Summer at home? Here are some great at-home summer camp ideas for your kids while you work from home! Check out this list of virtual summer camp ideas and summer camp activities for kids for while you are working.
Schools are closed. Some daycares have not reopened. But working moms still have work to do. Many working moms are working remotely for our full-time jobs. Some offices are beginning to reopen, but with child care looking very different for us, the feasibility of continuing to work is becoming difficult.
Working from home with kids is a challenge, but working remotely with kids during a pandemic presents unique and undeniable hardship.
Finding ways to keep our kids busy (and entertained) while we focus on meeting our deadlines is a must this summer. Here is a collection of ideas for summer camp at home 2020 as well as virtual summer camp options for working moms and your kids. These summer camp activities ideas will help get you through this summer.
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Summer Camp at Home Activities (Ideas for Mom Summer Camp Activities for Kids)
When kids are stuck at home all summer, it is imperative to have some fun activities they can get involved in and have fun. Here are some great at home camps for kids!
Homer Learn and Grow
Homer is another wonderful educational app for children 2-8. Combine learning games with fun puzzles and you’ve got a happy kid and some time for mom. Homer offers a 30 day trial, and often runs promotions for a 45-day trial!
- HOMER is rethinking learning at home and is an incredible resource to help any child catch up and regain critical skills
- The HOMER Method is based in research, designed by experts, and has over 1,000 learning activities to help kids build skills across subjects – in addition to reading there is also Math, creativity, and thinking skills.
- Just 15 minutes a day has proven to increase reading scores by 74%
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codeSpark is a learning app from the people who made Homer, this one focusing on coding education for kids. What a great way to enrich their minds while playing a game on their tablet! Click redeem offer to get your 30 day trial! Here’s my kid enjoying a codeSpark game.
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Science Camp in a Box: Little Passports
You already know I love Little Passports monthly activity mail for my son. Now we can do Summer Camp in a Box: 6 days of fun & discovery!
This kit is the perfect way to host Summer Camp at home. Keep the campers busy for six days, 3-4 hours a day. Additional online printables and activities are available to extend your camp experience.
Summer Camp in a Box: World Edition includes:
- The first six packages of the World Edition product: World, Brazil, Japan, France, Egypt, and Australia
- Sam & Sofia’s Scooter Stories Chapter Book Boxed Set
- Our signature blue suitcase
- Your very own passport and world wall map
- Exclusive collectible country coins and coin board
- Three fun, super soft animal squishies
- Letters from new pen pals Sam & Sofia
- Stickers, activity sheets, hands-on souvenirs
- Plus online access to fun facts, photos, foreign language phrases, DIY crafts, pen-to-paper printables, music, camp schedule, and a camp completion certificate!
With Summer Camp in a Box: World Edition, kids will learn about the world around them with an introductory kit featuring an easy-to-follow camp schedule, our signature blue suitcase, and a world map. Campers will then travel to five different countries where they will be immersed in the cultures of Brazil, Japan, France, Egypt, and Australia. Camp activities include reading a letter from pen pals Sam and Sofia, completing pen-to-paper activities, collecting coins, enjoying hands-on culturally relevant projects, reading the Sam & Sofia’s Scooter Stories Chapter Books, and so much more.
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Summer Camp in a Box: Science Jr. includes:
- The first six packages of the Science Junior product: Weddell Seals, Volcanoes, Sound & Music, Chimpanzees, Deep Sea Exploration, and Wetlands
- Our signature green backpack
- Materials for hands-on projects and DIY experiments
- Full-color magazine with comic, instructions, and pen-to-paper activities
- Stickers, trading cards, and badges
- Plus access to online videos, DIY crafts, printables, camp schedule, and a camp completion certificate
With Summer Camp in a Box: Science Junior, budding scientists can explore the world around them with STEAM-based activities. While visiting six unique locations around the world, campers will build projects like a Weddell seal walker, an erupting volcano, a stringed instrument, a swinging chimpanzee, a sinking submarine, and a balloon-powered air boat. Campers will also read full-color comic books, complete pen-to-paper activities, collect trading cards, and place badges on their very own camp backpack. An easy-to-follow, flexible camp schedule allows campers to participate in camp over a one-week period or spread camp out all summer long.
