With kids learning from home, we wanted to share some of the great resources we’ve found. We’ll update this list as we find more resources, so check back often.
From learning resources to fun story times, science activities, art and much more. Enjoy!
- Story Time via Brightly
- Story Time Online
- Peter H Reynolds, author of The Dot, is reading aloud from his books via Facebook live.
- Emily Arrow – Music, sing-a-longs, and stories
- Goodnight with Dolly – Bedtime stories with Dolly Parton.
- Seymour Simon is reading aloud from his non-fiction books for kids every weekday on his YouTube channel.
- Story Time from Space
- PBS Kids Read-Alongs – Every week, celebrities and PBS KIDS authors are reading aloud their favorite books on the PBS KIDS’ Facebook page and YouTube channel.
Preschool & Elementary Age Resources
- Sesame Street Caring for Each Other – resources designed to help parents provide comfort and manage anxiety, as well as help with creating routines, fostering playful learning at home, and staying physically and mentally healthy.
- Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together.
- Pete the Cat Activities, Songs and Educational Video’s.
- Magic Tree House printables & activities via Brightly
- Magic Tree House Home Adventures -featuring weekly themed videos, crafts, games, reading challenges, recipes, trivia, and other activities tied to the series and its characters.
- Children’s Book Week Coloring Book Pages – As a celebration of the 2020 Children’s Book Week we’re presenting the art of 23 illustrators! These beloved children’s book artists have contributed their beautiful and inspiring artwork to help us celebrate our 2020 theme, Read. Dream. Share.
- HarperKids Books YouTube – Story times and drawing videos
- Fun Brain – Play games while practicing math and reading skills.
- KitLit TV – KidLit TV has created a virtual library available to readers on their site. The virtual library includes tutorials, read-alouds, podcasts and other activities.
- JLG Junior Library Guide – Looking for activities and resources to keep students engaged during this new-normal of school closures and social distancing? As the collection-development partner for school and public libraries across the nation, it’s our honor to offer you these free resources to help keep students’ brains busy and blossoming.
- Audible Stories – For as long as schools are closed, Audible is allowing free streaming of audio books for kids. Kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.
- Jarret J. Krosoczka’s “Every Day with JJK” – Join the bestselling author of Peanut Butter and Jellyfish, National Book Award finalist Hey Kiddo and the Lunch Lady series for an all-ages drawing masterclass on his homepage and his Youtube Channel
- Author and illustrator Grace Lin is offering drawing tutorials and reading from her books.
- Mr. Melvin Makes – Fun easy art tutorials
- Authors Everywhere, includes activities, writing workshops and readings from a range of authors. In addition to keeping kids busy, the workshops are also meant to give young people an emotional outlet for addressing their fears about the pandemic.
- National Geographic Kids – Explore with National Geographic
- The Smithsonian has online resources for kids, including animal webcams at the National Zoo!
- Magination Press is providing essential resources to families. The site includes mindfulness tools and tips for managing stress and anxiety. Throughout the crisis, the press will be continually updating the site with author readings, writing prompts, and additional activities.
- K12 Reader – Free printable worksheets and articles for reading skills, spelling, grammar and more.
- PBS Learning Media – TPT and PBS have curated FREE, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more.
- DK Find Out – Fun facts for kids on animals, earth, history and more.
- DK Home Learning for Kids – The best educational resources at your fingertips
- At-home resources for kids and their grownups with KiwiCo
- Math Meets Homebuilding with Ty Pennington.
- MakerHub – Find 100’s of Low-tech and Hi-tech STEM projects
- Steve Spangler Science – Science experiments and fun video’s
- Science Max – Science Max turbocharges all the science experiments you’ve done at home.
- NASA has STEM activities you can do at home.
- Learn at Home National Geographic a collections of activities that have been curated for educators, parents, and caregivers to implement with K–12 learners.
- This is a list (with links) to free and temporarily free educational resources for online learning for all ages.
Fun Craft Activities
- How to make Jello Play Dough
For All Ages
- Take a virtual trip to one of these 12 famous museums from your couch.
- Take a virtual tour of a US National Park
- Links to over 30 virtual field trips
- DNR Eagle Cam
- San Diego live Zoo Cams
- Georgia Aquarium Web Cam
- The Science Museum of Minnesota is offering Omnifest at home by releasing several films, free, to view from the comfort of your couch.
More online resources through SELCO