Home Activities: Grade School
Need ideas for keeping busy while you stay home? Our librarians have gathered resources and suggestions for keeping boredom at bay!
Don’t forget, our Digital Branch is always open for borrowing ebooks, listening to music, learning a new hobby, and more.
- Ed Emberley’s Drawing Pages—Learn drawing techniques from these practice sheets by professional illustrator Ed Emberley.
- Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems – Draw, doodle, and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually.
- Tom Lichtenheld’s Activity Guides – print the “Complete the Picture bookmarks” or activity guides for your favorite books, and get creative!
- Help your grownups make dinner! Look for a recipe that sounds tasty and work together to make the meal.
- Bake a cake, cupcakes, or cookies, and get creative with your decorating. Share pictures with family and friends!
- Chalk the walk! Decorate your sidewalk with inspirational quotes or colorful pictures to bring a smile to anyone who walks by.
- Set up an obstacle course in your house or your yard. Time family members as they make their way through the course to see who is the fastest. Change up the course and do it again!
- Go for a walk, a run, or ride your bike. Download music or an audiobook to listen while you exercise.
- Make a conditioning plan for yourself – write down each exercise and how many repetitions you want to try. Mix it up each day so you don’t get bored!
- Put on your favorite music and dance!
- Play charades! Write down the names of animals on slips of paper. Then write actions on another set of papers. Draw one slip of each type of paper and act it out. For example, a whale riding a bicycle.
- Play a board game with your family.
- Build a fort with blankets and furniture and read a book inside.
- NASA Kids’ Club – space themed games and activities for pre-K – grade 4
- DuPage Forest Preserves @ Home – ways to experience the preserves online or in your own backyard.
- Alphabet Scavenger Hunt – pick any letter of the alphabet. Go into any room of your house and find all the objects you can that start with that letter. Change it up with different combinations of letters and rooms.
- TumbleMath – new resource on our Digital Branch is focused on math for grades K-6.
- Brainfuse—Need help with homework? Teachers are available online to help you with this resource from the Library’s Digital Branch.
- Scholastic Learn at Home—Videos, activities, articles, and games to satisfy your curiosity about your world.
- NASA STEM @ home – Fun Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math activities for students and the whole family.
- Virtual Museum Tours – Tour some of the world’s most famous museums with a virtual tour.
- Reading Rockets – Activities for reading and writing fun.
- International Children’s Digital Library – The best of children’s literature from around the world, in many languages.
- The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis – Videos, blogs and live chats from the museum.
- Exploratorium – Hands-on museum in San Francisco, CA provides hundreds of videos and activities to keep you busy at home.
- Smithsonian Kids – Information and activities on a variety of topics, from animal live cams to outer space!
- Wide Open School – A free collection of great online learning experiences, pulled together by Common Sense Media educators.
- Digital Branch – check out ebooks and eAudiobooks from Hoopla, Overdrive, and CloudLibrary.
- TumbleBooks – animated ebooks with read-along narration and sound, on our Digital Branch.
- ALA Book and Media Awards – Caldecott, Newbery, and many more award lists from the American Library Association.
- Monarch Award nominees – the 2021 list is now available for this Illinois K-3 readers’ choice award.
- Bluestem Award nominees – the 2021 list is now available for this Illinois Grades 3-5 readers’ choice award.
- Black Rabbit Books – children’s informational book publisher has opened up it’s virtual library through May 31, 2020
- KidLitTV – explore the world of children’s literature with author/illustrator interviews, drawing lessons, and author storytimes.