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Posted on: March 16, 2020

Online Resources for At-Home Fun

Nature Education

Stuck at home? Even if you can’t get out and about, you can still have a great time, learn something new and be creative. Check out these resources we’ve collected with projects and more you can do right now with materials you probably already have. We’ll keep adding to the list as we go, so check back as you run out of things to do!

Mansfield Parks Online

Your favorite parks are live in the living room! Each weekday during the break we’ll have a live program at 10 a.m. on our Facebook feed. Watch live or on your own time, click here for a link to all the videos.

Mansfield Public Library

Even though the Library is closed, they have a ton of online resources you can use. Many don’t require a library card to log in; check out their website here for details.

External Links for Projects, Crafts & More

Sharing Family Stories
The truth can be stranger than fiction. The same can be said for family histories. Every family has their doozies!

Fizzy’s Lunch Lab
Your little entrepreneur can become a lemonade mogul. Have them practice exchanging money while sharpening some business skills.

DIY Pet Toys
Our furry friends get bored too but it’s pretty easy to make them a new toy that you can enjoy too.

Bake Your Own Dog Biscuits
Your pup wants a treat too, unfortunately their paws aren’t equipped for baking.

Birdseed Cookies
Everybody loves cookies right? The birds would appreciate some too made with all natural products.

Magic Mail Center
Send a smile by creating your own magical mail that will brighten anyones day.

Friendship Bracelets
One of my very favorite projects that you can keep for years to remind you of super fun times.

Create a Kindness Display
Create your own kindness quilt to recognize all those you are thankful for.

Little Green Thumbs
Kids will definetly want to eat the vegetables that they grew themselves.

Nature Scavenger Hunt
While you’re enjoying being outside keep your eyes open to check off as many wildlife as you can find.

Rare Texas Species
Texas has some pretty weird wildlife that no one gets to see very often and needs your help to protect.

Baking with Kids
Who doesn’t love cake and cookies? They taste even better when you make them together.

DIY Unpoppable Bubbles
This experiment will blow your mind. And blow a few bubbles too.

Magic Milk Experiment
This experiment has a pretty cool reaction and teaches kids the importance of washing up with soap.

Floating Dry Erase Stick Man
Your drawings will come to life with this super easy experiment.

DIY Kinetic Sand
This DIY is pretty easy to make and it will also help to keep those kiddos hands clean.

Make a Leprechaun Trap
Just in time for St. Patricks day this sure fire trap will catch all those little guys to bring you luck the rest of the year.

Rainbow Toast
Make your own delicious lucky rainbow and then eat it.

Dominoes Cookies
Who says you can’t play with your food? But if you eat all of these cookies then the games over.

DIY Ice Cream
If you make your own ice cream then you get to choose how many flavors you can have on one cone. Just sayin...

Edible Slime
Think slime is gross? Bet you’ll change your mind with this tasty recipe.

Crystal Egg Geode
Geodes can take millions of years to form but these DIY geodes will only take a couple of days.

Marshmallow Shooters
Here’s a fun way to work on some hand eye coordination. And clean up will be a breeze once you’ve eaten all those marshmallows.

Frosted Grapes
Make some fairy eggs with this magical project. Maybe not the healthiest way to eat your fruit but it’s so pretty!

Puffy Sidewalk Chalk
Show your artistic skills off for the whole neighborhood to see with this DIY. Plus it’s PUFFY!

Salt Painting
A whole new way to paint with watercolors that will definetly make it up on the fridge gallery.

Recycled Plastic Flowers
This art project will show your kids a whole new way to reuse plastic that turns it into something beautiful.

Rainbow Bubble Art
Bubbles! Rainbow bubbles! Rainbow bubbles that you can hang up on your wall!

Tissue Paper Tie Dye
Tie dye without all the mess. See how many combinations and patterns you can come up with.

Cup Weaving
Another way to reuse plastic is to turn it into something useful and beautiful.


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