Ideas that everyone can use

'Unplugged' learning activities:

●       Leaf rubbings

●       Fashion show - design your own school uniform

●       Random acts of kindness - family member, neighbour, relative

●       Create a marble run - inside or outside (google marble run ideas)

●       Alphabet hunt - find 26 items that start with every letter of the alphabet (inside or outside)

●       Create a scavenger hunt, with clues, for someone in your house

●       Design your dream house/playground and label it

●       Plan and design a menu for a monster’s (substitute here) birthday party

●       Plan a meal for your family - invitations, place settings, menu, decorations, entertainment, budget (allowed set amount of $) using a shopping online site

●       Write thank you cards to a volunteer in your community

  • Interview a family member.
  • Measure the area and perimeter of each room in your home.
  • Graph the types of birds that frequent your yard or windows.
  • Be completely silent for 60 minutes, then write about the experience.
  • Write and mail a [real] letter to your teacher or principal or classroom penpal. Address the envelope yourself.
  • Build a "fable fort" out of blankets and chairs. Camp in it all day while you create stories to tell your family over dinner.
  • Learn morse code and use it to communicate with your siblings through walls and floors.
  • Alphabetize the spices in your kitchen.
  • Stay up late and stargaze.
  • Call a grandparent or older relative. Ask them to teach you the words to a song from their childhood days.
  • Using household materials, build a working rain gauge, barometer, and wind vane.
  • Determine and chart the times that different liquids require to turn solid in the freezer.
  • Design and build puppets that perform a show about multiplication.
  • Construct a family tree.
  • Learn ten new big words. Write them in marker on your bathroom mirror.
  • Draw a map of your home.
  • Sit silently for 15 minutes while you write down every sound you hear. When you are done, classify the sounds (high/low pitch, high/low volume, manmade v. naturally occurring, etc.).
  • Create a Venn Diagram that compares and contrasts two people in your family, your neighborhood, or your church, mosque, or temple.
  • Learn, practice, and perform a magic trick.
  • Learn, practice, and tell three new jokes.
  • Use household materials to make and play stringed, percussion, and wind instruments.
  • Learn to shine a pair of shoes.
  • Collect leaves from ten different (non-harmful) plants. Sort them by size, color, and texture.
  • Put your favorite book, toy, and keepsake on a small table in sunlight. Draw or paint a full color still life.
  • Find, pick, and dissect a flower.
  • If you have stairs, walk up and count them. Walk down and count by twos. Walk up and count by threes. Continue through tens.
  • Determine the volumes of ten containers, them display them in order on your porch.
  • Write a poem on your sidewalk using chalk.
  • Classify twenty everyday objects by shape, size, color, height, mass, and material.
  • Measure the length of your bed using five different nonstandard units.
  • Call a person who speaks a language you do not. Ask them to teach you five common words or phrases.
  • Create and use a secret code.
  • Using one type of paper (constant), build three different paper airplanes (independent variable) and test to see how far they fly (dependent variable).
  • Set a clock three hours and seven minutes ahead. Whenever someone needs to know the time, help them figure it out by subtracting.
  • Write down every adjective you say for one full day.
  • Learn three new jokes. Tell them to an aunt or uncle.
  • Design a map of every state ever visited by people in your family.
  • Write or tell a story titled "What if humans had to leave the Earth and no one remembered to turn off the last robot?"
  • Find ten rocks smaller than a dime.
  • Using paper, tape, and string, design, build, and test a device that warns you when someone opens the kitchen cabinet.
  • Imagine, create, and fly a full size flag that tells the world about you.
  • Make a paper aeroplane
  • Have a teddy bears picnic
  • Create a new board game
  • Draw a portrait of someone in your house
  • Make up a new dance or song
  • Learn to tie your shoelaces
  • Help cook a meal
  • Tidy your bedroom
  • Call a relative
  • Make a sock puppet
  • Build a blanket fort
  • Make a name sign for your bedroom

 

Create a Time Capsule

-        Write a letter to your future self (your age, best friends, favourite tv programme/song/movie/book etc, what is going on right now, how you are feeling, what you want to be when you grow up, things you want to do when you’re an adult

-        What’s in the news at the moment? What do you think will be important in the future? If you can access a newspaper cutout articles to include or print articles from online news sites

-        Draw a picture of you and your family (include your pets!), colour and decorate

-        Take some pictures or draw things that are important to you today - your bedroom, friends, hobbies etc.

