Porch Play Chat with Summer Belloni on Do Kids Need Recess During Virtual School?

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This Porch Play Chat features Summer Belloni on why kids need recess during virtual school.

Summer has also provided a list of free resources on this topic. Tinkerlab Creator and author: Rachelle Doorly https://tinkerlab.com/book/ The book includes specific ideas, recipes, and supply lists that promote children’s creativity, process art, and ideas for provocations and invitations to play.

Lego Education WeDo 2.0 (Junior Kit) https://education.lego.com/en-us/products/lego-education-wedo-2-0-core-set/45300#product EV3 Kit (upper elementary/middle school) https://education.lego.com/en-us/products/lego-mindstorms-education-ev3-core-set/5003400#product FLL –

Lego League Robotics https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/fll This nonprofit group has partnered with Lego Education to create a robotics league across the country. While it’s competitive, they truly promote collaboration and teamwork. The goal is to learn STEM ideas in engineering while at the same time working within your community to learn about and solve a real world problem locally. Kids learn how engineers solve problems using principles of engineering, science, technology, math, and of course research, problem solving, presentation, and communication within a team. Art Cart We have a cart like this Parents can fill it with a variety of items from old school supplies to new and novel items from the store. We have things such as: colored pencils, markers, gel crayons, chalk pastels, tempera and water color paints, paint brushes, as well as items like paper clips, brads, buttons, foam pieces, scissors, rulers, hole punches and more. Sometimes I’ll include special items such as neon oil pastels or glow in the dark glue! We keep our paper separate so the cart can hold supplies while a cabinet nearby houses different types and sizes of paper.

Art for Kids https://www.artforkidshub.com Art Hub for Kids is for kids to watch and draw along often using simple supplies such as a pencil, marker, and crayon, colored pencil, or marker. The free version has ads, the paid version has no ads.

Deep Space Sparkle https://www.deepspacesparkle.com This site is designed for classroom teachers or homeschool parents. The lessons are written for adults to teach art to children. It’s considered structured while teaching the specific art skill, however once children learn the skill they can begin to use the skills in their own unstructured, child-chosen art expression. They have some lessons that are free, some are a few dollars, as well as some in a monthly subscription for adults.

Other ideas

Ride bikes


roller skates/blades

scooters, etc.

Build a cardboard castle and paint it

Build a cardboard pretend drive thru favorite eatery.

Decorate it. Build a fort (couch cushions, dining room chairs upside down, cardboard, PVC pipe, flat sheets, etc.

Go fishing at a nearby pond

Play a game of hide and seek

Play basketball outside –

Use multiple basketballs if wanted or needed

Art Swimming

Indoor bowling with paper or plastic cups and a ball

Dance Party Walk, run, skip, jump rope, outside on a sidewalk or around the block

Play indoor catch with lightweight balls

Play indoor games with a small ball and laundry basket

Build something with real wood. Sometimes you can get scraps at a hardware store.

Teach kids how to use real tools then let them build and create… Lemonade stand anyone?