Stuck at Home Activities for the Family



Let's talk about the fact that we all need some ideas and help of things to do while we are self-isolating! That's why I put together this post today of  fun, engaging, stuck at home activities for the family (besides reading and using devices, of course!) Click on any of the images to learn more at Amazon.com!

STEM ACTIVITIES

 ENGINEERING

Yes, I included two types of marble runs because they are so fun! Creative and hours of entertainment and engagement!

SCIENCE

This Insect Lore Butterfly Kit includes LIVE CATERPILLARS! What a great way to learn about the life cycle at home this spring! ❤️️

        





I also think these ideas of having your own fossil dig at home and learning about circuits with Snap Circuits could be great learning experiences for the whole family!


TECHNOLOGY

I didn't want to include any real technology on this list but the Bee Bot is an exception! Family members can learn coding, strategy, problem solving, and more with it! 

CRAFTS

          
Play Doh was one of my favorite things as a child and this kit including stencils, tools and dough would be great for creative free play! With a bead set, crafting can link to spelling and phonics with the ABC beads.
 
Lego could count as a craft , right? I wasn't sure where to put it! But this BrickHeadz activity is a fun way to celebrate Easter since no one is going to any Easter Egg Hunts or parties! Lego City has lots of fun building kits that the whole family could work on!
I first became interested in mosaic art a few years ago. This may be a fun way to introduce it to the whole family!

"BOARD" GAMES

             

I know, most of these are not board games, but they are all super fun games the whole family could possibly play together! You can also get an Apples to Apples Jr. (which I had for indoor recess)  and I think there was a Hedbanz Jr. too! 
 
What do you think of these ideas for engaging and fun, creative, and interactive stuck at home activities for the family? If you have one to suggest, please comment! Hang in there folks and let's have some fun while we wait this out!

Managing Bathroom Trips


Square sink image with title managing bathroom trips

Are you always pulling your hair managing bathroom trips in your classroom? Students seem to ask a lot to go, and how do you track it as a busy teacher? If you are only sending one kid each time but swamped, you might end up forgetting who went when. I rounded up a bunch of different ideas for bathroom passes for you! At my school, teachers had to do a paper sign out, so I made my own, and have it as a freebie for you! Scroll down for that freebie.

Bathroom Pass Types

Hands on Passes

3rd grade Thoughts has this really timely idea for bathroom passes! Students either take the hand sanitizer bottle with them or leave it on their desk when they go, and come back and use it!
hand sanitizer for bathroom passes
This basically free pass comes from Miss Giraffe's Class and students who go simply place it on their desk.
plastic cup with word restroom on it

Paper Pass System

This is from Clutter-Free Classroom and it is editable! Jodi says it's "management made easily", so check it out!

No Pass at All!

The Price of Teaching had this idea which is common with some of my colleagues - a kind of where am I chart using magnets and a little decoration!
chart for where students are for classroom

Using Technology

Alice Keeler likes to use Google Forms to have students sign out for the bathroom. If you have a computer or chrome book, check out her idea here and see if you'd like it!

Freebie

Here is the bathroom sign out freebie! Grab it here! The actual freebie has no names on it - they are just so you can see how it would be used. By the way, when students inevitably ask me "what if I have to go a fourth time?" I say something like, "That might mean you are using the bathroom a lot." and "Just write your name again on a new row".
bathroom sign out freebie

What is your favorite tip for managing bathroom tips? Comment please and let us know!

sink image with Managing Bathroom Trips title on it




End of the Day Classroom Routines


There are so many options for end of the day classroom routines. Are you a teacher who likes to have calm, quiet, activities, do you like review work at the end of the day, or some of both? Or something fun, active and engaging? Throughout my years of teaching second grade, I kept fine tuning what I did until I settled on a routine that was right for me and my students. Here are some ideas I think you'd like!

Read Alouds

I love reading aloud, and I am a big proponent of reading aloud even to older students (through middle school!). I read a ton to second graders. Here are some of my all time favorite chapter and picture books. Take a look at your school or town library, or click the image to learn more at Amazon.

Chapter Books


                                        
                                       


Picture Books


                            
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Read to self

There never seems to be enough time for students to work on independent reading! Try it at the end of the day as buses and pick ups are called!

This is My Week

Wrap up your day with a quick write that helps with home school communication!  This is a free one page document which students can use to write sentences about their day. It is called This is My Week. At the end of the day, my class wrote 1-3 sentences about what happened. Thy love to read them out loud to their classmates. Then on Friday, students bring them home to share with their parents. If you end up grabbing it, please take a moment and leave feedback. I'd be very grateful!


Mystery Trash

I don't where I originally got this idea, but did a google search and found a post at Minds in Bloom from Steph ( Forever in Fifth) who explains it very well!  I also had a little certificate I gave students if they were the winner!  This is a nice way to get the room cleaned and give students some positive encouragement too.

Journal Writing 

Using the end of the day as journal writing time may work  for some class. Students can work on whatever kind of writing you have been doing. I loved doing Kindness Journals at the end of the day, or the very start of the day. Kindness journals were inspired by the book Wonder, and we discussed, reflected, and wrote about a kindness quote on a weekly basis. Below is an  example and click here to read more at my 10 Ways to Help Kids be Kind blog post.

Guided Drawing

The end of the day is a great time for guided drawing. I found a Youtube channel  (Art for Kids Hub) that has some fun drawing lessons! Take a look and see if it would be a good fit for you and your class.

Do you have a suggestion for some great end of the day classroom routines? Please comment and let us know! Sharing ideas is so helpful. 




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