Family Activity Workshops
Remember that these lists are only suggestions. We strongly recommend that you review the entire list of workshops to find the ones that suit you best.
F-11 Exploring Medieval Armor and Garb
Take a step back into the Middle Ages. Discover similarities between their clothes and what we wear. Learn about the four levels of armor and how it was made. Find out what changed hand to hand combat on the battlefield. Hold a real gauntlet and feel the weight of a shield. All ages welcome.
F-12 Learn to Play “Apples to Apples” and/or “You’ve Been Sentenced”
Make friends while having fun playing these classic games that only take a minute to learn and encourage language arts skills. Games recommended for ages 9 and up, but younger kids can be paired with someone older. Limit 40.
Bring a small notebook or index cards, an ink pad or washable markers, and a stamp or your thumb. Learn about the hobby of Letterboxing, searching for hidden stamps, many of them hand carved. We will have clue sheets to many Letterboxes hidden around the conference area and nearby parks. We invite veteran Letterboxers to plant boxes of their own and share their clues during the workshop! Letterboxes will remain hidden only for Saturday, during the WPA conference. Note: Children must be supervised at all times during the conference. This is a family activity.
A-14 Fun and Games For Ages 6 and Under
Join kids ages 6 and under to learn and play a variety of easy-to-learn, fun-to-play movement and thinking games.
A-15 Learn to Polish Rocks by Hand
Do you like rocks, minerals, fossils, and the science of geology? Pick up interesting rocks? Have a rock collection? Learn to polish rocks using water and various grades of sand paper, and polish one to take home. Everyone from avid collectors to people new at the discovery of rocks welcome. For ages 6 and up. Limit 15. Please bring $4 for materials for use during the workshop and take home supplies. Also B-15.
A-16 What Can You Do With Duct Tape?
Make a wallet, flowers to decorate pencils, and other things out of ordinary duct tape. Bring pens and pencils to decorate yourself and one color of duct tape (not silver) to share with other participants. Suggested ages 6 to 12. Limit 20 youth. Also B-16.
A-17 Wool: From Sheep to Shawl
How does wool get from a sheep to something that can keep you warm? Learn from a costumed presenter about washing, carding, and spinning wool. Use wool from Heritage Hill’s sheep to create a craft. Limit 35 children.
Learn to make your own beautiful piano hinge journals. Ages 9 and over. Limit 25 youth.
B-14 Introduction to Taekwondo, a Korean Martial Art
Develop core strength, flexibility, balance, and focused awareness with Taekwondo. Warm up safely and learn basic kicks and punches on Shield Bags. Hear about the art of Taekwondo and learn a few Korean words. See board breaking and sparring demonstrated. For the whole family and every fitness level. Please wear loose fitting clothes and plan to be barefoot. Ages 8 to adult. Limit 30. Also D-14.
B-17 Let’s Sing
Join members of the Appleton Boychoir or the Badger State Girl Choir in Neenah and sing a variety of songs. Learn about how homeschoolers can participate in these choirs. Presenter is the director of these choirs. All ages welcome.
B-18 Theatrical Techniques and Theater Games for Ages 7-12
Play a variety of theater games. Learn about theater and theatrical techniques such as vocalization, dialogue and movement. Presenter is a homeschooling 13-year-old with 5+ years stage experience. Adult support person present. Parents are welcome to participate.
C-12 Make Artists’ Trading Cards (ATC) and Exchange Them
Connect and share your pocket sized works of art with others! Craft ATCs, flat works of art sized 2.5" by 3.5" to trade with others. We will also make cooperative “Jam” cards together as a group. For artists of all ages; young artists must come with a helper.
C-13 Battery-Operated Cars
Get your stop watches ready as we design, build, and race a battery-powered car that uses a propeller. How fast can your car go in a straight line? What neat design concepts will you come up with? Limit 15 families, one car per family. Please bring $5 for the car for your family.
C-14 Beginning Basketry
Start with a 4” wooden base and weave your own unique basket to hold things like pens and pencils. Or insert a jar to make it a vase. Limit 20 youth. Please bring $3 for supplies.
C-15 Chess & Checkers Challenge
Bring your game boards and pieces, meet other homeschoolers, and make new friends while playing these old favorites just for fun. Or join the friendly tournament during the workshop. No presentation or instruction. All ages and skill levels welcome.
C-16 Pilgrim’s Voyage
What was it really like to be a Pilgrim? Learn about the Pilgrims’ voyage on the Mayflower and life at Plymouth colony. Sample bread made from an early recipe and examine reproductions of early 18th century clothing. Limit 35 children.
C-17 Zumbatomic® Class: Have a Blast While Exercising
Join a high-energy dance-fitness class for kids and their parents. Packed with exciting music, easy-to-follow moves, and great games. Involves listening, teamwork, and world music and dances. Great for the whole family, including those not drawn to competitive team sports. Non-marking athletic shoes required (no sandals, crocs, or bare feet) and water bottle recommended. Limit 40 kids. Presenter is a Licensed Zumba® and Zumbatomic® Instructor.
D-11 Birds of Prey Basics
Come and learn about birds of prey, their anatomy and behaviors and their role in our environment. Meet one or two live representatives of the bird species.
D-12 Create Mail Art and Strengthen Your Connections with Homeschoolers and Others
Exercise your imagination and express your creativity by making postcards, collages, sculptures . . . anything that can be sent through the mail. Use the materials provided to get started, then create more Mail Art at home. Opportunity will be provided for participants who are interested to exchange addresses so they can send each other mail art after the conference. A great activity for the whole family. Limit 35 youth.
D-13 Fun and Games For Ages 7 and Over
Join a group of homeschoolers ages 7 and over to learn and play a variety of easy-to-learn, fun-to-play movement and thinking games.
D-15 Learning about Electronics
Experiment with LEDs and batteries. Then build simple circuits that will flash or beep. For kids and parents who want to learn about electronics through hands-on experience. Suggested for ages 10 and up. Please bring $3 for materials. Limit 20 youth.
D-16 Soccer Fun
Practice and improve your soccer skills in dribbling, passing, and shooting with what you learn at this session. Then put them into action immediately by playing a game for fun. For ages 12 and up. Limit 25 youth.
More Workshops By Time Slot
- Friday, 7:15-8:30 PM: F Workshops
- Saturday, 8:30-9:30 AM: A Workshops
- Saturday, 9:50 AM-10:50 PM B Workshops
- Saturday, 1:30-2:30 PM: C Workshops
- Saturday, 2:50-3:50 PM: D Workshops
More Workshops By Category
To help you choose workshops, click on a category that interests you and look over the list. Remember that these lists are only suggestions. We strongly recommend that you review the entire list of workshops to find the ones that suit you best.
- Basic Subjects
- Encouraging Learning
- Choosing Curriculum and Resources
- Ways to Homeschool
- Beginning Homeschooling
- Workshops for Parents and Kids
- Life Skills and Problem Solving
- Homeschooling Young Children
- For Teens and Parents of Teens
- Special Interests and Passions
- Support for Parents
- Of Particular Interest to Mothers
- Of Special Interest to Dads
- Family Activity Workshops
- Legal and Homeschooling Freedoms