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

    Make your own moon sand. Mix two cups of flour with 1/4 cup of baby oil (or any oil) in a large plastic bowl. (It will take a few minutes to incorporate the two parts, so have your toddler help with the mixing as well as the playing!) Allow your toddler to play with the moon sand using plastic measuring cups, mixing spoons, plastic containers, and toy trucks. For easy cleanup, do the playing outdoors!

    K-5th

    Make your own foam paint! Find a ziploc bag. Mix equal parts shaving cream and basic white school glue together in the bag with the top sealed tightly. Then, add food coloring to the bag, and mix again. Carefully cut a small corner from the bottom of the bag. (Ask a grown up for help using scissors!) Use this opening to squeeze the paint from the bag onto a thick sheet of paper. Mix more foam paint with different colors in different bags to create a colorful piece of art. Flowers are especially easy to paint using this foam paint! Allow the art to dry overnight so that the foam paint can harden.

    6th-12th

    Make an artsy collage using a multi-layered approach. First, find a thick sheet of white paper. Next, gather watercolors and a paintbrush. Now, find some old magazines and cut out four or five interesting pictures. Then, look for stickers or decals. Last, get a glue stick or white school glue. Have a seat, and begin by painting abstract, colorful shapes with the watercolors all over your paper. Glue the pictures you cut from magazines anywhere on your paper. (You do not have to wait for the paint to dry to do this.) Add the stickers and decals to your page by placing each one near one of your magazine pictures. This will create balance. Allow your collage to dry. If you can, find a picture frame and frame your collage. This added step will instantly elevate it to pro level, but is not necessary for it to be totally awesome on it's own. 

    Grownups

    Your family has been working hard making different projects each week of the SOA Journey so far! Take a few minutes to enter one or more of your projects in the Maker Challenge. You can enter as many times as you would like, all summer long!

  • Maker Challenge entry OUTDOORS

    Birth to 5

    Set up a water play station outdoors. Find any empty and clean squeezable bottles, such as soap dispensers, shampoo bottles, ketchup bottles, cleaning spray bottles, or water bottles. Fill as many as you can find with water. Invite your little one to join you for some cool outdoor fun as you spray, squirt, and even "paint" with water on your sidewalk, balcony, or porch. 

    K-5th

    Play catch with water balloons! Ask a grown up to help you fill water balloons and tie them off. Then invite a friend to join you for some fun. First, stand somewhat close together, and toss the balloon back and forth. Once you feel confident, back up one step between each throw, getting further apart each time. Good luck! (If your friends are busy but you still want a fun activity to do, you can play this alone by simply tossing a water balloon higher and higher into the air and catching it. Be sure to wear clothes you don't mind getting wet!)

    6th-12th

    Remember Duck, Duck, Goose from when you were little? Now you can play a more modern version, with water balloons! Challenge your friends to a game by having everyone sit outdoors in a circle, six or so feet apart from each other. The person who is "it" walks around the circle doing the duck, duck, goose part. The difference? This time "it" is holding a water balloon, and the "goose" gets the water balloon exploded over their head!

    Grownups

    Instead of watering the lawn this week, have an outdoor water battle. Your whole family can gather water balloons, water squirters, and buckets filled with water. The only rule is to be water-wise by keeping the water spilled on grass and plants, rather than sidewalks! Whoever is the driest at the end of the battle is the winner!

  • Maker Challenge entry MOVEMENT

    Birth to 5

    Play a game of "Mirror, Mirror" with your preschooler. Stand facing each other, and take turns copying each other's exact movements. Pay close attention to details, such as when your preschooler blinks, scratches an itch, sneezes, or pauses to think. This is what makes the game very fun, and very funny!

    K-5th

    Set up a balloon challenge indoors. First, challenge yourself to keep the balloon in the air for two minutes. Next, keep it in the air for two minutes using only the backs of your hands to tap it. After that, place the balloon between your knees and waddle from one side of the room to the other, and back. Last, lay down on the floor with your feet in the air, and keep the balloon afloat using only your feet. This one is the hardest! If you have siblings, you can challenge them to do this balloon challenge with you!

    6th-12th

    Dust off your old hula hoop (or your parents' old hula hoop) or splurge for a new one. Challenge yourself to keep it going around your waist for 30 seconds at a time, counting in your head. Then circle it around each arm for thirty seconds. If you are feeling daring, try keeping it going around each of your ankles! Wind down your challenge by rolling the hula hoop against a wall and catching it.

    Grownups

    Create a super easy game of bean bag toss for your family. Take a medium to large sized cardboard box and set it upright. Using a knife, cut three different sized circles or squares into the side of the box. Turn the box so that the circles are facing upward, and secure it to the ground with duct tape or painters' tape so that it is stable. Use a marker to trace around each circle you cut, making it easier to see when aiming. Add a score to each circle. Gather five or six balls, bean bags, paper airplanes, or anything else to throw, and take turns with your kids seeing who can score the most points per turn!

  • Maker Challenge entry VIRTUAL

    Birth to 5

    Find information to support your little one's big feelings, physical health, and social development from our friends at Sesame Street.

    K-5th

    For your next virtual playdate, hold a fashion show. Make a plan with your friends to dress up according to a theme you decide on ahead of time. Some themes you could do might be: Best Outfit for Running Errands with Mom, Best Outfit for Being Stuck in a Snowstorm, Best Outfit for a Trip to Mars, or Best Outfit for Being Randomly Cast in a Movie with No Warning! Be sure to ask family members if you can raid their closets for ideas and accessories. Then join your virtual playdate dressed to impress!

    6th-12th

    This week, try to connect with friends and family members using Facetime or other virtual meeting platforms, instead of text and chat. After more than a year of social isolation, making eye contact and sharing a smile can go a long way!

    Grownups

    Time to show off all the quarantine tricks you taught your pet over the last year! Invite another family (or several other families) to join yours for a Virtual Pet Talent Show. Prep in advance so that everyone is prepared. Maybe you can even dress up your dog, cat, or iguana for the occassion! Don't have a pet? Not to worry! Pet rocks, houseplants, or imaginary pets will all work for this activity. The more outlandish the pet and the talent, the better! For example, maybe your pet's talent is Definitely Not Doing What I Was Just Asked to Do.