Education & Fun at Home

While we’ve been surfing around the Internet in our isolation, we have been looking for things to benefit our community. Here is a compilation of some of the free and interesting resources available on the web during this trying time.

We will continue to add to these lists as more items come to our attention. Enjoy!

Arts & Crafts

5 Art Projects To Try During Social Distancing

Looking for a creative outlet? Sarah Urist Green shares ideas for fun art projects you can do at home during the coronavirus outbreak. (These are a great activity for kids and adults alike.) If you try one, share your creation with us at lifekit@npr.org.

Bay Area Discovery Museum

Lots of crafts and other activities for youngsters.

Coffee Filter Crafts

A variety of crafts to do with coffee filters and other items around the house.

Color Our Collections

Free coloring pages from over 100 museums and libraries around the globe

Dungeons & Dragons at Home

Free resources for playing D&D at home.

Harry Potter At Home

Welcome to the Harry Potter At Home hub where you’ll find all the latest magical treats to keep you occupied - including special contributions from Bloomsbury and Scholastic, nifty magical craft videos (teach your friends how to draw a Niffler!), fun articles, quizzes, puzzles and plenty more for first-time readers, as well as those already familiar with the wizarding world. We’re casting a Banishing Charm on boredom!

Himama Blog

"Few of us were prepared for the challenge that is keeping your kiddos busy while working from home. But fear not, we are here to help! Our early childhood educators have prepared a series of activities that you can easily do at home using supplies that you already have or that are easy to find.are easy to find.
Most importantly, they were prepared with learning outcomes in mind, so you can make sure that your child will keep on learning and developing while at home."

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

In collaboration with the Kennedy Center, author and illustrator Mo Willems (Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus) is releasing daily videos inviting kids to draw, craft, and create with him, weekdays at 1 p.m. ET. You can find the videos at Kennedy-Center.org or YouTube.

Museum of Modern Art

For kids ages six and over, we rounded up some of our favorite drawing, collage, audio, and movement activities inspired by artworks in MoMA’s collection.

Red Ted Art

Crafts and activities for kids.

Author's Stories (and Illustrator's too!)

Authors Everywhere

Author Susan Tan (the Cilla Lee-Jenkins series) has created the Authors Everywhere YouTube channel — featuring read-alouds, writing exercises, art demos, and other activities from children's authors and illustrators. She's also collected printable activity worksheets from various authors on her site.

Dav Pilkey at Home

Starting April 1, author and illustrator Dav Pilkey (the Captain Underpants and Dog Man series), in collaboration with the Library of Congress, will host a weekly video series featuring drawing lessons, read-alouds, and highlights from the library's collections. Videos will go live Fridays at 8 a.m. ET on Twitter (@LibraryCongress, @Scholastic) and Facebook (@LibraryofCongress, @Scholastic). Throughout the week, Pilkey will also share downloadable activities and writing prompts.

Debbie Ridpath Oni

Author and illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi (Where Are My Books?) is posting daily drawing prompts and activities on Twitter at #KidsDailyDebbieOhi, as well as picture book read-alouds and drawing demonstrations on YouTube. She also has a selection of printables — activities, book templates, posters, and bookmarks — on her site.

Draw Everyday with JJK

Author and illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka aka JJK (the Lunch Lady series) is posting 20-to-30-minute draw-along videos on weekdays, live on YouTube at 2 p.m. ET and then archived on YouTube and his website. JJK also has printable activities — coloring pages, picture book templates, and illustration prompts — available on his site for ages pre-K to second grade or third grade to sixth grade.

Imagine Your Story with Carmen Agra Deedy!

Carmen Agra Deedy, 2020 National Summer Reading Champion, will be reading stories Fridays at Noon in June.

Judy Schachner Reads Bits & Pieces

Schachner, auhor of the Skippyjohn Jones books, reads from Bits & Pieces

Julie's Library

Actress/author Julie Andrews and her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton will share stories on this new podcast, beginning April 29

Kate Messner

Author Kate Messner has compiled a list of authors and illustrators who are sharing resources.

