Resources for Kids During School Closures
**All resources are free unless otherwise noted.** If you have free or low-cost virtual activities you’d like to see added, please let me know!
- My favorite thing about stories right now is Josh Gad reading them on Twitter.
- Authors/Illustrators reading their own work (list by We Are Teachers).
- Cuenta Cuentos de Salvat – historias y canciones divertidas en español.
- Drag Queen Storytime – Mon/Wed/Fri live on FB; more out-of-school resources on LadyBirdFancyPants’ website!
- The Fable Cottage – Six classic fairy tales told in choice of English, French, German, Italian or Spanish, by a native speaking reader.
- Save with Stories – A donation is not required, but welcome, for this joint partnership between No Kid Hungry and Save the Children. Follow @savewithstories on Instagram or FB.
- Seriously, Read A Book – John Jimerson (actor-friend in Raleigh, NC) reads picture and chapter books.
- StorylineOnline – SAG/AFTRA artists read picture books.
- Telling Tales – round up of more fun at-home resources.
- Lightbulb Heart – On weekdays from March 16 – through the end of school closures, I will post new videos sharing songs and stories in the public domain, as well as chat about my favourite picture book authors/illustrators. Please contact me if you are interested in virtual hangouts for the as-close-to-regular-storytime experience.
VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS
- Cleveland Inner City Ballet – Ballet instruction and tutorials for home! (Registration required through the Parent Portal)
- Jbrary – These librarians are my go to for new (and old) songs and rhymes.
- Lunch Doodles With Mo Willems – Weekdays at 1PM EST, Mo Willems will walk through characters and doodling; accompanying activity pages available.
- McHarper Manor – The Creative Collective will offer art and craft tutorials M-F at 1PM EST. Their blog has a list of needed supplies.
- Google Arts & Culture Collections – famous museums around the world offer online exhibits from their collections.
- The Metropolitan Opera – streaming nightly recordings of performances starting March 16, through the end of the Met’s COVID-19 closure.
- Scamper Theatre – weekly book re-enactments, dance parties, and imaginative play.
- Theatre Fun With Sam Corey – Samantha is offering virtual theatre and movement classes for kiddos! She set up a Facebook group for updates and offerings. Sam is a lovely person and great with kids! COST: $10 per household, per class, no matter how many kids are in the house!
EDUCATION & COOL PLACES
- Amazing Educational Resources – a mega-worksheet full of links to free and trial educational resources being offered by companies like Epic, Prodigy, and so many others.
- Mystery Science – all of their easiest-from-home science lessons for grade school kids! There are educator and parent mini-lesson sign-ups available.
- NASA Media Library – the entire online collection is now available for free!
- Scholastic Learn at Home – 20 days of interactive learning resources.
- Skype a Scientist – fill in a form to be matched with a scientist for a live Q&A.
- Virtual Field Trips – a growing list of places like national parks and and museums, including live animal cams! I heartily recommend Polar Bears & the Tundra, a grouping of free 30 minute videos and accompanying educational materials by Discovery Education.
NOTE TO CAREGIVERS:
Many of these resources are made possible by artists who are currently out of work so that our physical distancing measures can be truly effective. This means their livelihoods (and in some cases, their health care) are in peril. If you’re in a position to do so, would you consider donating to an arts worker relief organization in your community? If you are in need of childcare, a lot of those same arts workers could provide childcare relief while, at the same time, bringing with them extensive training in art, drama, movement, and music into playing with your kiddos.