Try out these low- or no-tech brain- and body-stretching games and activities. All of them are screen-free, and many don't require devices or internet connectivity.

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kindness rocks

Activity

grades 1–5

Kindness Rocks!

Write inspiring notes on rocks and leave them for your friends, family, or community to find.

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little love for the lonely

Activity

grades 3–12

A Little Love for the Lonely

Handwrite a letter to an elderly person who can't currently visit family. Though you won't get a letter in return, you'll know you're giving back.

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amusement parks

Worksheet

grades 3–5

Find the Most Amusement Parks

Solve the problems in this packet using the state-by-state amusement park data in the chart. Which state has the most amusement parks? The least?

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mythical map

Activity

grades K–5

Mythical Map

Dream up an imaginary world and write down its key characteristics. Then use stuff from around your home to create a map on the floor.

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missing number pattern

Worksheet

grades 4–6

What's the Missing Number?

Look at the numbers, figure out the pattern, and then use that pattern to find the missing number. Check your work with the answer key.

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Activity

grades K–5

Book by Mail

Use paper, scissors, glue, a stapler, etc. and write a book for a family member. Then send it to them in the mail.

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Activity

grades K–5

Dance Around the World

Curate a playlist of pop songs from cultures or countries other than your own. Dance your way through the playlist. Which song did you like best? Find out more about that culture or country.

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recipe zine

Worksheet

grades 3–8

Recipe Zine

With a little folding and loads of creativity, use this template to make a recipe for yourself, a family member or friend, or anything!

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person sitting on the grass

Audio

grades 4–6

The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel

Listen to this award-winning podcast performed by kids and see if you can solve the mystery.

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Activity

grades 3–5

10 Penny Pickup

Scatter pennies, and pick them up as fast as you can. Now try with just your left hand, then your right. How about your toes?

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Activity

grades 3–5

Room Refresh

Pick a room, space, or spot in your home that could use some sprucing up. Clean and organize the area to make it work better for you and your family.

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Activity

grades K–5

Chalk Bomb

Take chalk outside and create some delightful sidewalk or driveway art outside a friend, family member, or neighbor's house.

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kindness rocks

Activity

grades 1–5

Kindness Rocks!

Write inspiring notes on rocks and leave them for your friends, family, or community to find.

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little love for the lonely

Activity

grades 3–12

A Little Love for the Lonely

Handwrite a letter to an elderly person who can't currently visit family. Though you won't get a letter in return, you'll know you're giving back.

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mythical map

Activity

grades K–5

Mythical Map

Dream up an imaginary world and write down its key characteristics. Then use stuff from around your home to create a map on the floor.

offline illustration books

Activity

grades K–5

Book by Mail

Use paper, scissors, glue, a stapler, etc. and write a book for a family member. Then send it to them in the mail.

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Activity

grades K–5

Dance Around the World

Curate a playlist of pop songs from cultures or countries other than your own. Dance your way through the playlist. Which song did you like best? Find out more about that culture or country.

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Activity

grades 3–5

10 Penny Pickup

Scatter pennies, and pick them up as fast as you can. Now try with just your left hand, then your right. How about your toes?

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Activity

grades 3–5

Room Refresh

Pick a room, space, or spot in your home that could use some sprucing up. Clean and organize the area to make it work better for you and your family.

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Activity

grades K–5

Chalk Bomb

Take chalk outside and create some delightful sidewalk or driveway art outside a friend, family member, or neighbor's house.

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Activity

grades K–5

Community Cleanup

Get a bucket or bags and some gloves. Pick a spot in your community to clean up. Do a sweep for garbage and recyclables (with an adult, for safety).

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Activity

grades K–5

Create a Kindness Challenge

Think of a way your family can show kindness to each other this week. How can you help each other or make the day better?

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Activity

grades K–5

Sort and Fold

Make a game out of sorting laundry by tossing clothes into piles and seeing who can fold the fastest (but still neatly).

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Activity

grades K–5

Food Prep

Make a snack or meal to share. Beginner chefs may want to make sandwiches or prepare a snack plate or fruit salad. Ready for a challenge? Make a family favorite for dinner, or try something new.

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person sitting on the grass

Audio

grades 4–6

The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel

Listen to this award-winning podcast performed by kids and see if you can solve the mystery.

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radiolab for kids podcast

Audio

grades 1–6

Radiolab for Kids

Get your mind swirling with these fascinating podcast episodes that ask wacky questions and find fascinating answers.

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code switch episodes

Audio

grades 3–8

Code Switch Episodes for Kids

Check out these episodes of NPR's Code Switch podcast. Each show will help you consider important social justice issues and think critically about current events.

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Audio

grades 3–5

History Podcasts for Kids

Inspire your inner historian! This podcast series proves that history can be amazing, inspiring, and relevant to anyone.

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travel around the world with your ears

Audio

Preschool–grade 3

Travel Around the World—With Your Ears

All you need to do is listen to learn about lots of different countries and cultures.

