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Resources for Kids Staying Home

March 17, 2020 at 10:43 AM by Heather Thompson


Hello, Parents and Caregivers! If you're feeling awash in a sea of information about all of the online resources available to you during the COVID-19 closures, you're not alone. As information professionals, even we are feeling overwhelmed by the sheer volume of what's out there. So, as Youth & Family Services Librarians are inclined to do, we are providing a central location for all that information: this page! We will keep adding resources to this page, and will categorize the links to the best of our ability. More will be added soon!

Arts & Crafts Activities/Learning:
-Jarrett Lerner's Blank Comic Pages, Finish This Comic, Drawing/Writing Prompts
-Jonathan Roth's Art Lessons for Kids
-Learn to Draw Animals - Fat Brain Toys
-MetKids - Metropolitan Museum of Art
-Preschool and Elementary Art Activities - Pink Stripey Socks 
-Raising Wonder - Daily Activities and Printables
-Unlocking Poetry With Art - Imagination Soup

For Parents / Multifaceted Resources:
-Cooking With Kids + Lesson Plans - Charlie Cart Project
-Find Meals for Kids - USDA
-Free Educational Apps, Games, and Websites - Common Sense Media
-Indoor & Outdoor Scavenger Hunts - Fat Brain Toys
-Khan Academy Kids (free educational app for ages 2-7)
-KUSD Breakfast & Lunch Distribution During Closure
-KUSD Enrichment Activities List in English
-KUSD Enrichment Activities List in Spanish
-Notable Children's Digital Media - American Library Association
-PBS Parents: Raising Kids Who Thrive


Literature Guides, Read Alouds & Storytime Resources:
-100+ Free Video Read Alouds - Indianapolis Public Library
-ABDO Digital Bookshelf for Grades PreK - 8
-ABDO Digital Bookshelf for Grades 5 - 12
-Brightly Storytime 
-Coronavirus Avengers with Dr. Jean
-Emily Arrow - Music, Books, Storytime
-The Fable Cottage - Fairy Tales in Spanish or English
-International Children's Digital Library
-Jbrary YouTube Playlists - Storytime Songs and Rhymes
-KidLitTV
-Rick Riordan Teacher's Guides
-Scholastic Learn at Home - Daily Stories & Activities for Preschool - Grade 12
-StorylineOnline (celebrities read picture books)

Live Activities from Author/Illustrators, Musicians, Teachers, etc:
-Daily (M-F) - 10:30am CST - E.B. Goodale - Drawing With Toddlers (Instagram Live)
-Daily (M-F) - 11am CST - Peter Reynolds reads his books aloud (Facebook Live)
-Daily (M-F) - 12pm CST - Mo Willems - Lunch Doodles (YouTube)
-Daily (M-F) - 1pm CST - Jarrett J. Krosoczka - Draw Every Day (YouTube)
-Daily (M-F) - 1pm CST - Oliver Jeffers reads his picture books aloud (Instagram Live)
-Daily (M-F) - 2pm CST - Mac Barnett reads his pictures books aloud (Instagram Live)
-Daily (M-F) - 3pm CST - Julie Falatko readers from "Two Dogs in a Trench Coat Go to School" (Instagram Live)

Maker Activities:
-Animal Jumper Cross Stitch Cards - Mr. Printables
-Assemble an Easy Jumping Jack Toy - Make Magazine
-Build a Recycled Cardboard City - DK Publishing
-DIY Bean Bags for Tic-Tac-Toe Toss - Skip To My Lou
-Make a Jumping Origami Frog with LED Eyes - Make Magazine
-Make Your Own Bath Paints - Emma Owl

STEAM Activities & Learning:
-Code.org
-CoolMath4Kids - math games, lessons, quizzes & manipulatives
-Decorah Eagle Cam - Livestream of nesting bald eagles
-Exploratorium Activities & Videos
-Explore the Surface of Mars! - NASA
-Elementary STEAM Activities - Pink Stripey Socks
-Monterey Bay Aquarium Live Cams, Curriculum & Activities
-National Geographic Kids
-Preschool STEAM Activities - Pink Stripey Socks
-Rosie Research: Fun Science for Kids
-San Diego Zoo Kids
-Science Mom - Videos & Projects
-Smithsonian Institute - Fun Stuff for Kids Online
-Squishy Circuits
-Steve Spangler Science Experiments