We have compiled a list of free resources for children and their parents who are looking for more ways to learn from home during these uncertain times. This list is far from complete, as we are constantly finding fun and new resources to share! We have separated this list into four categories: Virtual Stories & Drawing Classes, Educational, Virtual Field Trips, and Fitness.
Virtual Stories & Drawing Classes
The Giggling Pig
Daily virtual art lesson at 11 am on Facebook. The only supplies you will need are a pencil and paper.
A GoogleDoc with 8 pages of author activities
KidLit TV (book trailers, author interviews, drawing, and read-alouds)
https://www.storylineonline.net also on YouTube(Search Storyline Online)
Watch your favorite actors read popular children’s books!
Audible announced a free website with audiobooks for children of all ages. Everything on the site is free, with no login or membership required.
eBook database for kids in grades K-6
Teen Book Cloud
eBook database for children in grades 7-12
Audio Book Cloud
Audio books for all ages
A library of over 60,000 free eBooks. You will find the world’s great literature here, with focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired.
Scholastic Learn at Home
Projects to keep kids thinking and reading!
Expert educators and TED speakers throughout the world create and share high-quality, interactive, video-based lessons. Great for all grade levels, and covers topics such as: Business & Economics, Literature & Language, Math, Psychology, Social Studies, Thinking and Learning, and more!
Free Science activities for grades K-5! Lessons include Why do woodpeckers peck wood?, How are toys invented?, and Why do frogs say ‘ribbit”?
The Kennedy Space Center
The Kennedy Space Center is having live presentations on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on Facebook Live at 9:30 a.m. EDT for younger children, and 1 p.m. for young adults
Sesame Street: Caring for Each Other
“In response to the unprecedented uncertainty facing young children and families, Sesame Workshop’s Caring for Each Other initiative marks the beginning of a commitment to support families during the COVID-19 health crisis with a broad variety of free resources.” Also you can get a virtual hug from Elmo!
America’s Test Kitchen Kids
Free recipes, activities, and experiments for children.
National Geographic Kids
Puzzles, games, and videos.
K-6 math ebook database
American Dairy Association: Farm Fun with Farmer Katie
Watch a video with Farmer Katie (and her cow, Snickerdoodle!) each day at 10am. Farmer Katie will teach kids about caring for calves, cow nutrition, milking and using dairy.
Virtual Field Trips
Hogwarts Digital Escape Room
Reading Room Escape Room
New England Aquarium
Monterey Bay Aquarium
National Aquarium Virtual Tour
Seattle Aquarium Virtual Tour
San Diego Zoo
Atlanta Zoo Panda Cam
Smithsonian’s National Zoo
Reid Park Zoo Lion Cam in Tuscon, AZ
Ouwehand Park Polar Bear Cubs Rhenen, Netherland
Louvre Museum, Paris
National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
Visit the Great Wall of China
Virtually discover Yellowstone National Park https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/photosmultimedia/virtualtours.htm
Virtually visit Ellis Island
Dance Party videos on the Kidz Bop YouTube Channel
Cosmic Kids Yoga
Movement and mindfulness videos