Play At Home Catalog

  • STEM 
    Delve into the world of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math and enjoy hands-on STEM challenges your kids will love!
    Ready For Takeoff

    It’s easy to do science at home! Try this activity that’s part of our Force & Freefall lesson. Print the templates below (or trace ours) and make your paper helicopters. Once you’re done, throw it in the air and watch which way it spins. You can switch the direction the A and B wings are folded to change the direction the helicopter spins on its way down.

    Larger Helicopter

    1. Cut on all dotted lines. (Make sure not to cut all the way through on the middle lines.)
    2. Fold sections C and D in toward each other following the solid line.
    3. Fold section A backward so that A faces the top. Only fold until the solid line.
    4. Fold section B forward so the B faces down, again only until the solid line.
    5. Done!

    Small Helicopter

    Follow steps 1-4 from the large helicopter directions.

    1. Add a small paper clip to the bottom of the helicopter where sections C and D are folded
    2. Done!

    Buoyant Boats

    We love science and we really love that we can do science right at home! Create your own boat using aluminum foil and see how much weight it can hold when placed in water. You can use our suggested objects and test others from your own home. Let us know how strong your boat is by tagging us on Facebook and Instagram.

    Don’t Get the Paper Wet

    Looking for some simple science activities to keep your kids occupied and engaged at home? Try out this fun water and air experiment with some items you should already have. All you need is a wide-mouthed glass, a facial tissue, a bowl filled 3/4 with water, and a towel for clean cup.

    1. Place the tissue in the bottom of the glass. (When you turn the glass upside down, the glass should remain in the bottom.)
    2. Turn the glass upside down and hold it at shoulder height. Make sure the glass is filled with air and gently push it into the bowl of water. Notice how the water reacts.
    3. The water should move around the glass, leaving the inside dry.

    Let us know what you think and if this experiment works for you! For an instructional video, click here

    Can Water Lift Air?

    Did you like our last water and air experiment? Want to try another one? For this experiment, you need even less materials and it should be just as fun. Grab a wide-mouthed glass and a fill a large bowl 3/4 up with water. Insert your glass at an angle into the bowl and watch as it begins to fill with water. Fill it 1/2 to 3/4 of the way full. Put your glass fully into the water. Notice how there is both water and air in the glass. Pull the glass upward but be careful not to break its seal in the water. The rim of the glass should still be in the water. You should notice that the water has stayed at the same level in the glass. Why? Air pressure! If you pull the glass fully out of the water, you’ll notice that the water splashes everywhere because there is no air pressure keeping it in the glass. For an instructional video, click here.

    Tall Tower Challenge

    Know any kiddos that dream of being an engineer or an architect? Have them try to build an index card tower! Add to the challenge by making a height requirement or saying it needs to hold up one of their toys for 15 seconds. Have fun building together!

    For some tips and tricks, visit Teachers are Terrific!

    Planet Earth Eco Exploration

    Welcome to Planet Earth Eco Exploration! These activities will teach you about how we can help our Earth. Our first activity involves our spinning eco wheel. What animals you can name on the wheel? Do you know what they eat? This activity helps us explore the food chain. Who do you think is at the top?

    Thyme to turnip the beet! Plant your own garden at home by creating an egg carton seed planter. You can use any seeds you might already have. Take your learning further by reading about how plants grow with one of these stories!

    Our next activity helps see what plants, animals, and humans need to survive! Print and cut out the first image into squares. Then, have the kids place the objects in the category they think they belong. Don’t have a printer? You can use some blank paper and draw your own images using ours as an example.

    Do you know what happens when bees land on flowers or when it rains outside? Maybe your kids do! Print out the pages and have your kids match the cause with the effect. Together you can understand how our Earth works. You can also do this activity using just a notebook and pencil! Use our images to guide you if you don’t have a printer of your own.

    Earth is made up of many biomes but there are six major agreed upon biomes. These are the tundra, desert, grassland, forest, freshwater, and marine biomes. See if you can find all of them in this word search. You can also make your own grassland biome in a bag that you won’t have to water. All it takes is the bottom of a bottle, a ziplock bag, dirt, and grass seeds! If you give this activity a try, share with us in the comments below.

    So Lost Without You

    Do you have magnets hanging out on your refrigerator? Use them to go on a magnetic investigation! What objects in your home stick to your magnets? Try making your own magnetic compass and see if it points north. All you need is a sewing needle (about 1-2 inches long), a small refrigerator magnet, a small piece of cork, and a small glass or cup of water to float the cork and needle.

