Help your child become a Junior Ranger through the National Park Service. Together, you can learn more about what is underwater, how fossils are formed, exploring the wilderness, and more. You can also find Junior Ranger Activity Pages for a specific park near you.
Activities of the Week
"Explore, Learn, and Protect!"
Play with your food (and build math skills)!
Make lunch time an opportunity to work on your child's logic and spatial reasoning with Tangram Puzzle Sandwiches. This fun activity allows children to create pictures using the shapes from their tangram "puzzle." To learn how, go to PBS Parents Adventures in Learning.
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.
Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated each September 15 - October 15 in the United States and is a great opportunity to learn about Hispanic culture and history with your child. Check out the Smithsonian's Hispanic Heritage Month resources with interactive timelines, quizzes, and activities to learn more!
Getting Involved at School
Studies show students perform better when mothers and fathers are both involved in the education of their children. Look for ways to get involved at your child’s schools this year! Join or start a local group – like the PTA (www.pta.org) or a program for dads, like Watch D.O.G.S. (www.fathers.com/watchdogs) or All Pro Dad (www.allprodad.com).
Talk safe driving.
It's never too early to talk to your teenagers about the dangers of drunk driving. The 2015 national drunk driving enforcement crackdown, "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over," goes into effect across the country from August 19 to September 7, 2015. Take the time to have this important conversation today.
Check out some back to school crafts.
Get your child ready for the return to school with back-to-school crafts available from PBS. Try this recipe for DIY paper made from materials found around the house!
Happy birthday Park Service!
August 10th marks the birthday of the Smithsonian Institute.
Check out their website for interactive activities, including this virtual dinosaur exhibit, available right in your home!