The Journey

Summer of Adventure: The Journey

We’ve created a list of stellar activities that will help you to READ, MAKE, and EXPLORE while at home! These activities will change every Monday so be sure to come back for more fun.

  • Maker Challenge entry HOME

    Birth to 5

    Switching up a question can help your child recall information differently. This helps strengthen neural development. For example, instead of asking “What does the duck say?" ask, “What animal says quack?” Next time you are helping your little one get dressed, reverse the order of your questions. For example, “Can you find the item that you put on your legs?”

    K-5th

    It is time to gear up for Back to School! Learn to set an alarm or an alarm clock, so that you can begin your morning routine on your own.

    6th-12th

    Find out what time your lunch will be when you return to school, and begin eating lunch at that time. This will help your body return to a school-day schedule.

    Grownups

    Begin a morning and bedtime schedule to help your children start this successfully!

  • Maker Challenge entry OUTDOORS

    Birth to 5

    Having your child fix your “mistakes” when you do something wrong or call an item the wrong name helps them take a leadership role and use their working memory to help you remember the real answer. Next time you go for a walk or play outdoors, call the things you see by the wrong name, and have your child correct you.

    K-5th

    Have a sponge race! This is a great self-challenge to get moving while staying cool. Find two buckets and one sponge. Fill one of the buckets about a third full with water. Set the two buckets up on each side of your yard. Using only the sponge, move the water from one bucket to the other as fast as you can!

    6th-12th

    Take your hopscotch game to the next level. Make a sidewalk hopscotch grid using sidewalk chalk. Instead of numbers, write a type of exercise in each square. You could do jumping jacks, squats, or lunges. When you throw your marker, do 10 of each exercise it lands on before you hop!

    Grownups

    Make space for homework in your schedule by setting aside screen-free time in the afternoon. Use this time now for outdoor or active play. Then the space will be set in your schedule when you need to transition to homework time.

  • Maker Challenge entry MOVEMENT

    Birth to 5

    Acting out a story helps children experience and remember the story. Have your little one act out parts of the next story you read together. This can be as simple having them move like the different animals in the book.

    K-5th

    Prep for P.E. by making a tightrope walk in your living room. Use a long piece of masking tape to make a line on the floor. Practice walking toe-heel-toe-heel across. If you fall off, do five jumping jacks, then start again!

    6th-12th

    Create your own dance. First, choose a song you love. Then decide what dance style fits best with that song. Some ideas include hip-hop, line dance, zumba, or salsa. Choreograph your dance. You may need to make notes to remember the flow of your dance moves. If you need inspiration, look to dance or workout videos for ideas. Practice your dance over and over, then teach it to a member of your family!

    Grownups

    Make the transition back to school fun by setting up silly drills for your family that help enforce the new school schedule and routine. For example, pretend everyone overslept, and see who can get dressed, packed up, and out the door the fastest! Alternately, pretend you forgot to make everyone's lunch, and let your kids time how fast you can throw a school lunch together!

  • Maker Challenge entry VIRTUAL

    Birth to 5

    Children love to identify animals and imitate their sounds. This helps them build knowledge about animals. Animal sounds are some of the first “words” that children have. Use your phone to play different animal sounds, and have your little one try to guess which animal they are hearing. If you need to simply this activity, you can provide a choice after each animal sound, such as, "Do you think that was a cow or a bird?"

    K-5th

    Make time to read every day. Even twenty minutes of reading can make a huge difference! Learn how to read and listen to eBooks for free by exploring your SORA app (Denver Public Schools) or using our free Libby app.

    6th-12th

    Before school starts, spend time exploring our online resources for homework help and research.

    Grownups

    Children are heading back to school, which is a great time for grown-ups to learn, too! Check out our resources to learn new computer skills, read digital magazines, stream documentaries, and more. If you're not sure where to start, begin with one of our online tutorials!