Resident Activity Packs

As we approach the holidays, when there’s little budget left for fun, families will increasingly struggle to keep entertained while staying indoors. You can help! APAH is looking for 1,500 activity packs for a variety of ages to be compiled and donated by volunteers like you between now and next spring.

Each pack should be self-contained in a 1- or 2-gallon sealed “Ziplock” style bag and labeled with the intended age group. Packs should vary in their content, and can utilize like-new condition items you may have in your house in addition to purchased items. Be creative and feel free to mix and match from the suggested lists below.

Activity Packs for children under five years might include:

  • Playdough,
  • Board books (bonus points for culturally representative images or bilingual),
  • Coloring sheets and crayons,
  • Blocks or other small toys,
  • Simple crafts with all materials and age-appropriate instructions

Activity Packs for children aged five to ten years might include:

  • Art materials like modeling clay or watercolor paint,
  • Legos, K’nex, or similar toys,
  • Educational activity books (Brain Quest for example),
  • Simple crafts with all materials and age-appropriate instructions
  • Go Fish card games, or similar,
  • Jigsaw puzzles

Activity Packs for families of all ages (including senior citizens) might include:

  • Word books (crosswords, word finds, or similar)
  • Jigsaw puzzles
  • Outdoor scavenger hunt lists
  • Board or card games
  • Gift card
  • Relaxation tools (such as journals, bath salts, or similar – no flame candles please!)
  • Simple crafts including all materials and instructions

Drop Off
Where: APAH Office, 4318 N Carlin Springs Road, Arlington
When: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays between 9am and 1pm. (During COVID, though not necessary, we would appreciate advance notice of your planned drop off. Please email ljacobus@apah.org or call 703.276.7444.)

Thank you for helping our low-income neighbors stay safe and entertained while social distancing keeps some families isolated and alone.