    1. Magnetize your needle by stroking it in the same direction across the magnet (rather than back and forth) using steady, even strokes. After 30-40 strokes, the needle will be magnetized.
    2. Push the needled through the cork. Insert it horizontally into the edge of the coin-sized piece of cork so that the needle pierces through the cork and comes out the other side. Push the needle through until the same amount of needle shows on both sides of the cork. 
    3. Fill your glass with a few inches of water. 
    4. Float the compass you just made in the water. Watch as your compass aligns itself with the Earth’s magnetic field and points north!
    Rock Candy Science

    Do you think you can make rock candy out of Kool-Aid? Follow these steps from our friends at Growing a Jeweled Rose to find out. At the bottom of this link, you can dive into the science behind rock candy. The best part? This science experiment doubles as a tasty snack once its complete. We can’t wait to see if this works for you.

    Marshmallow Madness

    Have you been loving our engineering challenges? Challenge your kids to make the tallest tower using only noodles and marshmallows. You can make this even more challenging by giving them a time limit.

    Shoutout to the Tinker Lab for the idea!

    Corn Kernel Dance

    Feeling restless? Want to dance? Why not make some corn kernels dance with you? All it takes is dried corn kernels, baking soda, white vinegar, and a clear glass.

    1. Put your favorite song to dance to. 
    2. Add 1 cup of kernels to the glass.
    3. Pour 2 cups on vinegar in.
    4. Add 1/4 cup of baking soda, watch the reaction, and get your groove on!

    Thanks Green Kid Crafts for the great idea!

    Disappearing Egg

    Want to try another chemical reaction that is safe for your home? Act as a science magician and make an egg shell disappear!

    1. Place one fresh egg into a mason jar and fill with white vinegar. (Make sure to leave about 1/2 inch of space at the top.)
    2. Loosely put the lid on.
    3. Wait two days, remove from the jar, rinse off with water, and see the result!

    Thanks Premeditated Leftovers for this fun experiment!

    How Do Lungs Breathe?

    Do you miss playing in our Insides Out gallery? Make a cool lung model that shows how our lungs inflate and deflate! Not only will your kids get to see how our lungs works, but they’ll also be able to exercise their fine motor kills while building it.

    Model 1: For the model shown in the first image you will need long straws, scissors, tape, two plastic bags, and tape or glue. Click here for step by step instructions and a video of the model at work.

    Model 2: For the model shown in the second photo you will need a plastic bottle, three small balloons, a straw, construction paper, tape, and scissors. For full instructions and a video demonstration, click here.

    How To Filter Water

    While most of us live in places that already have filtered water available, some people aren’t so lucky. Try this experiment to see how the earth naturally filters water through layers and how people can use this process too! You will need 2 glass jars or cups, sand or dirt, gravel/small stones, 3-4 coffee filters, dirty water, and a plastic cup with a small hole cut in the bottom. For step-by-step instructions, visit Teach Beside MeTeach Beside Me.

    Turn Water Into Energy!

    Last week we showed you how to filter water, now let’s see if you can make energy from it! This activity show you how you can make your own water wheel like the one in our Water, Water Everywhere Gallery. Try making this into an experiment by testing different materials. Do plastic, paper, or styrofoam cups work better? What about tape versus glue?

    For step-by-step instructions, visit There’s Just One Mommy.

    Why Do I Need Sunscreen?

    With lots of sunny days ahead, we wanted to provided you with some fun science activities that use the sun as a resource! In this experiment, we learn about the effects of the sun. Take a dark colored piece of paper and dab some sunscreen on part of it. Leave the paper out in the sun and check what happens after a few hours. (Make sure you weigh it down with a rock or other heavy object if it is windy outside.)

    The sun can have the same effect on our skin and that’s why we need sunscreen when we go outside to play!

    Thanks I Can Teach My Child for this idea!

    Build A Bird’s Nest

    Have you seen a lot of birds so far this spring? Maybe you have even seen them build a nest! This STEM challenge wants you to build your own bird nest! Pretend you are your favorite bird and go on a walk around your yard or neighborhood to collect supplies. Grab items like leaves, twigs, bird feathers, grass, branches, and more. You want to grab materials that you think a bird would pick and that will hold up. When you’re done, try putting it outside and see if a bird will use it!

