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 VIRTUAL

    Birth to 5

    Host a virtual family sing-along! Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers love being sung to and love to sing themselves! Make a short list of your favorite songs to sing aloud, and invite your relatives to join for the fun! Your little one might even enjoy having an "instrument" to play, such as a pot & pan drum set. 

    K-5th

    Design a dream vacation for you and your family. Use Google Slides to display images of the location you would like to visit. Put together an itinerary of the activites you would like to do during your trip. Research airfare, lodging, and restaurants in the area. Polish your Google Slides into a presentation, and then present your dream vacation to your family.  

    6th-12th

    One of the biggest impacts of covid has been on travel, but that does not mean we cannot dream and plan! Research locations you might like to visit and create a bucket list of places to see in your lifetime. National Geographic's travel section is a great place to start getting ideas!

    Grownups

    Connect with a family member or family friend who lives in a different state, or country! Ask them to plan for the virtual visit in advance by gathering objects, photographs, or even food that are commonly enjoyed where they live. Then, enjoy this virtual tour of their home and life together as a family. Perhaps you can invite them to do a similar tour of your family's home and neighborhood next week!

  • Maker Challenge entry MOVEMENT

    Birth to 5

    Teach your little ones the game of freeze tag! Practice chasing and freezing, and take turns being "it." The concept of this game is a natural one for young children to grasp, and having to freeze in place reinforces self-control. Make the game even more fun by skipping, hopping, dancing, or crawling, instead of simply running each time you are chasing!

    K-5th

    Try an old fashioned playground game. If you are playing with siblings, try Hide & Seek, Hopscotch, or a quick game of catch. (This one also works if you are playing with a dog that can fetch!) If you are solo, try learning to Hula Hoop or Jumprope.  

    6th-12th

    Jump rope or do jumping jacks as a break from screen time. Before you click on the next episode or video, take a few minutes to get your body moving. Since jumping uses both hemispheres of your brain, it is a great way to develop coordintion and balance.

    Grownups

    Did you know? According to the Department of Health and Human Services, children who do regular physcial activity also do better on tests. Regular physical activity helps children focus and remember what they have learned. Find out more about this here and learn about ideas to get your children the 60 minutes of daily exercise they need!

  • Maker Challenge entry OUTDOORS

    Birth to 5

    Celebrate National Endangered Species Day (May 21) by exploring your own ecosystem with your toddler or preschooler. Venture into your backyard or your closest park, and practice close looking with your little one. This practice involves noticing and describing details, colors, textures, and smells (and more!) of each object you oberve. This exercise will help build an appreciation for the natural world, as well as a robust vocabulary!

    K-5th

    May 21 is National Endangered Species Day. Many species are endangered due to loss or destruction of their habitats and ecosystems. What habitats and ecosystems exist near your own home? What animals do you think depend on these habitats and ecosystems to survive? Take a walk around your neighborhoood and observe your surroundings, pretending you are an animal or insect that needs this habitat and ecosystem for survival. 

    6th-12th

    Observe National Endangered Species Day by going for a nature walk. Challenge yourself to identify which species rely on your own ecosystem for survival. You may already be an expert on the plants, birds, animals, and insects that live around your home. If not, snap some pictures while on your nature walk, then when you get home, research those species to find out more. 

    Grownups

    National Endangered Species Day is an excellent time to take the family outdoors for a renewed appreciation of habitats and ecosystems. Decide ahead of time on a new place to explore. Use a guidebook to find hints of what plants, birds, animals, and insects might live in the area you plan to visit. Then, spend time exploring the new location you have decided to visit (but stay on the clearly marked trails!) For this adventure, challenge yourself to go slowly and take your time. Not only will this allow your youngest family members to explore at their own pace, but will also cultivate a deeper appreciation of your surroundings through close observation. 

  • Maker Challenge entry HOME

    Birth to 5

    Have your little one create a small piece of art with crayons, markers, or whatever you have on hand. Drop the tiny masterpiece in the mail to a grandparent, uncle, or aunt, who might find a place for it on their refrigerator! Be sure to write your little one's name and the date on the back of the picture before your mail it off.

    K-5th

    Read a book that is unlike any book you have read before. Maybe it is a collection of poetry, a comic book, or a how-to book. Maybe it is a book your parents had when they were children and kept as a keepsake. Maybe it is a baby book you can read to your younger sibling. It does not need to be a long or challenging book, just a book that is different from what you are used to reading!

    6th-12th

    Explore the world of nonfiction books! Nonfiction books include cookbooks, strategy guides for video games, graphic novel memoirs, books to help navigate tough topics, and books of optical illusions, riddles, and magic tricks. Nonfiction books sometimes sound like they might be boring, but trust us, they are not!

    Grownups

    Choose a chapter book to read aloud together as a family. Your librarian can help you select something that would appeal, or you could share a book you loved when you were a child. Create a ritual around reading a chapter together each night. Some chapter books are shorter and filled with gentle plots and characters. These would be great for younger children. Older children might enjoy reading a mystery that the family can work on solving together!