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At-Home Activities

Designed for Learners in the Home
Not all the best STEM activities online will work for learners at-home. Given this unique learning environment, howtosmile has developed a new set of characteristics that will help caregivers and educators choose activities that will work best while staying at home.

From curious exploration to imaginative play, children are always learning—even when we may not realize it. As we are spending less time at museums, schools, and other learning environments, howtosmile wanted to start a new collection of high-quality & fun activities specifically curated for learners in the home.

This work will kick-off a year-long project at howtosmile to catalog new activities, and curate existing resources in the library, that we believe will work well at home. All activities come with simple and well-made activity guides to walk you through what is happening step-by-step. Whether you are looking for something fun and educational to do with your young learners over the weekend or you’re looking for accessible activities for your online camp to try at home, these activities will be sure to meet your needs and leave your learners wanting more.

Not all of these characteristics are necessary for an activity to be considered a high-quality at-home activity, but the more the better.

  • The activity has a simple and easy-to-use activity guide—including step-by-step visuals or a video.
  • The activity uses low-cost materials or materials that can be found at home.
  • The activity is related to the everyday lives of learners—including storytelling or animals.
  • The activity takes advantage of the learner’s senses.
  • The activity encourages caregivers and learners to work together in a meaningful way.
  • The activity lets learners practice and express their creativity.
  • The activity builds confidence in learners by focusing on exploration and discovery.

What do you want to do today?
We have organized our new collection into friendly categories that will help you find a fun activity to do with your learner.

Build Something New

Dreaming of making something today? Try one of these activities to step into the shoes of an engineer to make a new structure or solve a challenge or become an inventor and make a new tool or device to help you accomplish a task.

Explore Our Planet

Take a trip outside or discover a new phenomenon with these activities to learn more about how our changing Earth works and supports life in its many forms.