    For more steps, visit Views From A Step Stool.

    Pencil Tower

    Pencils are a staple in most classrooms and homes and there are lots of fun yet challenging STEM activities you and your kids can do with them! ✏️✏️✏️  Try making a tower using only pencils! You can increase the difficulty by adding a height requirement or limit how many pencils your kids can use.

    For more steps, visit Teaching With Jennifer Findley.

    Balloon in a Bottle

    Can you blow up a balloon in a bottle? 🎈 For this experiment, you will need a balloon, an empty bottle, and a thumbtack or a nail.

    Start by dangling the balloon in the bottle and stretch it around the mouth of the bottle. Try to blow it up? Does it work? Now try poking a hole in the bottom of your bottle using a thumbtack/nail. Try again! Blow up the balloon as much as you can so it fills the bottle. Place your finger on the hole on the bottle before you finish blowing up the balloon. Take your mouth away from the balloon. Remove your finger from the hole. Watch what happens!

    For more steps, visit I Can Teach My Child. 

    Arts & Crafts
    Who doesn’t love arts and crafts? Creating art allows your children to interact with the world around them and teaches them new communication skills. Check out these fun crafts that are mostly made using items you can find around your house!
    What Are Germs

    Germs can be scary for kids. Why not make them fun and educational? We love the book, “What are Germs” from Usborn. Next time you visit the museum, check it out in our galleries! While you’re home, try making this fun germ craft using paper, glue, googly eyes, popsicle sticks, and markers! If you’re missing some of these supplies at home, try improvising with recyclable materials like we do in our Scrap Studio. Share your creations with us on Facebook!

    Thanks to I Heart Crafty Things for this instructions. 

    That’s So Sweet

    Want to make some yummy treats to eat while the kids are home? Why not start with a good book and a paper cupcake before the real thing? You can use supplies you have right at home like a paper plate, colorful paper, and cotton craft balls as sprinkles. Yum!

    Thank you to The Simple Parent for the great idea!

    The Blue Whale Blues

    Do you have the blue whale blues because you’re stuck at home? Make a happy whale out of an old egg carton, pipe cleaners, and paper to brighten your day! If you give this craft a try, share it with us below in the comments section.

    Shoutout to I Heart Crafty Things for the fun craft idea!

    The Lorax

    Have you checked out our storytime readings? One of our favorite authors is Dr. Seuss. He brought us some of the most well-known and loved children’s stories of our time. The Lorax reminds us to care about our planet. Make your own Lorax using a toilet paper tube, paper, and colored pencils or markers. Make sure you share your creations with us!

    Wilbur the Pig

    Wilbur is quite the pig in Charlotte’s Web. Make your own little piggy that is pig-ture perfect. There are many different ways you can make a pig using items you have at home! Share you craft with us on our social media and let us know what items you used to make your pig.

    Tweet Tweet

    Use your recyclables and make a bird feeder! Whether you live in the city or the country, there are likely to be some birds around! You can attract them with some wild bird seed in a feeder just like this one. Try to snap a picture of the birds you see at your house and share them with us in the comments.

    Bunny Sock Hop

    Bunnies are a sign of spring! Decorate your house with this cute bunny made from recycled materials. All it takes is a sock, fabric, ribbon, rubber bands, and googly eyes! You can also use markers or paint to make your bunny’s face.

    Check out A Pumpkin and a Princess for a tutorial. 

    Bouncin’ Bouncin’

    Looking for a craft that can turn into hours of fun? Try out this recipe for a homemade bouncy ball! All it takes is 1/2 cup of warm water, 1 tablespoon of Borax, and 1-2 tablespoons of clear Elmer’s glue.

    1. Make Borax solution: Mix 1/2 cup of warm water and 1 tablespoon of borax until it is completely dissolved. (Add more water if it doesn’t dissolve.) We recommend adults do this step.  
    2. Add your desired amount of glue into the Borax solution. (Try using glitter glue to give your bouncy ball a fun color. You could also add your own glitter and food coloring to clear glue for color and sparkle.)
    3. Squish and squeeze! As soon as the glue hits the solution it will start to harden. Gently squeeze and squish until the glue ball is no longer squishy. 
    4. Remove from the Borax solution and roll between your hands to make it ball shaped. 

