There’s no fear of missing out if you’re not on social media or if you missed our original broadcast! Here are some of our recent kids learning videos and kid’s activities. As your family learns together, we encourage you to incorporate these RVA Basics (English PDF/Spanish PDF)—five fun, simple, and powerful ways that every family can use to help every child have a great start in life. Enjoy!
Kid’s Activities & Learning with Children’s Garden Educators:
Virtual Story Time
Enjoy story time with Children’s Educator Tarneshia Evans on Fridays at 10 a.m. on Facebook Live.
Ruby’s Birds Story Time
The Thing About Bees: A Love Story Story Time
One Love Story Time
Summer Days and Nights Story Time
Some Bug Story Time
The Busy Tree Story Time
Here are some resources:
Stick & Stone Story Time
Stick Activities for Families
Did you know that a stick is the number one open-ended toy? Guess what, it is! Sticks are very much a part of children’s play. It is truly inspiring to observe how children approach and use sticks in different ways. Before you watch our video, you might want to go on a Twig Hunt (PDF)! Your kids are probably creative and have thought of all manner of things to do with them, but if not, here are 20 more things to do with sticks (PDF).
Want to learn more about how you can incorporate loose parts like sticks into learning? See our Loose Parts Resources (PDF).
There are many hidden treasures in the outdoors and each one has a special place in nature. Remember when you’re outdoors to take time and observe because most of the time these items are overlooked and not noticed. Children’s Educator Tarneshia Evans shares a resource sheet about exploring nature’s treasures and how you can reuse egg cartons to make a treasure chest.
Exploring Spring with Your Family
Spring is full of surprises; every day is different! Children’s Educator Tarneshia Evans shares a fun activity for kids: making a “nest” out of a paper bag. Learn more resources for exploring spring with your family, including experienced a blossom shower and going on a flower hunt.
Bird Watching with Kids
Tarneshia shares more about activities related to birds (below) and you can check out the related blog post about bird watching with kids for more great resources.
Explore the Forest
Learn how to make your own nature box, use animal puppets and animal tracks to bring the forest alive for your children. Still want to learn more? See our Forest Story Time Resources (PDF), join in on a Wild Relay Race and search for animal homes with this ID Sheet (PDF)
Learn more about spring vegetable gardening in the Kroger Community Kitchen Garden with Senior Horticulturist Laurel Matthew. She even includes great planting tips!
See More Activities for Kids
Children’s Program Developer Tarneshia is an award-winning educator who has worked with kids for more than 20 years. She’s an advocate for promoting high-quality early childhood environmental education and she loves seeing youth engaged with and immersed in nature. When she’s not teaching, you can find her volunteering for PBS, Richmond Public Libraries, and other community events.
Children’s Educator Kelsey brings you a weekly themed Children’s Garden check-in. We hope you and your kids learn something new while you watch!
Children’s Program Developer Mitra never ceases to be amazed by the wonders of nature and always feels inspired by the joy children experience while exploring the natural world.