while incorporating holiday-related Simon Says commands!

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Paper Plate Santa

Try out this fun craft to make a Santa face out of paper plates and some other household items!

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Paper Pumpkins

Who doesn’t love paper crafts? Make adorable decorative pumpkins with your little one using construction paper!

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Feed the Turkey

This very simple DIY game is perfect for keeping your little ones entertained while sharpening their fine motor skills.

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Thankful Jar

Keep a record of the things that your little one is thankful for this year to bring out next Thanksgiving for some memories!

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Printable Thanksgiving Charades

These printable cards for Thanksgiving charades make a perfect game to play with your family this Thanksgiving!

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Gourd Turkey

Make an adorable turkey out of a gourd for some classic fall-themed fun!

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Food Network Thanksgiving Live

This livestream catered to parents will feature world-famous chefs such as Bobby Flay on a live stream to answer all of your Thanksgiving-related cooking questions!

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Printable Turkey Paper Puppets

Use your printer to create some thanksgiving magic by making an adorable paper turkey puppet with your little one!

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Turkey Cupcakes

Cooking and baking are great ways to get your little ones engaged and also learning! Add this fun turkey cupcakes to your Thanksgiving meal and make sure to include your kids in the process.

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Turkey Headband Craft

Get in the Thanksgiving spirit with this turkey headband craft perfect to do with your little ones!

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Leaf Rubbing

Grab some leaves, paper and crayons to make beautiful art that is also scientific.

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Thanksgiving Word Search

Let your little ones try their hand at this fun online Thanksgiving word search activity

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Color the Placemat

Try out these printable placemats meant for coloring to help your child get creative with their artistic skills!

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Tie Dye Face Covering

Make wearing face coverings more fun by tie dyeing them, which is a great activity to express creativity.

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Teach Kids About Germs

Fun ways to teach kids about germs!

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Soap Jellies

Have you heard of soap jellies? Soap jellies are wiggly, jiggly, foaming soap cubes that smell so good! You can use them in the bath, as shower jellies, or just as hand soap.

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Teach your dog tricks

If you have a furry friend at home, this handy list will teach you tricks that your little one can teach them including how to sit, stay, shake hands, and more!

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ABCYa

Your child can participate in these free learning games catered to their grade level ranging from Pre-K to 6th. The activities are even linked to Common Core learning standards for children at each grade level.

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Mad Libs

Check out these printable Mad Libs word games that you can play with you kid to not only help them learn their parts of speech but also have lots of silly fun while doing so!

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DIY Time Capsule

Create a time capsule with special trinkets and memories. Have fun decorating the outside of the box and decide as a family what items to put in.

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Color Run

With different colors of chalk draw different shapes on a driveway or sidewalk and call out a color/shape and have your child run to that area. Continue to call out different colors and shapes in varying order.

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JumpStart

JumpStart provides free educational activities to get your child thinking about science, art and math even before they enter preschool. Most of the activities are printable and only require materials that you can find in your home.

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Reading Legacies

Reading Legacies is a San Diego based organization that works to promote reading to young children around the County. They routinely update their Facebook page with story time videos read by volunteers and even authors themselves that can be viewed at any time!

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DIY Bean Bag Toss

Develop your childs motor skills and have fun by making your own bean bag toss game.

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Crystal Names

Experiment with science and create a crystal decoration of your name! Encourage the little ones to help with measuring and mixing the supplies.

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Toy Car DIY playsets

Check out this awesome list of do-it-yourself ideas for making mini roads, car-washes, and more for your little one’s toy cars using items you likely already have at home!

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Make Elephant Toothpaste

This kid-friendly version of a classic chemistry experiment uses a few simple ingredients that you may already have at home or can find at the grocery store. Make sure to do this experiment somewhere where it’s okay to make a mess, because its messy!

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Khan Academy Kids

By downloading the free Khan Academy Kids app, you can unlock an adaptive learning path for your child to engage in stories and activities catered to their progress and needs. The app also includes walkthroughs for parents so that they can learn how the app works. Be sure to download the app today!

