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KinderCare At Home Activities

All Ages At-Home Learning Hub

Every week, we’ll provide a complete curriculum guide to help you keep the learning (and play!) going while you’re at home. For the first time, we’re making parts of our proprietary curriculum available to parents to keep kids learning from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Check back weekly for new content!

With so much uncertainty in the world, creating a clear routine for children is important. A daily schedule for kids, including educational games and activities, can help them feel more secure with the new normal. We’re providing content that has high-level guidance as well as specific activities to go in depth. Depending on how much time you have available, you can use all or only some of the guidance—whatever works best for you right now! 

We’ve got you covered, with daily at-home learning activities from our curriculum experts.

Babies: Ages 0-1

Our infant activities are designed without screens. We show you how to use your normal routine to learn together, by individualizing your learning plan on the daily rhythms of naps, meals, story-time, etc. Our guide also includes recommendations to schedule work around naps, and even includes activities you can do while on a call or answering email! 

For this age group, our activities include:       

  • Opportunities to include music and songs for your baby.
  • Tips for involving babies in everyday learning opportunities.
  • Recommendations for choosing books that reinforce the curriculum’s theme (at-home, e-books).
  • Everything is organized by Developmental Domain, so you know they’re getting well rounded education.


Find more at-home activities for your baby on our blog!  

Toddlers: Ages 1-2

Our toddler activities help you minimize screen time by including suggestions on how to organize your family time. Toddlers don’t play independently for very long and need to be engaged regularly, so we’ve included a suggested schedule with recommendations on how to bring learning into everyday routines like mealtime, diaper changes, toilet training, math lessons related to clean up time, etc. 

For this age group, our activities include:
  • Ways to keep active minds and bodies busy throughout the day.
  • Recommendations for choosing books that reinforce the curriculum’s theme (at-home, e-books).
  • Everything is organized by Developmental Domain, so you know they’re getting well rounded education.

Discovery Preschoolers: Age 2

Our guide for Discovery Preschool-aged children includes both activities for you to lead, and quieter activities they can practice with less direction. We’ll help you develop a consistent routine that will make them feel more secure, including tips on providing learning moments while children help with household tasks and reminders to work on toilet training. 
 

For this age group, our activities include:

  • Tips on how to “Think Like a Teacher”
  • Opportunities to work on social emotional learning. 
  • We’ve even included some Learning Adventures content!
  • Suggestions for trusted resources like Sesame Street and PBS.
  • Recommendations for choosing books that reinforce the curriculum’s theme (at-home, e-books).


Find more at-home activities for your 2-year-old on our blog!

Preschoolers: Age 3

Our guide for preschool blends active experiences with more low-key lessons. We suggest ways to incorporate independent play within a daily schedule that offers children comforting routine by alternating between family activities and solo activities. And as always, the guide makes connection between everyday tasks like cutting sandwiches and zipping up jackets and educational areas like math and motor skills.
 
Our activities for this age group include:

  • Tips on how to “Think Like a Teacher”
  • Opportunities to work on social emotional learning. 
  • We’ve even included some Learning Adventures content!
  • How to incorporate age-appropriate screen time through apps, videos, etc.
  • Recommendations for choosing books that reinforce the curriculum’s theme (at-home, e-books).
  • Self-directed learning activities for children.
  • Tips on mixing it up by adding mindfulness to active activities and movement to more sedentary activities.


Find more at-home activities for your preschooler on our blog!

Prekindergartners: Age 4

Our guide for prekindergarten blends active experiences with more low-key lessons. We suggest ways to incorporate independent play within a daily schedule that offers children comforting routine by alternating between family activities and solo activities. And as always, the guide makes connection between everyday tasks like cutting sandwiches and zipping up jackets and educational areas like math and motor skills.

 
Our activities for this age group include:
  • Tips on how to “Think Like a Teacher”
  • Opportunities to work on social emotional learning. 
  • We’ve even included some Learning Adventures content!
  • How to incorporate age-appropriate screen time through apps, videos, etc.
  • Recommendations for choosing books that reinforce the curriculum’s theme (at-home, e-books).
  • Self-directed learning activities for children.
  • Tips on mixing it up by adding mindfulness to active activities and movement to more sedentary activities.


Find more at-home activities for your prekindergartner on our blog!

Kindergarteners: Ages 5–6

Our kindergarten guide is here to support you and your kindergartener with distance learning at home. We suggest that families set up a schedule that allows you to balance distance learning activities with the independent play that is important to your child’s development at this age. Our weekly guides include everything you need to keep them engaged and learning during this time together at home—all while having fun! 

Our guide for kindergarten families includes: 

  • Planning guide to help you get started each week. 
  • Tips on how to “Think Like a Teacher.” 
  • Nutrition and wellness tips. 
  • Activities to support phonics, literacy, math, science, and physical development. 
  • Guidance about how much time an activity may take, as well as the level of involvement needed from you. 
  • Opportunities to work on social emotional learning.  
  • Activities that can be adjusted so all children can participate. 


For more educational support, check out the online learning resources below. See our suggestions for screen time limits in the “More Resources” section of this page. 

  • Scholastic Learn at Home has daily activities for K–9 that connect science and literacy, including videos, read-alouds, digital books, and content-related games. 
  • Dreambox is a game-base, K–8 math experience that’s customizable to your child’s grade and features grade-specific skills your child can explore and unlock. 

School-Agers: Ages 5+

Our guide for school-age children has tips for balancing time for reviewing schoolwork, engaging in fun activities, and working independently. They love their screens at this age, so we help you use screen time wisely by finding breaks for movement, and practicing mindfulness. We also include guidelines on balancing between simply consuming technology and being creative with it. We’ve also got tips to “Think Like a Teacher” as you navigate the home classroom.
 
Our activities for this age group include:

  • Experiences that require less preparation, to help you manage your time.
  • Offering multiple “correct” ways to solve the same problem, to encourage exploration.
  • Open-ended activities so that children can focus more on what really interests them.
  • Activities that can be adjusted so that children of all abilities can participate.
  • Even more social and emotional support activities to help older children cope with the COVID-19 crisis.


Find more at-home activities for your school-ager on our blog!

More Resources

  • Need guidance for talking to your kids about the coronavirus? We’re here to help.
  • Reading together is a powerful learning activity for kids. Good thing we’ve got recommendations for books galore!
  • Time inside might mean more “plugging in” than usual. Our screen time tips for digital learners can help.
  • Meet Dr. Ray Fabius, the expert guiding our coronavirus response, and read his tips for families on dealing with anxiety and staying healthy at home.