Mac Barnett

Author Mac Barnett (Sam & Dave Dig a Hole) is hosting three series on Instagram: Every weekday at noon (PT) on Instagram Live, Barnett hosts Mac’s Book Club Show, reading a different picture book — and wearing a different hat — each day. (Barnett told BuzzFeed Books in an email, "I have a habit of buying hats that I later realize I should never wear out of the house. Now that I never leave my house, I figure it’s the perfect time to wear them.") Every night around 5 p.m. PT, there's Mac’s Book Club Show: Chapter Books After Dark, where Barnett reads from his book Mac B., Kid Spy: Mac Undercover (and wears a tuxedo). Finally, on Saturdays at noon, Barnett and his friend Shawn Harris make Live Cartoons, which is shot in one take.

Magic Treehouse Home Adventures

Join Jack and Annie on exciting adventures—come face to face with animals in strange lands, do battle with warriors across time, get swept up by nature’s force, and win big alongside famous sports heroes—all 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!

Mouse Circus

The official Neil Gaiman website for younger readers.

My Weird Read-A-Loud

From Dan Gutman, author of the My Weird School Series:
Stuck at home and looking for something fun for the kids? Join me every weekday at 2 PM EDT for a Read-A-Loud until the kids go back to school!

Each week I’ll be reading a new book and you can follow along on my Facebook Fan Page or, join me right here on my webpage.

Nick Bruel's Bad Kitty

Lots of videos and resources from the author of Bad Kitty.

Oliver Jeffers' Stay at Home Storytime

Author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers (The Day the Crayons Quit), is reading his books Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays live on Instagram at 2 p.m. ET. The videos will also live on his website.

Storytimes and Drawing Tutorials With Grace Lin

Author and illustrator Grace Lin (When the Sea Turned to Silver; A Big Mooncake for Little Star) is posting read-alouds and drawing tutorials on YouTube. Her tutorial for drawing a lucky Chinese tiger — a character that shows up in three of Lin's books — is especially popular.

We are Bookish

A collection of various author events for all ages

Downloadables

ABDO Digital Bookshelf

ABDO wants to ensure that young learners everywhere continue to have the opportunity to learn and grow during this unprecedented global event. Find all of our free resources in one place on the ABDO website, along with the latest COVID-19 updates and links.

Explaining Coronavirus to Kids

A compilation of free and downloadable books about the current pandemic, curated by the NYC School Library System.

KCL's Downloadables Page

Downloadable ebooks, audio and more available with your library card.

Riveted by Simon Teen

Riveted by Simon Teen is an online community for anyone that loves young adult fiction! Here at Riveted by Simon Teen, you can read YA books for FREE, discover your new favorite books and authors, enter for the chance to win new and upcoming releases, and more!

SYNC Audiobooks for Teens

Beginning April 30, two free audiobooks will be availabe for download each week.

Fine Arts

Art in Place: Social Distancing in the Studio.

From the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art:

Welcome to The Carle’s first online exhibition, ART in
PLACE: Social Distancing in the Studio, organized while the
Museum remains shuttered due to the pandemic. We asked
21 picture-book artists, isolating in studios around the
world, to share their most recent work with us. We were
curious to know how creativity is sustaining them during
these long and worrisome days. It is our hope that their art
will provide comfort to you too, and even spark your own
creativity.

Carnegie Hall Fridays

Through July 11, 2020, enjoy Carnegie Hall Fridays, a new streaming series released with medici.tv. Each Friday, a new selection from our archive of live broadcasts will be made available for on-demand streaming free of charge. Each program will be accessible throughout the weekend for 72 hours—from Friday at 3 AM through Monday at 3 AM (Eastern).