    Note: Please be careful when using Borax. Make sure your kiddos wash their hands afterwards and keep their hands and bouncy balls out of their mouths. After some time your bouncy ball may flatten into a disc shape. If this happens, roll your ball between your hands and it will return to its original shape!

    Thanks for the fun craft idea, Life’s Carousel.

    The Very Crafty Caterpillar

    Did you watch our storytelling of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle? Here is a craft inspired by the book that actually wiggles and moves!

    1. Print or trace the template. You can print or trace on colored paper or color your own caterpillar once it is traced. 
    2. Cut the square out and fold along the dotted line.
    3. Cut, cut cut! Cut along all of the dashed lines. 
    4. Once all the strips are cut, fold them along the non-dashed line. 
    5. Crease and unfold all. 
    6. Make the loop by gluing each strip down. 
    7. Cut and glue the face and antennae to the body. 

    Thanks to Easy Peasy and Fun for this craft inspo. 

    Gnome Place Like Home

    Have you been saving your toilet paper rolls? Use them to create your own gnome home! You can put them in the garden or leave them in the house but be careful – we hear gnomes steal your socks!

    Plastic Fashion

    Have you been saving plastic containers for recycling? Turn those containers into cute charms for a bracelet, necklace, or keychain! Use the flat part of the container to draw the shapes, color them with permanent markers, and then bake them in the oven for 3 minutes at 330 degrees.

    Thanks Cleverly for the great idea!

    Earth Day is Every Day

    Make this simple craft to appreciate the outdoors while you are indoors. All you need is a paper plate, a baking sheet, shaving cream, paint, toothpick, and popsicle stick.

    1. Squirt white shaving cream onto your baking sheet in the shape of a circle. 
    2. Drop blue and green paint into the shaving cream. 
    3. Use a toothpick to swirl the paint.
    4. Place the bottom of your paper plate in the paint and make sure to cover all the edges. 
    5. Remove and take a straight edge (like a popsicle stick) to remove any excess shaving cream. 
    6. Let dry and admire your Earth like you are in outer space. 

    Thanks to Crafty Morning for this Earth Day inspiration. 

    Plant Pets

    Did you plant any plants on Earth Day? For today’s craft, recycle your plastic bottles and use them as a cute planter! Not only does this help keep plastic out of our oceans, but also brings new plants to life! Here’s what you need: an empty plastic bottle, googly eyes, buttons or other decorations, glue, a plant, soil, paint, markers, and scissors. 

    1. Decide how tall you want your planter to be. Draw a line to mark this spot.
    2. Trace your animal outline onto the bottle. To make a dinosaur, you will need to draw the neck above your line. For a cat, draw ears that attach to your line.
    3. Poke a hole in the bottle and cut out your shape. (After the top of the bottle is removed, you can go back and clean up your lines.)
    4. If you have sandpaper at home, use some to roughen the outside of the bottle to help the paint stick. 
    5. Paint your planter whatever color you want! It may take several coats of paint. 
    6. Attach googly eyes and other decorations and draw details on your planter once it has dried. 
    7. Fill with soil and plant your plant!

    Thanks to Super Simple for this idea!

    Don’t Worry, Be Hoppy

    Looking for some spring inspiration? Make a bright and colorful flower and a happy hoppy frog! You can use a paper plate as a lily pad, your hand to create the shape of a frog, and paper or old magazines to create the flower.

    1. Cut a pie shaped piece our of your paper plate and paint it green to make it look like a lily pad. 
    2. Make your water lilies. Draw a six-petal flower and use it for a template. You will need to stack four flowers to make a lily. 
    3. Glue the flowers together, alternating where the petals fall to fill in the gaps. (Like the picture shows.)
    4. Bend the petals upwards on each flower but the bottom one. 
    5. Cut small squares from tissue paper.
    6. Using one square at a time, place a piece of tissue paper around the end of a pencil, dip it in glue, and stick to the center of the flower. Repeat this process until you have a full center. 
    7. Glue the flower to the lily pad.
    8. Now make your frog! Trace your hand onto paper, cut out shapes for eyes, and a tongue.
    9. Glue to your handprint, draw a mouth, and glue your frog onto the lily pad. 

    Thanks to The Best Ideas for Kids for this idea!

    Fork Tulips

    May is a time for bright colors and blooming flowers. Tulips are some of the first flowers to bloom in May. For today’s Saturday craft, use a plastic fork to make a tulip painting! Then, take that same fork and paint the rest of it to become its own tulip. Place them in a jar to brighten up any space in your home.

