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Activities & Resources For Parents/Teachers

by Youth Services

There are all kinds of activities you can do at home while we are practicing social distancing. Here are some ideas to keep you entertained and engaged during the weeks ahead.

 

Art

ArtBar – activity guide for kids in quarantine

Lunch Doodles with Mo – Mo Willems is inviting kids to draw, doodle and explore with him every day for the next few weeks. New episodes are posted each weekday at 1 p.m.

Draw Every Day with JJK – Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author and illustrator, will be doing daily doodles for the next few weeks every day at 2 p.m. 

Books

Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Shout, is making herself available for a virtual Q&A. 

OverDrive/Libby – Check out books and audiobooks from the library while we’re closed on your device at home. 

Stimola Literary Studio is hosting live streamed read alouds, craft activities, and drawing demonstrations between 9 a.m. and 4:45 p.m.

StorylineOnline – Books read by celebrities 

Tumblebooks – Collection of animated, talking picture books, suited for elementary school children. 

Chores

Age-Appropriate Chores for Children

Cooking

Montessori Kids in the Kitchen

Montessori Food Preparation and Cooking Inspiration

A List of Kitchen Tools for Children 1 to 4 Years

COVID-19

BrainPOP Video for Kids – This video educates kids and helps alleviate fears. This site also has lots of other resources including related reading, games, and lesson plans.

Comic for Kids from NPR – NPR education reporter, Cory Turner, asked experts what kids might want to know about the Coronavirus. You can print and fold the comic.

Germ Smart Kids: How to Wash Your Hands

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Statistics and Research

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Symptoms, Prevention, and How to Discuss With Your Child

Indiana Department of Health – Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

John Hopkins Coronavirus Covid-19 Interactive Map

What does “flatten the curve” mean? Check this article out for a great visual simulation.

Facebook

Emily Arrow – kidlit musician

Oliver Jeffers, children’s author and illustrator, read aloud schedule

Science Mom! – regular lessons from Science Mom!

Cincinnati Zoo is offering Home Sarari Facebook Live sessions

Learning Activities

ABDO Free Distance learning resources available free through June 2020. Also 10 free titles

Amazon Future Engineer classes – free through August 31, 2020

Duolingo – Learn a new language

Education.com is offering free worksheets for preschool through 5th grade students.

Free Online Learning Resources for Schools Affected by Coronavirus/COVID-19

Kate Messner, children’s book author, has collected a list of “learning at home” resources from authors and illustrators that include read-alouds, writing and drawing lessons, and research links.

Khan Academy

National Geographic Kids

Redgate Coding Club for Kids

Scholastic Learn at Home

Skype a Scientist – matches families to a scientist for a live video Q&A session.

ST Math

Stuck at home? Enriching activities to do with all ages from the Indiana Young Readers Center

Typing Club is free and fun so kids can keep on top of typing skills

Miscellaneous Ideas

7 Things to Do if You Can’t Leave the House

51 Creative Ways to be Active Indoors

Cosmic Kids Yoga

PBS KIDS’ new weekday newsletter with activities and tips

Resources for Families During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Virtual PLAYdates with Indy with Kids

Museum Virtual Tours

19 Immersive Museum Exhibits You Can Visit from your Couch

Children’s Museum of Indianapolis – check out their Facebook page for free Facebook Live Events

Guggenheim Museum

Houston Zoo Live Animal Cameras

The Louvre

Take a Virtual Tour of these 12 Amazing Museums

Van Gogh Museum

Music and Entertainment

Live Virtual Concerts

Podcasts

15 Awesome Podcasts for Kids that You’ll Enjoy Too, Parents

Grace Lin started a new podcast Kids Ask Authors – a five to ten-minute podcast where children’s authors would answer one question from a young reader. Kids can submit a book review, poem, short story or joke to the podcast. Lin will release three episodes a week. 

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