Fisher Center Upstreaming

Each Wednesday UPSTREAMING will release new content, including digital commissions and beloved performances from our archives. These programs reflect the Fisher Center’s mission to engage artists and audiences in the development and examination of artistic ideas, offering perspectives from the past and present, as well as visions of the future. Works featured each week will highlight a different aspect of the breadth of programming the Fisher Center offers, including weekly performances from the SummerScape Opera and BMF archives.

Houston Grand Opera

The Marriage of Figaro - Finale - Houston Grand Opera Studio and Alumni. Recorded at their homes, the finale of this opera.

I Want My Hat Back Puppet Show

Puppet show of Jon Klassen's I Want My Hat Back

National Theatre at Home

From the UK, new plays every Thursday

Opera at the Met

Each day, a different encore presentation from the company’s Live in HD series is being made available for free streaming on the Met website, with each performance available for a period of 23 hours, from 7:30 p.m. EDT until 6:30 p.m. the following day. The schedule will include outstanding complete performances from the past 14 years of cinema transmissions, starring all of opera’s greatest singers.

Sir Patrick Stewart reads Shakespeare

Sir Patrick Stewart is reading Shakespearean sonnets daily on Twitter.

Stratford Festival

FREE streaming of 12 of our finest Shakespeare productions. One film will be released on our YouTube channel every Thursday at 7pm EST, starting with King Lear on April 23 – aka Shakespeare’s birthday! – and will remain available for three weeks. (Repeat viewings strongly encouraged.)

The Shows Must Go On

From the UK, full length musical performances every Friday at 2 PM and available for 48 hours after.

General Learning and Research

Amazing Educational Resources

A list of many educational companies offering free subscriptions due to school closings.

Cambium Learning

Effective immediately, Cambium Learning’s K-12 curriculum organizations — Learning A-Z, ExploreLearning, Voyager Sopris Learning — are offering free access to their most popular digital learning products.

Crash Course

Tons of awesome courses in one youtube channel

DK@Home

All the learning resources, ideas, and inspiration you need for your time at home.

Grow with Google

Free training, tools, and resources to help you grow your skills, career, or business.

SCETV @ Home Learning

Beginning Tuesday, March 24, SCETV will modify regularly scheduled programming to offer specific pre-K – 12 resources between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m each weekday (see schedule below). Program modifications will take place throughout the duration of school closures and will address a wide variety of content areas. Educators and parents will have access to supplemental lesson plans and curriculum materials to facilitate meaningful use of the content.
Viewers can watch SCETV content online on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.

Smithsonian Cares

The Smithsonian is supporting and helping our country in a time of great need. Even though our buildings are closed, the Smithsonian is here for you from home with vast digital resources. Education teams are providing distance learning resources to support and stay connected with the communities we serve, including caregivers, students, and teachers. Smithsonian scientists, curators, and historians are sharing their expertise through video and online events. New content is being added daily by web and social media teams.

We hope that you will feel connected to the power of art, history, and culture, inspired by the quest to understand the natural world around us, and emboldened by the Smithsonian as we document and explore.

South Carolina State Museum

The South Carolina State Museum may be closed to the public temporarily, but we are committed to continuing to fulfill our mission to providing educational environments that entertain and inspire.

Below are several e-learning resources available from the museum and suggested links for other online resources. Museum staff will be updating this page regularly with new content and resources!

Wide Open School

More than 25 organizations like Newsela, National Geographic, Google, Apple, Khan Acadmey, Time for Kids, PBS, and Noggin came together to create a FREE online learning resource for use at home containing curated experiences, activities, lessons and more that inspires kids, supports teachers, relieves families, and restores community.

Let's Keep Moving

Bonus Borrows from hoopla

Find exercise videos to help keep you in shape while staying at home.

Live Stream Yoga Nidra Guided Meditation

From Sandhills Yoga in Chesterfield, SC

The Little Gym

Now, The Little Gym is bringing its class experience online, in the form of videos free to all on its YouTube channel. The super fun gymnastics classes are developed with different age groups in mind but all designed to do at home. All four classes will be released on Thursdays, and there's already two weeks of fun to catch up on.

