Activities for Children

Looking for ways to keep kids entertained, educated, and engaged at home? The content on this page has been curated by the JCC’s early childhood and youth staff.

J-Fam: A Playgroup for Jewish Babies & Their Grownups

Thursdays, ongoing, at 10:30am
Sharing, singing, stories and bonding with other families. Siblings welcome. This is a free, online program from Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley. Register at jvalley.org/j-fam.

Hebrew as a Second Language (ages 6-8 years)

New for the 2020-21 school year! The Beged Kefet Hebrew Language School will offer Hebrew as a Second Language (HSL) for children ages 6-8 years old, on Wednesdays from 4:00-5:30pm. The school year runs from September 2020 – June 2021.

Instruction during the fall semester will be virtual (online).

To register, click here. (Need help with registration? You’ll find detailed instructions click here.)

Beged Kefet is a Hebrew language afterschool program for students in kindergarten through high school. It opened in September 2008 in response to the local community’s need and has been headquartered at the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto since September 2009. Beged Kefet operates satellite campuses at the JCC in Los Gatos, as well as in Sunnyvale, Foster City, the East Bay, and Stanford.

Please contact Beged Kefet’s Los Gatos Campus Headmaster, Yael Karmi at bkyael@apjcc.org with any questions.

For more information see https://www.paloaltojcc.org/Beged-Kefet-Hebrew-School.

Beged Kefet is a creation of the ICC@JCC, a program of the Oshman Family JCC.

Camp Shalom Facebook Group

We’ve created a Camp Shalom Facebook Group for Camp Shalom families, where we are posting activities for the whole family to enjoy. Come “hang out” with your Camp Shalom friends!

CLICK HERE TO FIND THE CAMP SHALOM FACEBOOK GROUP

 

Websites Recommended by the APJCC Preschool

The JCC’s early childhood education director, Cyndi Sherman, recommends these resources for activities to do at home.

Mommypoppins
This one has lots of connections to many different organizations. Most are free.
https://mommypoppins.com/family/coronavirus-pandemic-update-indoor-activities-resources-kids

We Are Teachers and Popsugar
These two sites have links to museums and other places you could normally visit. For all ages.
https://www.weareteachers.com/best-virtual-field-trips/
and
https://www.popsugar.com/family/virtual-field-trips-to-take-with-kids-47315476

Art Bar
This has suggestions for open ended, developmentally appropriate art projects and activities for preschool to elementary school aged kids.
https://www.artbarblog.com/art-and-play-activity-guide-for-kids-in-quarantine/

My Bored Toddler
This is a website with many ideas for activities and projects for toddlers and younger preschoolers.
https://myboredtoddler.com/toddler-activities-collection/

Raising Dragons
This website is full of activities and ideas to keep children as young as 18 months old engaged and learning.
https://raisingdragons.com

Parents Place: Supporting Your Family During Coronavirus
Parents Place is offering many online resources about talking to children about what is happening and how to handle the disruption in their lives.
https://mailchi.mp/jfcs/a-lifeline-to-parents-during-coronavirus?e=b86bead1c5

“Homeshuling” Jewish Videos
Here’s a resource for fun Jewish videos for virtual learning:
https://reformjudaism.org/blog/2020/03/17/homeshuling-under-quarantine-fun-jewish-videos-virtual-learning

 

PJ Library Programs

PJ Library (a program of the Jewish Federation) offers this list of virtual story times, activities, recipes, and Jewish resources.

PJ Library Resources for Families Who Are Sheltering in Place
These resources for families who are staying home include recipes for cooking with kids, activities for learning languages, hands-on crafts, podcasts, and more.

How to Talk to Your Kids About Scary Situations
This post is an evolving list of resources to help parents talk to their children, their children’s teachers, and each other about evacuations, quarantine, and other scary situations.

Keeping Peace at Home – Helping Kids Get Along
The Jewish value of shalom bayit (peace in the home) can mean peace among all family members, among other things. These six tips can help everyone in the house keep calm and carry on.

 

Born to Move: Exercise Videos for Kids

BORN TO MOVE is designed to nurture a life-long love of physical activity and helps children (4-5, 6-7, 8-12, 13-16) experience the joy and vitality of moving to music. Each session is created to feed young people’s natural appetite for action, movement and play, and it lets them enjoy the energy confidence, good healthy and increased ability that goes with it. You can use this link for access to 15 free BORN TO MOVE videos for families to use.

 

The Tech Interactive at Home

This is a collection of fun and easy activities for parents and educators. It also includes educational resources and links to educational IMAX films. There are lesson plans and activities that teachers and parents can adapt for at-home learning. There are a variety of materials for different grade levels, subjects and levels of independence.
https://www.thetech.org/athome