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Recycling Crayons

Take those broken crayons and make them brand new, use similar colors or combine several colors for fun!

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DIY Bird feeder

Create a one-of-a-kind bird feeder by using recycled milk or juice jugs and just watch how many birds visit you!

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Play at Home Recess

Playworks will be broadcasting interactive activities, stretching, games, warm ups, and cool downs on Facebook live on weekdays at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm to get your children moving from the comfort of your own home!

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DIY Calming Jar

With school closures and not being able to see friends and family your little ones might feel anxious or worried, create a calming jar together to help them take a moment to relax when they feel stressed.

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Daily STREAM Activity with Children’s Discovery Museum

Each weekday the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum will provide step-by-step directions and images of a daily activity that children can do at home. Every activity has a suggested age range and details about whether parent help is required. Check back to the San Diego Children’s Discovery website daily to learn about all kinds of activities including ball drops, how to make ice cream in a bag, milk art and MORE!

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Virtual Cooking Classes

Join Delish every weekday at 10am Pacific for virtual cooking classes hosted on Instagram Live! Ingredient lists will be posted to their website prior to the live class so that you and your little one can participate from home!

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Miss Megan’s Camp Kindergarten

Miss Megan comes to Facebook Live weekdays at 7am Pacific with her “Morning Meetings” for 3-7 year old children. During these meetings she does singing, counting, weather, calendar, reading, and more! All of her videos are done classroom-style to help give your little one’s day a little more routine. Her Morning Meetings remain on Facebook for future viewings.

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Draw with Ed Vere

Illustrator Ed Vere uploads new drawing tutorials every Wednesday and Friday to his website. Though Ed is located in the UK and thus uploads very early in local time, his videos stay up on his website for viewing whenever you desire!

San Diego Union-Tribune Storytime

As part of The San Diego Union-Tribune’s Virtual Event Series, the San Diego Festival of Books is hosting Children’s Storytime on Facebook for you to enjoy at home with your family.

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KneeBouncers: Free Toddler Games and Educational Games for Babies

Simple and interactive online games for toddlers that can be played by pressing any key on the keyboard or tapping the screen on any mobile device. These games can teach children to recognize colors, numbers and sounds to better prepare them for beginning kindergarten.

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Cardboard Art

Cardboard Art: check out this list of creative ways for you and your little ones to make art together using little more than a cardboard box and some basic supplies!

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PBS Kids Free Online Games

PBS Kids Free Online Games: These online games feature your child’s favorite PBS Kids characters including Elmo and Arthur in interactive games that include counting, sorting and even sing-a-long games!

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Scholastic Learn at Home

Scholastic Learn at Home: Contains a weekly guide to parent-facilitated readings, bilingual activities and videos to watch each day with your child! Every weekday your child can learn about a new topic including animals, seasons, music, the importance of teeth brushing and more!

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Hand Clapping Games

Parents, remember hand clapping games such as patty cake, rockin’ robin and slide? Teach them to your little ones!

  1. Patty Cake
  2. Miss Mary Mack
  3. The Cup Game
  4. Sevens
  5. Rockin’ Robin
  6. Tic Tac Toe
  7. Concentration 64
  8. Slide
  9. Say, Say Oh Playmate
  10. Stella Ella Ola

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DIY Bubble Wand and Bubbles

Create your own bubble solution and wand.  Have fun with bubbles!

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Toy Washing Station

Let your little ones have fun while being productive by getting their toys nice and clean with this DIY toy washing station. This creative idea is also great because it helps clean off germs that may be hiding on toy surfaces.

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Draw with Ed Vere

Illustrator Ed Vere uploads new drawing tutorials every Wednesday and Friday to his website

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FleetTV

The Fleet Science Center has begun routinely uploading fun and educational videos on Facebook! Give their page a follow for updates on when a new video is released.

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Sponge Painting

Cut a sponge into different shapes and dip one side into paint. Show your child how to press the sponge onto a piece of paper to create a colorful masterpiece.

