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Fun at-home activities for kids

Make a tippy-tap!

Making your very own tippy-tap is a super easy, fun cooperative learning activity for children of all primary school ages that can be made in your backyard or balcony.

World Vision is the largest non-government provider of safe water in the developing world. We reach one person every 10 seconds with clean water. We teach communities to make tippy-taps so they can wash their hands safely when they don’t have a tap at home or nearby.

Watch the video, or download these instructions to make a tippy-tap!

Adult supervision is required and you'll need to allow at least an hour. You’ll need poles or sticks, string, soap, a large water bottle and scissors. Discuss safe water, hygiene, construction and the effects of gravity as you go!

Create a photo journal

<h3>Create a photo journal</h3>
Tell the story of your life through photos, writing a small caption for each one.

Children can use photos of themselves, family members, pets, school books or assignments, favourite toys and books. Or they can choose to use photos that explore and express themselves and their views on the world.

You can send your photo journal to your sponsored child to tell them about your life or keep it as a family memento.

Fun worksheets

<h3>Fun worksheets</h3>
Each year, sponsored children complete activity worksheets for you! The worksheets support their learning and development and give sponsors, like you, an insight into how they are growing and developing.

It’s a great activity for kids of all ages to complete, too – you can even send it to your sponsored child so they can learn more about you or your family.

Download worksheets: Welcome to my world and Making it right.

Write a letter

<h3>Write a letter</h3>
Receiving a letter is such a lovely way to stay connected with your loved ones.

Letter writing helps kids develop their written expression skills and practice handwriting or computer skills.

This is also an amazing opportunity to connect with your sponsored child. You can even send your sponsored child an email from your My World Vision account.

Explore the power of soap

Have you ever wondered why we use soap to wash our hands?

In this short video, Dr Michelle Dickinson aka Nanogirl, uses a very simple experiment to explain how soap contains surfactants which help to lift bacteria and microbes from the skin and push them away. The water then washes the loose bacteria away leaving your hands cleaner.

You can set up this simple experiment at home, using only water, pepper and soap to show the importance of washing your hands with soap to your kids.

Explain how important handwashing is to stopping viruses from making us sick. Did you know that it’s something that World Vision's sponsored children learn about too?

Play it forward with these educational activities

A soup to share

Learn about the importance of sharing and contributing to the greater good through this story about stone soup — and learn how to make it!  

Download instructions: A soup to share
<h4>Gift giving</h4>

Gift giving

Behind every item in our home are the hands of others. Discover the abundance of gifts within your home — and within you. 

Download instructions: Gift giving
<h4>DIY toys</h4>

DIY toys

Most kids living in poverty don’t have many toys, but that doesn’t stop them from playing. They make toys out of what they find. 

Download instructions: DIY toys

Grab the popcorn, it's movie time!

Disney’s Queen of Katwe is the uplifting story of Phiona Mutesi, a girl living in a Kampala slum in Uganda who learns to play chess.

Watch this movie as a family, and use it as a tool to discuss different cultures, poverty, overcoming adversity and much more.

For 10-year-old Phiona and her family, life in the impoverished slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda, is a constant struggle. Her mother, Harriet, is fiercely determined to take care of her family and works tirelessly selling vegetables in the market to make sure her children are fed and have a roof over their heads.

Trailer: Disney's Queen of Katwe

Take a tour of the world

Take a tour of the world

Sheila (11), Philippines

Learn about a day in the life of five children and explore how life is different for children in different parts of the world. 

Use these photo essays  to introduce your children to the similarities and differences of life in other places. Find each of the countries on a world map, and use this sheet  to make notes about one of the children they learn about. 

All five countries have confirmed cases of COVID-19 which can spark further conversations with your children about hygiene, health and education. 

Ask your children to use what they have learnt from the photos and the stories, to write a letter to one of the five children. In their letter they could write about where they live, their school, favourite activity, chores at home and what they usually eat.