“Keeping my kids busy!” is a comment heard on conference calls across Habitat staff as we share struggles and tips for working from home.

And we know we’re not alone in feeling stressed and wondering about ways we can keep our kids engaged and learning outside of the classroom. Many of us have turned into part-time teachers as we respond to California’s shelter-in-place order to help flatten the curve of COVID-19.

Habitat is here to help fill your kids’ days because at Habitat, we believe everyone can make a difference no matter their age.

Turn your home into a classroom with our at-home “Build a House” activity packets –for students in K-2nd grade, 3rd – 5th grade, and 6th - 8th grade.

Children's Homeschool Activities

As your child completes this activity, they will be building a replica of a cabin from Bridge Housing Communities – a collaboration with the City of San José and HomeFirst to provide temporary, transitional housing for our neighbors experiencing homelessness.

We hope you take an opportunity to talk to your child about the issue of homelessness. As we are asked to shelter at home, we think of those who have no home in which to shelter, and we consider the importance of having security, basic amenities, and support during a time like this. Click here for some more facts and ways to talk to your children about homelessness across California.

We hope these activity sheets engage your child to think creatively and compassionately.

Download our “Build a House” activity packets and start learning today!
Download Your Build A House Activity Packet  for grades K-2nd Download Your Build A House Activity Packet  for grades 3rd-5th Download Your Build A House Activity Packet  for grades 6th-8th

P.S. If you enjoy this project, you will love our STEM Playhouse Program – a project-based, hands-on learning opportunity for students that integrates science, technology, engineering, and math curriculums with building playhouses to benefit children in our community.


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Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley

As an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, Habitat East Bay/Silicon Valley believes in a world where everyone has a decent place to live. We create opportunities for families to transform their lives, gaining the strength, stability, and self-reliance they need to build a better future. Working together as a community, we build homes with affordable mortgages, repair and renovate existing homes, counsel first-time homebuyers, and revitalize neighborhoods in Alameda, Contra Costa, and Santa Clara counties. For more information, please call 866.450.4432.


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