Cougar Family Fun

KEEPING COUGAR FAMILIES ACTIVE

In light of COVID-19 and today’s ever-changing work and family environment, it is important to keep some things consistent. The WSU Tri-Cities Cougar Kids website is here to provide you with weekly entertainment, activities, and family fun for all. Check out what we have in store for you, below:

Super Coug Readers – WSU Tri-Cities Faculty Reading

Join our WSU Tri-Cities faculty for short readings of their favorite childhood book or a book that is relevant to their field of practice.

Super Coug Readers Bingo

Suggested supplies for activity: Printer, paper, and a marker.

Activity Instructions: Calling all Super Coug Readers: Are you ready to play some BINGO with books? We thought so! Parents; print the PDF BINGO sheet and start a game of fun and learning with your little one. When your child earns a Coug BINGO, don’t forget to take a picture of the sheet and tag WSU Tri-Cities on Facebook and Instagram @WSUTri-Cities. Be sure to us the hashtag #WSUTCSuperCougReaders, and we will select some lucky Super Coug’s to win some sweet swag (doorstep drop!).

Super Coug Readers

Suggested supplies for activity: However many books your kiddo can read in 30 days.

Activity Instructions: Download and print the “WSUTC Super Coug Readers” calendar, below, and track you child or student as they read their way to 30-days of consecutive reading. Check off each day of reading that you complete on the calendar provided.

At the end of the 30 days (May 8th) send your child or student’s completed 30-day reading chart to jaime.heppler@wsu.edu. Each “Super Coug” will win some sweet swag.

Share your reading experience online via our social media outlets (Facebook and Instagram) at @WSUTri-Cities. Be sure to use the hashtag #WSUTCSuperCougReaders.

Cougar Coloring

Suggested supplies for activity: Colored pencils, crayons, or markers; printer and paper.

Activity Instructions: Cougar kids should color their favorite WSU Tri-Cities-themed pages. Parents should then hang them up in street-facing or front-facing windows in their home or apartment. Parents should then take a picture of the hung coloring page(s) and submit tag “@WSUTriCities” social media pages, via Facebook and Instagram, as well as use the hashtag #TCCougColoringChallenge.

Our WSU Tri-Cities staff will select a winner at the end of the month and post the winners art/tag them on our social media pages (Facebook and Instagram). We will also provide a WSU Tri-Cities prize to kids and parents of the winner (doorstep drop!).

Coloring page of Butch T. Cougar.
Butch T. Cougar Mask Activity

Butch T. Cougar Mask Activity

Suggested supplies for activity: Small scissors, pencil or hole punch, string (enough to fit around the child’s head as mask)

Activity Instructions: Download and print the Butch T. Cougar mask. Cut out mask and eyeholes along the doted lines. Use a pencil or hole punch to make small holes beside eyes, and then thread string through the small holes to hold mark on. Mask is best printed on a heavier paper stock.

Take a picture OR video of your little Coug in their new mask and ask them to make their best Cougar growl or fierce stance. Post and tag “@WSUTriCities” on Facebook and Instagram, as well as use the hashtag #TCLittleButchChallenge.

Our WSU Tri-Cities staff will be sure to share you mini Coug on our page as well as pick the most spirited winner at the end of the week. Winner will receive a special WSU Tri-Cities prize (doorstep drop!).

WSU Fight Song

Suggested supplies for activity: Printer and paper.

Activity Instructions: Think your mini Coug has what it takes to belt out the WSU Fight Song? Our challenge to you and your kiddo is to print out our fight song activity poster, have them hold it, and give us their best rendition. Make sure to take a video and tag “@WSUTriCities” on Facebook and Instagram.

WSU Tri-Cities Fight Song

Totally jam-out to educational tunes with Jam Campus

Suggested supplies for this activity: A computer or tablet and child-friendly headphones

Activity Instructions: Kids can enjoy music videos, karaoke songs, and practice quizzes, all with an “educational groove!” From young children, to college grads, their catchy tunes and music videos help students boost grades, improve engagement, and inspire creativity.

It’s Time to Experiment with Hoopla Kidz Lab

Suggested supplies for this activity: A computer or tablet and child-friendly headphones. Some experiments call for various household items.

Activity Instructions: Looking for authentic science demonstrations? You’ve landed at the right place! Science experiments provide hours of fun. Find easy science experiments for people of all ages to do at home, especially during our season of quarantine.

Get exercising with GoNoodle

Suggested supplies for this activity: A computer or tablet and enough space for your kiddos to move and shake!

Activity Instructions: Over 14 million kids move along to GoNoodle at school each month — and they’re moving at home too! Use GoNoodle’s video library to: Turn screen time into active time, burn off extra energy on bad weather days, calm kids down before bedtime, and exercise the whole family… together!