    Thanks to Our Kid Things for the inspo!

    Mother’s Day Cards

    Mother’s Day is tomorrow! Have you gotten a card for the mother figure in your life? This Saturday, make one our favorite flower-themed cards that are sure to make a smile bloom on the face of your mom, sister, grandma, aunt, and more! For step-by-step instructions, visit these great sites that gave us the inspiration:

    Card 1 from A Little Pinch of Perfect

    Card 2 from The Best Ideas for Kids

    Card 3 from The Best Ideas for Kids

    Pen Pals

    We might not be able to see all our friends and family in person but we can still mail them letters and cards to let them know that we are thinking about them! Call a friend and ask them for their address then write them a letter and send it. Having a pen pal can be so much fun! Have you gotten any letters in the mail recently? Make this springy and colorful letter rack craft to hold your letters and make them easy to find. (See the second photo for step-by-step instructions.)

    Roses Are Red

    Roses are red, violets are blue, MMCM has a fun craft for you! This Saturday, make a lovely rose out of supplies you already have at your house.

    You only need a paper plate and scissors for the first rose. Cut the plate in a spiral and wrap it in a spiral. For more, visit Kids Activities Blog.

    The second rose is made from tissue paper. Cut it into a 11×4 inch square and then cut lengthwise into two strips. Fold the top down on one strip and wrap it around a chop stick or pipe cleaner. For more, visit Happy Hooligans.

    Good Day Sunshine

    With lots of sunny days ahead, we want you to get outside and create some sun art!

    Use your toys to draw shadows the sun creates. Move your toys in different directions and observe how the shadows change. (You can also make your own figure our of aluminum foil for this activity.) Older kids can make this more advanced by using colored paper and paint to create a scene.

    For more, visit Rookie Parenting and Taming Little Monsters

    Dough Creations

    Did you know you can use salt and flour dough to make fun creations? Once baked, you can paint your designs and display them – but remember, while these are made from edible ingredients, they are NOT meant for eating.

    Use a wooden spoon to mix two cups of flour, 1 cup of salt, and 1 cup of water. Once it forms a ball, sprinkle some flour on your work surface and knead your dough for about 5 minutes. When the dough is smooth, roll it out on a floured surface until it’s about 1 inch thick. Try making a flower, fruit, or your favorite animal. You can use cookie cutters to help you with the shapes too! Bake for 4 hours at 275 degrees or until the dough is completely dry. Once it cools, you can paint your design and seal with water based varnish if you have some available.

    Check out think link to see how you can turn your salt dough into dinosaur fossils!

    Flower Power

    Hyacinths are beautiful bunches of flowers! Here are two simple crafts that will add some color and life to your home without having to plant a real garden.

    For the first example, you will need paint, paper, a bottle cap, scissors, and glue. Visit I Heart Crafty Things for more.

    For a more advanced craft, you will need colored paper, scissors, a ruler, a pencil, and a glue stick. Visit One Little Project for more instructions.

    Memorial Day

    Happy Memorial Day from all of us at MMCM!

    Check out this link from Metro Parent for fun, patriotic crafts your kids can make today! We love these popsicle stick streamers.

    We’ve Been Framed

    Do you have any unframed pictures at home? Have you taken any cute photos from quarantine that you haven’t had a chance to develop? Enlist the kids and have them make personalized frames for your photos!

    All you need is a cardboard box, aluminum foil, scissors, a ruler, and glue. You can also use colorful sharpies to decorate the frame.

    Upcycled Wall Art

    Have you been saving your cardboard tubes? Maybe you’ve got extras from your paper towel or toilet paper rolls. Did you know you can use them to make some great crafts including wall art!

    Here are a few links that we hope inspire you to make your own upcycled creations!

    Link 1: Parents.com

    Link 2: The Mayberry Home Journal

    Storytime
    Here you can find all the best stories your kids love in easy to follow videos! Follow along with us as we bring you our favorites like The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Rainbow Fish.
    Grow Seed Grow

    How does a seed become a flower? Join Miss Jessie here on our Facebook page while she reads Grow Seed Grow by Keith Faulkner. This book walks you through the growth of a seed. Follow its journey from a seedling to a beautiful flower! Can you guess what kind it will be?

