Willow Grove PTO Blog STAYCATION KIT, Mar. 19, 2021

Willow Grove Bears Spring Break Staycation Kit

The Willow Grove PTO is wishing everyone in our community a fun and safe Spring Break!

This Staycation Kit is provided to you as a gift from our Willow Grove PTO to our learning community, with fun "adventures" that you can explore with your family any day throughout Spring Break (Mar. 22–26).

Our Staycation Kit includes different Craft Kits to go along with virtual learning adventures. The Craft Kits were either sent home with your children or picked up by you from school. Some of these crafts/activities might require support from parents. You also will need a computer or tablet to access the Internet and YouTube, as well as some basic craft supplies not included in the kit (i.e., glue stick and paint and/or markers).

Virtual Learning Adventures

Check out the virtual learning adventures our Willow Grove PTO has curated for your family:

• Sue the T. Rex, presented by the Field MuseumSee VIDEO

Included craft: Build your own mini 3-D dinosaur
Students can visit Sue in this online presentation and brush up on little-known facts about the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex. Field Staff will guide you from Sue's life in the Cretaceous period to the latest scientific research. Using a 3-D virtual model scanned straight from Sue's fossilized bones, staff will point out key features that give hints about Sue's past. The presentation is divided into 5 sections and parents can skip or go ahead at any time.

Tech support contact for the Field Museum: Marcy Krause [email protected]

• Sea Animals from the Shedd Aquarium –  Sea Curious | Shedd Aquarium

Included craft: Magic Color Scratch Ocean Animal Ornament
Dive into questions about your favorite animals with a new Shedd Aquarium video series for kids, featuring 2–5 minute quick videos! 

Designed by kids for kids, each episode answers a question about animals by exploring and having adventures at the aquarium. Some quick videos include:

  • Do animals play?
  • Do animals have superpowers?
  • Why are some animals slimy?
  • What does animal poop look like?
  • What do animals do at night?
  • What do animals eat?
  • Do animals go to the doctor?
  • How are animals born?
  • Do animals lose teeth?

• Amazing Otters from Monterey Bay Aquarium –  See Otter Spotters VIDEO

Included craft: Brown paper lunch bag to make puppet

Learn all about adorable sea otters and the kelp forest habitat they call home. Move like a sea otter and create your own sea otter puppet using simple materials. Practice observing otter behaviors just like a biologist would.

• Watch and Learn About Your Favorite Animals – See San Diego Zoo Kids ViDEOS

Included craft: Animal map with stickers (color coded)

Additional Activities

Here are some additional activities you can enjoy during Spring Break:

Questions? Send email to the Willow Grove PTO. Please do not contact any District 96 teaching staff or tech support for assistance, as they are not available during Spring Break.

Thank you to our sponsor Sunset Foods–Long Grove for providing the reusable grocery bags for our Staycation Kits! We appreciate your community partnership!

Have a wonderful Spring Break!