Are You Up for Some Messy Hands?

Suggested supplies for this activity: A computer or tablet and some room in the kitchen or at the kitchen table.

Activity Instructions: Are you ready for some fun, kid-friendly recipes and crafts for your little ones to cook and learn about? The “Messy Hands Cooking Channel” provides you with seasonal and educational cooking tips, recipes, and craft projects for your little tikes.

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Learn to draw with the Doodle Academy

Suggested supplies for this activity: A computer or tablet and some room in the kitchen or at the kitchen table, colored pencils, markers, or crayons, and paper.

Activity Instructions: You will find easy step-by-step instructions for how to draw simple cartoons. Perfect for kids and beginners of all ages. Even adults will enjoy jumping in and giving your best on paper!

Reading Made Fun with Elf Kid Videos

Suggested supplies for this activity: A computer or tablet and child-friendly headphones.

Activity instructions: ELF makes fun songs and videos for children around the world. They have created a fun mix of animated songs, vocabulary videos for kids (including those where English is their second language), and many alphabet, phonics and reading videos for young learners to enjoy.

Treat Yourself to Some FREE At-Home Workouts

Suggested supplies for this activity: A computer or tablet and enough room to get moving (ask your kids to join in on the fun, too!)

Activity Instructions:“Fitness Blender” believes fitness should be accessible to everyone, everywhere, regardless of income level or access to a gym. That’s why they offer hundreds of FREE, full-length workout videos, the most affordable and effective workout programs on the web, meal plans, and helpful health, nutrition and fitness information.

Harness Your Inner “Yogi” with Down Dog

Suggested supplies for this activity: A computer or tablet and enough room to get moving (ask your kids to join in on the fun, too!)

Activity Instructions: Due to the current outbreak, many people are avoiding gathering in large groups, including at yoga studios and other fitness spaces. Down Dog believes that stressful times like these are precisely when people need wellness practices the most, and they are committed to doing their part to help out. So that anyone who wants to practice at home can do so, they are making all of our apps – Down Dog, Yoga for Beginners, HIIT, Barre, and 7 Minute Workout – completely free until May 1st. In response to the many school closures taking place, they are also offering free access until July 1st for all students and teachers (K-12 and college). To access the free school membership, please register your school’s domain by visiting downdogapp.com/schools.

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Science at Home with Happy Learning

Suggested supplies for this activity: A computer or tablet and child-friendly headphones

Activity Instructions: Join the “Happy Learning” movement and tune into their wonderful YouTube channel for your daily-dose of educational videos for kids of all ages. They educate by entertaining, teaching fun ways to open the gates for children to discover the wonderful world of knowledge, helping them to grow their curiosity, and desire to learn! Available in both English and Spanish.

Make Your Own Face Mask

Suggested supplies for this activity: A computer or tablet, elastic hair ties, and a scarf.

Activity Instructions: Now that experts suggest that wearing a mask or face covering is helpful against the coronavirus, folks are scrambling to make their own, rather than tap into the supply of surgical face masks needed by essential workers.

Explore with Doctor Universe

Suggested supplies for this activity: A computer or tablet and child-friendly headphones

Activity Instructions: Dr. Universe knows that children everywhere deserve a chance to explore the possibilities in science, engineering, technology, and math. Science isn’t always easy, but Dr. Universe makes it fun. She inspires the next generation of scientists and engineers to be critical thinkers, problem solvers, and ask big questions. She encourages children to keep exploring and discover the ways science and engineering can help improve our world.  Based out of Washington State University, Dr. Universe teams up with professors, researchers, and experts in the field, to tackle big questions like: What is fire? Why does soda fizz? Why is the ocean salty? Why is liquid nitrogen so cold?

Read 20 Minutes a Day with Mid-Columbia Libraries

Suggested supplies for this activity: A computer or tablet, ear buds or headphones for your child, and a quite place for them to read.

Activity Instructions: Mid-Columbia Libraries presents the Children’s Reading Foundation and the imitative to get kids reading at least 20 minutes per day. With several different programs aimed at pre-school, kindergarten, and school-aged kids, you won’t run out of fun content for your child to consume. The “READY! for Kindergarten” program closes the achievement gap by engaging parents and caregivers in a child’s early learning. The “First Team Library” believes that once a child begins school, teachers should partner with families to continue nurturing every student’s literacy skills. “Team Read” is a volunteer tutoring program to help struggling first, second and third graders develop their literacy skills. Team Read is active in seven elementary schools in the Kennewick School District. The “Read Up” program helps stop that “summer slide” and keeps reading a part of daily summer routines with free books and fun events.