Solar System Walk

Take a whirlwind vacation through the solar system! Go on a 3.6-billion-mile walk (scaled down to roughly 1/2 mile one-way), stopping off at planets and dwarf planets to discuss what you might see and experience there.

Use a ball with a diameter of about 8.5 inches to represent the Sun, and find small objects around your home to represent the planets.

This activity helps convey the relative sizes and distances of objects in our solar system. You'll discover why it's called "space."

Nature & Animals

At-home Learning with Georgia Aquarium

Webcams, lesson plans and other resources.

Bird Academy Play Lab

Birds are awesome. Play games that explore flight, song, dance, feathers, and so much more.

Explore.org

Lots of live cams of different animals and other nature cams

Lost Bird Project

Watch the Lost Bird Project film for free for a limited time to remember extinct birds.

NatGeo Kids

Brain boosters, cool stuff and more from National Geographic Kids.

Project Noah

A global citizen science platform to discover, share and identify wildlife

Riverbanks Zoo

Join us each weekday live at 10am EST on the Riverbanks Facebook page or catch a recorded segment on the Riverbanks homepage as we discover new ways to Zoo and Garden. From live features to behind-the-scenes peeks to fun too-cute-to-handle... we're bringing Riverbanks to you including an activity you can do at home.

San Diego Zoo

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

South Carolina Aquarium

We know everyone is cooped up in their homes, and kids and adults alike are looking for stimulating activities. That’s why we’re offering virtual visits and nature challenges through our award-winning education team.

Zoo Atlanta's Panda Cam

Live from Zoo Atlanta, it's Pandas!

Social Studies @ Home

And You Thought History Was A Snore

Plenty of museums and cultural sites sponsor living history programs, but Joseph McGill is likely the first person to dream up a “sleeping history” program. But five years ago, when he began sleeping around, so to speak, in former slave dwellings, he realized he was on to something. Spending the wee hours stretched out on hard wood or dirt floors of these humble dwellings gave him a visceral sense of what life must have like as a slave.

ASL Nook

Learn American Sign Language.

iCivics

iCivics works to ensure every student in America receives a quality and engaging civic education and graduates from high school well prepared and enthusiastic for citizenship

Ken Burns in the Classroom

Select full length films will be added and available until June 30th. The Roosevelts, Jazz, and College Behind Bars are available now, and The Civil War, The Dust Bowl, The War, and The National Parks will be available before April 30th.

News in Education

Sign up today and get unlimited access to the eEdition (digital replica of the newspaper) and a variety of K-12 educational resources. Access available through June 7, 2020.

Newsela

Newsela only uses the world's best, most trusted sources and then carefully selects the content that is most representative, most engaging at five different reading levels. For the remainder of the school year, FREE access is available across the entire suite of Newsela products including: ELA, Social Studies, Science, and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL).

Quaranteens

Writing prompts, mindfulness activities and more for teens.

Time for Kids

Made possible by Google, AT&T, HP and PwC Charitable Foundation, the new TIME for Kids digital library will be available for free for the remainder of the school year.

STEM Activities

2020 STEM for All Video Showcase

More than 170 federally funded projects, highlighting innovations in STEM education, share short videos of their work. Researchers, practitioners, policy makers and the general public are invited to post to the discussions. Share your perspectives, ideas and feedback. Vote for your favorites. Voting and discussion ends on May 12 at 8PM EDT.

250 Great STEM Websites and Apps for Kids

The Internet is filled with cool STEM websites and apps for kids that teachers or parents can utilize to nurture interest in science, technology, engineering, and math fields. These resources are important as the United States’ education system fights against further STEM decline.

Breakoutedu Live

Every weekday you can play a digital breakout and win prizes!

DiscoverE

As we all figure out new learning at home strategies, DiscoverE has collected a series of articles which offer suggestions, activities with just a few materials, and videos you can use to engage your students or child in engineering.