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listen and learning with father and son

Audio

grades 1–5

Listen and Learn with Father and Son

Kick back, relax, and listen to this charming podcast that explores a wide range of historical topics, from silly to serious.

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but why podcast

Audio

grades 3–8

But Why?

Listen to this kid-friendly podcast to find out whether llamas are ticklish, why baby teeth fall out, and so much more.

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GEORGE in colorful letters

Audio

grades 3–8

George

Listen to this tender tale about a transgender girl in the fourth grade. Free on Hoopla with a library card.

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two cartoon girls telling stories

Audio

grades 3–8

The Land of Forgotten Girls

Listen to this heartbreaking story about the struggles of two sisters from the Philippines who move to Louisiana. Free on Hoopla with a library card.

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people and a dog hiking

Audio

grades 3–6

Hello, Universe

Listen to this charming tale involving four kids, Filipino folk tales, and bravery. Free on Hoopla with a library card.

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a drawing of a woman sitting

Audio

grades 4–8

The Thing About Luck

Listen to the sweet tale of a migrant worker girl who must face big responsibilities. Free on Hoopla with a library card.

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two people in a row boat

Audio

grades 3–6

Listen, Slowly

Put on this audiobook about a girl's trip to Vietnam, where she learns about her family's past. Free on Hoopla with a library card.

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Interactive

grades 3–8

Make an Entrance

One person stands outside a door and decides how to enter the room (rock star? Animal? Queen?). Greeters decide how to welcome them (applause, hug, bow?).

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Interactive

grades 3–8

Geography

Name a place in the world. The next person has to think of a place that starts with the last letter of the place.

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Interactive

grades K–5

Thinking of an Animal

Think of a specific kind of animal. Have other players ask only yes-or-no questions to try to figure it out.

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Interactive

grades 3–8

Dictionary

Take turns choosing weird words from the dictionary. Have everyone write a pretend definition and try to guess the real one.

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Interactive

grades 3–5

Play Charades

Set up a video chat with a friend, grandparents or another family. Take turns trying to get the other side to guess your clue.

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Interactive

grades 3–5

Card Houses

Find a deck of cards and carefully balance them to create a structure. See how high you can build.

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Interactive

grades 3–5

Hopscotch

Use chalk, tape, or other materials to jump into some old-school hopscotch for indoor or outdoor fun.

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greasy bag

Lesson

grades K–5

Fatty Foods

Determine which foods are the fattiest in this hands-on experiment. Grab a brown paper bag and some of your favorite snacks to find out!

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a snails pace worksheet

Lesson

grades K–6

A Snail's Pace

Play this game and see which snail will win the race. Use mental addition, probability, and patterns to move your snail to the finish line!

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which one holds more

Lesson

grades 2–6

Which One Holds More?

Grab two sheets of paper and create two different-size cylinders. Predict which one will hold more Legos, beads, or other objects of your choice!

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amusement parks

Worksheet

grades 3–5

Find the Most Amusement Parks

Solve the problems in this packet using the state-by-state amusement park data in the chart. Which state has the most amusement parks? The least?

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missing number pattern

Worksheet

grades 4–6

What's the Missing Number?

Look at the numbers, figure out the pattern, and then use that pattern to find the missing number. Check your work with the answer key.

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recipe zine

Worksheet

grades 3–8

Recipe Zine

With a little folding and loads of creativity, use this template to make a recipe for yourself, a family member or friend, or anything!

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relieving stress and relaxing

Worksheet

Preschool–grade 5

Simple Stress Busters

Try out one of these simple activities to de-stress, release tension, and relax.

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sample month of may writing prompts

Worksheet

grades 1–3

Daily Writing Prompts

Make a routine out of writing with these daily prompts. Print out a new calendar at the start of each month.

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snoopy sporty math

Worksheet

grades 3–5

Sporty Math

Solve problems, decode messages, and complete a word search with Snoopy as you explore the math in baseball, surfing, skateboarding, and more!

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Screenshot of its PDF document

Worksheet

grades 3–8

What Can I Say Instead?

Complete this worksheet to rethink and reframe the things you say when struggling. Do you think changing the way you speak shapes your thinking?

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Worksheet

grades K–5

Colorful Coping

Print out one of these fun and reassuring coloring books that'll help kids understand this strange and stressful time.

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Samples of common phrases

Worksheet

grades 1–4

Grow Your Language

How does what we say shape our mindset toward learning? Cut out these common phrases and sort them on the worksheet to start a discussion.

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Worksheet

grades 3–5

Gratitude and Happiness

Take a moment out of your day to consider the role of gratitude in our lives.

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illustration of a plant's needs

Worksheet

grades 1–3

What Do Plants Need?

Learn what plants need and design a journal to keep your drawings and other important information you've learned.

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Why I can do this notes

Worksheet

grades K–5

You Can Do This

Fill out this worksheet to think through how to get from "I can't" to "I can try."