Activities for Families and Caregivers

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Download and use these tips and resources for encouraging learning and positive interactions with the children in your life. Many resources are focused on young children, but most can be extended for children of all ages. These resources are free and we encourage you to share!

Thank you to our partners and friends at Head Start, the Bezos Family Foundation, the National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations, the University of Washington, and other community groups for interaction and activity ideas.

Interactions and Connections

21 Ways to Foster Connections

Tips for Families: Asking questions

Asking questions can help to build language, critical thinking, and social skills.

Tips for Families: Classroom Transitions

Try these ideas to help your child move from one activity to the next.

Tips for Families: Designing Environments

Try ideas for small, inexpensive changes at home can make it easier for your child to learn the next step of a skill or activity.

Tips for Families: Engaging Children in Conversation

Try these ideas to make it reading together even more interesting and fun.

Tips for families: Following Children's Lead

Try these ideas to help your child find different ways to play with—and learn about—the things they enjoy.

Tips for Families: Fostering Children's Thinking Skills

Try these ideas to encourage your child to use words, drawings, or objects to show his thinking. Your child will see that thinking is a real thing.

Tips for Families: Expansions

Try these ideas to help your child learn new words and share more complete thoughts.

Interactions and Activities

Activity Calendar

Use this fillable calendar to plan activities and stay on track for the transition to kindergarten.

Crash Course

Educational videos across the arts, humanities, and social sciences via YouTube.

Dice Cut Out

Try using this dice pattern to play math games.

Emergent Writing at Home

Try this activity at home with your child to support emergent writing.

Fun and Learning for Parents and Children: An Activities Handbook

Parents will find this booklet helpful with great activities to share with their children. The booklet contains fun activities for parents and children to do together at home, away from home, indoors, and outdoors.

Make Believe Play Ideas

Make-believe play is a great way for children to use their imaginations and practice new skills. Use children’s everyday experiences (like going to the grocery store or the doctor’s office) to build a play scene. Try this activity to support make-believe play.

Nature Club Toolkit for Families

The purpose of this toolkit is to provide inspiration, information, tips and resources for those who are—or who might be—interested in creating a Nature Club for Families. The contents draw from what many families have done and learned about making nature and outdoor activities a part of everyday living.

Positive Behavior Stickers

Try these stickers to reinforce positive behavior.

Pyramid Model Resource Library

Check out these resources and visuals to help children learn social emotional skills. In the filters, under Audience, choose Families to find family resources.

Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM)

This resource provides an overview of the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) components. Learn how children ages birth to 5 engage with STEAM concepts and materials. Find out how adults can work with children to support learning and development in these areas. Click on specific tabs that interest you!

Supporting Emergent Writing

Try this learning activity to help you plan opportunities for writing with your child at home.

Tips for Families: Engaging in Make Believe

Make-believe play is a great way for children to use their imaginations and practice new skills. Use children’s everyday experiences (like going to the grocery store or the doctor’s office) to build a play scene. Try these ideas to engage children in make believe play.

Tips for Families: Materials to Support Learning

Try these ideas to enhance your child's learning at home.

Tips for Families: Using the Scientific Method

Try these ideas to help your child discover science and learn about how the world works.

University of Washington Resources for Families

The free guide includes tips for families about talking to young children about the coronavirus and numerous websites and apps for young children and families related to language and literacy, math and science, music and arts, physical development and more.

VROOM

Try these Vroom Tips™ to help you do more with your shared moments. Add learning to mealtime, bathtime, bedtime, or anytime with 1,000+ fun, free activities.(A global program of the Bezos Family Foundation, Vroom helps parents boost their child's learning during the time they already spend together.)

Supporting Individuals with Austism through Uncertain Times

Experience-Based Virtual Learning

Discovery Education

Enjoy virtual field trips. Each no-cost Virtual Field Trip comes with a companion guide packed with hands-on learning activities!

Explore.org, Live Cams

Explore and learn about various topics including animals and habitats with these live webcam views.

Google Arts & Culture

Explore art museums virtually through Google Arts & Culture.

NASA Virtual Fieldtrip

Visit YouTube to enjoy NASA field trips.

NASA Website

Explore NASA's website to see a wealth of resources and learning games/activities for students.

Seattle Aquarium Live Cam

Explore and learn about the Seattle Aquarium creatures with these live webcam views.

Seattle Symphony

Enjoy live streaming of the Seattle Symphony concerts.

Smithsonian Zoo Cams

Explore and learn about the Smithsonian National Zoo animals with these live webcam views.

Waterford's Virtual Fieldtrips for Early Learners

Explore this webpage to find links to various virtual field trips. It also has a variety of links for learning activities and resources.

Woodland Park Zoo Live Cam

Explore and learn about the Woodland Park Zoo animals with these live webcam views.

Yellowstone Webcams

Explore popular Yosemite sights with these live and static webcam views.

Yosemite Webcams

Explore popular Yosemite sights with these live webcam views.

Resiliency and Wellness

10 Ways to Build Resilience

Try these strategies to build resilience.

Detective Thinking

Try this strategy to practice resilience by reframing your thoughts.

Smiling Mind

A free app and guide to support emotional well-being with trauma informed mindfulness.

Stop, Breathe, and Think

A free app that helps you check in with how you’re feeling, and try short activities tuned to your emotions.

Teacher Time: Notice Five Things

Watch a short video to learn about this common resilience strategy.

K - 12th Grade

Carmen Sandiego™

Videos, stories, and lessons for all subject areas.

PBS Learning Media

PreK-12 digital media service.

PhET

Science and math labs and simulations.

Project Explorer

Free virtual field trip videos from around the world from grades 3-12.

ReadWorks

Resource of reading passages and lesson plans for students of all levels K-12.

Concord Consortium

A collection of hundreds of free K-12 STEM resources, from standalone models and simulations to short activities and week long sequences of curriculum materials.

Wonderopolis

Social studies and history videos/readings for elementary and middle school students. There are vocabulary challenges and comprehension questions at the end.

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