Are you one of millions of parents who has recently taken on the responsibility of “at home teacher” as well? It’s just another hat you’ve got to wear during these unpredictable times, and we know it can feel quite overwhelming. While online courses and take-home packets certainly provide the material, often it falls on mom and dad’s shoulders to keep little ones engaged, excited, and ready to take on each day.
So, to help, and to keep the creative juices flowing here are just a few fun activities you can add to your in-home curriculum:
KODIAK CAKES BOX GUITAR
Got a Kodiak Cakes box laying around? We’re pulling inspiration from My Teaching Station to make a Kodiak Cakes Box Guitar.
8 rubber bands (different sizes can help give your guitar different pitches)
Pen or Pencil
Heavy duty tape
Craft knife (optional)
Making your guitar:
Sound Hole – Using a ~3-inch container top (e.g. mason jar), trace a circle in the center of the front side of Kodiak Cakes box. Cut circle using scissors or craft knife. This hole will act as your sound hole. If using our Flapjack & Waffle Mix box, just cut out the logo using the inner circle as a guide.
String Attachments – Use scissors or push pin to punch two sets of six holes in a straight line at each end of the box (careful not to make them too big). These holes should be about ½-inch apart and close to the box edges. Then, cut six rubber bands and use the push pin to help thread them through the small holes on one side of the box (we recommend starting with the unopened or bottom side of the box and use the sound hole to make the knot tying easier). Tie knots from inside the box to keep the rubber bands from pulling out. After that side is complete, stretch each rubber band across to the matching hole on the other side and again, thread it through using the push pin. Secure each rubber band with another inside knot.
Crayon Bridge – Cut six V-shaped grooves into each crayon using the craft knife or scissors. Your box guitar’s rubber-band-strings will sit in these grooves. Secure the crayons in place with the two remaining rubber bands to lift the strings off the box for better sound. See image for placement.
Assemble the Neck – Tape any open sides of box guitar shut. Using the end of the paper towel tube, trace a circle in the center of the unopened or bottom end of the box. Cut an “X” inside the circle with the scissors or craft knife and gently press the flaps inward. Fit the paper towel tube inside the hole so it’s snug and tight – this will act as the “neck” of the box guitar. Adjust the size of the hole as needed. If it’s too big, try gluing the paper towel tube to the hole flaps.
All done! Now you’re ready for at-home music class.
BEAR BITES BOX NIGHT LAMP
Light up your kids nighttime fort or tent by turning empty Kodiak Cakes Bear Bites boxes into night lamps. You can even incorporate science class by printing out constellations in the night sky to cut into your lamp! First though, empty those remaining bear bites into a bowl to have a snack on hand.
Plug in light (small enough to fit inside your box. A night light works best)
Making your night lamp:
Use the pin to trace shapes already on the box that you want light to shine through. If you use a printout – of constellations for example – we suggest taping the printed page onto your box. Then, use the pin to poke the printed design onto the Kodiak Cakes box. Don’t remove the printout until you are completely done.
On the opposite side of the Kodiak Cakes box, cut two holes in the bottom half of the box using scissors or a craft knife so you can plug in the night light.
Insert the nightlight into the holes and tape it to the box to hold it in place.
Plug your Kodiak Cakes Box Night Lamp into an outlet to see your creation!
SNACK TIME TRAIL MIX
You’ll certainly want to have a few snacks on hand during a long day of learning. So, why not prep for the whole week during one of your afternoon activities together? Our Bear Bite Trail Mix recipe is packed with the nutrients you’ll all need to keep your brains alert and ready to learn. The best part is, you can customize your trail mix to fit your taste.
Here’s what you’ll need:
1 cup Cinnamon Bear Bites (or any flavor you have on hand)
1/2 cup pretzel sticks
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup almonds
1/4 cup coconut chips
Other ingredient ideas: dried banana chips (or any dried fruit), dark chocolate chips, yogurt chips, any other nuts, M&M’S, etc.
Making your trail mix:
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and toss until combined.
Store in an airtight container.
What creative learning activities are you doing with your kids at home? Share your ideas with us on social media by tagging @kodiakcakes.