Looking for something to do with your child while at home? Here are some online educational activities. Most are free all the time. Some are only free during the Covid-19 Pandemic. I’ll continue to add to this document as I learn about more resources for us.

Looking for good family movies or apps for your child? Check out https://www.commonsensemedia.org/ as itʻs a great resource!!

See table at the end for off-line activities for the family …

Title

Website

Notes

PARKS,

VIRTUAL TOUR

National Park virtual tours on Google Earthʻs

https://earth.google.com/web/@34.7322514,-94.20828724,1347.0561306a,11998964.05392409d,35.00002101y,0.00000715h,0t,0r/data=Ci0SKxIgMzVhNjc1YmQ0NjVjMTFlOTg0Yjg1NTMyNWRjMDk2MzQiB3ZveV90b2M

Superb! Visit all 31 listed

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park virtual tour

https://www.nps.gov/havo/learn/photosmultimedia/webcams.htm

Not as exciting as the Google Earth virtual tours.

Virtual Globetrotting

https://virtualglobetrotting.com/

Check out things around the globe

20 Virtual Field Trips

https://adventuresinfamilyhood.com/20-virtual-field-trips-to-take-with-your-kids.html

So many places to visit and share with your child.

Great Wall of China virtual Tour

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

What a great way to see this amazing

PBS Nova Special on Easter Island

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/easter/

Explore Easter Island

MUSEUMS & THEATER

Paris Museums 100,000 Images Online for Unrestricted Public Use

https://kottke.org/20/01/paris-museums-put-100000-images-online-for-unrestricted-public-use?fbclid=IwAR0PE_dPKxr3XQ2Ie-nwNzLXjtQGAAK5xOoYIL4Y57VXobVM65-CKX7Gxls

Amazing ART!!

The Louvre virtual tour

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

Tour The Lourve in France

Boston Childrenʻs Museum virtual tour

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

Virtual tour

Exploratorium

https://www.exploratorium.edu/learn

Learning Toolbox on Covid-19

Smithsonian

https://www.si.edu/kids

One of my favorites. Hosts a variety of online activities

Broadway HD

https://www.broadwayhd.com/

Free 7 day trial

Live Opera Performances from the Met, streaming presentations from their Live in HD series

https://www.playbill.com/article/15-broadway-plays-and-musicals-you-can-watch-on-stage-from-home

Each stream, which can be found at metopera.org for free, will begin at 7:30pm EST and will stay up for 20 hours.

Virtual School Activities

https://virtualschoolactivities.com/

… more than just museums!

ANIMALS, ZOOS & WEBCAMS

National Geographic for Kids

https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/

Great site!

National Zoo Webcams

https://nationalzoo.si.edu/webcams

Love checking out the Pandas.

Take a peek at the Cincinnati Zoo!!

https://www.facebook.com/watch/cincinnatizoo/689860164810534/

Watch The Fiona Show about a baby hippo!

San Diego Zoo for kids

https://kids.sandiegozoo.org/

This site has a bunch Videos, Stories, Activities and Games

San Diego Zoo Webcams

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

Watch some of the animals in the Zoo

FARM TOURS

Visit a farm in Canada

https://www.farmfood360.ca/

Ever wanna know what happens on a farm?

ART

Art doodling with Mo Willams

Join the Kennedy Center Education

https://thekennedycenter.queue-it.net/?c=thekennedycenter&e=hamiltonpublic0320&ver=v3-aspnet-3.5.2&cver=178&t=https%3a%2f%2fwww.kennedy-center.org%2feducation%2fmo-willems

1 PM EST, but itʻll be put up on the website to access later too.

Artist-in-Residence at Home (program)

Art Instruction with Ms. Filmore

http://www.artwithmrsfilmore.com/art-instruction-videos/

Easy to follow videos …

#DrawWithRob free drawing lessons to inspire kids stuck at home

https://www.creativebloq.com/free-kids-drawing-lessons?fbclid=IwAR1H5skh5_lKnsJ12J3WMajKKSE5A3aEiIZQr4agj9X-vEbQuPDdVc_PkSY

Best for young children

How to draw: The best drawing tutorials

https://www.creativebloq.com/features/how-to-draw-animals-people-landscapes

Best for upper elementary and up

ACADEMICS

Khan Academy

https://www.khanacademy.org/

Mostly math, but has science, arts, humanities and reading

BrainPop

https://www.brainpop.com/

Fabulous site! You can request free access if schools are closed.

Starfall, K-3

https://www.starfall.com/h/

Focuses on reading, phonics & math - educational games, movies, books, songs, and more for children K-3.

Prodigy Game

https://www.prodigygame.com/

Math game online

Scholastic Learn at Home program

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

Free for now … must set up free account

NASA SpacePlace

https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/en/search/kids/

NASA's Climate Kids website brings climate science to life with fun games, interactive features and exciting articles.

NASA Kids Club

https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub/index.html

NASA.gov brings you the latest images, videos and news from America's space agency.

NASA Solar System Exploration

https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/kids/do-it-yourself/?page=0&per_page=40&order=created_at+desc&search=&category=139

NASA's real-time science encyclopedia of deep space exploration.

Science Time from Space

https://storytimefromspace.com/

Click the Science Time Videos tab. Explore 4 different concepts through astronauts.

Mars Mission

https://accessmars.withgoogle.com/

Haven’t checked this out myself, but a friend recommended it.

Mystery Doug Science Learning

https://mysteryscience.com/school-closure-planning

Remote Science Learning

Science is for Kids

https://www.scienceisforkids.com/animal-webcams/

Check out 5 different organizations that focus on teaching kids about animals.

