Homemade Air freshener
Check out Smashed Peas and Carrots for an easy tutorial on how to make a homemade air freshener!
Throughout these strange and uncertain world events as of late, I have been collecting links to activities and helpful articles. In my online world, I am always amazed to see amazing humans step out and share their knowledge to try to make these, perhaps uncomfortable, days a bit easier. Life is so much better when we can learn to come together, even in unconventional ways. (Separately, in our own homes. LOL)
In these coming weeks, I would highly encourage you to set yourself up to create positive memories to strengthen your relationships. In times of crisis or upheaval, fear and anxiety really don’t serve us well. Take the necessary precautions, find the happy moments, dream together and tell your family and friends how much you love and appreciate them.
With all that said, here is my list of free indoor activities and ideas that you can enjoy as a family or even virtually with others. Make a list of things you want to accomplish as a family or even some projects on your own.
Activities for Kids:
- 40 Best Indoor Activities for Kids – Busy Toddler
- Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems
- Kids cooking classes – $5 Dinners
- 25 Famous Landmarks Made Out of LEGO (you could try to recreate these too!)
- Homemade Marble Run (maybe you have some pool noodles on hand already?)
- Story Pirates Podcast – brings children’s most imaginative stories to life
- But Why Podcast – a podcast for curious kids
- Wow in the World Podcast – another podcast for curious kids
- 25 Day Reading Challenge for Kids
- Edible Play Dough Recipe – Natural Beach Living
- Make a Spy Decoder – Frugal Fun 4 Boys
- 25 Exercise Games and Indoor Activities to get Kids Moving
- Hello Kids – Drawing tutorials, colouring pages, crafts and more.
- Easy Origami for Kids – Easy Peasy and Fun
- Funniest Knock Knock Jokes for Kids
- Live Art Classes – Deep Space Sparkle
- Seussville – Read, play games, and watch shows with Dr. Seuss
- Storyline Online – Favourite kids books read by famous people
- All Kids Network – Thousands kids crafts, worksheets, coloring pages, printable mazes, dot to dot, hidden pictures and more
- Highlights Kids – Fun games, recipes, crafts and more.
- Stop Motion Kids Camp – Find details on Instagram
- Robert Munsch – Listen to Robert himself read his stories
- Download Free Coloring Books from 113 Museums
- Nomster Chef – Illustrated recipe picture books that get kid chefs excited about cooking
- Novel Effect – A voice driven storytelling app for kids and families
- Sworkit – Kids workouts
- Jigsaw Explorer – Online Jigsaw Puzzles
- 50+ Easy Indoor Activities for Kids – Hello Wonderful
- The Lone Leprechaun – Free Audio Story
- Art for Kids Hub – YouTube drawing videos
- Adventures n Odyssey – 4 week free trial
- Audible – Free stories for kids of all ages!
- Scholastic Learn at Home: Free Resources for School Closures
- Read With Anna – Free live reading lessons for grades 1 – 4
- ABCMouse – Use the code SCHOOL7771 or AOFLUNICEF
- Curio.ca – carefully curated collections that support the K-12 curriculum
- 12 famous museums that offer virtual tours
- Over 30 Virtual Field Trips
- A Principal’s List of Things to Do
- Prodigy – a free educational math website
- Funbrain – Online educational games for kids
- Fluency & Fitness – Helping students exercise their brains and bodies
- National Geographic Kids
- Smithsonian Kids
- Club SciKidz – Daily free science or cooking experiment to do at home
- 123homeschool4me – over 300,000+ FREE worksheets for toddler, preschool, and K-12
- NASA Kids Club
- How Stuff Works
- Discovery #Mindblown app
- PBS Kids
- Crash Course – Educational Youtube videos
- Raz-Kids – The award-winning website where K-5 students go to read — anytime, anywhere!
- Headsprout – Headsprout is the smartest kids’ reading program on the market today.
- Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens – Free Home Safari each day at 3pm EST.
- Switch Zoo – Play games and learn all about animals
- Starfall Education – Teaches kids how to read
- High school chemistry topics
- Walt Disney Imagineering in a Box – from Khan Academy
- CanFigureIt Geometry – A unique way to teach and learn geometric proofs.
- ClickSchooling – brings you daily recommendations by email for entertaining websites that help kids learn.
- Big History Project – Online history classes for ages preteen through adults
- Breakout EDU – Educational games for grades K-12
- Chrome Music Lab – makes learning music more accessible through fun, hands-on experiments.
- Country Reports – 35,000 pages of online content on the cultures and countries of the world
- Coursera – Tons of free classes from leading universities and colleges
- Curriculum Associates – Free printable K-8 Reading and Math activity packs
- Free Makers Stations – 3 Free Weeks of Maker Stations to keep your children creating at home!
- Dog on a Log Books – Printable board games, activities and more for phonics and reading
- Dreamscape – The most engaging reading game for Grades 2-8, and all for FREE!
- Khan Academy – Online education program for preschoolers through to high school
- Literacy with the Littles – Free Printables for PreK – 2nd Grade
- Next Gen Personal Finance – free resources, games, learning resources, and lesson plans for teaching personal finance
- Elemental Science – 80+ free Science Activities to Entertain your Kids
- Easy Peasy All in One Homeschool
- Free Relief Packs from Have Fun Teaching
Many churches offer a livestream of their service. Try a local church or perhaps something else from around the world for some encouragement.
I’m also noticing many local stores offering free delivery. Take advantage of this and support your local small businesses!
