Please find our on-going list of resources and tools for kids and families during the COVID-19 outbreak. Have a resource that you would like us to add? Email us at [email protected]
Online Resources and Tools for Kids During the COVID-19 Outbreak
- Circletime: Watch or participate in classes such as yoga, sing-alongs, storytime, cooking and more. Designed for kids 0-6. Use the code: homefun3 to use the service for free.
- GO with Yoyo: Fun fitness classes for kids like dance and yoga.
- Go Noodle: Offering movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts.
- Cosmic Kids: The site features tons of quirky yoga programs for kids that you can stream to your desktop and iOS, Android, Apple TV and Roku apps.
- Met Kids: Take a tour of The Met with their interactive map and watch behind-the-scenes videos. #MetAnywhere is also surfacing content from across the Museum’s deep digital reserves, while inviting creative engagement on all platforms. The homepage has pivoted from encouraging onsite visits to featuring web-based highlights, including 360-degree views of iconic spaces; behind-the-scenes videos; and dynamic explorations of exhibitions. The Met will also continue to share weekly favorites like #TuesdayTrivia and #MetSketch on its social channels, while introducing new ways to feature unique stories from the Museum’s followers and for curators to share their thoughts and expertise from home.
- Scholastic: This learn-at-home program features ways to teach kids from pre-k through grade 6+. Subjects covered include Physical Science, Earth Science, Animal Studies that include online books to accompany the lessons.
- Caribu: This family-friendly video-calling app is helping bridge the gap created by social distancing and self-isolation by making their award-winning service FREE with unlimited access. Available on iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, Caribu offers 1000+ titles (in 8 languages) from leading children’s publishers like Highlights, Mattel, Usborne, Baby Einstein and more. They also offer fun games, educational activities, and coloring pages.
- Pinna: They are extending their free trial period and giving families & teachers two free months access to Pinna audio. To activate, go to www.pinna.fm and at sign-up use promo code: PINNA4KIDS
- Amazing Educational Resources: This list is PACKED with resources and companies who are offering FREE services.
Basho: Check out this Spanish learning resource that will be free for the next three months.
- LUNCH DOODLE: Take an art class with famed illustrator Mo Willems. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. New episodes will be posted each weekday at 1:00 p.m. ET
- Enjoy Theater: TDF organized a way to watch live theater from home.
- The HeartSmarts Adventure (free download and fully online) offers 63 activities to get kids (ages 4 to 6) engaged and active, as they learn about such things as heart health and emotional well-being. Children will engage in a variety of lessons that include videos, physical exercise, coloring art, music, interviews with children, and other enjoyable learning activities. The program gives younger children a skill set for cultivating a healthy foundation, so they can grow into happy and resilient individuals. For more information about the program, or to obtain a free copy to download, visit the site: https://www.heartmath.or
g/education/e-learning/heartsm arts-adventure/100k-coherent- kids-initiative/.
- The Camp Invention team put together at-home resources including their favorite STEM activities, printable resources and a virtual field trip to ease this transition for all families. You can check it out at invent.org/at-home-learning-
resources for inspiration to turn at-home learning into an engaging experience for your kids.
Smartick (www.smartickmethod.com) – an intrinsically different approach to improving a child’s math skills – is offering 15-day free custom online math lessons for school-less children. Kids can practice math at their own pace and you don’t have to worry about correcting their work because the results are automatically emailed to you. Designed for children 4-14, the sessions are packaged in 15 minute increments (to maximize a child’s attention and engagement). Thanks to its artificial intelligence system, it automatically identifies the level of each child and adapts the exercises of the sessions to their profile and learning speed, offering content that goes beyond mental calculation and that reinforces logical thinking and reasoning, while also improving reading comprehension.
- Central Park Tutors: Check out their free workshops to keep kiddos busy like their LiveStreamed Online Puppet Making Workshop. The class will be offered every day at 1pm Eastern Time (10am Pacific) from March 30th through April 4th. Each class we will be making different puppets and telling a different story!
- JBFC at Home: While the Jacob Burns Film Center is currently closed, their resources are no available for kids and families to enjoy the best of their educational offerings. They recently curated the JBFC at Home, a one-stop location to find hands-on activities and resources, new releases and curated film lists that can be streamed from home.
- American Museum of Natural History: The American Museum of Natural History has tons of ways for kids to enjoy the museum right in the comfort of their home. This includes resources like their OLogy science website, learning opportunities for all ages through Museum courses on Coursera, Khan Academy, and Kahoot and the Museum’s YouTube channel, which features videos that take audiences into the institution’s world-class collections and into the field with researchers.
- National Parks: Explore the hidden world of National Parks from park rangers. This includes videos, virtual tours, the chance to explore images, artifacts, videos, and more.
- Smithsonian Channel Plus is now offering a variety of content for FREE without a trial or subscription which can help with some great at-home learning. Families can now get access to hundreds of other original series and documentaries. This includes The Day We Walked on the Moon, Aerial America, Orangutan Jungle School and The Pacific War in Color, to name a few options.
- Lincoln Center: Their new portal enables families and communities to keep the performing arts front and center with classes, special concerts, and archival video. This includes the Lincoln Center Pop-up Classroom, #ConcertsForKids, and access to Archival and Livestream Performances
- Treasure Truck Theater: If you are missing live theater, you and your kiddos should check out Treasure Truck Theater’s live show every day via Facebook. While their classes are free, donations are appreciated and can be made through their website.
Check out their live schedule and all classes can be signed up for here.MONDAYS 3:30pm – Musical Adventure – Ages 0-6TUESDAYS 10:30am – Storybook Adventures – Ages 2-6WEDNESDAYS 2:30pm – Imagination Adventure – Ages 3-6THURSDAYS 3:30pm – Musical Adventure – Ages 0-6FRIDAYS 10:30am – Musical Theatre Fun – Ages 4-8