Fun and educational activities for kids to do while at home

With students attending school from home due to COVID-19 and many outdoor activities on hold as we enter the cold and rainy season, we’ve refreshed our list of activities to help keep kids engaged and learning.

Below is a variety of worksheets, videos, games, coloring pages and other activities for students of all ages, informed by our partnership with Portland Public Schools as we continue to develop the first ever fully-integrated K-12 Climate Literacy curriculum.

Some of these activities will require a printer but many can be completed using a smartphone or laptop. Many of these options can be used to support learning taking place in the online classroom, while others are just for fun. Check out the table below for grade level-appropriate options.

Kindergarten to Fifth Grade

Activity: Healthy or Harmful?

Life Science: Parents and their Offspring
Materials: Access to a computer and printer

Activity: Recipe for Hydropower

Physical Science: Pushes and Pulls
Materials: Access to a computer and printer

Video: Virtual tour of Pelton Round Butte hydropower project and Q&A with a biologist

Life Science: Animals, Plants & Their Environment
Materials: Access to a computer, tablet or smartphone

Video: Virtual tour of Pelton Round Butte hydropower project (without biologist Q&A)

Life Science: Animals, Plants & Their Environment
Materials: Access to a computer, tablet or smartphone

Video: Harborton Habitat Restoration

Life Science: Animals, Plants & Their Environment
Materials: Access to a computer, tablet or smartphone

Virtual Speaker Request (min. of 10 children): Host a conversation with a fish biologist or wildlife expert

Life Science
Materials: Access to a computer, tablet or smartphone

Deeper Dive: Become a Junior Ranger

Life Science
Materials: Access to a computer, tablet or smartphone

Middle School

Activity: Restore Your River

Life Science: Ecology
Materials: Access to a computer and printer

Virtual Speaker Request (min of 10 children): Host a conversation with a fish biologist

Life Science
Materials: Access to a computer, tablet or smartphone

Video: Virtual tour of downstream fish passage on the Clackamas

Life Science: Ecology
Materials: Access to a computer, tablet or smartphone

Video: Acoustic Telemetry study behind the scenes

Life Science: Ecology
Materials: Access to a computer, tablet or smartphone

Activity: Deschutes Activities Packet

Just for fun
Materials: Access to a computer and printer

Activity: Camp-in campout activity card

Just for fun
Materials: Access to a computer and printer

High School

Video: Drone on the Range

Next Generation Science Standards 11.1 Eco-diversity and Biodiversity
Materials: Access to a computer, tablet or smartphone

Activity: Juniper, Fire and Wildlife

Next Generation Science Standards 11.1 Eco-diversity and Biodiversity
Materials: Access to a computer and printer

Video: Mini Sharma-Ogle: What is my role?

Portland Public Schools 11/12 Climate Elective, Unit 1: Intro to Climate Change and Climate Justice
Materials: Access to a computer, tablet or smartphone

Video: Gonzalo Mendez: What is my role?

Portland Public Schools 11/12 Climate Elective Unit 2: Climate Science and Climate Resilience
Materials: Access to a computer, tablet or smartphone

Video: Elysia Treanor & Elaine Hart: What is my role?

Portland Public Schools 11/12 Climate Elective Unit 3: Climate Change Effects, Impacts and Solutions
Materials: Access to a computer, tablet or smartphone

Video: Caitlin Horsley: What is my role?

Portland Public Schools 11/12 Climate Elective Unit 3: Climate Change Effects, Impacts and Solutions
Materials: Access to a computer, tablet or smartphone

Video: Geoff Moore: What is my role?

Portland Public Schools 11/12 Climate Elective Unit 3: Climate Change Effects, Impacts and Solutions
Materials: Access to a computer, tablet or smartphone

Video: McKena Miyashiro & Cristian Salgado: What is my role?

Portland Public Schools 11/12 Climate Elective Unit 4: Climate Justice Politics and Economics
Materials:Access to a computer, tablet or smartphone

Virtual Speaker Request (min of 10 students): Host a conversation with a terrestrial biologist

Next Generation Science Standards 11.1 Eco-diversity and Biodiversity
Materials: Access to a computer, tablet or smartphone

Virtual Speaker Request (min of 10 students): Host a conversation with a water quality specialist

Next Generation Science Standards 10.3 Elements and Periodic Table
Materials: Access to a computer, tablet or smartphone

Safety, savings and energy

Worksheet: Clean Energy Word Search

Clean Energy
Materials: Access to a computer and printer

Worksheet: Clean Energy Word Game

Clean Energy
Materials: Access to a computer and printer

Worksheet: Energy-Saving Coloring Page - Kitchen

Energy Saving
Materials: Access to a computer and printer

Worksheet: Energy-Saving Coloring Page - Living Room

Energy Saving
Materials: Access to a computer and printer

Video: Steer Clear of Electric Sockets

Electrical Safety
Materials: Access to a computer, tablet or smartphone

Video: Don’t Touch Downed Power Lines

Electrical Safety
Materials: Access to a computer, tablet or smartphone

Video: Look Up Before You Play

Electrical Safety
Materials: Access to a computer, tablet or smartphone

Video: Electricity and Water Don’t Mix

Electrical Safety
Materials: Access to a computer, tablet or smartphone