-        Decorate a box to put everything in, include the date, hide or bury the box somewhere that you will be able to find in years to come

 

Unplugged links

 

Source/Company

Purpose

Link

Mommy Poppins - Science

Science experiments using household items

https://mommypoppins.com/kids/50-easy-science-experiments-for-kids-fun-educational-activities-using-household-stuff?fbclid=IwAR20j--GWdOqxtsUfLaHcR5NuWdODU56GmffMD-It5UgJ99vF06SpJDMylQ

Icebreaker Ideas

Variety of unplugged family fun activities

https://icebreakerideas.com/fun-games-to-play-at-home/?fbclid=IwAR2KzQkCKMbAwomayrta5RyBZ-eYbUgj7SNgCukAvKBRnNi-jf_ejs4M0iU#Hot_Potato

Play 4 Life

Indoor games and activities to encourage movement

https://www.islingtoncs.org/sites/default/files/Indoor%20play%20info%20for%20parents_0.pdf?fbclid=IwAR37GDPdE7tWicr45-SJ0E-MhKdopm2ORQ4N7PJJd6CTy5jgHDuX7mrQc1A

Scouts UK

‘The Great Indoors’ - indoor activities and experiments

 

https://www.scouts.org.uk/the-great-indoors?fbclid=IwAR1ATVjTm67g0aLsFzJ1iDwu08bSBPcnwnNQI_Z0kXRknI5LqzT1XKGhwQs

Sending Love NZ

Usually a Christmas activity but could create cards or write letters to people in isolation eg. rest home patients

 

https://sendinglove.co.nz/

 

Can email: sendyourlovenz@gmail.com

Science Kids

Science experiments to be done at home

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/experiments.html

Resene project ideas

Garden project and ideas for children

https://www.resene.co.nz/Kids-Garden-Projects/kids-garden-projects.htm

The Muddy Puddle Teacher

Variety of unplugged family fun activities

https://themuddypuddleteacher.co.uk/

Physical Activities

We want our tamariki to be getting fresh air and having experiences indoors and in the outdoor environment during ‘self-isolation’ .

 

Here are a few simple ideas to keep active:

Ideas to encourage learning and physical movement inside:

●       Help with the cleaning - vacuum the house, make the beds, dust, put away all of the toys

●       Dance - put on your favourite music and create your own dance

Ideas to encourage physical movement outdoors:

●       Create a fairy garden with things you find in the garden

●       Rake the leaves

●       Bug hunt - record all the bugs you can find in the garden, create a tally chart, observational drawing of a chosen bug

●       Learn to mow the lawns (with the help of an adult)

●       Weed the garden

●       Offer to weed the garden or mow the lawns at your neighbours

●       Press flowers

●       Cloud watching

●       Making daisy chains

●       Create an obstacle course and time everyone in your family, or try and beat your own time over a series of days (record)

●       Sound hunt - sit or lie quietly, record the different sounds you can hear

 

Physical movement anywhere!

Source/Company

Purpose

Link

Cosmic Yoga

Yoga videos designed for children 3years+

https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

GoNoodle

Videos and resources to encourage movement in all ages

https://www.gonoodle.com/good-energy-at-home-kids-games-and-videos/

Play 4 Life

Indoor games and activities to encourage movement

https://www.islingtoncs.org/sites/default/files/Indoor%20play%20info%20for%20parents_0.pdf?fbclid=IwAR37GDPdE7tWicr45-SJ0E-MhKdopm2ORQ4N7PJJd6CTy5jgHDuX7mrQc1A

 

 

 

From Ranginui

Here are a few learning experiences and activities to keep you going from the Ranginui Teaching Team!

 

