Resources for Engaging Young Children

Health and Wellness

Cosmic Kids Yoga - These child-friendly yoga classes are great for the whole family! They also offer quick Zen Den videos focused on mindfulness.

Go Noodle - Another source for movement & mindfulness activities that your children may know and love.

Geocaching - Family hikes are a great way to stay active and it's important to keep up with them in a safe way. Geocaching is a fun way to spice up these walks and foster curiosity and navigation skills.

All-Sports Golf - Turn your yard into a golf course and use all the sporting equipment you can find to move from the tee to the hole. You may use each ball/frisbee/etc. once - so you might throw a football, from the spot where the football lands, hit a tennis ball with a racquet, from the spot where that ball lands, toss a frisbee….you get the idea.

Music: Pitch Exploration

Non-Sibi Solum 

This is the motto of The Pike School which means, not for oneself alone. Here are some tips from some of our favorite parenting authors.

Language


Osmo - Combines tactile experiences and technology for hands-on play-based learning. We love the tangrams as well as the letter and number tile games. (iPad & Osmo required)

Language/Word Games - Scrabble, Boggle, Bananagrams, Zingo Bingo

Crossword puzzles, word searches, making lists, writing letters to friends and family, keeping a journal.

Music: Soup Soup Song

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Reading 

Pike Library Page - As always, our extraordinary librarians are making sure students of all ages have access to texts of all kinds, including Sora. If you haven’t yet explored this incredible resource, do yourself a favor and check it out! 

Epic & Lexia - Epic offers three options - a child can read a book themselves, hear a story read aloud (audio only), or turn the virtual pages as the text is read to them. Lexia gives children an opportunity to practice many important literacy skills.

Read to your child - The best thing you can be doing to help your child maintain their love for stories and enthusiasm for reading during this time is to read to them every day. Books are a wonderful chance to connect with children and check in about their feelings and possible worries. We know that schedules vary and that some families are away from home without access to books. Therefore we recommend using Epic and the Pike library as a source for rich books that you can read to your children. The read-aloud options in each give children the chance to hear fluent reading modeled for them. 

Music

Create a playlist as a family on Spotify - Sing, dance, listen to music while you cook, clean, play...

Music: Movement Exploration

Building/Spatial

Osmo - Fun-filled & award winning learning games.

Logic/Spatial Games - Q-Bitz, Connect 4, Othello, Battleship, Dominoes, Rush Hour, Blokus, Suspend, Jenga

LEGO Challenges - More than you could ever imagine.

Puzzles of any kind, block building, fort-building (indoor and outdoor!)

Social Studies

Podcasts! - This is a huge list that includes COVID-related episodes, educational episodes, “take a break” and “take a breath” episodes.

This American Life - They’ve compiled a list of “Stories Kids Seem to Like”.

How I Built This - Stories of entrepreneurs that include challenges, struggles, and failure - awesome messages and products/companies your children may recognize!

Zoom Interview Series - Set up times for children to interview members of your family in different households. You'll be amazed at what children ask adults and these questions will lead to great memories and hilarious stories.

Music: The Crocodile Song

Math

Osmo - Fun-filled & award winning learning games.

Math Card/Board GamesMobi, Tenzi, Tiny Polka Dot, Prime Climb, Uno, Monopoly, Yahtzee

Dominoes - Try this family favorite, Chickenfoot.

Card games - Go Fish, Crazy Eights, War

Cooking and baking together 

 

Art

Art for Kids Hub - This is a great on YouTube channel where a dad and kids give simple and awesome drawing lessons.

Mo Willems - A favorite Lower School
author/illustrator is giving daily lessons online.

Jarrett J Krosoczka - Children’s author/illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka posts a daily art webcast.

Coloring as a family is a great way to unwind after a long day. Some families are working on big posters together but also try digging out coloring books and other craft books that have been forgotten.

Music: Keep the Beat with Mr. V