Educational Stuff, but Fun too!
Scholastic Learn at Home - Day-by-day projects to keep kidding reading, thinking and growing. Includes a variety of activities for kids in Pre-K through 9th grade.
Akron Children's Museum Home Time Activities - Take the challenge and explore our fun approach to S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) learning right in your own home! We've adapted some of our favorite S.T.E.A.M. Team experiments and activities so you can try them at home!
Cleveland Museum of Natural History CMNH@Home - Tune in at 12pm every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday to these regularly scheduled programs to discover fun facts about all the things that happen here at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Whether you’re just beginning to learn about natural history or you’re a seasoned professional, you’ll learn something new.
Smithsonian Learning Lab - Resources, training, and support to assist caregivers, teachers, and students as they face new learning challenges.
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Virtual Tours
Our virtual tours allow visitors to take self-guided, room-by-room tours of select exhibits and areas within the museum from their desktop of mobile device. Visitors can also access select research and collections areas at our satellite support and research stations and past exhibits no longer on display. Many of the tours provide a view of previously unseen archives or holdings.
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Virtual Classroom
Cleveland Metroparks and Cleveland Metroparks Zoo to launch weekday Virtual Classroom on Facebook Live starting March 17! At 11 a.m. join our biologists as we secure a future for wildlife at the Zoo. At 1 p.m. join our naturalists as we look for signs of spring, discover wildlife and more. New animals and adventures each weekday!
Parents! Smart Fun for Kids - Library of Congress Blog featuring links to a variety of resources for kids of all ages.
Cornell Lab Bird Cams - A virtual window into the natural world of birds (some of these may be familiar to those who visit the Children's Department at the library, we like to use them in the Nature Corner).
NASA STEM @ Home for Students - A variety of at home science, technology, engineering and math activities for K-12 students.
Fun Stuff, with a little Educational stuff snuck in!
Outback Ray - Check out Outback Ray's Facebook page, he's posted a few short animal videos and plans to post more!
Harry Potter at Home - Bringing Hogwarts to you ... 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!
Hogwarts Digital Escape Room - An escape room you can do from the comfort of your own house! This escape experience was created by Sydney Krawiec, Youth Services Librarian at Peters Township Public Library in McMurray, PA
Coloring pages, fun & simple art projects and educational activities.
Stimola Live is a website of live stream events for kids, tweens, and teens by professional authors and illustrators represented by Stimola Literary Studio.
Online Games for Children - Fun & Educational games for kids, plus a list of Coding websites.
Seussville - Check out the Parents and Educators tabs in the upper right corner, for tons of Dr. Seuss related activities and printables.
Shop Class - I Like to Make Stuff is creating a series of Shop Class videos for kids. (Kids ask your parents for permission & help with this one!)
Build a Birdhouse - Easy Reading downloadable eBook from The Child's World publishers, that includes easy step-by-step directions on how to build a birdhouse out of everyday materials.
Kids Gardening - Helping young minds grow.
Children's Book Authors doing Fun & Educational stuff!
Draw Everyday with JJK (Jarrett Krosoczka author & illustrator of Punk Farm, Lunch Lady, Jedi Academy, Hey, Kiddo & more)
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems (author & illustrator of the Pigeon books, Gerald and Piggie & more)
Stay at Home Storytime with Oliver Jeffers (picture book author & illustrator)
Molly Idle (author & illustrator of Flora and the Flamingo & more)
Squiggles & Scribbles by Ben Clanton (author & illustrator of Narwhal and Jellyfish series)
Inside Mr. Lemoncellos Library (by author Chris Grabenstein)
Kids Ask Authors with Grace Lin Kids Ask Authors is a weekly 5-10 minute podcast where children’s book author/illustrator Grace Lin and a guest author answer one question from a child reader. Most episodes will end with a book review, poem, short story or a joke by kids! We hope that this podcast will be useful to all student writers and those helping them on their journey!
The Big List of Children's Authors Doing Online Read Alouds & Activities Resource created by We Are Teachers
Dav Pilkey Give You Reading Superpowers - Join author and illustrator Dav Pilkey for a week of activities and materials to inspire young readers to channel their inner superpowers!
Goodnight with Dolly - Everyone’s favorite Book Lady is bringing children and families everywhere just what they need during a time of unrest. Goodnight with Dolly is a 10-week special series of weekly videos featuring Dolly Parton reading select Imagination Library books.
Story Time from Space - We send children’s books to the International Space Station. While in space, astronauts are videotaping themselves reading these books to the children of Earth.
Follow the library on Facebook & Instagram for more links to fun and helpful resources, and keep checking back for more additions here on the website. If you find other resources that you think may be useful to families during this extended out of school time, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, I will review any suggestions and add what is appropriate to the list.