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

    Explore songs and rhymes that build readers on StoryBlocks!

    K-5th

    Some days it is just too hot to get moving outdoors. That's where GoNoodle can help! Find new ideas for indoor movement and more!

    6th-12th

    Coloring is an activity we can enjoy at any age. This summer, participate in the Denver Botanic Garden's online "Color Our Collection" program! Print and color their 2021 selection.

    Grownups

    Explore our changing world from your living room. Use Google Earth to view how our environment has changed over time.

  • Maker Challenge entry HOME

    Birth to 5

    Reading books can help your child to learn to problem solve. They can put themselves in the character’s shoes. Use books to help your child find solutions to problems. Let them come up with a solution to a characters problem before you read to find out how the character solves the problem.

    K-5th

    Conservation is the practice of protecting the things that exist in nature by using our resources wisely. Think of two simple conservation tips you can share with your family. For example, 1) turn off the tap water while brushing teeth, and 2) turn off the lights after leaving the room. Write or draw small notes reminding your family to do these two things, and place them where they will be most helpful, such as on the bathroom mirror or beside a light switch!

    6th-12th

    One great way to conserve resources and be environmentally conscious is to reuse materials whenever possible. An easy, fun way to do this is to turn empty bottles into gifts! Wash any single-use plastic or glass bottles you have. (You will not need the lids.) Wrap colorful duct tape around the bottle. Fill it with water, and then add a fresh flower or two. You now have a beautiful bud vase to share with a friend or neighbor!

    Grownups

    Consider becoming a Citizen Scientist. Visit the Denver Botanic Garden's Science Research page for more information!

  • Maker Challenge entry MOVEMENT

    Birth to 5

    Slow down with your child. Hold your child close, and let them hear your heartbeat. Maybe you can do this in a rocking chair. Relaxing with your child teaches your child how to relax on their own.

    K-5th

    Animals are one of the most important parts of nature, and can be very inspirational! Think about four animals you appreciate. Use these animals' characteristics as inspiration for an exercise, dance, or yoga routine (or all three!) For example, you could slither like a snake, crawl like a bear, run like a cheetah, and then jump like a grasshopper.

    6th-12th

    Give the Earth a helping hand while you get your exercise. Take a walk around your neighborhood and pick up litter that you find. You will need to bring a garbage bag with you! Be sure not to touch any broken glass, and be sure to wash your hands when you are finished!

    Grownups

    As a way to connect with the community where you live, and to help conserve our natural resources, walk or bike to one place you usually drive to: to the grocery store, the park, your library, or your kids' sports team practice.

  • Maker Challenge entry OUTDOORS

    Birth to 5

    Creating achievable tasks helps your child develop confidence and independence skills. This can give them motivation and confidence in school. Next time you are outdoors, let your child walk and explore on their own, rather than using the stroller. This may make your walk much longer, but when you arrive your child will be proud they accomplished this task!

    K-5th

    Where we live is home to many more plants, insects, and animals than you might think! Find a small section of your yard or green space in your neighborhood park. Look closely at the ground to discover the variety of living things there. How many different plants can you identify? What insects do you see? Is there evidence that an animal was in the area recently? If you dig around in the soil, can you find an earthworm?

    6th-12th

    Get creative with garden containers and cold weather veggies. Radishes, carrots, and kale all enjoy growing in the cooler fall temperatures, and do not need much space to grow! Search through your recycling bin, closet, or storage to find interesting things to use as garden containers. You might use old coffee tins, the plastic containers berries come in, or even an old rain boot! Fill whatever you choose with soil and plant your seeds. It will help to also puncture some holes in your container for drainage. Enjoy your cold weather veggies!

    Grownups

    Plan for the transition to fall with upcycled herb planters. Gather empty tea bag tins, oatmeal canisters, or coffee cans. (Avoid using cans from canned foods; the edges may be sharp!) Use a small nail and hammer to punch several holes through the bottom of your tins for drainage. If you want, you can paint them, or leave them as they are! Fill each one with potting soil and a few herb seeds. Allow the herbs to begin growing outdoors. Once colder weather arrives, move them to an indoor windowsill!