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Kid Fun at Home?

Updated: Aug 5, 2020

Well, if you can, enjoy the fresh air, read stories together, play games, make art,  bake, invent, make music, scooter/bike, stack stones and sticks, set off volcanoes, etc.

However, as many of you know, there are some amazing online resources out there for, yes, engaging and distracting kids on their own as well as for finding things to do together. I can’t begin to find or list them all, but I want to share a few before I get back to work.

Here you go:

Also, I believe Discovery Ed and a number of other education sites are offering free access for now. Here’s a list of Digital Word Games for kids from Scholastic.

Need physical activity?

Got Star Wars? Marvel?

Aaand many children’s authors maintain cool websites. Look them up! Some might be mostly biographical, but others have fun read-alouds, games, activities and other things.

Check out these authors. I had them all linked but the post lost the links when I copied them over. I'll go back and add later but a quick search should pull up their websites:

  • Judy Blume

  • Sandra Boynton

  • Jan Brett

  • Eric Carle

  • Roald Dahl

  • Josh Funk

  • Cornelia Funke

  • Neil Gaiman’s Mouse Circus

  • Jess Keating

  • Grace Lin

  • Stacy McAnulty

  • Yuyi Morales

  • Mary Pope Osborne’s Magic Tree House

  • R.J. Palacio’s Wonder the Book

  • Miranda Paul

  • Dev Petty

  • Dav Pilkey

  • Jack Prelutsky

  • Peter Reynolds

  • Rick Riordan

  • Ahem, yes, J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World

  • Shel Silverstein

  • Geronimo Stilton

  • Lauren Tarshis’ I Survived

  • Mo Willems’ Pigeon Presents

  • and Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems!

Puffin Books has a You Tube channel dedicated to authors reading aloud their picture books, and they post fun activities there, too. You can also look up story read-alouds on You Tube, like Once Upon a Story and Brightly Storytime. Also, Charlesbridge Publishing has Remote Author Content available. Authors read stories, etc.

Kid-Lit TV has great read-out-loud videos and other activities!

Finally, check your library websites. They have SO MUCH. I promise there is stuff on your local library website that you didn’t know was there!

Wow! And I just saw this list, compiled by Publishers Weekly. It has a ton of great resources from the kid lit community (National Geo, DK, Resources for Rebel Girls, and various other publishers): How Kids’ Lit Is Responding to the Coronavirus.

(from March 14, 2020)

Yikes! This seems like a long time ago. I've stumbled on some new links and activities, tours, that sort of thing. I'll add a new post with those sometime soon. Oh, and this is not a personal challenge. We didn't do all this in a day, a week, or a month. We've spent lots of time being frustrated, relying on the television, and just trying to get by, too! We have yet to thoroughly explore all the links I listed. I just like to have them as an easy go-to!

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