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Being home at this time can be challenging and rewarding. As we navigate our way through our current reality, we want to let you know that we are here with you. Our team has been working nonstop to deliver engaging and educational content and we have great things planned that we will be rolling out soon. We’ve also been compiling a list of hands-on activities and resources that you can tap into for added inspiration. The list will be updated frequently so keep visiting us and taking it one day at a time.

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HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES

+ What am I? – Guessing Game Activity

Collect household items like cup, phone, toothbrush (old), pen, ball and any other fun items you can think of. Place in a bag. Close your eyes and reach in. Can you figure out what it is just by touching it?

Infants - 2s: children this age just love to explore and touch things. Guide them and let them explore! You can add language by describing each item as your child explores (it’s bumpy, it’s soft, it feels cold etc)

3s, 4s and K: ask your child to use descriptive words to help you guess the item. Then, have them draw the item and play a drawing game.

+ Scavenger Hunt – Search and Find Activity

We all need some fresh air and outdoor time so next it’s nice outside, set up a scavenger hunt and have some fun.

Toddlers - 2s: Hide toys around your yard and challenge your child to find all the items.

3s and 4s: Make easy clues that you can read to your child disclosing the hiding places. This will work on word comprehension, direction following and receptive language skills.

Click/tap here for more ideas on how to make a scavenger hunt.

+ Shmooshy Fun! – Shaving Cream Activity

Take a cookie sheet or something similar and put shaving cream on top. The cookie sheet will help maintain the mess while the children explore and use their senses like touch, sight, and smell.

Infants and 2s: let your child explore and discover shaving cream

3s, 4s and K: let your child explore and discover shaving cream. For an added challenge – have your child draw letters, numbers, and shapes in the shaving cream. Help them or join them!

Mess free option - Place the shaving cream in a Ziploc bag and seal it. This is a great way to let children who might not like the feel of shaving cream to explore in a stress free and mess free.

For added fun: add food coloring!

Literature extension: Read “It looked like Spilt Milk” by Charles Shaw and “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom”.

Click here for more fun cloud activities to do at home.

+ Soap & Bubbles – Water Activity

We know that everyone is cleaning and sanitizing their homes now more than ever. Let the kids help!
Take a bin and fill it up with warm water. Add soap to make it bubbly. Throw in sponges and washcloths. Collect dolls or any toys that need a little scrub and add them in. Give it to your child to start washing! This is a great lesson in good hygiene! You can also sing songs like the ABC’s to practice the alphabet.

Want more fun? Add a little bit of literacy on the topic of cleanliness!

Infants and Toddlers Read “Bathtime” by Sandra Boynton

2s: Read “How do Dinosaurs clean their rooms?” by Jane Yolen

3s, 4s and K: Read “Too Many Toys” by David Shannon and “Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room”

Click here for some fun facts and ways to wash up and talk about hygiene with children

Click here for more ideas on how children can help clean up

Cooking, Baking, and Tasting! – Baking Activity
Choose a recipe for your favorite cookie, muffin, or pancake or use suggested one below.

EASY SUGAR COOKIES
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Colored sprinkles to taste

- Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
- Cream butter and sugar together with an electric mixer. Beat in egg and vanilla.
- On low speed, beat in flour mixture, mixing until all the flour is incorporated. Do not br/>overmix, or the cookies will turn out tough.
- Refrigerate dough for at least 30 minutes, preferably 1 to 2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
- Drop dough using a rounded tablespoon onto prepared cookie sheets. Flatten slightly with your fingers. Top with sprinkles, if desired.
- Bake 8 to 12 minutes, or until cookies are golden brown on the bottom.

What is your child leaning while cooking? Children learn how to follow directions, measuring, math, science and more when they cook with adults.

Infants - let your littlest chef touch and feel the ingredients. Babies learn by touching and exploring. Let them help pour in the ingredients after you’ve measured them. Talk about what you are doing and let them watch. Our youngest children pick up on the language and tones. This is a great way to begin pre math, pre science and especially language skills!

Toddlers and 2s: Allow your child to help you measure and pour. Let them explore and touch the ingredients as well. Touch is very important at this age.

3s, 4s and K: Focus on “S” and “M” from STEM used in baking!
Math – draw your child’s attention to measuring cups and spoons while calling out numbers and quantities.
Science – discuss how consistencies change as ingredients are added
Literacy – read “If you give a mouse a cookie” or “If you give a moose a muffin” or “If you give a pig a pancake” by Laura Numeroff

Click here for some fun If you give a mouse a cookie activities
Click here for some fun playdough activities. Making your own playdough is fun and easy and the potential for continued learning is only limited by your imagination and your child’s imagination.

+ In It Together – Family Activities

Sock Matching Game – when folding the laundry, leave out all of the socks. Give them to your child and have them work on matching them!

Family Photo Puzzle – print a picture of your family. Then cut it up to make 2/5/10 piece puzzles (based on your child’s ability) and then have them put it together.

