Category: At Home Activities

A leader’s guide to hosting an after-school club from home

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Has your after-school children care center been out of commission due to school closures? Do you still want to provide activities for your students but don’t know where to start? Here’s a few ideas to get you started.

There are a few great options out there such as ZOOM and google hangouts if you want to try and schedule live class sessions with your students. Make sure if you do this that the supply list is minimal as your students likely won’t have access to as many supplies as they are used to having at your center.

  1. Set a meeting time at least 3-4 days in advance to allow your students to create time in their schedules and gather necessary supplies. Make sure the meeting time is finite – 20-30 min. at the most. and schedule in the lat afternoon after school hours as you normally would for your after school club. Some ideas of content that would work during a meeting like this: drawing lessons, dance lessons, origami, paper airplane making, knitting/crocheting, and basic cooking lesson (preferably with no heat source required)

OPTION 2: Send an email with pre-recorded content and supply list from you.

This is great option for parents that provides flexibility for them to use your lesson plans on their own time. Make sure the videos are short and able to be completed in the students home. Once again, keep the supply lists short.

Have fun, and just know that whatever service you provided will be welcomed by your families. They will be delighted to see your smiling faces and to know how much you care about them by provided much needed activities and social familiarity opportunities for their little ones.

Do you provide an online service to youth in your community? Comment below if you’d like to be featured on our After School Club Ideas blog?

Homemade Meal with kids at home: Instant Pot Chicken Tacos

Let’s face it. As we face days and days on end of quarantining at home, parents will constantly be looking for new ideas to entertain their children. Cooking club has always been a popular one with my former students, so now is a great time to start your own version of cooking club at home!
Here’s an easy dinner idea you can get your children involved with!

Instant pot Chicken tacos with homemade tortillas!

Chicken filling ingredients

-2lbs chicken tenders

-2 tablespoons homemade taco seasoning (or 1 packet) * great opportunity to have you kids help you measure out the spices for this.

-1 jar of your favorite mild salsa

-1 cup water

Instructions: 1) add chicken to your 8 quart instant pot 2) Add spices and mix with chicken 3) Add water and salsa and stir just gently so that liquid is covering all the chicken. 4) Choose the poultry button and cook for 8 min. 5) Allow to naturally release for 10 minutes. Your chicken will be tender and easy to shred!!

Homemade tortillas ingredients

-2 cups flour

-1 teaspoon Salt

-1 teaspoon baking powder

-3/4 cup warm water

-3 tablespoons olive oil.

Instructions: 1) Add flour, salt, and baking powder to a large bowl. 2) Add oil and water and stir. 3) Once formed into a dough knead with your hands until it forms a ball. 4) Let sit for 30 minutes, covered in a towel (great time to go outside and play with the kids.) 5) Heat a large cast iron skillet on a back-burner away from your little ones on medium heat for 10 minutes. 6.) Fun with dough time. Divide your dough ball into to 8-12 small balls. Create a floured surface for your children and instruct them to flatten them into circles. If you feel confident allow them to use a rolling pin to make each tortilla about 1/4 inch to 1/8 inch thick. For younger children, have them create their flat circles then have an adult finish with the rolling pin. 7) Have an adult place each tortilla onto the cooking surface for 20-30 seconds per side until it bubbles (a little longer if you like it dark!) Voila! Tortillas.

I love having a discussion with children about homemade vs. store bought foods and how they are similar and different. I often find children are surprised at how easy and fun it can be to make foods at home!

Serve your tacos with lettuce, shredded cheese, chopped tomatoes, and sour cream for some extra flavor.

What homemade meals do you enjoy making with your little ones at home? Please share… my girls would love to try new things!

Fun with Australian Animals at home

Fun with Australian Animals at home

Looking for fun activities to do with your little ones at home? Have little animal lovers? Check out live stream and educational videos from “Australian Reptile Park” and “Animal Tales with Tim Faulkner” daily on instagram.

My girls are excited to check out Koala feeding time, which will be around 8pm for us – a pre-bedtime adventure.

One of my favorite things to do with my own children and former students is to create a themed week (or weeks) of activities to help aid in my planning. Here are some resources to extend learning and activity time about animals from this region of the world!

Australian Animal Crafts and Activities for Kids from DLTK

Top 25 Books about Australian Animals to Share with Children from Tracys Travels in Time

Australian animals worksheets from Teachers Pay Teachers


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