Home Activities: Grade School
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!
- Writing Tips for Tweens – Get advice and tips from bestselling and award-winning authors to help you get started writing a story of your own.
- 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.
- Creativebug – Learn a new craft or art form with this resource from our Digital Branch.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- ShelfStuff Games – HarperCollins publisher offers a variety of online games tied to books for kids 8-12.
- Carnegie Hall – Activities that encourage musical discovery, learning, and play.
- 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.
- Read with HHS – The Hinsdale Humane Society’s Therapaws pet therapy animals can’t come to the Library right now, but they can still encourage your reading and writing. Children are invited to write an email to a pet. Tell your selected pet what you are reading, what you are studying, or what fun activities you are doing at home. You will receive an email in return!
- 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 2022 list is still available for this Illinois K-3 readers’ choice award.
- Bluestem Award nominees – the 2022 list is still available for this Illinois Grades 3-5 readers’ choice award.
- Rebecca Caudill Award nominees – the 2023 list is now available for this Illinois Grades 4-8 readers’ choice award.
- KidLitTV – explore the world of children’s literature with author/illustrator interviews, drawing lessons, and author storytimes.
- Coronavirus: A Book for Children – download this free book for young readers from Candlewick Press.
- Covid-19 Free eBooks – a collection of free eBooks in multiple languages on coronavirus/Covid-19, curated by NYC School Librarians.
- Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronovirus – Hosted by NPR, this comic is based on interviews with experts and drawn by Malaka Gharib.