Activities for Kids at Home

School’s out. Homeschooling is not your thing. Here are links to some helpful ideas. (Links were gathered March 2020 for the coronavirus quarantine.) Remember to always monitor your child’s internet activities.

Something Helpful

Make cards or write letters to people in nursing homes

Learn household skills like laundry or cooking

Learn basic home first aid or how to use a fire extinguisher

Coronovirus Social Stories

Autism Little Learners, social stories on masks and school staying closed

Coronavirus Social Story

Visual Home Schedule for School Closings – Free at this time

Sesame Street and Autism, talking to your child about COVID-19

Links to General Home Activities for Children

Animal Walks for Gross Motor development

Parents as Teachers, resources for parents

Little Gym at Home, parent child videos

Giant List of Ideas for Being Home with Kids

How to Occupy Kids During a Quarantine

Don’t Panic About Being Home with Kids Blog post

 Making the Most of Covid-19 School Closures,  Neuropsychology & Education Services for Children & Adolescents 

Just for Fun

Create your own city, learn about building tension, and other architecture projects at Foster + Partners, Archictecture from Home

How to build balloon powered Lego cars

Make spiral paper plates, inexpesensive, fun, and cute to hang

Create your own board games by PBS Kids

Houston Astros kids activities

Hasbro, free downloadable activity books featuring some of their characters

Get the wiggles out with GoNoodle

Mindfulness with Dojo

Sample Schedules for Learning at Home

Covid-19 Daily Schedule Neuropsychology & Education Services for Children & Adolescents:

Virtual Field Trips About Animals

San Diego Zoo – animal information, video cams, readalongs

Georgia Aquarium – webcams

Houston Zoo – webcams

Monterey Bay Aquarium – webcams

Virtual Farm Tours

Cornell Lab Bird cams

Big Sur web cams of many kinds

Africa Animals web cams

National Park Service wildlife web cams

Endangered Wolf Center webcams

St. Louis Zoo connects to webcams around the country

Smithsonian National Zoo webcams

Reid Park Zoo, animal tabs and webcam link at top

Seattle Aquarium: webcams, virtual tours, kids pages

National Aquarium, webcams and kids activities

Reading Websites

Storyline online – Read aloud books

Spanish Children’s Stories

Mims House Children’s Books – e books and audio books free, spring 2020. Just add to cart to get free.

Readworks comprehension instruction, free

Explore, Imagine, Create: British Library (This whole site is interesting to view for older students.)

Math Websites

https://www.khanacademy.org/Kahn Academy – Math, Science, History – free

Math Playground free games

Science and Social Studies Websites

Missouri Department of Conservation, Nature School student activities, books, posters (preschool on up.)

Searching for Spring Scavenger Hunt

National Geographic Kids – Interesting facts and photos about many topics.

Yellowstone National Park virtual tour

Virtual Field Trips, Adventures in Familyhood

Science for K – 5 – MysteryScience.com

NASA image and video library

Smithsonian for Kids activities

Heritage Daily virtual tours – This is not a kid’s site, so parents should monitor

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History virtual tour

Smithsonian Magazine article with links to online resources

Colonial Williamsburg virtual field trip

Ellis Island, virtual field trip

Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government

The Library of Congress has many interesting resources for teens and adults. Spend some time exploring. The Everyday Mysteries section attracted my attention. Their are old maps, videos, audio recordings, and documents to view online. For kids try America’s Story from America’s Library.

Art

St. Louis Art Museum – Read, Watch, Listen – audio tours of museum work

Free Online Daily Art Activities – Supply lists are provided to order supplies from Amazon.

Children’s author, Mo Willems, Livestream doodles every weekday

General Learning Sites

Mr. Nussbaum has a little of everything

Free Educational Resources

Scholastic Learn at Home Website – 20 days of 4 free lessons by grade level.

Brainpop – Look for the link at the top to access site free during school closures.

Starfall – some free, some membership K – 3 Reading and Math activities

abcya.com – word, math, strategy games K – 6

ABC Mouse for children aged 2 – 8, Free membership code AOFLUNICEF during school closures

Time for Kids digital magazine – free for balance of 2020 school year

Fluency and Fitness, 3 free weeks during school closures

Miscellaneous Links at Kids Activities Blog

British Library, exhibit Harry Potter: a History of Magic (during COVID-19)

Harry Potter at Home, by J. K. Rowling

For Teens

History.com topics tab

The Library of Congress has many interesting resources for teens and adults. Spend some time exploring. The Everyday Mysteries section attracted my attention. Their are old maps, videos, audio recordings, and documents to view online. For kids try America’s Story from America’s Library.

Family Activities

Andrew Lloyd Weber free livestream of a different musical every Friday night for 48 hours at The Shows Must Go On

Virtual Museum Tours

Social Distancing Doesn’t Have to Doom Your Weekend