Practice perseverance, communication, and curiosity with this collection of fun and free life skills games and activities.
Mind in the Making
Get tips on activities for little kids that build life skills and get them thinking.
Figuring Out the Healthiest Foods
Watch this video and discover the "food calculator" you carry around with you every day. Use it to add more healthy foods to your diet.
Create a Recipe Book
Write and assemble a book of your original recipes, or of recipes you've collected from friends and family. Consider adding photos or illustrations.
Learn about Melvin Parson's community-based farming project, which he sees as a path to healthier communities and better futures, especially for formerly incarcerated people.
Explore the different types of knots. Which would come in handy? Use rope or shoelaces to teach yourself how to tie one or two knots.
Give your kid a timer and challenge them to sit completely still for two minutes, five minutes, seven minutes. See how long they can do it!
Explore four islands in this game by Google that covers key digital citizenship topics like protecting privacy, sharing safely, and being kind online.
Pause for People
Make sure to take breaks from tech and focus on people. It's easy: Just pause, breathe, and finish up!
Spend some time behaving exquisitely. Say please and thank you. Cover your mouth when you cough. Ask a family member if they need help.
Join Issa and her mom, chef Aliya LeeKong, as you learn about cooking, nutrition, and culture. Downloadable activity sheets are included.
Match and Sort
Find things your preschooler can organize. Match socks from the laundry, or put silverware in the right places. Sort different kinds of canned goods, too.
Bath Water Estimation Lesson
Splash along and make educated guesses about how much water will fit in Peg and Cat's bathtub. Then make it a bath night and try it yourself.
Disappearing Dinner Table
Play a simple memory game with your dinner table and dishes, flatware, and anything else you want.
Reinforce what most kids probably already know at this point—the utmost importance of hand-washing—with this fun hip-hop video.
Complete this contract to commit to some learning goals for the week. Discuss it at the end of each week, and change as needed.
Practice Social Distancing
Use this AR app to get a true sense of what it means to practice social distancing, making an abstract idea more concrete.
Get those floors clean! Use a vacuum or broom to get every inch of a room's floor all spiffed up.
What Makes Good Nutrition
Learn the six major nutrients in food, where they come from, and why our bodies need a healthy balance of each to survive and thrive.
Learn how to make popcorn without a microwave. All you need are popcorn kernels, some oil, and salt for flavor. Have an adult help out.
Try Something Hard
Think of something that isn't easy for you -- drawing a hand, braiding hair, multiplying by fours -- and practice it until you improve.
Introduce kids to clocks -- both analog and digital -- and consider all the ways they're helpful. Also, learn some time-telling basics.
Ask an adult a question about their past. Listen very carefully and don't interrupt. Then, ask another question related to what they just said.
Get kids counting while cooking with this berry smoothie recipe that mixes in some math talk and teaching.
How Does Your Garden Grow?
Create a home garden in your yard or in a flower pot, using five easy-to-find items.
Check out this easy recipe for veggie pizza. It's great for older siblings who want to lead this activity with their younger siblings.
Cookies, Sharing, and Equal Groups
Turn cookie making into an opportunity to discuss and practice sharing, counting, and creating equal amounts.
Sing this Laurie Berkner clean-up song while you encourage your little one to put away toys and help with other messes.
Practice Self-Care and Compassion
Help kids decrease stress and boost happiness, especially during these trying times. Use this video to introduce the concept of self-compassion.
Focus on Focus
Try out some of these tips and strategies for building attention span, focus, and self-control.
Making Money Make "Cents"
Help kids learn the values of different types of American currency, from coins to bills.
Learn from champion pizza chef Tony Gemignani in this somewhat old, yet informative video. Watch Tony teach the basics; then try tossing your own pizza.
Print out one of these fun and reassuring coloring books that'll help kids understand this strange and stressful time.
Parfaits All Day
Make these fancy snacks with a little help from an adult. Just layer the ingredients in the fanciest glass you have, and dig in.
Boo-Boos and Band-Aid History
Learn about Earle Dickson, the inventor of Band Aids. Then, make some your own to help your stuffed animals or dolls.
Use Your Words
Play through this series of activities -- including videos and songs -- that'll help you learn how to process and talk about feelings.
Healthy Eating Habits
Encourage more mindful eating with these tips and activities for reflecting on food choices and making healthy food fun.
Mac and Cheese Measurement
Focus on measurement while making some classic, crowd-pleasing mac and cheese.
Food Prep Friday!
Make Friday extra fun by choosing from a variety of food prep ideas for making a healthy snack.
Personal Pizzas and Number Play
Pair counting practice with pizza making in this recipe for individually sized pies.
Share the Fun of Food and Cooking (Weekly)
Dig into this newsletter for food fanatics. In this edition about tomatoes, you'll find recipes, facts, activities, and more.
Dress for the Weather
Play this interactive getting-dressed game to learn which items are appropriate to wear in all kinds of weather.
Write a Thank-You Note
Write a short thank-you note to someone who did something nice for you this week. Be sure to include a picture!
Watch this cute Bubble Guppies video to learn how to keep your hands clean, then try out one of the activities with a family member.
Address an Envelope
Learn the steps of this important skill. Then, write a letter to friends or family—they'll be delighted to get it in the mail.
Let's Take a Trip!
Explore town in a fun, interactive game that helps with hand-eye coordination and mouse manipulation skills.
Cooking Up Culture
Choose from a variety of recipes from around the world. Then explore some tasty traditions from different cultures.
Make A Menu
Let your kid(s) be the chef. Use this printable template or a blank piece of paper to get your kids planning today's lunch menu.
Adding and Subtracting with Pancakes
Mix in some math alongside chocolate chips or fruit in this tasty pancake recipe for families.
Drinks All Around!
Use this flexible recipe to make sparkling beverages for the whole family. If you don't have one ingredient, substitute something similar.
Nuts About Nutrition
Download eBooks in English or Spanish to listen, follow along, and learn about different food groups.
Pause and Think Online
From our head down to our toes, and our feet up to our nose, the Digital Citizens teach students how to be safe, responsible, and respectful online.
Ask an adult how you can help for 15 minutes. Or set a timer and find something to clean, wipe, or put away until the alarm sounds.
Wash Your Hands
Join Cartoon Network for a fun way to wash your hands and keep everyone around your healthy.
Facebook Live Cooking Classes for Kids
Spend some quality family time together leveling up your chef skills by joining a virtual cooking class or watching the recording.
Learn to Set the Table
Kids 5 and up can learn this basic chore—giving you one less thing to worry about at mealtime.
Start a conversation about length and measurement while you cook some simple vegetable soup.
Media Balance is Important
With this fun video, your kids will learn when and why it is important to take breaks from device time
Type. Type. Type.
Use this free, standout typing program to learn, practice, and vastly improve your typing speed and accuracy.
Explore some of the different elements of digital citizenship through these games. Pick one and play!
Help Kids Stay Motivated
Setting goals gives kids something to work toward. But as they move forward, it’s important to help them look back at what they’ve already achieved—including small steps they may not even have realized were accomplishments.
Wash your hands
Everyone is talking about the importance of washing your hands. This bilingual song with Pin Pon can help make the process a memorable one.
Cut it Out
Go low-tech and let kids build critical fine motor skills by having kids cut out shapes and color them.
Essential Digital Citizenship Lessons for the Coronavirus Epidemic
Support the transition to virtual learning and help students think critically and compassionately about what they see online.
Practice meeting a new person with stuffed animals. Look in their eyes. Say, "Hello, my name is ... ," and then say, "Nice to meet you."