April Need to Know Guide :: Virtual Edition of Things to Do in the Month of April 2020

April 2020 :: Things to Do Virtually or at Home this April

April is normally full of awesome events, but with the recent quarantine and social distancing measures in place, Lafayette Mom is bringing you a virtual activity guide for things you can do and view right from the comfort of your home. Enjoy your family, hug them close, spend time doing projects and activities you would not otherwise get to do!

This guide will include activities that your children can undertake alone – we have you working moms and dads! We know this will be a tough time at home and understand the plight of working parents, but together we can and will make it through! We hope this guide makes it easier to survive the next month and all the days after that. Together we can affect change and do what’s best for the greater good and the future health of our nation and world!

Virtual Daily Guide April 2020 ::

April 1 :: Garden! It’s the perfect time to start a garden or plant your own herbs, vegetables, or fruits. Spring is still springing. Kidsgardening.org not only provides a multitude of plants to grow, but it also has informative short lessons on different kinds of plants where you can incorporate a hint of learning with your project. Check out this cool one on The Intriguing World of Carnivorous Plants. Kids love to get dirty – get dirty together and enjoy the milder weather.

April 2 :: Join Author Aly every THURSDAY at 10:30AM CST for a Facebook Live Storytime of The Alycat Series! Each week Alysson will read one of her award-winning books aloud for viewers. Viewers will be able to have a Q/A session after the read aloud! Click “Going” to get a reminder each week! #readaloudalert

April 3 :: Had a vacation planned that you can no longer attend? Disney is offering virtual rides for you and your kids! Many of these links are on YouTube – watch it on the big screen and turn out the lights for a fuller effect. Take it even further by decorating a box to mimic a roller coaster car and move your toddler from side to side as the virtual ride takes off. Soak up a little Disney magic!

April 4 :: At home science lessons. There’s no better way to learn than with easy, hands on experiments. The internet abounds with resources. Here’s one easy video with 10 simple experiments you can do at home with common household items.

April 5 :: Broadway musicals streaming live! The arts are a huge component of brain development in children and musical theater is equally enjoyable for adults. Here are 15 Broadway Plays and Musicals You Can Watch on Stage from Home.

April 6 :: Make a scavenger hunt! Make a bingo type card of certain items you want to find in the yard (or car if you are really stir crazy). As you drive or walk around, have your kids scratch off the items. First to get a bingo gets a prize! Here is a great bingo template for a nature scavenger hunt with complimenting questions to keep those little brains moving.

April 7 :: Lunch Doodles with Mo Williams – Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together. New episodes will be posted each weekday at 1:00 p.m. ET and then remain online to be streamed afterwards.  Check back each weekday for new LUNCH DOODLES!

April 8 :: Sensory Day! Kids love hands on activities and sensory bins are a household favorite. Try dried beans, rice, pebbles, or anything you have in excess and let the kids scoop and measure to their hearts content. Want to go the extra step and incorporate extra hygiene? Use dish soap and water and create bubble fun – test which objects float and which objects sink and make it a lesson on buoyancy. For older children, slime making is a sure favorite. Here is a link for a taste-safe edible slime. Another great idea is to get some tempera paint and do some car track painting using toy car and truck wheels – easy for even the littlest hands.

April 9 :: Get to drawing! A few local artists and companies have made digital drawing resouces and colorings pages. Check out Hannah Gumbo’s digital drawing guide here. Parish ink is also offering free downloads of many of their designs to color at home! Check it out here. Check out these 12 YouTube Channels with Free Art Lessons.

April 10:: Learn about the night sky above you. The Lafayette Science Museum has a learning portal for their planetarium. They have live broadcasts learning about the night sky – constellations, bright stars, planets that are visible and more. They replay the broadcast on YouTube – the show is called “Acadiana Skies.” Check out a recent one here.

April 11:: Burn some energy and learn some tumbling moves from our very own Little Gym of Lafayette with online videos released free to you! Follow their Facebook page. Check out this grade school lesson available now.

April 12 :: Go under the sea at home. Check out the Georgia Aquarium with live cams so you can watch all the cute sea creatures on your couch. Watch and learn here. A few other aquariums with live cams include the Tennessee Aquarium, the Aquarium of the Pacific (penguin live cam), and the National Aquarium among others.

April 13:: Visit the ACA in Downtown Lafayette virtually. Enjoy virtual art gallery tours from the comfort of your own home! The ACA is providing curated gallery tours by their Visual Arts Director Jaik Faulk that allows you to experience our current exhibits digitally. You can see our current tours here.

