After-School Crew's Guide to Indoor Fun
Welcome to the after-school crew's Guide to Indoor Fun. This page will be updated frequently with new links and project ideas to keep our young minds stimulated and engaged. Should you have a link you would like to suggest be added, please email email@example.com, and it will be considered for sharing. Keep innovating, Pirates!
- Conversation Starters
- Gratitude, Empathy, and Compassion
- Learning about Holidays
- Arts and Crafts
- Virtual Field Trips
- Make Believe and Magic
- TED Talks for Kids
- Game Time
Teachers Pay Teachers
This website offers resources for everyone—teachers and parents alike. The account is free to set up and most projects/worksheets, consisting of downloadable pdfs and instructions, are very low cost.
Home From School Podcast
In this daily podcast, a Bay Area family with school age children reviews different activities you can do with your kids.
28 Ways to Ask Your Teens 'How Was School Today?' Without Asking Them 'How Was School Today?'
If you need some conversation-starting questions when talking with your tween or young teen, take a look at this list for ideas to start of end your day.
25 Ways to Ask Your Kids 'So How Was School Today?' Without Asking Them 'So How Was School Today?'
This list of conversation starters for asking your child how school was that can be adapted in different ways and can be used for students of all ages.
50 Questions to Ask Your Kids Instead Of Asking "How Was Your Day"
Another list of conversation starters about how school went, but can be adapted in different ways. This list is also for children of different ages.
30 Fun, Quirky, and Smart Questions to Ask Your Kids After School
This website has some good material including this list of conversation starters for parents and their children.
Daily Gratitude Routine
This is a great place for gratitude-training. In after-school time, we have Toolbox Tuesdays to talk about different values and principles that help us with our teaching.
5 Tips for Cultivating Empathy
This article highlights empathy and how to cultivate it in your family.
Teaching Empathy: Evidence-Based Tips
Another article providing tips for cultivating empathy in your household. social-emotional learning.
13 Ways to Raise a Compassionate Child - Online and Off
This article shares a slideshow that provides tips and stories for cultivating compassion in your children.
Me and My Inklings
This site offers an assortment of color printables being provided free of cost due to the current COVID-19 situation. They are for personal use only.
How to Fold Paper Ninja Stars
Learn how to fold Ninja stars! The difficulty level is quite hard, and it uses two pieces of paper. Mix and match colors and add designs with a sharpie!
Make and Takes | Creative Inspiration for Maker Mamas
This is a fun website to explore for the family. There are recipes, crafts, and other projects for kids to try on their own as well as for families to do together.
Virtual Tours of 12 Museums
This website contains virtual tours of 12 museums from around the world. Perhaps you could visit one or two a week. (Pretend you’re traveling around the world during this period of being homebound.)
Rick Steve’s Classroom Europe
Originally set up for teachers, this free website contains 400 video clips of travels throughout the world including search criteria such as Countries, Themes, and Historical Eras, with an option to hide mature topics. Most clips are 3–8 minutes in length.
LEGO Prime Numbers Math Lesson
Contains a printable worksheet and activity using 2x2 LEGO bricks (30 to 50 of them) and a baseplate to illustrate and find prime numbers. Good for Grades 4 & 5.
PBS Kids Design Squad
This website is full of ideas. Where to begin depends on your student’s interest and what you have on hand in your home. You can sign up for a daily newsletter that includes activities and information for families who are home-bound due to the shelter in place directives.
This webpage has a lot of fun resources from a huge list of STEM ideas. It includes several movies that are STEM-related and havs activities and/or questions for each movie. It’s a lot of fun, so check it out!
Science activities brought to you by the great folks at the Exploratorium, the granddaddy of science centers! Here you will find a number of resources to help in stoking that sense of wonder for the world around us.
Learning Toolbox for COVID-19 School Closures
Another resource from the Exploratorium. They have dedicated a part of their page to providing a number of their resources for remote or online learning.
Explore NASA STEM
NASA provides great activities for students of all ages and this is where to start.
The Tech Interactive at Home: Lessons and Activities
Formerly called the Tech Museum of Innovation and located in the heart of San Jose, the Tech Interactive provides a number of fantastic, engaging activities for students. Check this site out!
PBS Nova is a tremendous program, and this site provides a lot of material from the programming. Use the menu on the left side of the page to navigate your way through the resources. Please pay close attention to what grade levels each link is directed for when making your selections.
From PBS and Nova, Gross Science and this series of short clips are a lot of fun for curious minds for things gross out there in the natural world.
PK–12 Resources from PBS Learning
In response to current events, PBS Learning Media has put together a concise library for all the grade levels from their vast library. A good place to start for kiddos with STEAM always on their minds.
This is one of the best nature program series out there. Please note: some programs may only be downloaded by members (membership comes with a donation fee since this is public television). Click the “Video” or “Collections” button in the top menu, then browse to find all kinds of full-length programs, shorts, or clips.
This website offers public programming aimed at what is going on in current STEAM fields/issues/events of today.
Monterey Bay Aquarium: Learning from Home
Recently posted by the Monterey Bay Aquarium, this webpage offers multi-day activities for grades K through 12. As quoted on the page: “We hope these resources will help you encourage a sense of wonder and connection to the natural world, even in this time of turmoil.”
Imagineering in a Box | Storytelling | Arts and humanities
If your child loves theme parks like Disney, Universal, or Six Flags, this might be something fun for them to do as a project. So many possibilities!
Pixar in a Box: The Art of Storytelling
Another fun section from the same folks of the first link in this section except it has to do with Pixar. How fun is that?
Smart Kids' Life Advice
Some great advice for kids brought to you by the great folks at TED.
Talks by Brilliant Kids and Teens
Another great list of talks from TED that you can watch with your child or have them watch on their own.