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A Basketful of Fun

Place an empty laundry basket in an open space. Turn it upside down, let your child push and pull it across the floor, or toss some favorite toys into it. Pretend the basket is a car or fire truck and push your child around while making the sound of a car or siren. Who knew a simple basket could be so much fun?

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[email protected]

YouTube’s new [email protected] page provides curated playlists of kid-friendly learning videos by subject and grade-level

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The germ called Coronavirus; a short guide for children

Check out this great children’s book that explains what Coronavirus is, why we are staying at home, things they can and can’t do, how to wash their hands and talking about their feelings.

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50 Indoor Physical Activities for Kids

Even though we are stuck inside, it is still important to stay physical. These ideas are perfect for getting sweaty but inside.

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Highlights Kids

Your favorite magazine is now online with tons of free activities and lessons.

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Nick Jr.

Interact with all your favorite Nick Jr. characters through games, videos, full episodes and more.

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Simon Says

The classic game we all loved as a child is still fun as ever! Check out this list of fun ideas to include in your game for even more silly fun.

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Make Musical Instruments

Use regular household items such as pots, pans, cups and more to help your child unleash their musical side!

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FunBrain

This fun website provides games and activities for free for your child to learn about math and reading from home!

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Singing

Singing is a great way to reach the recommended 30,000 words spoken every day to your young child! Put on a fun tune or sing on your own and encourage your little one to join you!

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San Diego Zoo Kids

This free website provided by the San Diego Zoo offers loads of fun videos and activities for your little ones to learn about the critters of the world from your own home!

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Crayon Push Activity

Do this crayon push activity which is perfect for helping toddlers develop their motor skills and having fun while they’re at it!

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Mess Free Finger Painting

Create mess free finger painting by putting paint into a zip lock bag and taping the bag to any surface. Kids can swirl the colors around and watch how they combine. Just make sure the bag is sealed tight!

Sink or Float

Grab a bucket or pot and fill it with water. Have everyone in the family pick a few items and guess which items will sink or float. Then put them to the test!

Sesame Street

Sesame Street themed games, videos and art all online.

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Alphabet House

Draw the outline of a letter on paper and cut it out. Give the letter to your child and walk around the house and yard together. Ask your child to find objects that start with the letter. Each time he finds an object, write it down on a list.

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DIY Face Coverings

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend using a cloth face covering to help slow the spread of COVID-19. We put together a list of guides to help you make your own using common household supplies. Keep in mind, these face coverings should be laundered between uses for maximum effectiveness.

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35 Activities for Kids at Home

When you run out of ideas, here are 35 more!

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SwitchZoo

A great resource for little ones interested in learning about animals using online games and activities.

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Rock Painting

Grab a rock which is a child-safe size and some paint and you and your little one can let your imaginations flow! From painting colors, to patterns, to even painting the rock like an animal, the possibilities are endless!

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Backyard Camping

There’s no need to go far from home to have a fun camping experience. Try out backyard camping from the safety of home for a fun way to spend a day! Check out this of creative ideas to try while you’re at it.

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Seussville

Little ones love reading Dr. Seuss and now they can have fun with his stories online! This website offers loads of games and reading activities so kids can have fun and learn at the same time.

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Free Printable Activities for Kids

Get out your printer and check out these printable activities from puzzles to mazes and color by number. Endless amounts of fun!

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Alphabet Find Learning Activity

Write the letters of the alphabet on paper and tape them around the house. Have your kids go in order or you can call out random letters for them to find.

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How to Throw a Birthday Party at Home While Social Distancing

Here are some great ideas on how to throw a birthday party while in quarantine. We want our kids to still feel celebrated!

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Adorable Animal Cams You Can Watch All Day Long

If your kids are missing going to the zoo or aquarium, check out these animal cams available all day.

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DIY Sensory Activities

Sensory activities are great for babies and this easy DIY list includes ideas from sensory bags to a spider web discovery basket.

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Paint with Kool-Aid

All you need is water, Kool-Aid mix, paper and a paintbrush and your little ones will be well on their way to creating an artistic masterpiece of their own.

