It’s Day 1 of our very first Un-School Week! Today we are going to explore art! We know not everyone is an artist, so these are just fun activities to get the kids using their imaginations!
Paint some rocks. There’s a lot you can do here! Find oddly shaped rocks and turn them into rock monsters. Find flatter rocks and create ladybugs, Easter eggs, turtles, bumblebees or whatever you can think of! Use acrylic paints, add googly eyes, yarn, buttons or anything else that strikes your fancy! Click here for more ideas.
Play Pictionary. This game can be played by any age. Use paper and pencil for older kids. Get the little ones involved letting them draw their pictures in a cookie sheet covered in shaving cream or pudding. Click here for Pictionary clues to use.
Here’s one for the actors in the family. Check out this contest from the Chicago Children’s Theater. What a fun way to get everyone involved in fun! A “stay at home” opportunity through the Chicago Children’s Theatre who are encouraging children to build new worlds and stories in their homes equipped with their imaginations, found objects, family members (pets included), and some help from us! Click here for all the details!
Tinley Park-Park District offers many art, theater and music programs for all ages. See our 2020 Summer Brochure for what’s coming up.
Send an e-greeting. You’re all stuck in the house together and missing your friends and extended family. This would be a great time to have each child send a personal e-note to a grandparent, aunt/uncle or friend to keep in touch. Evite.com has some specials just to help people deal with the COVID19 stay-at-home and social distancing practices we are all using.
Start a Family Journal. This is a great way for the family to create a personal history of this unprecedented time in our lives. Check out this article about the benefits of journaling for children Think outside the box – use pictures and drawings as well as text. Create a virtual journal so you can produce a copy of for each family member when it is complete. Have the kids design and decorate the cover.
Time to burn of some energy! Click the links below for ideas on games and activities. for both indoors and outdoors. You can always fall back on good old fashioned races – running, hopping, jumping, skipping and of course, bikes and scooters!
What you need
Suspend a piece of string across the room are at approximately head height.
Divide players into two teams and position them on either side of the string.
One team serves by hitting the balloon over the string and the other team must return the balloon without allowing it to fall to the ground.
When the balloon is not returned, the other team scores a point.
First team to reach 10 points wins.
These games and more can be found at frugalfunboys.com.
Did you know the Park District offers movement and sports programs for all ages? Check out the 2020 Summer Brochure.
It’s Spelling day but don’t worry, no spelling tests involved. We just have word games for all ages to play. You can find more at www.spelling-words-well.com.
- Learn about the crystallization process by growing rock candy in a glass.
- Build a container for an egg that protects it from breaking and then test it out by dropping it from on high
- Your egg will be so embarrassed when you leave it naked! Dissolve the shell right off an egg by simply placing it in a cup of vinegar.
- Grow a bean in a clear cup to watch the roots grow down and the stem grow up.
- Create a tornado in a bottle by taping two plastic bottles together neck to neck—one filled, the other empty—and swirling it quickly.
- Engineer a tall tower using red party cups and sheets of paper. How high can you go?
- Dish soap, pepper, a toothpick, and a little bit of water are all kids need to feel like science wizards. Watch a little drop of soap chase pepper away in the Pepper & Soap Experiment.
- Be a DIY spy with this fun fingerprint experiment. Collect fingerprints using one of these methods, and then dive a little deeper with a forensic study of fingerprint patterns.
Be sure to check 2020 Summer Brochure for the various STEM programs that the Park District offers!
Special Events Calendar
April 2020 SunSunday MonMonday TueTuesday WedWednesday ThuThursday FriFriday SatSaturday March 29, 2020 March 30, 2020 March 31, 2020 April 1, 2020 April 2, 2020My Mom is the Best Essay Contest April 3, 2020CANCELLED Pizza With Peter RabbitCANCELLED: Flashlight Egg Hunt April 4, 2020 April 5, 2020 April 6, 2020 April 7, 2020 April 8, 2020CANCELLED Easter Hoppenings April 9, 2020 April 10, 2020 April 11, 2020 April 12, 2020 April 13, 2020 April 14, 2020 April 15, 2020 April 16, 2020 April 17, 2020 April 18, 2020 April 19, 2020 April 20, 2020 April 21, 2020 April 22, 2020 April 23, 2020 April 24, 2020 April 25, 2020Earth, Wind and Fire Earth Day CelebrationSpringtime Story Walk April 26, 2020 April 27, 2020 April 28, 2020 April 29, 2020 April 30, 2020 May 1, 2020 May 2, 2020Star Wars Twilight Golf