“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.
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!
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.