With families at home together over the coming weeks, it is a perfect opportunity to engage in faith formation activities.
There are several resources available online for families. Here are a few that you might want to check out:
Faith@Home is providing a resource each day that includes something for families to watch, to listen to, to do and to pray about. Also, once a week, they’ll also provide a “go deeper” resource that will help parents engage their kids in theological conversation concerning illness, crisis, anxiety, death.
Family Devotional: Pandemic Hope – Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Illinois
This is a family devotional for life during COVID-19. It contains scripture readings & activities for the next 8 weeks that are focused on deepening faith, connecting with each other and God, and practicing love in uncertain times.
Illustrated Children’s Ministry is putting together free, weekly resources that individual church members and families can sign up for and have delivered to them weekly. By signing up, you will receive free faith formation activities for all ages once a week.
Family Faith Formation Toolkit – Christian Reformed Church (CRC)
The CRC’s Faith Formation Toolkit contains theory, tools and helpful ideas about how to engage in faith formation at home.
The Bible App for Kids is a free app for Android, Apple and Kindle devices, available in over 50 languages. The app introduces children to 41 of the “big” Bible stories and helps them understand the overall story that the Bible is telling. Throughout each story, fun, interactive animations keep children engaged and select stories even include games designed to help them learn, understand and retain important Bible story concepts.
A few great ideas about how to get children engaging with scripture by using their minds, hearts and hands.
Use LEGO to Tell Bible Stories
If the kids in your family like LEGO, why not do a Bible-based LEGO activity? There are also several free resources for teaching scripture using LEGO that you can access online through a simple Google search.
You can also find Christian LEGO activities is Emily Slichter Given’s book Building Faith Brick by Brick; there are two volumes of this book, which cost approximately $25 each.
More Online Resources and Activities for Kids and Parents
In addition to faith-based resources and activities for kids, we have also compiled a list of fun and educational online activities for children of all ages. From audiobooks to virtual zoo tours, these online activities are sure to entertain and educate kids (and even parents) during this long stretch of being at home.
Stories entertain, teach and keep young minds active, alert and engaged. Audible is offering an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help kids continue dreaming, learning and just being kids. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.
Storyline Online is a free literacy program where actors read to children.
Read-alongs, sing-alongs, illustrating demos and more – provided by the Growing Book by Book Community.
Common Sense Media has compiled an excellent list of resources and activities , including audiobooks and virtual story times, music classes and performances, educational activities and lesson plans, virtual tours, fun and games, and more.
Scholastic has launched a Learn at Home website that has daily courses for students from pre-kindergarten to grades six and higher. Scholastic’s learning plans cover all the subjects your student would be taking at school.
In light of the current situation regarding school closures, educators across Turtle Island have come together to provide online learning opportunities for our children K-8 through the Think Indigenous initiative.
The number of educational shows on Netflix is growing every day, which is ideal for kids who learn best visually. This is a list – compiled by Homeschool Hideout – of educational shows on Netflix – watch documentaries, learn about animals, earth and nature, space, history and more.
Ever Clever Mom offers a list of online resources that that are currently being offered for free by companies that have stepped up to offer everyone access to their programs. Also included are resources that are always free, and some ideas for when your family needs some time offline.
This is a super helpful list of websites – compiled by the Kids Activities blog – for education companies that will allow you to sign-up for their learning programs for free to help kids move forward with their education from home.
A list of 22 ways to leave home without actually leaving the couch – from virtual zoo exhibits to museum gallery tours.
Have you ever wanted to ride every ride and see every show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in one day without waiting in line? Well now is your chance!
Go on a field trip without leaving your house! Visit the Parliament buildings, Iqaluit, The Canadian Museum of History, The Royal Tyrell Musuem, or go on a farm tour.
Visit a dairy farm without leaving home.
Mo Willems invites you into his studio every day for lunchtime doodles. 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. New episodes will be posted each weekday at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern) and then remain online to be streamed afterwards.
Check out The Kitchen Table Classroom for a collection of online art classes you can enjoy with your kids.
The OMazing Kids Facebook page has a list of apps for kids that developers are offering for free. (Some for a limited time)