Digital Resources & Activities for Children

 

Hello Friends!

We have collected some digital resources for you. There is a lot of fun stuff happening online from storytimes in space, to live concerts streaming right to your living room, virtual trips to the zoo, and even FREE books. We hope you check some of them out and maybe find a favorite or two to help you pass the time until we can all be together again.

Please join the library on Facebook and Twitter. We are posting heaps of fun things for you to do every day! And check back here often.  We will be updating and adding to this list as we find more fun things for you to try and do at home.

Stay healthy, safe, and well.

 

Smiles & BIG banana hugs,

Miss Meg & Mr. Monkey

 

FAMILY RESOURCES FOR COVID- 19:

 

Caring For Each Other​ – Sesame Street shares a special collection of resources to help families care for themselves and each other during COVID -19.

 

Comic Strip – ​NPR created a printable comic that explains the Coronavirus to children.

 

Coloring Book – St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital created a coloring book to help children understand the Coronavirus.

 

Coloring My Way:Learning About the Coronavirus​ – Bradley Hospital has developed a free coloring book to help children understand and cope with the Coronavirus. Click the link to download and print a copy for your family.

 

Coronavirus: A Book for Children – Children’s publisher Nosy Crow has created a

FREE digital book to help explain the Coronavirus and this difficult situation to children. The book is geared towards school-age children and features cartoon illustrations from Axel Scheffer.

 

First Aid For Feelings​ – ​Scholastic Books has published a FREE digital workbook to help children cope with the Coronavirus pandemic. Click the link to download a copy for your family.

 

Teaching Our World: The Coronavirus ​- Scholastic Classroom Magazine shares articles, ​videos, and activities, broken down by grade levels, to support teachers and caregivers in discussing the Coronavirus with children and teens.

 

ART:

 

Art for Kids Hub – Follow along as Rob teaches one of his four kids how to draw their​ favorite characters.

 

COLLAGASAURUS – Jon Scieszka and Steven Weinberg have created a FREE downloadable booklet, “How to Make a COLLAGASAURUS!”. The booklet features characters from “AstroNuts” and guides children through the Smithsonian archives to find materials they can use to build a collage.

 

Dav Pilkey at Home! – Join the creator of “Dog Man” and “Captain Underpants” for how-to-draw demonstrations and read-alouds, Friday’s at 8:30 am.

 

Draw a Dragon ​ Author and illustrator Grace Lin teaches us how to draw a dragon.​

 

Draw Every Day with JJK Draw with author and illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka every day at 2pm.

 

Drawing Lessons with Chris Van Dusen​ Take a peek inside Chris Van Dusen’s​     studio and learn how to draw Mercy Watson.

 

Lincoln Center Pop-Up Classroom – Join a variety of artists and educators for a virtual​ class at the Lincoln Center weekdays at 2:00 p.m. on Facebook Live. Click the link for a class schedule.

 

Lunch Doodles – Join Mo Willems in his studio each weekday at 1pm.

 

MetKids – Explore the world of art with these fun videos and activities from the​  Metropolitan Museum of Art.

 

Narwhal & Jelly – Visit and draw with Ben Clanton, author and illustrator of “Narwhal​ and Jelly,” on Mondays at 12:30pm on Instagram Live. The video will also be posted on Facebook after the event.

 

New Victory Arts Break Explore songwriting, clowning, juggling, and other​ performance arts at home.

 

Red Ted Art – A variety of fun craft tutorials for all ages.

 

RHCB Art Schoool – Random House presents ​ a how-to-draw series every other Friday​ on Instagram Live.  Watch the first episode where illustrator Tad Hill teaches everyone how to draw Duck from “Duck & Goose.”

 

Scott’s Studio Storytime – ​Join author and illustrator Scott Magoon in his studio for a story and a drawing lesson.

 

BOOKS & MAGAZINES:

 

Audible For as long as schools are closed, Audible is making a collection of audiobooks available for children to download for free to any computer, phone, laptop, or tablet.

 

Crabtree Publishing-​ Crabtree has made their entire digital library of children’s non-fiction books available for free until the end of June.

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Comics -​ Try these FREE webcomics​:

 

  1. Breaking Cat News – Join house cats Elvis, Puck, and Lupin as they report on breaking news stories happening in and around their house.
  2. Cucumber Quest – Join Cucumber the bunny and his sister Almond on an epic
  3. Ozy and Millie – Dana Simpson, the creator of “Phoebe and Her Unicorn,” wrote a webcomic of two foxes exploring the world.

 

Junior Library Guild – JLG is giving FREE access to their online reading platform.​ Readers in grades K-12 now have access to JLG Digital and can read books online from any device.

 

Knowbuddy Resources -​ Amicus Publishing has made its collection of children’s books, including a variety of non-fiction titles, available for FREE until May 31st.

 

Ranger Rick – Do you love animals? From now through June you can receive FREE​ access to one of these digital magazines: Zoobooks, Zoodinos, Zootles, Zoobies, Ranger Rick, Ranger Rick Jr., and Cub!

