What week are we on now? Well, however long it’s been, here are our suggestions for things to do at home from May 11 through May 17. Let them inspire ideas that work for your children’s ages and interests. And be sure to check out some additional ideas and helpful links with fun activities and educational websites at the end.

Monday, May 11:

Mondays can be hard for everyone, even kids. So to start everyone off feeling calm and centered, try some yoga and meditation with the kids!

Our friends at Lolly & YoYo have some great resources such as this Guided Meditation for Kids YouTube video:

Find even more by visiting their YouTube Channel.

Tuesday, May 12:

Today’s activity comes from the Bucks County Children’s Museum. Even though the museum doors are closed, they’re posting videos and details on their website. Click here for a Painting with Watercolors and Salt activity that combines art and chemistry.

And if your kids are missing the museum (or want a peek at what they could do when they reopen), take the virtual tour at this link.

Wednesday, May 13:

Earlier in the month would have typically been Free Comic Book Day, where participating comic book stores give away specially printed copies of free comic books and offer other special deals and events. This year’s event was postponed because of COVID-19, but you and the kids can create your own comic books at home!

Here are a few links that can help:

How to Create a Comic Strip

Comic Book Templates

DIY Comic Book Pack

How to Create Comic Strips with Kids

Thursday, May 14:

Tomorrow is National Chocolate Chip Day, so to make sure you’re prepared to celebrate … bake something with the kids today! You could also spread a little cheer by delivering to grandparents or other nearby friends, relatives and neighbors.

A few Chocolate Chip Recipes:

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Muffins

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Friday, May 15:

Celebrate the 15th annual Endangered Species Day by learning about endangered species and what we can do to protect them.

Here are a few links from the Philadelphia Zoo website:

Amphibian Conservation

Rodrigues Fruit Bat

Guam Kingfisher

Golden Lion Tamarin

Sumatran Orangutan

Rare Animal Conservation Center

You can also watch Philly Zoo at 2 on Facebook.

And here are a few links to activities/crafts:

Endangered Animal Handprints

A to Z Endangered Animal Crafts

Endangered Animals Coloring Sheets

Endangered Animals Printables

Saturday, May 16:

It’s Armed Forces Day, a day to recognize members of the Armed Forces that are currently serving. (This is also a great time to discuss the difference between Memorial Day, Veterans Day and Armed Forces Day.)

Here’s a link to a free printable activity kit and a free “thank you” coloring page.

Sunday, May 17:

April showers bring May flowers! We certainly got out fill of rain in April, and now it’s time to celebrate those flowers! Go for a walk and take pictures of the different flowers you see. When you come home, make a list of the different varieties. Help the kids look up the ones that they don’t know. They could even try drawing them from the photos you took and create a book.

If you’d like a flower craft to do, here are some ideas:

Toilet Paper Tube Flower Prints

DIY Flower Wreath

Paper Plate Flower Craft

How to Make Tissue Paper Flowers

And if you want to plant some flowers of your own, here’s our article with info on some local spots that can help!

And here are some extra links/ideas to use any day or EVERY day!

Pick a friend or relative to Facetime every morning! Start each day with some connection and smiles.

Local kids entertainers Lolly & YoYo are hosting lots of free virtual events. Follow them on Facebook for details.

Philadelphia Zoo is going live at 2 p.m. on weekdays to host Philly Zoo at 2 on Facebook.

Elmwood Park Zoo is doing live Facebook videos every weekday at 11 a.m. introducing different animals.

Bucks County Library: Let’s Play School – activities for ages 3-5

6ABC’s Adam Joseph is doing live storytime on Facebook each morning at 9:30 a.m.

Cape May County Park & Zoo is doing daily virtual tours daily at 11:30 a.m.

50 Inside Activities to Burn Kid’s Energy

50 Plus Indoor Activities for Kids

Scholastic Learn at Home – free articles, stories, videos and fun learning challenges

Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions

Printable Family Chore Chart 

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