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Sheltering-in-Place Children's Resources

The COVID-19 has caused an unprecedented time of Sheltering-in-Place for communities around the globe. This is a time of uncertainty and anxiety, but I also believe it is a time of hope. As a librarian who interacts with children and learning resources on a daily basis, I have been astounded by the multitude of e-learning opportunities flooding the internet. After weeks of saving links and scouring blogs, I am pleased to provide a (mostly) curated list of resources to help you and your family continue learning from the safety of your own home. For many, this is a stressful time of remote learning, for others, "home schooling" is old-hat, but you're running out of engaging ideas. I hope you are able to find something worthwhile from this list.

To begin, check out this resource for ways to talk to your kids about the coronavirus:

Below you will see links in the following categories:

  • Hands-on Activities
  • General E-Learning
  • Storytimes & Read Alouds
  • Podcasts & Audiobooks
  • Reading & Writing
  • Games
  • Art, Music, Culture, & History
  • Science & Technology
  • Movement
  • Virtual Field Trips

Hands-on Activities

At Home Activities for Kids

Eric Carle Printables

Star Wars Printables

Lego Printables

Printables and Activities Starring Your Kids’ Favorite Characters

Magic Tree House Prinables

63 Easy Science Experiments for Kids Using Household Stuff

50 Process Art Activities for Kids

Make a Family Museum

Bookish Ways to Keep Your Kids Entertained

Book Booty! A Printable Treasure Maze for Kids

Treehouse Kidswear DIY projects

Park Activities You Can Do From the Comfort of Your Own Home 

Best In-door Activities for Kids  https://www.earlychildhoodeducationzone.

General E-Learning

Scholastic Learn at Home

Khan Academy

Khan Academy Kids

TED Ed (note: website for all ages)

TED Talks to watch with kids

Activities from the Library of Congress

PBS Kids

5 Teacher-Recommended Tips for Exploring Current Events with Your Students

Here’s The Entire List of Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions Due to School Closings
Free Resources for Families 

200+ Amazing Online Learning Resources

Voices of Youth


Storytimes & Read Alouds

Chicago Public Library storytime videos

Goodnight with Dolly

Storyline Online

Jennifer Ehle reading Pride and Prejudice (ages 10+)

Brooklyn Public Library Virtual Storytimes

Dav Pilkey and the Library of Congress

Kid Lit TV
Read Aloud with Dan Gutman

Stories, Songs, and Stretches


Pete the Cat Club Virtual Storytime with James Dean

Daily Story with David Walliams

LeVar Burton Reads

Zoe SaldaƱa & Eva Longoria Read Kids Books in Spanish

Brightly Storytimes

Young Black & Lit Live Storytimes

Penguin Kids Publishing

Harper Kids Publishing 

Podcasts & Audiobooks

Circle Round Podcast

Stories by Audible

25 Best Podcasts for Kids

A Big List of Podcasts for Little Kids

Wow in the World (from NPR)


Check out your local library for their digital resources, including audiobooks! 


Reading & Writing

Harry Potter at Home
(Harry Potter-related activities and free downloads. Through April, users can get free audiobook and ebook versions of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, through partnerships with Audible and OverDrive)

Start with a Book

Sesame Street “Caring For Each Other” E-Books

How To Run a Virtual Book Club with Middle Schoolers

Online Writing Class for Teens with Front Desk Author, Kelly Yang (Ages 10+)

DC Kids Camp with Graphic Novel Authors

Kids Ask Authors with Grace Lin

826 Writing Challenge and

Unicorns Read Too!

Six Great Websites for Teen Writers

Writing Tips from Kate DiCamillo

Epic! Books for Kids

Book Creator

Vooks: Storybooks Brought to Life! 

Check out your local library for their digital resources, including ebooks!



Board Game Moible Apps (Ages 10+)

10 Fun Games You Can Play on Zoom

Create Your Own Digital Escape Room
Hogwarts Digital Escape Room

ABC Mouse or if you live in Chicago, visit through the Chicago Public Library website with your library card number.


Art, Music, Culture, & History

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

Art for Kids Hub

Google Arts & Culture (Some content for ages 10+)

Dav Pilkey at the Library of Congress

Stimola Live

Jarrett J. Krosoczka “Draw Every Day”

Live with Author/Illustrator Ben Clayton and

The Metropolitan Opera

YoYo Ma and Sandra Boynton’s #SongsofComfort

Playtime Playlist 

Stay Home Sing Together 

Toontastic 3D 


Chatter Pix Kids Lessons 

Help Librarians and Archivists Decipher Records (for teens and adults)


Science & Technology

PBS Nova Labs (Ages 10+)

Five Dollar Dinners Cooking Class

Taste Buds at Home Cooking Club

National Geographic Kids and

Coding with Kids!/

NASA at Home

Hour of Code on

The Brain Scoop Youtube Channel

America's Test Kitchen: Young Chef's Club



Code Monkey 


P.E. with Jo

Cosmic Kids Yoga

Karma Kids Yoga

Go Noodle

Lolly and Yoyo

Kidz Bop  

Virtual Field Trips

(This is in no way an exhaustive list. Check out your local museums and zoos for more resources.)

National Parks

Farm Food 360

Google Lit Trips 

National Museum of Natural History

National Gallery of Art – Washington D.C.

Colonial Williamsburg

Boston Children’s Museum

Monterey Bay Aquarium Live Cam

Van Gogh Museum

The Lourve
(Hint: ancient Egypt or medieval architecture)

Uffizi Gallery

NASA John Glenn Research Center

NASA Hubble Space Telescope

The British Museum

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Easter Island

Roald Dahl Museum

Museo Galileo

Cincinnati Zoo Home Safari  

Panoramas from around the world

Explore LiveCams


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