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Free Resources

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 

https://www.facebook.com/thegigglingpigshelton/
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

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MrM7Ypu3uoEEwbyLQ6sxkx8d-sePrP2J64WQrb6dNfI/edit?usp=sharing

KidLit TV (book trailers, author interviews, drawing, and read-alouds) 

https://kidlit.tv

Storyline Online

https://www.storylineonline.net also on YouTube(Search Storyline Online) 

Watch your favorite actors read popular children’s books! 

Audible Stories

https://stories.audible.com/

Audible announced a free website with audiobooks for children of all ages. Everything on the site is free, with no login or membership required.

TumbleBooks

https://www.tumblebooklibrary.com/auto_login.aspx?U=tumble735&P=books

eBook database for kids in grades K-6

Teen Book Cloud

https://www.teenbookcloud.com/autologin.aspx?U=tumble2020&P=A3b5c6

eBook database for children in grades 7-12

Audio Book Cloud

https://www.audiobookcloud.com/autologin.aspx?U=tumble2020&P=A3b5c6

Audio books for all ages 

 

Educational 

Project Gutenberg

https://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page

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

https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html?promo_code=6294&eml=CM/smd/20200312//txtl/sm/ed

Projects to keep kids thinking and reading! 

TED-Ed

https://ed.ted.com

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! 

Mystery Science

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

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

https://www.facebook.com/pg/KennedySpaceCenterVisitorComplex/posts/?ref=page_internal

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

https://www.sesamestreet.org/caring

“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

https://www.americastestkitchen.com/kids/home

Free recipes, activities, and experiments for children. 

National Geographic Kids

https://kids.nationalgeographic.com

Puzzles, games, and videos. 

TumbleMath

https://www.tumblemath.com/autologin.aspx?U=tumble2020&P=A3b5c6

 K-6 math ebook database

American Dairy Association: Farm Fun with Farmer Katie

http://origin.americandairy.com/news-and-events/dairy-diary/dairy-farming/farm-fun-with-farmer-katie.stml

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

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSflNxNM0jzbZJjUqOcXkwhGTfii4CM_CA3kCxImbY8c3AABEA/formResponse

Reading Room Escape Room

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdvvgOhiVwRzXSxHuHlEzfGEUPQaABbgpL6JLPHn8A93ThWpw/viewform?fbzx=-5350833537370311211

New England Aquarium 

neaq.org

Monterey Bay Aquarium

https://www.montereybayaquarium.org/animals-and-exhibits/live-web-cams

Georgia Aquarium

https://www.georgiaaquarium.org/webcam/ocean-voyager/

National Aquarium Virtual Tour 

http://samuraivirtualtours.com/example/nadc/index.html

Seattle Aquarium Virtual Tour

https://youtu.be/mY8__n13tKM

San Diego Zoo 

https://kids.sandiegozoo.org/videos

Atlanta Zoo Panda Cam 

https://youtu.be/_6wbfVWVk8Q

Smithsonian’s National Zoo 

https://nationalzoo.si.edu/webcams

Reid Park Zoo Lion Cam in Tuscon, AZ 

http://reidparkzoo.org/cameras/lion-cam/

Ouwehand Park Polar Bear Cubs Rhenen, Netherland

https://explore.org/livecams/polar-bears/polar-bear-ouwehand-twin-cubs-cam-2

Louvre Museum, Paris 

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

National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/national-gallery-of-art-washington-dc?hl=en

Metropolitan Museum of Art

https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/the-metropolitan-museum-of-art

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/van-gogh-museum?hl=en

Visit the Great Wall of China 

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

Virtually discover Yellowstone National Park https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/photosmultimedia/virtualtours.htm

Virtually visit Ellis Island

http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/immigration/webcast.htm

 

Fitness 

Dance Party videos on the Kidz Bop YouTube Channel 

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLMr-d2PLsO95ydptpBnsxdQNSKc9iUNU0

Cosmic Kids Yoga

https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

Go Noodle 

https://www.gonoodle.com/

Movement and mindfulness videos