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Family Learning Activities
Learning can happen anytime – even when schools are closed. Here are 10 fun family activities you can do with your children to keep little minds growing!
Bring a Book to Life
Draw pictures of your children’s favorite book characters and cut them out to make puppets. Use the puppets to act out a scene together. Bringing the story to life through dramatic play and retelling the story themselves helps children better understand character development and the storytelling process.
Create a Word Jar
While reading, new words are exciting for children! As you come across new words, write them down on a piece of paper and then flip to a children’s dictionary to write their definition on the other side. Collect these new vocabulary words in a Word Jar. At dinner, pick new words and make sentences out loud together. Build on this activity by drawing pictures depicting the new word to extend learning.
Fun with Family History
Write a story together about an important event in your family’s history. Illustrate your story and fasten it together into a book for the family library. Knowing where you came from is important to gain a strong sense of identity.
Let Your Child Be the Storyteller
Ask your child to tell you a story. It can be a new story or an old one with new twists or characters. Write down what your child says. Read it back to your child. Save the story to read it again. Let your child’s imagination inspire you to come up with your own adult stories to write down and share later.
Bring math into the kitchen and include the whole family when preparing a recipe. Practice measuring out ingredients using different sizes of measuring cups. How many scoops does it take to make one cup? How many cups? How would you prepare the recipe for 24 guests?