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KinderCare At Home Activities

Welcome to the At-Home Learning Hub!

Discover weekly guides for distance learning, social-emotional learning, and health and wellness! 

Let’s keep the learning (and play!) going! Each week, we’ll provide activity guides for all ages adapted from our proprietary curriculum to help your family stay active and engaged while at home. 

To help you choose which activities are best for your family (or schedule) we’ve noted the time, materials, and engagement level you’ll need. We’ve also provided tips for their nutrition and dealing with big feelings, plus ideas for establishing new routines and creating safe, nurturing spaces. Check back weekly for new content! 

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Weekly At-Home Learning Guides

Babies: Ages 0-1

Infants learn through caring, responsive interactions.  Routine activities like changing or feeding time do more than meet their physical needs; they’re also opportunities to help them learn and grow. 

These weekly guides are filled with simple and fun activities adapted from our curriculum that help you support your baby’s learning from home. Many are even easy enough to do while you’re working to help keep your little one entertained. 

Toddlers: Ages 1-2

Toddlers learn through their limitless curiosity and a natural desire to push boundaries and explore their world. Increased mobility means they need access to a variety of experiences that are safe and engaging.  

These weekly guides are filled with simple and fun activities adapted from our curriculum to keep our toddlers active and engaged while learning at home. Try an activity together a couple times, and once your toddler’s gotten the hang of it, let them engage independently to help free up time for your work.

Discovery Preschoolers: Age 2

Two-year-olds are incredible learners, discovering more about themselves and the world around them every day. They begin leading their own activities to develop social skills like cooperation, sharing, and taking turns. They’ll also start making important choices and discoveries in their world. 

Adapted from our curriculum, activities in this guide bring classroom learning home. They may need your support the first or second time, but many can be explored independently after some practice to help free up time for your work or daily responsibilities. 


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

Preschoolers: Age 3

Preschoolers’ worlds open in exciting new ways as they improve coordination, learn complex games, and begin to interact more with adults and their peers. A large part of a three-year-old’s learning happens through child-directed play where they continue to make important choices and discoveries about their world.  

Adapted from our curriculum, activities in this guide bring classroom learning home. They may need your support the first or second time, but many can be explored independently after some practice to help free up time for your work or daily responsibilities. 


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

Prekindergarteners: Age 4

Prekindergarteners’ learning promotes independence to prepare them for the next exciting phase in their education and development: kindergarten! Four-year-olds can describe familiar people, places, things, and events with detail, using information and thoughts from past experiences.  

Adapted from our curriculum, activities in this guide bring classroom learning home. Many can be explored independently after a quick setup and some practice with an adult, freeing up time for your work or daily responsibilities. 


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

Kindergarteners: Ages 5–6

Kindergarteners cover all the fundamentals: phonics, literacy, math, science, and physical development! When choosing learning activities, we suggest setting up a schedule that allows you to balance distance learning with the independent play that’s important to your child’s development at this age.   

Adapted from our curriculum, our guides for kindergarten families also include planning support to help you get started each week and opportunities to work on social and emotional learning. 


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+

For school-agers, it’s all about learning to work independently and balance school and life. Our guides have activities that provide a perfect break from their school’s distance learning routine while still encouraging general learning in an open-ended manner.  

Activities can be adjusted for children of all abilities. They may love screens at this age, but it makes a big difference when they use technology for creative purposes rather than just consuming games and video. We also include movement and mindfulness activities that can be done any time of day! 

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.

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Social and emotional learning 

Social-emotional learning (SEL) is the process children go through in learning how to navigate their emotions, relationships, and interactions. These skills are imperative to a child’s development and long-term mental health, becoming their compass for building strong relationships with themselves and others. 

Learn more about social and emotional learning

Teaching social and emotional skills

Learning to identify and express emotions as well as how to get along with others is a big part of what children are learning in their early years.  Those tantrums and sibling rivalry are all a part of the learning journey.  In this section you’ll find ideas for how you can help your child develop the skills needed to navigate their emotions and build healthy relationships with themselves and others.  An added perk: by proactively teaching your children these skills you’ll see less of those tantrums and sibling rivalry.

Dealing with big feelings

When it comes to those not-so-desirable behaviors (hitting, kicking, yelling, whining, biting—you name it!), it’s important to remember a couple of things: 

  • Kids use behavior as a form of communication. We may not always understand what they’re trying to tell us, but it always has meaning. 
  • Kids need opportunities to learn positive behaviors. Just like reading or learning to write their name, kids need to be shown what desirable behaviors look like and then given lots of opportunities to practice.  

In this section you’ll find ideas for helping your child learn to understand their feelings and find safe, appropriate ways of expressing themselves. 

Taking care of yourself

To take care of your family, it’s important to take care of yourself. That can be tough though with the many demands we’re faced with each day. We’ve included some quick and simple ways to cope with your own stress and emotions so you’re in a better place to help your family do the same. 

  • Sometimes all you need to feel more positive is to remind yourself of the good around you. Try this trick for identifying three good things (then help your child do the same!).  

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Nutrition for growing minds and bodies 

All this time at home can make meal planning a bit harder. Children’s bodies need the entire alphabet of vitamins and minerals to grow healthy and strong, but picky eaters and irregular grocery store trips can make it tough to get kids a variety of vegetables, fruits, grains, and proteins—let alone one’s they enjoy. 

To help, we’ve compiled some guidance for keeping their diets consistent with the nutrition they’d be getting in our centers. Plus, you’ll find some helpful time-saving tips for simpler, wholesome mealtimes.  

What and how we serve

  • Help boost your baby’s health by dishing up these five immune-boosting foods they’re sure to love! 
  • Kids eating you out of house and home? What’s a normal amount of food for them to have every day? It’s all about portions and schedules. Here are some tips for mealtime schedules and portion sizes
  • Is it time to say bye-bye to pureed baby foods? We have a guide for baby’s first finger foods for exploring new tastes and textures! 
  • Our centers are pausing our family-style dining practices right now, but guess what … we got the practice from families like you! Read about how to try family-style dining at home to help foster healthy eating, independence, etiquette, and more! 

Health and wellness

  • When the days at home seem endless, it can be hard to stay focused and present even during breaks with family. But mindful eating practices are not only good for the mind and body, they foster the best family conversations, too.  
  • A microbiome is the genetic material encoded by a living population of organisms (microbiota, like bacteria, viruses, and fungi) that resides both inside and on our bodies. And they’re crucial to our overall health. Here’s a little science on how a healthy gut supports a healthy mind supports a healthy body

Time-saving recipes and resources

  • Sometimes the simplest dinner recipes are the yummiest! Ingredients in this Easy Veggie Pot Pie recipe are pantry staples, or can be substituted for other veggies they love. The best part is prep is less than 30 minutes. 
  • Burritos are great for any meal as far as we’re concerned. Making slow-cooker chicken or veggie burritos is a wrap with this recipe filled with nutritious favorites. Substitute chicken for eggs or scrambled tofu to make it breakfast. Or sub any of the veggies for their favorites!