Well, if you can, enjoy the fresh air, read stories together, play games, make art, bake, invent, make music, etc. (Yes, these are past photos. We haven’t done all this just yet, but I’m motivating myself, too!)
However, as many of you know, there are some amazing online resources out there for, yes, engaging and distracting kids on their own as well as for finding things to do together. I can’t begin to find or list them all, but I want to share a few before I get back to work.
Here you go:
- Happen, Inc. Blueprints to make stuff!
- Wizards of Wright DIY Make more stuff!
- NASA Science Space Place So many fun games and things to explore!
- NASA Expeditionary Skills for Life Great videos on surviving with a small isolated group of people! Hmm …
- Virtual Museum Tours A whole list of places to explore from home!
- Speaking of, do you like pirates? The New England Pirate Museum
- Google Earth This can keep someone busy exploring for a loooooong time.
- You can also play Carmen Sandiego on Google Earth!
- Little Inventors Did I mention making stuff?
- PBS Kids and NOVA have lots of interesting stuff, including a virtual journey into the pyramids!
- National Geographic Kids is another great resource with games, science lab, explorer academy, and more
- Learn-at-home activities for different age groups from Scholastic
- Tinker Lab Lots of great activities for different ages, including Stop Motion (Dev Petty just reminded me how fun this can be when she posted a video based on her book Claymates.)
- The Who Was? Show, based on the series of Who Was/Is? books
- The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Museum Resources, E-Learning, and Online Collections
- COSI (Columbus’ Center of Science and Industry) Visit to watch daily video lessons and do hands-on science activities!
- Moooore virtual explorations, this time of five national parks!
- Whoa! And this links to 33 national park tours!
- Oooh, and this virtual tour of Carlsbad Caverns
- How about a virtual walk through Central Park in NYC?
- Ot the Great Wall of China?
- Some fun DIY crafts here, plus making your own stained glass art here
- Fun things to make and do outside
- Cartooning Club How to Draw Videos Lots of tutorials on drawing your favorite characters … Not too tough.
- Live Opera anyone?
- Follow Sue the T-Rex around the Field Museum on Twitter
Need physical activity?
- Special Olympics exercises to do with the kids
- Katie Bowman’s site dedicated to family movement
- 50+ ways to get kids moving
- 25 indoor/outdoor movement games and activities
- We Have the Moves from Sesame Street
- Cosmic Kids Yoga A little too cosmic for me but some folks/kids might really enjoy!
Got Star Wars? Marvel?
Aaand many children’s authors maintain cool websites. Look them up! Some might be mostly biographical, but others have fun read-alouds, games, activities and other things.
- Judy Blume
- Sandra Boynton
- Jan Brett
- Eric Carle
- Roald Dahl
- Josh Funk
- Cornelia Funke
- Neil Gaiman’s Mouse Circus
- Jess Keating
- Grace Lin
- Stacy McAnulty
- Yuyi Morales
- Mary Pope Osborne’s Magic Tree House
- R.J. Palacio’s Wonder the Book
- Miranda Paul
- Dev Petty
- Dav Pilkey
- Jack Prelutsky
- Rick Riordan
- Ahem, yes, J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World
- Shel Silverstein
- Geronimo Stilton
- Lauren Tarshis’ I Survived
- Mo Willems’ Pigeon Presents
- And Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems!
Puffin Books has a You Tube channel dedicated to authors reading aloud their picture books, and they post fun activities there, too. You can also look up story read-alouds on You Tube, like Once Upon a Story and Brightly Storytime.
Finally, check your library websites. They have SO MUCH. I promise there is stuff on your local library website that you didn’t know was there!