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Little Passports has also given me this lovely how-to-draw worksheet to share with you! Download it below.
Grab your drawing supplies and get ready for some art time! This How to Draw a Chimpanzee worksheet from Little Passports lets your child learn about primates while practicing their drawing skills. Swing over to littlepassports.com for more fun learning activities.
Younger kids can be set up with an activity and play beside you while you work. It isn’t ideal, I know, but little ones require supervision. Lots of supervision. You can try some of these amazing learning activity ideas for one-year-olds up to preschool age from Hands on as we Grow. I love the ideas she shares, and there are always great fresh ideas in her Activity Room Membership.
If you’re worried that your school-aged child struggled with learning during this time, perhaps a virtual tutor could help! Check out a virtual tutoring program, like ArgoPrep for K-8 math and ELA. They also offer a great variety of free worksheets to help supplement learning.
Active play is so important for cooped-up kids. If you have the space in your home or yard, active toys and play equipment is a must! These active play ideas must go on your list of summer camp indoor activities!
You can also take your kids on a nature walk, which is very educational, and then do some nature crafts.
Melissa and Doug toys are great for open-ended play and learning. Take 15% Off All Summer Toys. Use Code SUMMER15
Backyard Camp Idea from Melissa & Doug- Take 15% Off Active & Outdoor Toys. Use Code CAMPOUT
Fun.com has some great interactive family game ideas!
Virtual Summer Camp Ideas for Kids
#LifeSkillsNow by Kids Cook Real Food – free June 13-17
Did you hear about the Kids Cook Real Food Free Virtual Summer Camp? 100% free to attend, the Kids Cook Real Food Summer Camp Snacks Challenge will help parents not have to answer the question: “Is it snack time yet?” over and over again this summer.
What you get from the #LifeSkillsNow Summer Camp:
- FREE access to over 60 workshops for kids ages 5-18
- 100% online June 13-17
- Tracks include Finances, Entrepreneurship, Home Management (cooking, gardening, chores and more), Independent Basics (regulating emotions, making a phone call, etc), Career & Future, and 3 tracks for parents (Parent Professional Development, Preschool Parents, Neurodiverse Families Parent track)
- If you wish your kids would eat better, find their calm, and grow into the next generation of leaders – the parent tracks have what you need!
- Prizes, freebies, and more!
Give our camp leaders 20 minutes a day to teach a skill, and we’ll give your kids a simple action step that will get them off screens and into their imaginations for the rest of the day!
Cooking Lessons: Whis-Kid
This is great for older kiddos who can read and work in the kitchen alone, or for younger kiddos with parent supervision (you know, when you’re done working for the day). The Whis-Kid Guidebook and lessons help teach your kids to cook, ending battles in the kitchen over meals. Because when kids are in control of the food they are cooking, they will want to eat what they make.
With the help of an adult, Whis-Kid cooking lessons are suitable for children and teens of all ages. The boys in the video lessons range from 7-14 years of age.
Writing Camp: Write the World
Join one or more of Write the World’s virtual writing workshops (great for kids ages 13 – 19). They offer week-long virtual writing camps for a variety of writing styles: poetry, flash fiction, writing for social justice, humor, and more. Their dedicated team of authors and educators facilitates the workshops and mentors the young writers. Register for 2+ workshops and receive 20% off automatically!
Theater Camp: The Rabbit Hole Children’s Theater
The Rabbit Hole Children’s Theater has just announced the 2021 at-home summer camp lineup! Choose from one of their incredible Rabbit Hole Queendom lands and they will ship a corresponding themed Theater in a Box kit to you! The kit has everything a kiddo needs to bring a magical show to life at home. Hours of fun will be had with projects, classes, puppet shows, meeting characters, and even curtains and lights! Celebrated for their creative conference method, The Rabbit Hole is offering 2 forms of camps this summer.