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar

    Spring is a time for new beginnings! The weather is warmer, the sun is out, and we are seeing more of our insect friends. Spring also means we are sure to see more caterpillars become butterflies. Join Miss Jessie for a fun story by Eric Carle about a very hungry caterpillar who becomes a butterfly!

    The Night Before Easter

    While we humans may be social distancing, that doesn’t mean the magical Easter Bunny has to be! See what happens the night before Easter in this story from the Play and Learn Collection at the your Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum! We hope you have a great Easter weekend!

    Max’s Chocolate Chicken

    Happy Easter everyone! Today, our Play & Learn Coordinator, Jessie, has a fun story for you by Rosemary Wells. We hope you are able to enjoy this holiday with some good food and family. Try not to eat a whole chocolate chicken!

    Toes Are To Tickle

    Have you ever wondered what things are really for? Find out why we have toes, mirrors, milk, and more in this funny story by Shen Roddie and Katie MacDonald Denton. 

    Who Took The Cookies From The Cookie Jar?

    Have you ever wondered who ate all the cookies? In this story by Bonnie Lass and Philemon Sturgis, skunk goes on an adventure to find the culprit who took all the cookies from the cookie jar! 

    It’s Hard to Be Five

    It can be hard to be any age but in this book by Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell, it’s especially hard to be five. Wonder what could make being five so difficult? 

    Officer Buckle and Gloria

    Do you have rules for safety at your house? We do at the museum! So does Officer Buckle in this story about friendship and safety. We hope you enjoy!

    Welcome to the Neighborhood – With Special Guest Daniel Tiger!

    My friend Daniel Tiger stopped by to rrread along to one of his stories and brought some friends too! Find out who the special visitor to the Land of Make Believe is in Welcome to the Neighborhood.

    Let’s Talk About Being Helpful

    Today’s story by Joy Berry shows us how to be helpful, even when we really don’t want to be. In what ways have your kids been helpful while everyone’s home?

    Big Enough to Help – With Special Guest, Daniel Tiger!

    Daniel Tiger had so much fun reading to you all last week that he decided to come back for another story! Find out how he helped Dad and Mom Tiger in “Big Enough to Help”.

    May There Always Be Sunshine

    Right now there is a lot of unknown but we know one thing for sure – there will always be sunshine! We hope this book reminds you that when times are uncertain, some things will always be there.

    Blue Whale Blues

    Join Miss Jessie as she reads you the story of Whale and finds out why he is so blue. Hopefully it won’t make you blue too!

    Want to make a fun whale craft after reading? Visit our Arts & Crafts section in our Play At Home Catalog where we show you how to make a whale friend from an egg carton!

    Where the Wild Things Are

    Most people know the story. Some people have even seen the movie! Join us for our very own reading of the popular tale “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak.

    Skip to My Lou

    Have you ever hear someone sing “Skip to My Lou”? Thats’s what this story is based off of. Whether you sing it or you read it, this is a fun story with lots of animals! When you’re done, trying learning the words to the song and sing your heart out.

    Kid-Friendly Recipes
    For many kids, food is so much more fun when you cook it yourself! Try these fun recipes that will get the whole family in the kitchen. 
    Homemade Ice Cream

    Looking for a sweet kid-friendly treat for this beautiful weekend? Try making homemade ice cream! It only takes about 15 minutes. You will need ice, 1.5 tsp of vanilla extract, 1 tbsp of sugar, 1/4 cup of salt, 1 cup of half and half, one gallon ziplock baggie, and one sandwich bag. Combine sugar, half and half, and sugar in the smaller baggie. Seal and make sure to release all the air from the bag. In the one gallon ziplock bag, fill half way with ice and top with salt. Put the smaller bag in the large bag. Shake for 6 minute, remove the small bag, rinse, and enjoy!

    Edible Pudding Slime!

    This recipe is perfect for kiddos that love to get their hands dirty. You will need 1/4 cup of pudding mix, 1/3 cup of warm water, 1 cup of cornstarch, and some optional food coloring.

    1. Start by mixing the pudding mix, warm water, and 1/2 cup of cornstarch.
    2. Add food coloring if you want your slime to be colorful!
    3. Slowly mix in 1/4 cup of the remaining cornstarch. 
    4. Finally, mix in the last 1/4 cup of cornstarch but this time, instead of mixing with a spatula, kneed the dough with your hands. (This should create a Play-Do like texture.)

    Please note that the dough can dry up quickly. If this happens, add a tiny bit of water and kneed it in! Enjoy.