Sky’s the Limit – (a math activity) Measure each member of your family. Have each person lie down on the floor, and have your child measure them using any item such as plastic cups, books, markers, etc.
Added challenge for 4s and K: write the numbers and compare using language such as more/less.
Added literacy challenge: “The Mommy Book” and “The Daddy Book” by Todd Parr

Click here for some family themed songs and finger plays.

+ All About Shabbat – Shabbat Activities

Kindness Jar – reflecting on the week, create a kindness jar, and continue to use it going forward. Designate a jar and place it in a prominent place in your home.
Infants through 2s – insert pompoms as positive reinforcement for kind/helpful deeds. 3s, 4s and K – Jot down acts of kindness on a post-it, have your child help you write some words, or add their name to the note.

Challah Baking – before starting, ask your children “What kind of challah should we make?” and record their responses on a graph. Adding a little math and graphing into a baking activity enhances learning! Bonus: baking challah helps develop fine motor skills.

EASY CHALLAH RECIPE
5 cups flour
3 packs yeast
Salt pinch
Water ½ cup plus as needed
Sugar ½ cup plus 3 tsps
Oil ¼ cup plus a bit more

- In bowl mix 3 packs dry yeast, 1 1/2 cups warm water, 3 tsps sugar,1/4 cup oil +
- In separate bowl on bottom add pinch of salt cover with 5 cups of flour
- Make a hole in the middle add 1/2 cup dry sugar
- Now add yeast mixture and mix with your hands
- Add more warm water as needed to make texture soft/mushy
- Cover with paper towel and sit 1 hour
- Knead dough, shape as desired place on baking tray let sit 1-2 hours (will rise again)
- Brush with egg sprinkle with sesame seeds (if desire)
- Bake 350 for 30-45min

Story Time: Read a PJ library Shabbat book that you have at home. Not getting PJ Library books? Sign up here: jccotp.org/pjlibrary. They are FREE!

Click here for some ways to make Shabbat special in your home
Click here for Shabbat songs to sing with your family
Click here for some Shabbat themed activities

ALL ABOUT PASSOVER

Passover is coming and we are so happy! Check out the fun activities below and enjoy the many ways to celebrate this holiday.

+ Story Time

Infants,Toddlers and 2s-
My First Passover by Tomie dePaolo
Lotsa Matzah by Tilda Baldly
It's Passover, Grover! (Sesame Street) by Jodie Shepherd
Dinosaur on Passover by Diane Levin Rauchwager

2s, 3s, 4s and TK-
The Littlest Frog by Sylvia A. Rouss
Passover Scavenger Hunt by Shanna Silva
The Story of Passover by David A. Adler

+ Songs

Passover has a myriad of great songs to sing with children. Check out our favorites below! Most are sung to tunes you already know so have fun and sing a song!

The Frogs are coming. Sing Along!
One morning when Pharoah awoke in his bed
There were frogs in his bed and frogs on his head
Frogs on his toes and frogs on his nose
Frogs here! Frogs there!
Frogs were jumping everywhere!

Everybody get your hammers and shovels out Sing Along!
Bang bang bang hold your hammers low
Bang bang bang give a heavy blow
For it’s work work work every day and every night
For it’s work work work when it’s dark and when it’s light
Dig dig dig dig your shovels deep
Dig dig dig there is no time to sleep
For it’s work work work every day and every night
For it’s work work work when it’s dark and when it’s light

It’s time to make some Matzah!
This song is to the tune of I Have a Little Dreidle
I have a little matzah
I made it out of dough
I put it on the hot rocks
But it did not grow
I took it from the hot rocks
It was so flat and thin
I opened up my little mouth and then I popped it in…CRUNCH!

Oh No! Where did baby Moses go?? Sing Along!
Oh where is baby Moses, Moses, Moses?
Oh where is baby Moses, he’s in the River Nile
He is in a basket, a basket, a basket
He is in a basket, in the River Nile
The princess she is swimming, swimming, swimming
The princess she is swimming, in the River Nile
She finds the baby Moses, Moses, Moses
She finds the baby Moses, in the River Nile
She takes him to the palace, the palace, the palace
She takes him to the palace, by the River Nile
There Moses grows up, grown up, grows up
There Moses grows up, by the River Nile

For more songs, click/tap here

+ Sensory Play

Sensory play is always fun, especially for the younger child. Here are some fun sensory activities you can try.

Matzah Sensory Play
Enjoy the experience of playing with matzah while learning about the story and symbols of Passover with this sensory activity.

Shaving cream pyramids
All you need is shaving cream, blocks and a bin and your child can try building pyramids like the Jewish people had to do for Pharoah

Egg shell Shape Mash
On Passover we eat a lot of eggs. On the seder plate is an egg symbolizing the cycle of life. This activity is fun way to repurpose egg shells to learn shapes, colors, letters or numbers!

Matzah Sensory exploration
Children will love to dig in, touch, smash and pour the matzah they crush up and crumble. You can add various items for them to explore with the crushed matzah. To help keep the mess to a minimum, place items in a deep bin.


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