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

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!

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.

THE SMALL WORKS PROJECT with Mo Willems

THE SMALL WORKS PROJECT with Mo Willems
The problems of the world are so large, they can overwhelm. But you can effect change by helping in small ways.

Did you feed your neighbor’s cat while they were in the hospital? Or visit an elderly person from outside their window? Did you bring water to protestors marching in your city? Every positive action you take, no matter how small, is important.

We want to hear YOUR Small Work Stories to show the world how small works add up.

For the next 50 weekdays, we’ll spotlight one Small Work Story and pair it with an original small artwork by Mo Willems. As a way of thanking each spotlighted storyteller’s small act, we will mail them Mo’s paired small work of art to keep!he

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.

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.

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.

Downloadables

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!

Fine Arts

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.

I Want My Hat Back Puppet Show

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

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.

KidLit at HOME

In response to widespread school and library closures, KidLit TV today announced KidLit At Home, a free online learning resource created to support parents and educators during a time of increased need for learning enrichment, entertainment, and comfort.

KidLit At Home is styled as a "Netflix for Kid Lit." It offers a new way for parents, educators, and young readers to access the myriad online storytime, drawing and writing tutorials, STEM and STEAM video content being offered across the web by the biggest names in children's literature, all curated in one easy to use, convenient online location: https://kidlit.tv/KidLitAtHome.

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.

Nature & Animals

At-home Learning with Georgia Aquarium

Webcams, lesson plans and other resources.

Camp DK

Help your children stay curious and keep active with summer camp, DK-style. From science experiments, to nature crafts and rainy-day LEGO builds, explore activity packs to keep kids educated and entertained. (Don’t forget to print out your family’s Camp DK merit badges along the way!)

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.

Quaranteens

Writing prompts, mindfulness activities and more for teens.

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.

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.

Virtual Storytimes

Cocky's Reading Express Virtual Storytimes

The Cocky's Reading Express™ literacy program features the Carolina mascot and USC student volunteers who travel the state in their own bus, visiting elementary schools and reading to students. They've gone virtual!

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.

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.

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.

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