    Wiggle, Wiggle Wiggle
    On average, our children should be engaging in 60 minutes of activity each day! But what do we do when we’re stuck at home? Check out these fun ideas for busting a move in the great indoors AND outdoors)!
    Balloon Volleyball

    Try getting some exercise by playing balloon volleyball! All you need is some string and a balloon. Make a net by tying a piece of yarn from one chair to another. Then blow up a balloon and start practicing those serves! You can up the difficulty by adding extra balloons into the mix – can you keep them all from touching the floor? Try using only your feet or head-bumping the balloon.

    Dance, Dance!

    We want to have a dance party! Put on your favorite jams and show off your groove thang. Change it up by having a dance freeze challenge. Have someone pause the music at random and freeze in your dance move. Hold this move until the music starts again. Have fun dancing!

    Relay Races

    Organize a variety of races for your kids in your yard or the area around your house. Winner gets a small prize of your choosing. Get creative with each race! You can have a three-legged race, a one-legged race, a crab walk race, races with sports balls, jump rope races, and more!

    Hopscotch

    Bring this playground favorite home! Head outside for a game of hopscotch and use chalk or grass paint to create your squares. If you can’t go outside, use tape to make the spaces on the ground. How many different hopscotch patterns can you create?

    Earth Scavenger Hunt

    We are encouraging you to get outside today and take a walk around your yard or neighborhood and enjoy our beautiful Earth! What cool things can you find in your neighborhood? Before heading out, make a scavenger hunt list. We got our inspiration from the Kitchen Counter Chronicles. Check out their website for some fun things to find.

    Obstacle Course

    There are plenty of things you can use around your house for indoor or outdoor obstacle courses! Get creative! Try laying down a ladder and having the kids step through each rung. Maybe they can only jump, somersault, crawl, or crab walk from one area of the course to another! You can also use a piece of wood as a balance beam or require exercises like sit-ups or push-ups. Throw balls to knock down objects. Use water guns to hit targets. For older kids, make it a competition and time them to see how long it takes them to go through the whole course!

    Spelling Bee

    Looking for a fun way to incorporate exercise into your learning? Try this spelling workout with your kiddos! Start by writing out your full name and then complete each activity per letter. Is your name really short? Spell it twice or add in different words! You can even create a list of spelling words you want your kids to know and have them complete each exercise as they spell them out. Looking for an extra challenge? Exercise by spelling “Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum”!

    Thanks to 730 Sage Street for this fun idea!

    Letter Toss

    Looking for another energy-busting and educational activity? The Wednesday Wiggles are here to deliver!

    For this exercise, you’ll need to attach 26 sticky notes to a door or a wall. Each note will have one letter from the alphabet. (If you’ve got little ones, you can work with them to practice writing the letters or sound them out.) Designate a start line a few feet away depending on their age and skill level. Use a soft ball, bean bag, rolled up socks, or stuffed animal to try and hit the letters. Work on their hand eye coordination by telling them which letter to hit. You can also make it a competition by assigning different point values to different letters. Give them 10 throws to see who can gather the most points. If they are alone, have them try to beat their best score. You can also have them try to hit different letters and spell different words. Make if more difficult by making them start over if they miss a letter.

    Thanks to What Moms Love for this inspiration!

    Simon Says

    We find kids are very willing to exercise when you turn it into a fun game! Take a brain break today and play Simon Says with your kids. Here’s a list of exercises you can call out. You get to decide when to say Simon Says! Take turns and get creative. Let the winner call out the next round of exercises and have them make up some of their own – the only rule is that it must get you moving. Have fun!

    Thanks to 730 Sage Street for this fun idea!

    Dancing Letters

    For this exercise, you will need tape, paper, a marker, and some good music your kids will dance to. (If it’s nice outside, you can also complete this exercise using sidewalk chalk instead of tape.)

    1. Find some space and make UPPERCASE letters on the ground using tape or chalk if you are outside. You don’t have to use all 26 letters. You can do this multiple times using different combinations.
    2. Cut your paper into strips and write LOWERCASE letters on them. (To change the game up, you can also use uppercase letters or words to make it easier or more difficult depending on your kids ages.)
    3. Play some music and have the kids dance around. When the music pauses call out a letter and they find the match!
    4. Keep dancing and matching until the kids get tired.

    Thanks to No Time For Flashcards for this fun idea!