 

Scholastic ​-​ Take a peek at this great resource from Scholastic with 20 days worth of educational activities, books, and videos for kids in Pre-K – Grade 6.

 

Storynory -​ A website with classic and original audio stories for kids.

 

Storyweaver – This FREE platform has a collection of diverse digital children’s storybooks that you can download, print, and even translate into a variety of languages.

 

Tumble Books – Looking for something to read? Download a FREE book from the​  Tumble Books Library.

 

CONCERTS & MUSIC:

 

At Home with Emily Arrow – Join Emily and Bow for songs and stories every day at​   1:00 p.m.

 

Barefoot Books – Barefoot Books shares animated versions of their sing-a-long​      storybooks on their Youtube channel.

 

Bill Harley – Local storyteller and musician Bill Harley will be live-streaming a concert​ from his studio every Tuesday and Thursday at 1pm.

 

Laura’s Live Living Room Kids Shows! ​Join Laura in her living room Tuesdays at 4pm.

 

Laurie Berker Band Live -​ Join Laurie Berker on Facebook Live most weekday​ mornings at 10am.

 

Justin Roberts – Visit children’s musician Justin Roberts’ webpage to find directions on​ how to make homemade musical instruments. Afterward, jam along with Justin during​ one of his Facebook Live concerts.​

 

Marsha and the Positrons – Join Marsha on Thursday afternoons at 3:30pm for a virtual music and movement class on Facebook Live.

 

Mi Amigo Hamlet & Alina Celeste – Performing free bilingual concerts together everyday-twice a day.

 

Silly Goose & Val Sing and Dance With You!​Sing, dance, and play with Silly Goose and Val Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays at 9:30am.

 

Susan Salidor: Songs of Comfort and Joy for Children​Sing with Susan everyday at noon.

 

Theaterworks USA Mike Rosengarten from TheaterWorks USA teaches us how to turn an ordinary pair of spoons into a musical instrument.

 

Turtle Dance Music – Posting 3 lively shows each day on their Facebook page. The Breakfast Show kicks things off at 10am, followed by Lunchtime Lullabies at noon and ending with an energetic Post-Nap Power Hour at 3pm.

 

COLORING & ACTIVITY PAGES:

 

Crayola – Color the day away! Visit Crayola for some great printable coloring sheets for all ages, even adults!

 

Candlewick Press ​-​ Children’s book publisher Candlewick provides a variety of​ printable activities based on their children’s books.

 

Doreen Cronin’s Author’s Page – a variety of printable activities from the beloved​ Click Clack book series.

 

DK At Home Learning​ – DK Publishing has a variety of fun printable activities for all ages.

 

Every Child A Reader ​ – To celebrate Children’s Book Week, the site asked 23​ children’s book illustrators to contribute artwork to this free resource. You can print individual illustrations or download the complete coloring book.

 

PBS Parents​Click on the PLAY tab for a variety of printable activities from your​  family’s favorite PBS shows.

 

Penguin Books ​-​ Children’s book publisher Penguin has a variety of printable activities based on their children’s books.

 

Woo! Jr – One of our go-to sites for printable activities. Click for Hidden Pictures and other fun games.

 

FUN WITH BOOKS:

 

Harry Potter At Home A magical site full of games, puzzles, and activities.​

 

Authors Everywhere!​ – Children’s book authors and illustrators have created a special youtube channel full of stories, activities, and games.

 

Kidlit TV – Explore the world of children’s literature with stories, crafts, games, music, book trailers, and more.

 

Kids Ask Authors ​-​ Children’s book author and illustrator, Grace Lin, hosts this podcast with other guest authors to answer young readers’ questions.

 

Read & Learn Simon & Schuster authors host storytimes and writing activities on this Youtube channel.​

 

Shelf Stuff -​ A Youtube channel created by HarperCollins Children’s Books​     takes you​ behind the scenes with popular authors and shares fun activities from some of your favorite books.

 

Stimola Literary Studio ​ -​ Presents Stimola Live events for kids, tweens, and teens by professional authors and illustrators. Check out their calendar of events.

 

GAMES:

 

Disney

 

Fun Brain

 

I Spy

 

Math Playground

 

Nasa Space Place

 

National Geographic Kids

 

Nick Jr.

 

PBS Kids

 

MOVEMENT:

 

Adventure 2 Learning – A site with a ton of educational content, including the fun​ movement program “Adventures to Fitness,” has launched new apps. The apps are completely FREE to use. No subscription required.  Roku

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AppleTV – search for the “Adventure 2 Learning” channel on your device.

 

Cosmic Kids Yoga ​-​ Yoga and mindfulness exercises presented through storytelling.

 

Kidz Bop – ​Take a dance break. Dance videos and a live stream dance class every day​ at 3 p.m. on their YouTube channel.

 

Go Noodle – This site has a bunch of short music videos that encourage kids to move, dance, and stretch.

 

STEM FUN:

 

America’s Test Kitchen – Kid’s Club: Enjoy a variety of food-themed​ activities, recipes, and experiments.