FUNBRAIN

Free math games, books and videos for all grade levels.

Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code is making CS educational activities available for download free of charge, to anyone who wants to access them.We will release activities weekly — some online, some offline, of varying levels of difficulty—over the course of the next few months. Each activity will include a feature of a woman in tech who pioneered innovative technology.

Math Playground

More free fun math games for elementary students.

NC Virtual Science Festival

Even though the 2020 North Carolina Science Festival public in-person events are cancelled, we still want to evoke the spirit of our mission - to provide the opportunity to celebrate science in fun and welcoming settings. What better setting to learn and engage with science than your own home?

NEA STEM Resources

From the National Education Association, a list of STEM resources for students in grades K-12.

STEM with Miss Jess

Miss Jess, Childrens Librarian at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County's Green Township Branch, has three STEM activities parents, guardians, and educators can do with children ages 3 to 6.

Virtual Storytimes

Goodnight With Dolly

“Goodnight With Dolly” will feature Dolly Parton reading a series of Imagination Library books all carefully chosen for their appropriate content at this moment in time. Dolly welcomes the viewers and introduces the title, author and illustrator. Snuggled in bed with her Imagination Library book, Dolly shares stories that are just right for this moment in time.

KCL's Virtual Storytimes

Join Ms. Lauren, Ms. Hanna and Ms. Jennifer for storytimes

Levar Burton Reads

Levar Burton of Reading Rainbow is reading three times a week: Mondays at 9 a.m. PT will be children’s selections; Wednesdays at 3 p.m. PT will be for young-adult audiences; and Fridays at 6 p.m. PT are for adults.

Mondays with Michelle Obama

Mondays at 12pm Ms. Obama will read her favorite stories in parntership with PBS Kids

Mrs. Bush's Story Time

Mrs. Bush’s Story Time is a new podcast for families, featuring original recordings from the radio program of the same name. The podcast brings to life former First Lady Barbara Bush’s commitment to family literacy and lifelong learning for a whole new generation.

#OperationStorytime

Many of Romper's favorite authors and illustrators, from Josh Gad and Mac Barnett to Oge Mora, Annie Barrows, Eva Chen, Sophie Blackall, Rowboat Watkins, and Jan Brett have taken to the internet to perform, or picked up the torch of what we're calling "Operation Storytime," reading their stories online for your (kids') enjoyment. It's basically like Yo-Yo Ma decided to give a backyard concert over the fence.

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.

Stories Podcast

On the Stories Podcast, we perform a new story for your children every week. The stories range from retellings of fairy tales like Snow White to classic stories like Peter Rabbit and even completely original works. Everything is G rated and safe for all ages. The perfect kids podcast for imaginative families. Whether you’re driving with your children or just want to limit your kids’ screen time, Stories Podcast delivers entertainment that kids and parents alike will love.

Story Time With Emma (With Emma Straub and Special Guests)

Now that author Emma Straub's Brooklyn bookstore Books Are Magic is closed, she's turning their weekly storytimes — Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. — into virtual events, reading personal favorites on IGTV every week until the store reopens. In an email, Straub also teased some "special guests."

Virtual Tours

10 Museums you can visit virtually

From Smithsonian Magazine, a list of 10 museums you can visit from home.

12 Famous Museums

The folks at Travel & Leisure magazine have compiled this list of famous museums from around the world you can visit virtually.

Castles and Places

21 castles and palaces you can tour virtually.

EarthCam

Access to many different live cameras--animals, nature, landscape and more!

Google Arts and Culture

Links to tour museums from around the globe.

The Smithsonian Institution

The Smithsonian offers eleven museums and galleries on the National Mall plus six other museums and the National Zoo in the greater National Capital Area. In New York City, we invite you to tour two museums in historic settings.

Top 10 Virtual Tours

Tour museums and other sites from around the globe.

Virtual Museum of Canada

The largest digital source of stories and experiences shared by Canada’s museums and heritage organizations