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Our staff has compiled the following list of awesome free sources of education and entertainment to help get our younger patrons through this time. We will maintain and add to this list in the coming weeks. Remember, you can also email prkchild@prpl.org​ and even Google chat with any questions or if you need suggestions. 

 

Magic Tree House fans: Join Jack and Annie on exciting adventures from the comfort of your home! Each week, Magic Tree House Home Adventures will feature videos from Mary Pope Osborne, activities, craft ideas, themed recipes, reading challenges, cross-curricular lessons, Family Trivia Night game ideas, fun surprises, and much more!

 

When you want quiet time without screens, check out Wow in the World on NPR. Hosts Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz (of TED Talk fame) guide curious kids and their grown-ups on a journey into the wonders of the world around them. 

The Library of Congress is celebrating its 220th anniversary this year, and they've added some great programs for families to their website.

Storytime Mondays with Michelle Obama with PBS Kids on Facebook Live. Click here to get the schedule.

 

Read Together, Be Together
READ TOGETHER, BE TOGETHER is a nationwide movement developed by Penguin Random House in partnership with Parents magazine that celebrates the importance, and power, of the shared reading experience between an adult and a child. Reading aloud regularly to babies and young children is one of the most effective ways to foster early literacy and is a key factor responsible for building language and social skills.

 

For Teens: 

Hamilton and The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History have launched #EduHam at Home, a free digital program for students and their families to explore the world of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical and America’s founding era. Watch Lin-Manuel Miranda announce the program here.

 


Dav Pilkey (Captain Underpants, Dogman) and Reading Rainbow’s LaVar Burton

https://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/​?detailStory=dav-pilkey-dolly-parton-LeVar-burton-offer-stay-at-home-activities-read-alouds-coronavirus-covid19

 

Science

https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/621158/physics-girls-home-science-experiments<​/span>

 

Cooking

https://www.delish.com/food-news/g31786555/delish-instagram-live-kids-cooking-class/

 

Sesame Street

https://gizmodo.com/parents-rejoice-sesame-workshop-has-made-110-sesame-st-1842524216

 

All the zoos

https://www.timeout.com/news/zoos-are-live-streaming-their-feeding-times-heres-when-to-tune-in-032520

 

Virtual Field Trips 

https://socalfieldtrips.com/101-virtual-field-trips-for-students/

 

Lots of good info

https://wideopenschool.org/about/

 


 

Posted on March 26:

42 things to do from home

https://www.boredteachers.com/resources/42-fun-websites-to-learn-and-teach-social-studies-from-home<​/a>

 

Google Earth 31 National Parks

https://earth.google.com/web/@0,0,0a,22251752.77375655d,35y,0h,0t,0r/data=Ci0SKxIgMzVhNjc1YmQ0NjVjMTFlOTg0Yjg1NTMyNWRjMDk2MzQiB3Zve​V90b2M

 

Park District Videos

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=jhcKRvXv0wg&app=desktop

 

Science fun

https://www.livescience.com/coronavirus-kids-activities.html

 

Maker Camp

https://makezine.com/2020/03/20/maker-camp-is-here-its-free-and-its-chock-full-of-projects/

 

Marine Biology Camp

http://oceansinitiative.org/blog/

 

Time for Kids

https://time.com/tfk-free/?fbclid=IwAR0nEvhGVXNn8d​vpbyoQq1jsZx8JLjfLUWKPQJgPQtW4kWqCTkvCYG7bcO0

 

History

https://www.historyforkids.net/?fbclid=IwAR1GLikPWb-OkydwjwVIH5D2w1vXp6EDKeyq07Q6GVPVjg1yjtx4kzvznp4

 

Kohl Children’s Museum

https://www.youtube.com/user/kohlchildrensmuseum

 

Chicago Children’s Museum

https://www.chicagochildrensmuseum.org/par​enting-playbook?rq=playbook&dlv-emuid=df50edc2-f13f-4602-a695-d4705f55d629&dlv-mlid=2017244

 

Free Kids Shows for Amazon Prime Users

https://ew.com/tv/amazon-prime-video-kids-shows-free/

 

More read aloud with Michael Ian Black

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dd3jyzCkvDc

 

Harry Potter escape room from PA lIbrary

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSflNxNM0jzbZJjUqOcXkwhGTfii4CM_CA3kCxImbY8​c3AABEA/closedform

 

Cardboard house

https://hannahandlily.blogspot.com/2011/07/coolest-cardboard-house-ever.html

 

Free stuff from Neil Gaiman

http://www.mousecircus.com/

 