LANGUAGE

Duolingo

https://www.duolingo.com/

Learn a new language

STORYTIME, BOOK SHARING

Virtual Storytime with

Pete the Cat

https://www.instagram.com/petethecatofficial/?fbclid=IwAR0kxVwxBJc04x-ITQY1stYFGhTyBXf25qs_Uisgtt4zI0-RQVITE7kTAP0

Follow on Instagram (@petethecatofficial) March 17th at 12pm EDT to join James Dean for a LIVE storytime!

A read aloud by Peter H. Reynolds on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/PeterHamiltonReynolds/?__tn__=kCH-R&eid=ARAxoPVIsuUZ4VR_Stmq0qv3OS_EQVAYBUAFO50PwRLQp9aOSoyhSe9KAIZmbik4AEBL4bL_dhS_aWrl&hc_ref=ARRtxCVDRbX9tJVoerSXYZ8rIi51l1r2NyK6ITMyIHlk42eo2zT83sMPTizkIGDZ0sM&__xts__[0]=68.ARAOlDNSlJHxvswWe85yUgkbq1S4K_WQdHiRzxZL86XjItJE5i3_0KekT35ldfvYsXBd8uoTuu0Di0_0Vafz8HwPC4W82dR_r_Sh9Vl9nyIjEEb9rBVBWtRsFdQdx31ccaSbTLIMgX94_XOky_73N5tLuztqqQJ78-dvDfcQ3wn-ne5tli4Q3GIG8lnc146Ftw1yZNGxuKcw1wycoE78aWlziy1W8HRKwzDvftz1PbcSCbUBDEMXsJ1vZEcCgu_FpskzVA8kM-rrxZ4G-tn1RJSItecii2TM-4Nj0PhIAVVIQKyenucrr1WV7nu-TE2-i2CK4tzllcWXFtkX0PTTE9FY_Q

Storytime at noon EST each weekday with Peter Reynolds.

Read aloud by Betty White

https://www.storylineonline.net/books/harry-the-dirty-dog/?fbclid=IwAR1flo6bqQr7AD4UncQmx9cw94f4qNsqH29gp3CZLUXIN3kmhxnqJppebgw

Harry the Dirty Dog …

Storytime from Space

https://storytimefromspace.com/

Click the StoryTime Videos tab

MOVEMENT

PE with Coach Wood

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDTpdOEsqAc&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR2p35gPhcBoPHMmmfnBPEo79qk16vp9-AsjXylL2fwyV9ren5c7Dk2sSZw

Iʻm usually pretty cautious about sending kids to YouTube … This guy is definitely motivating!

GoNoodle

https://family.gonoodle.com/

Mindfulness movement as a family

TeachPhysEd video 

https://teachphysed.weebly.com/

Zumba Fitness for kids

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FP0wgVhUC9w&fbclid=IwAR0FAgIQMU5t1U32xUgF2FwYUg1l-WteCOuA1DoPRIzk--UghHgGs__qnKo&app=desktop

I’m not familiar with Doyvedas … but his Zumba workouts are quite energetic

Fluency & Fitness

https://fluencyandfitness.com/

You can get three weeks FREE

MUSIC/SONG

Music and Song lessons by Prodigies

https://prodigiesmusic.com/new-free-52-minute-song-lesson-collection/?fbclid=IwAR1JXJafKDnUkSd28bUp983VE19prCeKQLBUDv-igzgqHsuwRHY7DVE7HC4

21-day free trial

JUST FOR FUN

Funbrain

https://www.funbrain.com/

Hosts a variety of online activities. Warning: the ads can be distracting, but the kids do love the games.

PBS kids online

https://pbskids.org/

Great site!

Typing Club

https://www.typingclub.com/

Great site and kids love this Keyboarding practice website

Ducksters

https://www.ducksters.com/

Learn about History, Biography, Geography and Games

ChessKid

https://www.chesskid.com/

Learn Chess; can play without an account. Also offers Chess lessons

Baking with Kids

https://www.kingarthurflour.com/about/bake-for-good-kids?fbclid=IwAR27-gdeAoeF41O0cTZTNztezJVFrcoPmuJZogZe40xcc77-4M7BoeeXjJM&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=content

King Arthur Flour Company offers a downloadable recipe book and instructional videos online free

Origami Fun Online

https://www.origami-fun.com/origami-online.html

Origami

While Disney World & Disneyland Are Closed, Take Your Kids On Virtual Rides

https://www.romper.com/p/while-disney-world-disneyland-are-closed-take-your-kids-on-virtual-rides-22622893?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=owned&utm_campaign=romper&utm_content=1584384902&fbclid=IwAR37fa8DeSx_SnjqoxPGF_Si_HfmOYZ8sXwoKIdl43QI7e1OT8y5C8ACleE

Just for FUN

PODCASTS

Common Sense Media

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/the-best-podcasts-for-kids

 25 best Podcast List

NPR

https://www.npr.org/podcasts/474377890/but-why-a-podcast-for-curious-kids?fbclid=IwAR3m_Y6stMbNBr-kB6TfDofGlBgWv9u4WlGHemxNR-JV7WjYp1IV3MK2sZg

Podcast directory

Off-line activities for the family

Link to Common Sense Media’s Free Online Activities and Events for Kids During Coronavirus Shutdowns.

Board Games

Read a Book

“Would you Rather?”

Sidewalk Chalk

Finger Painting

Slime

Dominoes

Take a Walk

Go for a Hike

Sock Puppets

I Spy

Tie-Dye

Knit

Play Cards

Build a Card House

Bake

Walk the dog

Build a pet house

Jump Rope

Play Cards

Make a Fort

Write a Story

Write a letter