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PBS Kids

PBS Kids provides a large collection of tools, videos, and games tailored towards children.

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Mini Garden

All you need is dirt, water and seeds! You can even choose a fun container such as a mason jar, a mug, or a shoebox to get creative!

Zoo Webcams

The San Diego Zoo and Safari Park offer many livestreams of their wildlife for you and your child to enjoy from the comfort of your own home. Tune in any time and watch as the creatures explore and play in their habitat throughout the day!

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Cooking

Cooking healthy foods with your child is a fun way to bond, learn about healthy habits, and have fun while doing it. Check out First 5 San Diego’s helpful list of healthy recipes which includes ideas from quesadillas to fish sticks!

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ABCmouse

This totally online early learning academy is giving out a free 30-day trial of its program for children 2-8 years old.

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Tie Dye T-Shirts

Let your children get creative by making their own tie dye t-shirts! The possibilities are endless and they’re sure to love being able to wear a shirt they can say that they created themselves.

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Build a Blanket Fort

Help your little one make their own fortress using a couch, pillows and blankets and let their imagination run wild.

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Play Dress Up

Use some clothing items or DIY your own costume. Have your child dress up as their favorite superhero or dream job and let the creativity flow!

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Scholastic Learn at Home

This wonderful lesson gives children in pre-K, kindergarten and beyond daily lessons and activities so they can sharpen their minds and keep up on their learning, even from home!

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Amazing Online Music Resources for the Entire Family

There are lots of music resources that are offering free or inexpensive ways to stay connected to the universal language.

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Indoor Picnic

Content: Make sandwiches or another tasty treat with the help of your little one and set up a blanket inside or in your yard for picnic time!

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Make Slime

Content: Making slime is a great way to pique children’s interest in science and chemistry while making a fun, squishy toy. There are many ways to make slime, but the most common recipe calls for glue, water, borax and food coloring. Be sure to only try this with children who understand that they shouldn’t put it in their mouth.

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17 Fun Things to Make with a Toilet Paper Roll

Who knew you could do so much with a toilet paper roll? Just don’t go through your toilet paper too fast to get to the rolls.

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Simple, Fun Activities for Kids, From Newborn to Five

These simple but fun ideas are perfect for all kids ages 0 through 5.

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Mathscore

A great way to develop math skills, Mathscore offers loads of activities and practice for children in kindergarten and beyond.

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Storyline Online

This website hosts a large collection of children’s stories read out loud by famous people, from the comfort of your own home!

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Learn with Alexa

For those who have access to an Amazon Alexa device at home, Bamboo Learning has a voice-based learning program including reading, math, and more for children of all different ages.

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Virtual Events in San Diego

Organizations all around San Diego are creating online opportunities for kids to continue learning. This calendar curates local virtual events for you and your child to enjoy.

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Explore Mars Online

NASA has created an excellent online simulation of travelling on the surface of Mars as the Curiosity Rover, great for budding young astronauts!

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Zoo Webcams

The San Diego Zoo and Safari Park offers many livestreams of their wildlife for you and you child to enjoy from the comfort of your own home. Tune in any time and watch as the creature explore and play in their habitat throughout the day!

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Make Math A Routine

This website provides loads of fun ideas and ways to incorporate math learning into your child’s daily routine.

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Cardboard Box Coloring

A perfect way to take advantage of your small children’s urge to color, all you need is a large cardboard box with an open top for your little one to have loads of fun coloring everything around them!

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Backyard Camping

There’s no need to go far from home to have a fun camping experience. Try out backyard camping from the safety of home for a fun way to spend a day! Check out this of creative ideas to try while you’re at it.

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Learn Science

This website provides fun science lessons for your little ones of Kinder age and beyond.

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Music Lab

This fun website allows little ones to put their musical creativity to work through experimenting with sounds in a fun and visually appealing way

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Talk. Read. Sing

Watch and hear celebrities read children’s books:
Storyline Online

YouTube channel of children’s books being read aloud:
The StoryTime Family

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