Fun and educational activities for kids to do while at home

With schools closed and many outdoor activities on hold due to COVID-19, we’ve compiled a list of different activities to help keep kids entertained and informed. Below is a variety of games, coloring pages and videos that help teach kids of all ages. Everything from being safe around electricity to learning more about the great outdoors. Some of these activities will require a printer but some can be done using a smartphone or laptop. All are fun and, who knows, you may even be inspired to create some games and activities of your own. Enjoy!

Environment and clean energy

Clean Energy Word Search

Everyone can learn ways the family can save energy in the living room with this fun coloring page for kids.
Equipment needed: Access to a computer and printer
Recommended age group: 3-10
Media:PDFs

Junior Ranger program

PGE’s Junior Ranger program encourages young Oregonians to explore the outdoors, even when you can’t get to our parks. Activities and games help kids learn about the outdoors.
Equipment needed: Access to a computer and printer
Recommended age group: 5-12
Media: PDFs

Young Fish, Hydropower & Biologists, Oh My!

Watch a conversation and Q&A with PGE biologist Rich Madden and Environmental Communications Specialist, Allison Dobscha, about the video “Getting Fish Past Dams on the Deschutes”. Originally recorded for Oregon Connections Virtual Field Trip Friday.
Equipment needed: Access to a computer, tablet or smartphone
Recommended age group: 6-14
Media: Video

Getting Fish Past Dams on the Clackamas

How do juvenile fish in the Clackamas River find their way safely past our dams? In this video, PGE fish biologist Garth Wyatt gives viewers a virtual tour on how fish move through our juvenile passage facilities.
Equipment needed: Access to a computer, tablet or smartphone
Recommended age group: 6-14
Media: Video

Restore Your River

The fish of the Clackamas River are amazing creatures. With this worksheet, older grade school students and middle schoolers can learn how important a well restored habitat is to the survival of salmon, steelhead and lamprey.
Equipment needed: Access to a computer and printer
Recommended age group: 9-14
Media: PDFs

Camp-in Campout Activity Card

No need to worry about mosquito bites or a leaky tent. Kids will have fun with these virtual camping games in the comfort of their own home.
Equipment needed: Access to a computer and printer
Recommended age group: 7-14
Media: PDFs

Clean Energy Word Game

You probably knew saving energy was a good thing, but did you know it can be a fun thing too? With this word game, the whole family can create entertaining, even goofy, stories about how they save energy at home.
Equipment needed: Access to a computer and printer
Recommended age group: 6-12
Media: PDFs

Recipe for Hydropower

With this activity, kids will discover all the ingredients that go into making hydropower. It’s a fun, interactive way to learn about one of Oregon’s clean, renewable energy sources.
Equipment needed: Access to a computer and printer
Recommended age group: 6-12
Media: PDFs

Deschutes River Word Search

Kids can find words about the land around PGE’s Deschutes River Dams and Central Oregon through this fun word search game.
Equipment needed: Access to a computer and printer
Recommended age group: 5-12
Media: PDFs

Deschutes River Matching Game

With this fun matching game, kids can learn about different species, nature and environment surrounding the Deschutes River and Central Oregon.
Equipment needed: Access to a computer and printer
Recommended age group: 6-12
Media: PDFs

Deschutes River Downstream Migration Maze

With this maze, kids can help a young salmon find its way from its freshwater home all the way downstream to the Pacific Ocean.
Equipment needed: Access to a computer and printer
Recommended age group: 5-12
Media: PDFs

Deschutes River Which Fish Am I?

Are you ready to learn which fish species live in the Deschutes River? This activity will help kids not only identify the fish, but also learn more about them.
Equipment needed: Access to a computer and printer
Recommended age group: 7-12
Media: PDFs

Safety

Steer Clear of Electric Sockets

A fun “Western” song and dance number featuring PGE’s Larry the Lightbulb. Larry’s song encourages kids to keep things out of electric sockets.
Equipment needed: Access to a computer or smartphone
Recommended age group: 3-6
Media: Video

Don’t Touch Downed Power Lines

A fun song and dance number featuring PGE’s Larry the Lightbulb on stage reminding kids to never touch a downed power line.
Equipment needed: Access to a computer or smartphone
Recommended age group: 3-6
Media: Video

Look Up Before You Play

A fun song and dance number featuring PGE’s Larry the Lightbulb, reminding kids to play it safe outside and be aware of their surroundings and overhead powerlines.
Equipment needed: Access to a computer or smartphone
Recommended age group: 3-6
Media: Video

Electricity and Water Don’t Mix

A fun song and dance number featuring PGE’s Larry the Lightbulb reminding kids to keep electrical appliances like hair dryers away from water in sinks and baths.
Equipment needed: Access to a computer or smartphone
Recommended age group: 3-6
Media: Video

Energy savings

Energy Saving Coloring Page – Kitchen

When it comes to saving energy, let’s see what’s cooking in the kitchen! Young and old will learn all the ways the family can save energy in the kitchen with this fun coloring page for kids.
Equipment needed: Access to a computer and printer
Recommended age group: 3-10
Media: PDFs

Energy Saving Coloring Page – Living room

Everyone can learn ways the family can save energy in the living room with this fun coloring page for kids.
Equipment needed: Access to a computer and printer
Recommended age group: 3-10
Media: PDFs