Physical Movement: 
-YouTube - Yoga for Kids 
-YouTube - Just Dance
-HIIT Workout (5 star jumps, 5 high knees, 5press ups, 5sprints up and down the lawn) rest for 1 minute and repeat. 
-Create an obstacle course (inside or outside) and time yourself to complete it. Can you beat your time each day? Who in your family can complete it the fastest? Create a way to record the times and try it again next week. 
Maths: 
-Play your favourite card or board game with the whole family. 
-Practice your fractions and do some baking with an adult. Bake your favourite treat to share with the family. 
-Does one cup of an object (think water, stones, grass, toy cars, sand/dirt) always weigh the same? How can you compare the objects? Which object can you find that is the heaviest? Which object is the lightest? Can you order them from heaviest to lightest? 
Maths/STEAM:
Create your own ‘snakes and ladders’ board game. Draw a 10by10 grid and write numbers 1-100. Draw your own snakes and ladders and decorate your board.  
Challenge someone in your family to a game! 
Extension: 
-add another fun element/your own rule to your game that players must abide by.
-Write a set of rules
Writing:
Create a ‘Time Capsule’
-Write a letter to yourself (include your age, friends, hobbies, favourite things, a joke, a fact you know)
-What is going on in the world and in New Zealand; how are you feeling? Can you find a newspaper or an online article that you think will be important in the future and include it in your time capsule?
-Draw a picture of you and your family (don't forget any pets!) 
-Add items to your capsule that you think your future self would like to open in a few years time. Or alternatively, write a diary entry
-Make a 'time capsule' (this could be an old shoebox or a homemade envelope), decorate it and close it up 
-Hide your capsule somewhere you will find again in years to come
Reading: 
-Enjoy books from home, read to a parent/adult, big/little brother/Sister, or read to your favourite teddy bear. Find a cozy spot to curl up and relax with a book.
-Pretend you’re the teacher and set up all your toys on the mat and read them a book. Don’t forget to show them the pictures. 
-Listen to reading; curl up on the couch with a parent or brother or sister and get them to read to you. 
-Sunshine online for school texts and online activities/games. Website www.sunshineonline.co.nz - username: sawyersbay - password: stevenson
-YouTube, search for your favourite Assembly songs (lyric videos) and sing along. Set up your own concert and pretend you’re a rockstar! Perform to your family.
Weekly Challenges:
1. Give your Lego/Duplo/Hard toys a clean - fill a bucket with water and a squirt of detergent and give your toys a good clean with a cloth or brush. Leave them to dry in the sun on an old towel. 
2. Learn to tie your shoelaces. If you can already tie them, is there someone in your family you could teach? Or draw/write a set of instructions for someone at school or record a video of you tying your own shoelaces. 
3. Create a piece of artwork in your backyard using only things you can find outside. If you can, take a photo of your masterpiece and email it to a teacher

From Ranginui

Here are a few learning experiences and activities to keep you going from the Ranginui Teaching Team!

 

Physical Movement: 
-YouTube - Yoga for Kids 
-YouTube - Just Dance
-HIIT Workout (5 star jumps, 5 high knees, 5press ups, 5sprints up and down the lawn) rest for 1 minute and repeat. 
-Create an obstacle course (inside or outside) and time yourself to complete it. Can you beat your time each day? Who in your family can complete it the fastest? Create a way to record the times and try it again next week. 
Maths: 
-Play your favourite card or board game with the whole family. 
-Practice your fractions and do some baking with an adult. Bake your favourite treat to share with the family. 
-Does one cup of an object (think water, stones, grass, toy cars, sand/dirt) always weigh the same? How can you compare the objects? Which object can you find that is the heaviest? Which object is the lightest? Can you order them from heaviest to lightest? 
Maths/STEAM:
Create your own ‘snakes and ladders’ board game. Draw a 10by10 grid and write numbers 1-100. Draw your own snakes and ladders and decorate your board.  
Challenge someone in your family to a game! 
Extension: 
-add another fun element/your own rule to your game that players must abide by.
-Write a set of rules
Writing:
Create a ‘Time Capsule’
-Write a letter to yourself (include your age, friends, hobbies, favourite things, a joke, a fact you know)
-What is going on in the world and in New Zealand; how are you feeling? Can you find a newspaper or an online article that you think will be important in the future and include it in your time capsule?
-Draw a picture of you and your family (don't forget any pets!) 
-Add items to your capsule that you think your future self would like to open in a few years time. Or alternatively, write a diary entry
-Make a 'time capsule' (this could be an old shoebox or a homemade envelope), decorate it and close it up 
-Hide your capsule somewhere you will find again in years to come
Reading: 
-Enjoy books from home, read to a parent/adult, big/little brother/Sister, or read to your favourite teddy bear. Find a cozy spot to curl up and relax with a book.
-Pretend you’re the teacher and set up all your toys on the mat and read them a book. Don’t forget to show them the pictures. 
-Listen to reading; curl up on the couch with a parent or brother or sister and get them to read to you. 
-Sunshine online for school texts and online activities/games. Website www.sunshineonline.co.nz - username: sawyersbay - password: stevenson
-YouTube, search for your favourite Assembly songs (lyric videos) and sing along. Set up your own concert and pretend you’re a rockstar! Perform to your family.
Weekly Challenges:
1. Give your Lego/Duplo/Hard toys a clean - fill a bucket with water and a squirt of detergent and give your toys a good clean with a cloth or brush. Leave them to dry in the sun on an old towel. 
2. Learn to tie your shoelaces. If you can already tie them, is there someone in your family you could teach? Or draw/write a set of instructions for someone at school or record a video of you tying your own shoelaces. 
3. Create a piece of artwork in your backyard using only things you can find outside. If you can, take a photo of your masterpiece and email it to a teacher