Coloring sheets

https://everychildareader.net/cbw/colo​ringpages-2020/?fbclid=IwAR1tnpBcOIZmoK5lxJSJei8uuymFY52_eDfRTeSxMDnE_DZhUSEJVhsq10A

 

Pinna - Kids Podcasts, stories, music and more

https://pinna.fm/

 

YMCA online

https://ymca360.org/

 

Ebooks and Audiobooks (30 days free)

https://www.scribd.com/readfree

 

Audible Stories

https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

 


The following list was posted on Saturday, March 21: 

 

Youth Services Resources

Several sites with just lots of info

https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2020/03/activities-kids-coronavirus-quarantine/​608110/

https://www.commonsense.org/education/coronavirus-resources?j=7704934&sfmc_sub=171358969&l=2048712_HTML&u=143543081&am​p;mid=6409703&jb=1571&utm_source=covid19_landingpages_jim&utm_medium=email

https://www.readbrightly.com/educational-resources-activities/?ref​=PRHC8D57036D895&linkid=PRHC8D57036D895&cdi=124A1AB848432A05E0534FD66B0A493C&template_id=16063&aid=randohouseinc9781-20

https://docs.google.com/document/d/17tu9trNgelUOyvxJ481nL22GygDzp​Fx9BVZyLIg3acM/edit?fbclid=IwAR0UzPQgs1kv1SOJR9DuaW8NXHgMmMMS-VOZ03JE-8Y7KQaKyPPoFDiGizA

https://blog.librarything.com/main/2020/03/librarything-goes-free/

http://dkpl.org/resources-for-at-home-learning/

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Dq00AIxo9k​C3nx3q1bYVols8Qa21LLMFVvw8_M0R0mk/edit?fbclid=IwAR1hiEtBlqThDvMbZ77yS_QArAz34eqPnvh6dQ9VNITk0_i9sSbsdvGVvOg#gid=474666901

School/Classes

ABC Mouse

https://www.androidcentral.com/keep-your-child-learning-home-free-access-abc-mouse-limited-time

More from the Smithsonian

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/eight-digital-education-resources-around-smithsonian-18097​4430/

Worksheets

https://www.greatschools.org/gk/worksheets/

For Special Ed

http://www.breezyspecialed.com/2020/03/distance-home-learning-packets-and.html

Classroom magazine

https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

Khan Academy

https://www.khanacademy.org/about/blog/post/61177025506435​0720/remote-learning-with-khan-academy-during-school

Various tutorials

https://my.nicheacademy.com/parkridgelibrary

Learn Scratch

https://scratch.mit.edu/

And more coding

https://www.freecodecamp.org/

https://www.codecademy.com/

Music for lessons

https://www.smartmusic.com/

Free classes from Scholastic

https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/15/us/scholastic-coronavirus-students-trnd/

Mango for languages

(https://mangolanguages.com/libraries/

Education field trips

https://www.discoveryeducation.com/

 

Culture

Online Museum Tours

https://artsandculture.google.com/partner?hl=en

Art museum virtual tours

https://www.kitchentableclassroom.com/best-virtual-gallery-tours/?fbclid=IwAR1AYJC6VWDEDaY9WIUGQfotCuoNbwjYjWXZQFzHydKjEonuFpaNifj_USE

More museum tours

https://www.parents.com/syndication/museums-with-virtual-tours/?fbclid​=IwAR3utWKdH8-3HT5tmEtiT2nhdCjoWtqvXW50W3SJP0XTrNjkNdnvwF9kSZc

Boston Children’s Museum tour

https://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/museum-virtual-tour

The Louvre

https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne

The Great Wall of China

https://www.thechinaguide.com/destination/great-wall-of-china

 

Science/Nature

Smithsonian Learning Lab

https://learninglab.si.edu/

A trip to Yosemite

https://earth.google.com/web/@37.74876466,-119.534968​72,2058.91098784a,13041.16664874d,60y,73.63086132h,93.12561451t,0r/data=CjASLhIgZjE2YjI1NjYyZWQwMTFlOWI1MDQ0NWEzN2RiYmYzMTEiCmdjc19pdGluXzE?fbclid=IwA​R349b4yx5oDYiIYU6mP6VXh2rTcfYf00bM3_cdiwBE6LIRtCnsfMDgCtAI

