With a lot of working parents on the GMC staff, we know how hard it is to suddenly be homeschooling and working from home at the same time. But so many organizations are stepping up to offer ideas and activities for young kids to do, and we wanted to share our favorites with you here.
Nature Story Time with GMC
Every Friday at 10 AM, join a GMC staff member on Facebook Live for a nature-focused storybook reading. Go to the GMC Facebook page at that time to watch the video live, or catch the recording later. (See the first two here and here.)
National Park Service Junior Rangers
Connect to a national park right from your home! Not only can you find your “virtual” park, but you can also become a Junior Ranger online, play games and challenges, and do special interest activity books, exploring topics like angling, caves, and the night sky.
Leave No Trace’s Indoor Nature Activities for Kids
Learning outdoor ethics is good for all ages! From learning hand motions to remember the seven Leave No Trace principles to using stuffed animals to learn how to watch wildlife, LNT has lots of fun activities to get our next generation of stewards started.
Vermont State Parks Activities for Distant Socializing
Vermont State Parks has some great ideas for socially distant things to do right in your own home or backyard: finding a sit spot, birding, citizen science projects and more. Even adults can get in on the fun of free play adventures.
Audubon Adventures for Kids
Learn about birds and their habitats with the National Audubon Society! There are so many resources for both kids and educators to choose from, and plenty of home-learning ideas from Audubon Vermont.
North Branch Nature Center Online Programming
NBNC is a frequent partner in GMC’s educational offerings, and we love their programming! They are now offering resources for families and teachers with Pre-K through 8th grade students, plus lots of other online workshops, presentations, and activities.
Vermont Institute of Natural Science Virtual Events
VINS is providing video investigations, wildlife encounters, and other online events, all to help you learn about our natural world. They also have educational resources for Pre-K through 12th grade.
North Country Animal League’s “Quarantivities”
NCAL has been posting quarantine activities on their Facebook page, and there are lots of great ideas! Try out a backyard scavenger hunt, an arts and crafts caterpillar race, yoga with animals, nature journaling, and more!
ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain Science & Stories Online
Every Wednesday at 11 AM, ECHO‘s Youth Programs Manager will read a different book focused on the seasons and exploring the world around us, followed by sharing a hands-on activity you can do at home!
Mad River Path’s Nature-Based Fun with Your Little Ones
According to Mad River Path, just getting outside is the best activity, and we agree! They share some great pointers for changing it up and having a successful outdoor adventure with your kids.
Try Out a New Podcast
There are plenty of kids’ podcasts out there to learn all kinds of new things, but we like the nature-themed ones, like The Earth Rangers Podcast, where a wildlife biologist explores the mysteries of nature, and Animal Sound Safari, where you can learn interesting animal facts from around the world.
Learn Some New Songs
Songs with hand motions are especially fun! A couple of nature-based songs include Good Morning, Dear Earth and A Little Seed (which could be combined with planting a garden).
Arts and Crafts
Who doesn’t love creating? You can find rocks to paint, collect sticks to build with, color nature scenes, and even make salt dough to sculpt your own nature art! (Salt Dough Recipe: 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 cup salt, 1 cup cold water. Mix flour and salt together in a bowl. Slowly mix water, a few tablespoons at a time, into flour mixture until dough is smooth and easy to handle. Make some fun shapes! Preheat oven to 250 degrees and arrange your creations on a baking sheet. Bake until dry and hard, about 2 hours.)
Take a Virtual Field Trip
So many parks, museums, farms, and zoos are now making it possible to visit them virtually. Check out this list and get traveling!
What activities are getting you through our stay at home time?
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