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

    Singing helps children slow down language, which means kids will slow down their conversation as well. Sing some questions and see if your child can sing back the answer. Or, sing a whole conversation with your child. (This may also help you understand your child as their vocabulary is developing!)

    K-5th

    Paint to music! Find a song you enjoy, or maybe one you have never heard before. As you listen, try to capture the mood of the song in the colors and designs you paint.

    6th-12th

    Use music to inspire your artwork! Paint or draw while you listen to music, and try to visually represent the songs you hear as you work. Take this activity to the next level by dividing your paper into four squares, and depict four different songs in each square.

    Grownups

    Challenge each family member to make their own musical instrument based on objects found around your home. You could put change in a Tupperware container as a shaker, or get a wooden spoon to drum on a pot, or use rubber bands wrapped around a jar lid as a miniature guitar. Get as creative as possible, then play the instruments together as you sing some of your favorite songs!

  • Maker Challenge entry OUTDOORS

    Birth to 5

    Songs can help children learn about their world. For instance, “Wheels on the Bus” teaches kids what happens on the bus. Change the words, and your child can learn about other parts of their world. Next time you go to the zoo, park, or playground, change the words to a familiar tune to help your child learn more about their world.

    K-5th

    Challenge yourself to hear music in nature. Find a cool place to sit, close your eyes, and listen. First try to separate the sounds you hear and name each one. Then, go back to listening to all the sounds together. What kind of song do they make?

    6th-12th

    Take a nature walk, and gather objects you can use to create a musical instrument. Pine needles, crushed leaves, sticks and rocks, all work beautifully for this.

    Grownups

    Go on a sound walk outdoors. Take this mindfulness walk either alone or with your family. Concentrate on being as silent as possible, and observing each sound as it passes by you.

  • Maker Challenge entry MOVEMENT

    Birth to 5

    Songs usually have a beat for each syllable in the words. This helps children hear the different parts of words and break up words. Sing a familiar song with your child while jumping, marching or stomping to the beat, to emphasize the syllables in each word.

    K-5th

    Dancing is a great form of exercise! Choose a song you love and dance to it. This is a great idea for a quick movement break during the day!

    6th-12th

    Combine your reading and workout! Download an audiobook for free using the Libby app. Then do moderate exercise, such as a walk around your neighborhood, as you listen to each chapter.

    Grownups

    Gather your family together and play a playground game outside at night! Freeze tag becomes nearly magical when played under the moon and stars. You could even use a flashlight for the tagging part!

  • Maker Challenge entry VIRTUAL

    Birth to 5

    Singing songs in any language helps to develop language in all children. Sing a song in another language, using Storyblocks for inspiration.

    K-5th

    Did you know you can hear a story anytime, as long as you have a telephone? Dial Denver Public Library's Phone-a-Story at 720-865-8500 to hear stories for all ages, in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Amharic!

    6th-12th

    Explore music videos from different countries with Putumayo!

    Grownups

    Connect with music from around the world via Putumayo. Listen to playlists of music from various cultures and countries, or tune into a radio show!