April 14 :: Participate in a virtual reading every Tuesday and Thursday with First Lady, Donna Edwards at 11:00 am. All of the live readings and replays can be found on her Facebook page. Thank you First Lady of Louisiana!

April 15 :: Do a free online mindfulness class for kids! These classes are free on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays and geared toward K-5th graders. Sign up here to learn how to participate. This would fantastic for any child feeling anxious during this time.

April 16 :: Make a good old fashioned obstacle course – indoors or outdoors. Let’s face it, we need more recess time to get our kids to focus when it’s time for school work. An obstacle course marries both our creative side with the need to move. Check out some of these resources to make your own here, here, and here.

April 17 :: Field trip day! Take a field trip to a number of virtual spots with this amazing guide. Zoos, aquariums, museums – the sky is the limit. Check out the learning resources and activities at the bottom to enrich your visits.

April 18 :: Need more stress relief for you and your kids? Check out Cosmic Yoga! This yoga instructor is incredibly creative and makes each lesson a themed story in addition to physical activity. You and your child will be a little less stressed with each episode. The yoga series can also be found on YouTube.

April 19 :: Museum tours – Many museums are offering virtual tours around the world including top museums like the Louvre, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Check –  them out here.

April 20 :: Cook and bake with your kids! There are so many recipes that your little ones can help with. Fun idea include making a pizza, making cookies (or this brownie recipe if you are saving your eggs and milk – also allergy friendly), or tacos.

April 21 :: From trash to treasure! If you are anything like me, you are conserving more these days. Recycling is a great habit, but there are many ways you can use your recyclable goods to turn trash into treasure! Check out these ideas here, here, and here.

April 22 :: Need some quick and easy activities to Amazon prime – we have you covered! Check out this post from our sister site with the best amazon-able items to entertain your children now.

April 23 :: Watch some of your favorite stars for story time! There are multiple famous actors reading stories live during this time at home. Check out some of the options here. Josh Gad, the voice of Olaf is also reading stories every night on Twitter.

April 24:: Let’s be honest – most of us are not home school moms and did not sign up for that role. But if we think back to our childhood, we can likely dig up a few science experiments that are both fun and hands on for a variety of ages. Make a volcano, grow some peanuts with germination, or even add some food coloring to your celery stalks. Simple and easy!

April 25 :: Interested in marine wildlife or want to dive further under the sea? Check out this free virtual Marine Biology Camp!

April 26::  Educational scree time – here are some of our favorite educational programs that you can stream from your computer or tv: Totschooling.net, Zearn, Khan Academy, Eureka Math, Brain Pop, and Peekaboo Kids.

April 27 :: Become an architect. Find extra random supplies around the home and have your child create their own towers. See how great their engineering skills really are. Supplies can include paper towel rolls, cups, plastic utensils, tooth picks, q-tips, pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks, construction paper, modeling clay, play doh, paper plates, straws toilet paper rolls, and more. Here are some examples of what to create, but for extra creativity, provide the supplies without an example and let their imaginations get to work.

April 28:: Recreate PE class at home. Make some stations and have your child complete the stations for one minute at a time, run around the block, create an obstacle course, have backyard relay races, or simply put on some tunes and get to dancing. If you need some help, check out these resources to recreate P.E. at home.

April 29 :: Write letters to your friends, family and loved ones. One of the simplest ways to practice handwriting, spelling, grammar and more (depending on your child’s age), is to write a letter. It’s the perfect time to send notes to your grandparents or write to someone in a local nursing home. You can also set up a pen pal exchange if your kids are really missing their friends at school. If you are being extra cautious, write a letter and then video tape it being read aloud – then send your video via email, text, or through social media to your friends or family. This added step could teach your kids about video production as well as practicing their oratory and public speaking skills. Here is a resource for teaching letter writing.

April 30 :: Need more help? Here are some educational tools ranging from math, literacy, field trips, art and more – check out this guide for 100+ At-Home Educational Online Activities for Students and Parents.

Anne Elise Doise
Anne Elise, a Lafayette native, is enjoying the joys of motherhood while balancing her career as a real estate agent for a local company and working for the Lafayette Mom. Between the day to day household affairs and keeping up with her little blue eyed boy, she also enjoys anything to work up a sweat, Broadway musicals, cooking classes, and football! She and her husband, Michael, met in high school, but thought it would be easier to start a relationship while she attended graduate school in Dallas and while he pursued his MBA in New Orleans (just a bit of sarcasm). A few short months after they married, they took off again to Houston where Anne Elise became a law school career counselor for the University of Houston Law Center. She and her husband have finally made their way home again to Cajun Country.

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