Yellowstone

https://www.nps.gov/thingstodo/yell-mammoth-hot-springs-trails.htm

San Diego Zoo

https://kids.sandiegozoo.org/

Brookfield Zoo

https://www.youtube.com/user/CZSBrookfieldZoo

Cincinnati Zoo

https://laughingsquid.com/cincinnati-zoo-home-safari/

Mars

https://accessmars.withgoogle.com/

Live cameras at zoos and aquariums

https://www.montereybayaquarium.org/animals/live-cams

https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/live-cams

https://zooatlanta.org/panda-cam/

https://www.houstonzoo.org/explore/webcams/

https://www.georgiaaquarium.org/webcam/beluga-whale-webcam/

US Space and Rocket Museum in AL

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Qe5RqyMNhc

Cute animals

thepetcollective.com/pages/watch

NASA

. https://images.nasa.gov/

Reading/Writing

Storytime from Space

https://storytimefromspace.com/

Children’s Librarians on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/user/Jbrary

Creative Writing

https://thinkwritten.com/writing-prompts-for-kids/

Read-a-loud stories

https://www.storylineonline.net/

Kid authors reading/writing

https://www.slj.com/?detailStory=kid-lit-authors-step-up-to-help-educators-students-parents-coronav​irus-covid19&fbclid=IwAR07XNGzVKUyoWBL0K6TtkR3vjK490xOixAwXmPS-MBHRU3fMdvfVPXEcaw

Art tutorials

https://www.youtube.com/user/ArtforKidsHub

Mo Willems!!

https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems/

Shark Storytime

https://www.atlanticwhiteshark.org/awsc-story-hour

Activities

https://www.quirkbooks.com/post/activity-kits-kids-and-teens

Daily reading prompts from the NYT

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03​/15/learning/students-can-respond-to-daily-writing-prompts-inspired-by-the-new-york-times-at-home-for-free.html?te=1&nl=morning-briefing&emc=e​dit_NN_p_20200317&section=topNews&campaign_id=9&instance_id=16834&segment_id=22302&user_id=0e602433070499604a469f7c98dbd371&re​gi_id=100453900tion=topNews

Manga for free

http://epicstream.com/news/NobelleBorines/Coronavirus-Outbreak-Leads-to-Over-450-Manga-Volumes-Released-Online-for-Free?fbrefresh=1584284174&f​bclid=IwAR17zrILLYuSnRPXJBNT7AEacioXVHNKreSqRT0Me3tSfyVnJmzquf9z-ns

Coloring Sheets

https://www.pinterest.com/PRPLPinterest/coloring-and-coloring-books/

Josh Gad (Olaf)

https://chipandco.com/actor-josh-gad-is-reading-books-to-kids-online-every-nigh​t-during-coronavirus-quarantines-383789/?fbclid=IwAR3qRt0cv-DV7XbJZ2yEc5Ih8vlXWV9mN83f80u_OilYJx28pcaGJofj8_Q

Offerings from our library

https://www.creativebug.com/lib/prpl

Tumblebooks

https://www.parkridgelibrary.org/fun-and-games/

 

Random other info

Potty training

https://parenting.nytimes.com/toddler/potty-training?module=popul​ar-guides&action=click&rank=4

Exercise at home

http://savvyschooling.com/2017/07/05/top-5-youtube-exercise-videos-for-kids/<​/p>

Genealogy

https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Classes_in_the_Learning_Center

Farm Tool

https://www.farmfood360.ca/

 

Compilations of Resources

The Atlantic Magazine on How Parents Can Keep Kids Busy (and Learning) in Quarantine

https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2020/03/activities-kids-coronavirus-quarantine/608110/

Suggestions from CommonSense Media:

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/resources-for-families-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic

 

Reading Through It Together: Educational Resources and Activities to Use While the Kids Are at Home from Brightly.com

https://www.readbrightly.com/educational-resources-activities/?ref=PRHC8D57036D895&linkid=PRHC8D57036D895&cdi=124A1AB848432A05E0534FD66​B0A493C&template_id=16063&aid=randohouseinc9781-20

 

Chicago Children's Museum Parenting Playbook

https://www.chicago​childrensmuseum.org/parenting-playbook?rq=playbook&dlv-emuid=df50edc2-f13f-4602-a695-d4705f55d629&dlv-mlid=2017244

 

Help with Homeschooling

ABC Mouse

https://www.androidcentral.com/keep-your-child-learning-​home-free-access-abc-mouse-limited-time

More from the Smithsonian

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smit​hsonian-institution/eight-digital-education-resources-around-smithsonian-180974430/

Worksheets for early learning

https://www.greatschools.org/gk/worksheets/

For Special Ed

http://www.breezyspecialed.com/2020/03/distance-home-learning-packets-and.html

Classroom magazine

https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

Khan Academy

https://www.khanacademy.org/

Various tutorials

https://my.nicheacademy.com/parkridgelibrary

Learn Scratch

https://scratch.mit.edu/

And more coding

https://www.freecodecamp.org/

https://www.codecademy.com/

 

