Although all branches of the Greater Joliet Area YMCA will be closed through Tuesday, April 7, we are dedicated to supporting families who are looking to keep their kids active and engaged through this closure. That is why we are excited to announce our Keeping Kids Connected Initiative.
Each day, we will be posting new challenges and activities for kids of all ages using everyday materials families can find around their home. Be sure to follow the Y on Facebook and Pinterest to learn more and to take part in these fun activities…Let the games begin!
Day 1: At-Home Treasure Hunts
Help kids sharpen their skills ahead of Easter with exciting treasure hunt activities! You might just find something you didn’t know was lost!
Day 2: LEGO Challenges
LEGOS are a great way for kids to use their minds and imagination and you can also use them as tools for various learning activities.
Let your kids explore their creative side in more ways than one! Start off with a craft activity, then make your own music!
The worlds of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math can be explored through many everyday items in your home. Challenge kids to think outside the box.
Day 5: UNO Card Fitness
Play UNO in a brand new way by adding a fitness challenge element to gameplay! This is great way to make fitness fun and exciting for kids.
Day 6: At-Home Obstacle Courses
A fun activity that can help kids staying moving while enhancing their problem skills. Use couches, pillows, chairs, etc. as physical tasks and add puzzles or riddles to include critical thinking stages.
Save your extra paper rolls for a fun arts and crafts project! Decorate your creation with your favorite colors and accessories.
Day 8: Cotton Swab Painting
Here’s a great way to do paintings without store-bought brushes. It can also be used as a language activity for kids learning to read.
What do you get when you combine some extra toothpicks with a bag of marshmallows? A great engineering experiment! Check out these ideas for fun projects and mini-structures.
Day 10: Interval Training Workout
Kids can get antsy when stuck inside on a rainy day. Here’s a great set of physical activities they can channel their energy into.
Day 11: Journaling Prompts
This is an important time for children to reflect and address their emotions. Journaling is a great way to help them succeed on those fronts and here you’ll find a set of topics to get them started.
Day 12: Paper Plate Ring Toss
A great craft activity for a rainy day. Kids can build their own carnival game out using paper plates and paper towel tubes!
Day 13: Egg Carton ‘Flowers’
Finished with your dozen eggs? Recycle the carton for a special arts and craft project! Personalize your flower with your own designs.
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The Y also knows planning can be a tough task for families in these challenging times, so we wanted to share a basic schedule that can help keep parents and kids organized. We encourage families to make adjustments to their needs.