Looking for something educational to do with your kids at home? Click on the links and use your library card number to access these free resources.
Academy of Natural Sciences – Science From Home
From the Academy of Natural Sciences. Printable coloring sheets from the academy’s collections, and other hands-on activities that can be done from home.
From Audible by Amazon. Discover children’s classics, teen picks, and Audible Originals for free. Some audiobooks are narrated by well-known actors and authors, and several are available in different languages, including Spanish and French.
Watch interactive lesson plans and try out offline crafts and activities. Beanstalk offers videos live and on-demand on all sorts of topics, from art, to exploring the human body, to cooking, and much more! There’s something available for kids of all ages.
Watch videos and read books about family, community, music, adventure, and more. Kids will enjoy read aloud books with words highlighting and interactive games. Some films and books are available in Spanish too!
Caring for Each Other – Sesame Street
From the friends of Sesame Street, the Caring for Each Other campaign provides children with tons of fun videos, games, and coloring pages about staying safe during COVID-19. Parents are also offered tips and ideas on how to keep their kids happy and healthy. New content is added daily, including resources available in Spanish!
Descanso at Home – Virtual Garden Tours and Activities
Explore the Descanso Garden Guild in California. Watch virtual tours of the grounds, including the Ancient Forest and Rose Gardens, print out nature-themed coloring pages, and access journals and habitat guides to help you explore your backyard and neighborhood.
Escape from Wonderland – Digital Escape Room
Inspired by the classic story Alice in Wonderland and its film adaptations, this free online escape room offers a challenge for all ages. Solve the riddles using counting and critical thinking to escape from Wonderland!
Food Assistance for Residents
Food assistance is available to residents in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools and organizations across the County are providing grab and go meals to residents in need. An interactive map and more information are provided.
Studio Ghibli Museum Virtual Tour
The Studio Ghibli Museum in Tokyo, Japan is providing virtual tours/staff video journals on YouTube. Each clip is short, but there are plenty of beautiful details to look at, accompanied by calming instrumentals. Check out artwork and buildings inspired by the films created by Studio Ghibli, including popular favorites such as My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and Howl’s Moving Castle. (Fun fact: Howl’s Moving Castle was originally a novel written by Diana Wynn Jones in 1986!)
HelpNow – Online Homework Help
From Brainfuse. Get one-on-one online homework help with certified tutors for grades K- college, covering a wide range of topics. Live tutoring 2pm-11pm daily and a 24/7 writing lab, lesson library, language lab, collaboration tools and more!
Kids Listen – Kid-Friendly Podcasts
From the creators of Kids Listen. A comprehensive list of podcast recommendations that educate and entertain families.
Magic Tree House Home Adventures
Mary Pope Osbourne, author of the Magic Tree House series, invites kids and parents to listen to the adventures of Jack and Annie, and to try out various activities, crafts, recipes, and much more! Each week focuses on a different theme found in the Magic Tree House books.
Make a Miniature Book
From The British Library. Did you know that children use to learn how to read by using tiny books to read to their dolls? Take a look at these mini creations from over 200 years ago, then learn how to make your own!
Scholastic Learn at Home
From Scholastic. Explore day-by-day projects, articles, and quizzes to do with your kids based on grade level (PreK – 9). New projects are added weekly on Mondays, and additional resources such as videos and printable activities are constantly provided and updated.
From “Think Like a Coder” to “The Myth of Hercules: 12 labors in 8-bits,” TedEd provides live and animated lesson-based videos organized by subject.
Animation, sound, music and narration are added to existing picture books, early readers, chapter books, graphic novels and more for children to read at home in a format they’ll love.
Virtual Storytimes (via Delco Libraries)
Give your child some of the experience of storytime while libraries are closed. There are videos of librarians and authors reading their books.
Zoos with Live Shows (via CBS)
You can still “go to the zoo” and show the kids wild animals. There are zoos all over the country and world with broadcasts.
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