Activities and More

Activities-and-More-web-1
  • Activity: Celebrate Graduation at Home from Preschool, Kinder, 5th Grade or more! Decorate, Zoom with extended family or friends, and be proud!
  • Website: Make a Graduation Cap
  • Song: Pomp and Circumstance Graduation Music
  • Literary Quote: From my point of view, which is that of a storyteller, I see your life as already artful, waiting, just waiting and ready for you to make it art. -- Toni Morrison
    Best wishes to all the graduates! Burlingame Library Staff

  • Activity: Draw or make  a self-portrait by looking in the mirror, or sit with a family member and draw each other.
  • Website:  Tate Kids (Tate Museum in Britain)
  • Song: Will.i.am Sings "What I Am" with Sesame Street
  • Literary Quote: Ever since I was very young, as far back as I can remember, I have loved making pictures. I knew even as a child that, when I grew up, I would be an artist of some kind. The lovely feeling of my pencil touching paper, a crayon making a star shape in my sketchbook, or my brush dipping into bright and colorful paints — these things affect me as joyfully today as they did all those years ago. -- Eric Carle

  • Activity: Make a Claymation video using the playdough you made yesterday and other household
  • Website: Family movie night. Check out and stream for free your favorite movie on Kanopy
  • Song: Baby Snake (The Worm Song)
  • Literary Quote: A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end… but not necessarily in that order. -– Jean-Luc Godard


  • Activity: Make homemade instruments! Fill a toilet paper roll with beans to make a shaker! Take a coffee can or other container to make a drum. Bang 2 pot lids together for cymbals.
  • Website: Make a Singing Water Bow
  • Song: Sing, Sing  a Song - The Carpenters
  • Literary Quote: Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything. - Plato

  • Activity: Make a story with your family. Everyone takes turns adding one sentence. You can do this verbally or by writing it down. (You could even create your own illustrations.)
  • Website:  DIY: Literacy Make Your Own Storycube
  • Song: Puff the Magic Dragon
  • Literary Quote:  He had turned into a dragon while he was asleep. Sleeping on a dragon's hoard with greedy, dragonish thoughts in his heart, he had become a dragon himself.  -- C.S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

  • Activity:  Make some magic! Make a wand and create  some spells! Paint, decorate or color a paper towel tube and transform it into a magic wand. Use your imagination to create some magical moments
  • Website: Visit a Harry Potter Escape Room
  • Song: Pure Imagination - Willy Wonka
  • Literary Quote:  And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it. --  Roald Dahl




  • Activity: Play Charades! Have each person take turns acting out a character from books, movies, or TV for the others to guess.
  • Website: How to Cook Kids Learn to Cook! (In English or Spanish)
  • Song: I Love Fruit
  • Literary Quote: If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world. -J.R.R. Tolkien

  • Activity: Design a new kind of flower. What would it look like? What would it be called? Draw a picture of this new species and write a paragraph about it!
  • Website: Fingerprint Poppy Flowers
  • Song: Sing a Song of Flowers
  • Literary Quote: Nature is written in mathematical language.— Galileo Galilei, Italian astronomer, physicist and engineer


  • Activity: Make a comic strip about something that’s happened to you in real life. It can be funny or serious—whatever you do is up to you!
  • Website: Doodle with Mo Willems
  • Song: Sesame Street:Feist sings 1,2,3,4
  • Literary Quote: Piglet: “How do you spell love?” Pooh: “You don’t spell it. You feel it.” Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne

  • Activity: Write a letter to your friends from school who you haven’t been able to see. What do you want to tell them? What do you like about doing school work from home?
  • Website: Create a self-portrait using the ABCYa game
  • Song: Disney Medley
  • Literary Quote: Piglet: “How do you spell love?” Pooh: “You don’t spell it. You feel it.” Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne

  • Activity: Sometimes it can be hard to be in the same house as your family for so long! Take a moment and remember why you love each other and share out!
  • Website: Play online baseball to improve your math skills with practice questions!
  • Song: See You Again
  • Literary Quote: I don’t understand it any more than you do, but one thing I’ve learned is that you don’t have to understand things for them to be. --Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time

  • Activity: Make slime
  • Website: Toy Theater
  • Song: Half Alive
  • Literary Quote: Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart. --AA Milne, Winnie the Pooh


  • Activity: Find a new word and share it with your family. Try to use it throughout the day.
  • Website: Amazing Space
  • Song: Sky Full of Stars
  • Literary Quote: I think I can. I think I can. I think I can. I know I can.—Watty Piper, The Little Engine That Could

  • Activity:  Use blocks, Popsicle sticks, or whatever you have to create a free-standing object.
  • Website: San Francisco Symphony Kids
  • Song: Lean on Me
  • Literary Quote: It is when we are most lost that we sometimes find our truest friends.—Brothers Grimm, Snow White

  • Activity: Watch a science/ math video
  • Website: Smithsonian
  • Song: Muppet Theme Song
  • Literary Quote: And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. --The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry 

  • Activity: Use a magnifying glass to look at nature objects -- a leaf, a bug, flowers -- more closely.
  • Website: Ology
  • Song: ABC, 123
  • Literary Quote:  You must never feel badly about making mistakes … as long as you take the trouble to learn from them. For you often learn more by being wrong for the right reasons than you do by being right for the wrong reasons. -- The Phantom Tollbooth


  • Activity: Put on a show. Use your imagination and put on a performance for your family.
  • Website: How Stuff Works
  • Song: Cha Cha Slide
  • Literary Quote: So many things are possible just as long as you don’t know they’re impossible. -- Norton Juster

  • Activity: Create art. Get out art materials like crayons and paper and make something wonderful.
  • Website: The Great Plant Escape
  • Song: All In This Together
  • Literary Quote: The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid. --Frank Baum

  • Activity: Play new music. Try playing a new song from a favorite artist, or listen to new music from different cultures or time periods.
  • Website: Arts Alive
  • Song: Get Back Up Again
  • Literary Quote: But the children knew, as I’m sure you know, that the worst surroundings in the world can be tolerated if the people in them are interesting and kind. -- Lemony Snicket











  • Activity: Arrange for a loved one who is far away to be a “Mystery Reader” on Zoom or FaceTime as they read a favorite picture book to your family.
  • Website: The Tech Interactive
  • Song: Fireflies
  • Literary Quote: What might seem to be a series of unfortunate events may, in fact, be the first steps of a journey. --A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket


  • Activity: Visit illustrator Amy June Bates’ Instagram and learn to draw something new.
  • Website: Typing Club
  • Song: Cupid Shuffle
  • Literary Quote: If you didn’t have bad things, you wouldn’t have good things. They would all just be things. Did you ever think of that? --Hello Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly

  • Activity: Celebrate Earth Day by making a recyclable craft.  Find ideas here
  • Website: Highlights for Kids
  • Song: Little Bit of Love
  • Literary Quote: Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. --Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

  • Activity: Play around with faces on the “Grimace” App and then write a poem about that character.
  • Website: Golden Gate Park Turns 150!
  • Song: Shake It Off
  • Literary Quote: I do not like to dwell on the past. Life is ahead of us. If we spend too much time looking backward, we can’t see where we are going. --Wonder by R.J. Palacio

  • Activity: Make smoothies together and give them creative names like you find at fancy juice and coffee shops.
  • Website: National Geographic Kids
  • Song: The One Moment
  • Literary Quote: Even the silence has a story to tell you. Just listen. --Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson








  • Activity: Start a family gratitude journal and take turns writing what you are grateful for.
  • Website: Visit the Louvre in Paris
  • Song: Shower the People
  • Literary Quote: If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely. -- The Twits by Roald Dahl









  • Activity: Write a one-page story (illustrated or not) and mail it to a friend or relative.
  • Website: Bedtime Math at Home
  • Song: Happy