During the coronavirus pandemic, a lot of Loudoun County locals have found themselves in a new role: homeschool teachers. Whether you have one child at home with one teacher or multiple children with multiple teachers, you might find yourself running out of educational ideas trying to find ways to keep your kid’s minds challenged and entertained.
We’ve compiled a list of local businesses that are offering craft kits to-go, creative online art classes, games and other activities that are fun and engaging.
Get crafty with stencils and paint! AR Workshop is currently offering DIY Make & Take to-go kits for all ages. Choose from either wood or canvas in a variety of DIY kit styles to create a wood sign or canvas tote bag, with all of the materials enclosed to create a work of art. Visit AR Workshop’s website for a complete list of crafts and pick up days.
Do you have kids at home who love to sew or want to learn? Sew Magarbo’s online shop offers a variety of machines, fabrics and patterns to help get you started. If you have wanted to sew facemasks but don’t know where to start, Sew Magarbo has simple to follow tutorials on their YouTube channel!
While you can’t visit the farm to play, Great Country Farms is allowing you to bring home the farm fun! Purchase a gem mining kit and travel backward across the geological timeline as you identify different types of rocks. Or, purchase a fun farm puzzle to complete on a rainy day. For a fun and free option, visit their Facebook page where they have coloring sheets of various iconic spots around the farm.
Do you have an aspiring artist at home? Local realist painter Deb Keirce is offering private online mentoring classes for ages 12 and up. Learn the methods and resources to paint realistically in a one-on-one teaching environment tailored to your educational skill level. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced artist, Deb will help you hone your skills to create beautiful works of art.
For a limited time, The Clay and Metal Loft is offering Paint Your Own Pottery at-home kits for kids starting at $8. If you are looking for more direction, visit their website to learn more about their online jewelry, clay, and painting workshops, plus more specialty kids classes.
Try a new game that the whole family to enjoy! With a wide range of board, card and miniature games, you are bound to find a new, educational game that will be challenging (or simple) that will create lasting memories. Follow Creative Pursuit Games, Inc. on Facebook to see a full list of games they have in stock!
Looking for even more educational opportunities? Take a virtual tour of a Loudoun County farm:Take Loudoun Home