Music for lessons

https://www.smartmusic.com/

Free classes from Scholastic

https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/15/us/scholastic-coronavirus-students-trnd/

 

Mango for languages

https://mangolanguages.com/libraries/

 

Education field trips

https://www.discoveryeducation.com/

 

TED-Ed: Lessons Worth Sharing

 

History for kids

https://www.historyforkids.net/?fbclid=IwAR1GLikPWb-OkydwjwVIH5D2w1vXp6EDKeyq07Q6GVPVjg1yjtx4kzvznp4

 

Culture

Online Museum Tours

https://artsandculture.google.com/partner?hl=en

Art museum virtual tours

https://www.kitchentableclassr​oom.com/best-virtual-gallery-tours/?fbclid=IwAR1AYJC6VWDEDaY9WIUGQfotCuoNbwjYjWXZQFzHydKjEonuFpaNifj_USE

The Louvre

https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne

The Great Wall of China

https://www.thechinaguide.com/destination/great-wall-of-china

 

Science/Nature

Smithsonian Learning Lab

https://learninglab.si.edu/

Science experiments

https://www.livescience.com/coronavirus-kids-activities.html

Yellowstone

https://www.nps.gov/thingstodo/yell-mammoth-hot-springs-trails.htm

San Diego Zoo

https://kids.sandiegozoo.org/

Brookfield Zoo

https://www.youtube.com/user/CZSBrookfieldZoo

Cincinnati Zoo

https://laughingsquid.com/cincinnati-zoo-home-safari/

Mars

https://accessmars.withgoogle.com/

Live cameras at zoos and aquariums

https://www.montereybayaquarium.org/

https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/live-cams

https://zooatlanta.org/panda-cam/

https://www.houstonzoo.org/explore/webcams/

https://www.georgiaaquarium.org/webcam/beluga-whale-webcam/

NOVA Secret Life of Scientists & Engineers

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCABZAtnnnMbYHFr00-G54hA

NASA

https://images.nasa.gov/

 

Reading/Writing:

Storytime from Space

https://storytimefromspace.com/

 

Free audiobooks for kids on Audible

https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

 

Creative Writing

https://thinkwritten.com/writing-prompts-for-kids/

Read-a-loud stories

https://www.storylineonline.net/

Kid authors reading/writing

https://www.slj.com/?detailStory=kid-lit-authors-step-up-to-help-educators-students-parents-coronavirus-covid19&fbclid=IwAR07XNGzVKUyoWBL0K6T​tkR3vjK490xOixAwXmPS-MBHRU3fMdvfVPXEcaw

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/20/books/writers-entertain-​kids-virus.html?fbclid=IwAR0wSui_Mo32WCNnxrOELmlZOokmEhd6BgxVV29-BpG5-BNDc65vEfGSc0w

 

Art tutorials

https://www.youtube.com/user/ArtforKidsHub

Mo Willems!!

https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems/

Shark Storytime

https://www.atlanticwhiteshark.org/​awsc-story-hour

Activities

https://www.quirkbooks.com/post/activity-kits-kids-and-teens

Daily reading prompts from the NYT

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/15/learning/stu​dents-can-respond-to-daily-writing-prompts-inspired-by-the-new-york-times-at-home-for-free.html?te=1&nl=morning-briefing&emc=edit_NN_p_2020031​7&section=topNews&campaign_id=9&instance_id=16834&segment_id=22302&user_id=0e602433070499604a469f7c98dbd371&regi_id=100453900t​ion=topNews

Manga for free

https://soranews24.com/2020/03/09/thanks-to-the-coronavirus-over-450-manga-volumes-are-now-free-to-read-online/

 

Coloring Sheets

https://www.pinterest.com/PRPLPinterest/coloring-and-coloring-books/

 

Josh Gad (Olaf)

https://twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1OdKrqwYAgyxX

 

Offerings from our library:

https://www.creativebug.com/lib/prpl

Tumblebooks

https://www.parkridgelibrary.org/fun-and-games/

 

Other helpful tools for your time at home:

Potty training

https://parenting.nytimes.com/toddler/potty-training?module=popular-guides&action=click&rank=4

 

Exercise at home

https://www.fitnessblender.com/videos/fitness-blender-kids-workout-25-minute-fun-workout-for-kids-at-home

https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

https://www.parents.com/fun/sports/exercise/strength-training-exercises-for-kids/

http://savvyschooling.com/2017/07/05/top-5-youtube-exercise-videos​-for-kids/

 

Tour a Farm

https://www.farmfood360.ca/

 

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