 

Cabin Fever Math – Bedtime Math hosts this site, which has a variety of fun math activities that families can do together at home.

 

Explorer Classroom: National Geographic connects kids with scientists and​  explorers for fun and exciting classes that take you around the world.

 

Hour to Code – Learn to code at home with Hour to Code. They have a variety of fun coding games and activities for all ages and experience levels.

 

Kennedy Space Center – Join educators at the Kennedy Space Center live on Facebook every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 9:30am.

 

Nature Tasks – The Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University has created a calendar of simple and fun outdoor activities for the month of April.

 

Ology – A fun science website presented by The American Museum for Natural​  History.

 

Peep and the Big Wide World – Preschoolers will enjoy these science games​         and videos based on the animated series.

 

San Diego ZooWatch animal videos, learn fun facts, and play games on the​ San Diego Zoo website.

 

Science Mom – Check out these videos by Science Mom and Math Dad. They​ have a live stream show, QuaranTime, every day from 11am – 1pm.

 

Steve Spangler Science is sharing “50 Experiments for 50 Days” starting Monday, March 23rd. Experiments will be posted on the Steve Spangler Facebook page.

 

Stuck At Home Science – The California Science Center shares a variety of experiments using common household items.

 

Tumble Math – ​The Tumble Math Library offers free access to a large collection of picture books on a variety of math concepts.

 

STORYTIMES:

 

Brightly Storytime -​ The website Brightly, which focuses on helping parents raise kids who love to read, offers book recommendations, and hosts a virtual storytime. Check out these video storytimes of popular children’s books.

 

Dan Gutman – Author Dan Gutman hosts “My Weird Read-A-Loud!”. Every day at 2pm, he reads a few chapters from his popular chapter book series “My Weird School.”

 

Disney Princess Storytime – Read a story with your favorite Disney princess.​

 

Goodnight with Dolly – Dolly Parton reads a bedtime story every Thursday at 7pm.

 

Harper Kids – Publishing house Harper Collins presents HarperKids with video reading of their popular children’s books.

 

Julie’s Library Julie Andrews hosts a special storytime and reads some of her favorite books.

 

Levar Burton – Listen as LeVar Burton reads a story for children every Monday at​ noon.

 

Mondays with Me Michelle Obama will share some of her favorite picture books​ Mondays at noon on PBS Kids.  

 

Oliver Jeffers -​ Children’s author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers will be reading a book a​ day on Instagram Live at 2pm.

 

Oxford Owl  – Professional storytellers share a variety of stories in this video series.​

 

Peter Reynolds – Author and illustrator Peter Reynolds will be reading one of his​ stories each weekday at noon on Facebook.

 

Pinkalicious – Author Victoria Kann reads a different Pinkalicious story each day at 3​ p.m. on Facebook Live and Instagram Live.

 

Reading Is Fundamental – Has animated read-alouds for kids in grades Pre-K to 6.

 

Robbi and Matthew – This author and illustrator team host a fun digital hour for kids​ from their home studio. Each day they read a picture book at 1pm and a chapter from the “Real McCoys” at 1:30pm. Watch them on Facebook Live.

 

Running Press Kids – Streaming online storytime of their books read by the authors at​ 10 am weekdays on Instagram live.

 

Snack & Read with Simon Kids – Publisher Simon & Schuster presents live read-alouds and activities of award-winning children’s books every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 2 pm on Facebook Live.

 

Scholastic Storybook Treasures – Scholastic has animated a variety of classic children’s books. The stories are available in several languages.

 

Storytime from Space – Join astronauts on the space station for an ‘out of this world’​ storytime.

 

Storyline Online – The Screen Actors Guild hosts this award-winning children’s literacy​ site, which streams videos of actors reading children’s picture books.

 

TheaterWorks USA – Watch these actors perform a reading of the “The Velveteen Rabbit.”

 

VIRTUAL TOURS & TRIPS:

 

Local Attractions: 

 

Boston Museum of Science – Museum educators stream FREE live programs each day.

Click the link for a schedule of events and to register for a program.​

Buttonwoods Zoo – Virtual Keeper Chats on Facebook, live each day at 11am.

Mystic Aquarium –  Go behind the scenes with their educators and trainers every day at​ 11am on Facebook Live.

New England Aquarium – Join them on Facebook Live every day at 11am for daily​ presentations and activities.

Providence Children’s Museum Bring the museum home with these fun activities.

Roger Williams Park Zoo -​ Meet the animals at Roger Williams Park Zoo.

Aquarium Cams:

 

Georgia Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium

 

Museums & Galleries:

 

American Museum of Natural History

Louvre

National Portrait Gallery

Providence Children’s Museum Bring the museum home with these fun activities.

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History

 

Zoo Cams & Experiences:

 

Atlanta Zoo

Buttonwoods Zoo – Virtual Keeper Chats on Facebook, live each day at 11am.

Cincinnati ZooHome Safari, live each weekday at 3pm.

Houston Zoo

National Zoo

San Diego Zoo