Live Theater Camps – where kiddos join a week-long adventure that includes a Theater in a Box kit plus live classes, puppet shows and one-of-a-kind character meet and greets!
Theater Camps To-Go – all the magic without any live components. Includes a Theater in a Box kit, pre-recorded classes, puppets shows, and character meets!
Camps are now live on their website, where you can browse their Queendom of destinations and book your adventures today!
Use code momlife to get 10% off! Sign up at The Rabbit Hole Children’s Theater.
Magic Camp: VirtualMagicClass.com
Virtual Maths Tutoring: BrainBuilder Maths
BrainBuilder Maths specialists have helped many families who struggled to find the coach to either help their children falling behind in math or know how to stretch and extend their children beyond achieving straight A’s. Their experienced teachers specializing in math and comprehensive programs are geared to teach Math online in an exciting way established in 2017.
Why don’t you try the 1-free trial online class and see the benefits that come with it? BrainBuilder Maths is an internationally proven teaching method and the Curriculum is aligned with the US Common Core book (used in CA and many other parts of the US) Math in Focus that Dr. Fong Ho Kheong wrote. The key approach to help benefit children in developing their:
*Higher Order Thinking skills
*Confidence to master maths
For 1 free trial class, contact BrainBuilder Maths directly via email [email protected]
Virtual Music Lessons
Get your kids in the Piano Summer Camp! Piano lessons are available for ages 5-15. Get a free piano class from Pixical. They offer a Flexible week-by-week enrollment format.
Virtual Camp: Outschool
Outschool: Explore any interest over live video chat! Discover fun, social, and safe learning experiences for kids ages 3-18 led by passionate teachers. Classes from $10. From phonics to AP Physics to Minecraft to Piano, Outschool feeds your kid’s curiosity and elevates their learning with a variety of 15,000+ classes.
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Free Virtual Camps
- Scholastic learn at home (BookFlix) – online stories
- Primrose online with Og – weekly activity ideas and learning ideas
- Arree Chung – Free classes on writing, drawing, and storytelling from award-winning author/illustrator Arree Chung
- Virtual museum tours – many famous museums offer virtual tours
- Virtual School Day at Varsity Tutors! Daily Live Classes. 100% interactive. 100% free.
- Camp Kinda– Self-directed themed activities
- Wide Open School by Common Sense Media
- Start with a Book – site for parents and teachers who are looking for book suggestions, reading activities, and practical tips for teaching kids to read
- Camp Wonderopolis – free STEAM—science, technology, engineering, arts, and math—programs.
- PBS Kids for Parents – free age-by-age tips, crafts, games, and activities to get you through summer.
- UNICEF Kid Power Camp @ Home – videos about sports, cooking, crafts, and more
- Khan Academy – a nonprofit with the mission to provide free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.
- WowArt – daily art videos and painting tutorials
- BOND (Body + Mind Together) – An online tool for at-home physical activity and mindfulness skills for kids.
- Kids Gardening – opportunities for kids to learn and grow through gardening, engaging their natural curiosity, and wonder.
- #CampYouTube – summer camp topics like arts, sports, adventure, and STEM
- Camp TFK (TIME for Kids) – virtual daily activities for the month of July
- Metropolitan Opera – free weekly streaming of performances as well as arts and crafts lessons and live artist broadcasts
- REI virtual family summer series – teaming up with Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority to share activities and lessons about animals and the outdoors
- Arm & Hammer summer camp – includes STEM, baking, and slime making starts late July.
- Camp by Walmart – if you have the app, you get access to weekly fun games and things to make.
- Pixemy Minis, a collection of 3 class bite-size courses with top educators, absolutely FREE!
My friend also shares these summer camp printables with summer at-home themes.
When other distraction methods fail, there’s always screen time! We love ABC Mouse for educational screen time that my child can do completely independently while I’m focused on conference calls.
What are you doing to keep your kids busy this summer? Do share!
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