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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.

Pump up your creativity

Think of creativity as a muscle that needs exercise just like the rest of your body. Practice by expressing yourself, adding your personal touch to a creation, or asking a new question about the world around you. Creativity is a big part of science.

Play with your food

Explore science topics through the world of food! Use food as a tasty model, make a new dish, or learn more about the building blocks of the food that we love.

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.

Have a messy day

Like to get your hands dirty--along with everything else? Why not try these activities to have some fun diving deep into a new topic or digging around to discover something amazing.

Mindboggling mysteries

Do you want to solve mysteries in your own home? Try these activities to observe strange phenomena and to understand the science behind mindboggling mysteries.