During this time, food may also be at the forefront of many of our thoughts. Here is another list with helpful articles relating to feeding our families:
And because many of you might be finding yourself a work at home parent now, here are some resources for you:
If you have come across some great free activities or helpful links, please let me know and I’ll get them added to the list!
I have got the cutest DIY project for you today. It’s festive, ridiculously easy to put together and the kids are sure to love it. A No sew snowman t-shirt! Like, look how awesome it is:
How fun would they be to pull out of the Christmas boxes every year? I’ve got the big t-shirt for my oldest, now I’ve got to make a onesie for my youngest!
Here’s how you can put together the No Sew Snowman T-Shirt:
- White t-shirt (try looking for one at your dollar store!)
- Crafting felt in black and orange
- Fabric glue
- Iron (optional)
1. Begin by ironing out your shirt as well as the felt sheets. This step is optional, but it may help you apply your snowman face. If you choose to iron, just use a low heat and no steam.
2. Cut out the shapes you will need to create the snowman face. I cut out a large triangle for a nose using the orange felt. Then, I cut out a few large circles from the black fabric to use as the eyes and buttons. For the mouth, I cut out smaller but uniform black circles.
3. Add a small dab of fabric glue (it will help the felt adhere better than hot glue, plus it will keep the pieces together in the washing machine) to the back of the felt pieces. Assemble the face of your snowman. Press the two large circles for eyes first, then the carrot nose, then the coal mouth. Finish by adding a few large buttons under the mouth.
4. Hold the felt pieces in place until secure. Try hanging your shirt on a hanger so it has plenty of space to dry and not be bothered.
5. Once dry, your shirt can be worn and enjoyed! Wash on a gentle cycle and never machine dry. Turn inside out before washing and your shirt should last for seasons to come!
Today’s homemade gift idea can’t get much simpler. So, I happen to think it would make a perfect last-minute gift! Simply head to your nearest dollar store, pick up a fancy dish towel and some ribbon and get started!
Here’s how to create a No Sew Dish Towel Apron that any chef would love to receive:
DIY No Sew Dish Towel Apron
- Begin by folding your towel into the size of apron you want. You can fold it down to about 8 inches by 8 inches square for a child, or simply fold the towel in half for an adult. If you wish for a longer apron, manipulate the fabric to get the shape you wish. For the sample you see here, I folded the towel once in half, then folded each end in about 2 inches.
- Apply a strip of iron on fabric tape OR fabric adhesive to the inside of your folded seams. Press and iron the towel if needed. The idea is to use the tape or adhesive to secure the shape of the towel.
- Apply a length of adhesive tape or glue to the top of your towel. Press the length of ribbon into it. Press and iron if needed. The ribbon should now be adhered to the towel, leaving you two lengths on each side for tying.
- Once your adhesive is dry or ironed in place, your towel can be used. Simply use the excess ribbon as ties, tying them behind your back to hold the apron in place.
Summer vacation doesn’t have to equal boredom. Here are 50 fun ideas to help occupy the kids this summer.
Summer vacation is nearly upon us. Here are some ideas that I came up with to help occupy kids throughout July and August! (Or when ever they’re looking for something to do!) Most of the ideas are free or nearly free!
- Make Fudgesicles or popsicles
- Wash the car(s)
- Run through the sprinklers
- Have a picnic in the park
- Backyard camping
- Outdoor movie nights. If you don’t have a free movie night in your area, make your own.
- Make giant bubbles
- Go on a hike
- Create your own treasure hunt
- Have a side walk chalk contest
- Create your own puppet show
- Use a Slip and Slide
- Have a library day. Get books or take part in story time!
- Go fly a kite
- Play with animals at your local SPCA. Some are willing to have you walk the dogs.
- Make your own play dough or Slime.
- Go for a bike ride
- Collect bugs
- Have a lemonade stand
- Tie dye some shirts
- Paint rocks
- Build a fort or tree house
- Write a pen pal
- Have a pillow fight
- Attend free concerts in the park
- Wake up early to watch the sunrise
- Do one of the activities in the Summer Bucket of Fun
- Try geocaching
- Have a craft day
- Start a journal
- Feed the ducks
- Do some face painting with the neighbor kids
- Bake and decorate cookies
- Have a movie night
- Teach your kids how to budget
- Visit a local farm
- Go fishing
- Take a walking tour of your town
- Play board games
- Make and decorate paper mache masks
- Learn to skip rocks
- Make S’Mores
- Play tennis
- Build paper boats to race down the street when it rains
- Visit the swimming pool
- Go on a nature walk
- Create a vegetable garden (I used to love having my own corner of my Mom’s garden to grow my own things!)
- Visit the zoo
- Finger paint
What else do your kids like to do? What are your favourite boredom busting ideas?
“Twizz the Season” Treat Bags
I have got the cutest, last minute gift idea for you! Kids young and old will love this under the tree or in their stockings! Since I supply the printable tags for free, this will be a really budget friendly and quick idea to put together. Especially if you pick up your supplies at the dollar store!
- Using scissors or a knife, carefully cut the Twizzlers candy so that the pieces fit easily into your clear treat bags with some empty room at the top.
- Fill the treat bags with some of the Twizzler pieces.
- Fold the top of each treat bag over a bit, and staple it closed.
- Cut out the “Twizz the Season” printable gift tag.
- Line the tag up on the top of the front of each bag, and staple it on in each corner.
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