As you are spending time at home, you may find yourself wanting more activities and suggestions for your children. Below are links to resources to get you started, and this page is being updated regularly!
Also, be sure to check out the videos members of our community are creating to help you feel connected, entertained, and stay active!
- Parent Education
- Fitness, Wellness & Mindfulness
- Reading & Stories
- Maker Activities
- Educational Games
- Educational Websites
- Common Sense Media Recommendations
- Arts & Exploration
- Ideas from Experts & Fellow Parents
- Cooking & Baking
- Keep Kind in Mind
- Private School Village Events - PSV builds community by organizing social events, sharing resources, and providing programs for Black/African-American families in independent schools (K-12).
- Conversations with Common Sense - Common Sense Media's weekly parent talk series, specifically related to the Coronavirus pandemic and staying at home.
- Parenting Support Webinars from NYU's Children's Hospital - A variety of webinars with experts to help support parents during the pandemic's impact
- Dr. Karrie Lager - Parent Webinars - A local psychologist (her practice is in Encino) leading upcoming webinars
- VIDEO: Child & Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE) Research-Supported Therapy: Parenting Tips (ages 2-18) During COVID-19 - This video created by a team of psychologists sharing straightforward parenting strategies that can be practiced during all of this home family time. CARE is a research-supported form of child/family therapy.
- Yoga with Laurence parent, Natalie Bennett
- Kids' Workout Video with Laurence parent, Shannon Derby
- Dr. K's Star Breathing (Mindfulness) Activity
- Stop, Breathe & Think App - Mindfulness for kids
- Free yoga and meditation classes
- YMCA Workouts for Kids
- Zumba for Kids
- Cosmic Kids Yoga
- Teaching Our Kids (and Ourselves) Mindfulness
- Inner Explorer - A mindfulness app for kids and families
- GoNoodle - Movement, mindfulness, and more
- UNICEF Kid Power - Dance, yoga and other activities
- 2020 COVID-19 Time Capsule - A project to help your children make sense of and understand what they are going through right now
- Magination Press Story Time: A Feel Better Book for Little Tears - "On this episode of Magination Press Story Time, author Holly Brochmann reads A Feel Better Book for Little Tears, co-authored with Leah Bowen, to let kids know that it’s perfectly normal to feel sad sometimes and to offer a gentle reminder that the feelings won’t last forever.
- Coronavirus - A book for children (video of reading)
Shel Silverstein’s Poetry - Animated videos of Shel Silverstein’s poetry
Storyline Online - Famous actors reading stories aloud
Storytime From Space - Astronauts on the Space Station reading stories aloud
Reading is Fundamental - Animated book videos, featuring favorites like Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and The Library Lion
Kate Messner’s Website - Author’s Reading Aloud with Activities
Let’s Keep Reading! - List of interactive (live stream) and pre-recorded read alouds and activities with authors and illustrators!
Authors Everywhere! - YouTube Channel created by children’s book writers and illustrators, featuring read alouds, drawing demos, writing workshops
KidLit TV - Explore children’s literature through these read alouds
United for Literacy - Access to books in multiple languages including Spanish!
Scholastic Learn at Home - Features special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video.
Audible - Free subscription for kids while schools are closed
Tinkercad - A free, easy-to-use app for 3D design, electronics, and coding (Requires an account)
PBS Design Squad Global - Hands-on videos and activities to empower kids to solve real-world problems and understand the impact of engineering in a global context
Crayola Coloring Sheets - Printable coloring sheets
Tara Lazar, Author of “Three Ways to Catch a Leprechaun,” offers a challenge - Design a trap for a leprechaun!
Camp Galileo Anywhere - Imagination-sparking activities for kids
Free Rice - Allows players to donate rice to families in need by playing a multiple-choice quiz game
ABCya! - Fun and educational online games
Fun Brain - Offers games, books, comics, and videos that develop skills in math, reading, problem-solving and literacy
PBS Kids - Videos and games for kids
Typing Games - Practice typing for accuracy and speed
CoolMath4Kids - Math games for kids
Breakout EDU: Fun@Home - Online escape rooms (grades K-12)
"Two What's and a Wow" - A science-based game show from NPR
- 30 Great Educational Netflix Shows
- Simple and fun non-screen activities that children can do at home
- More ideas for non-screen activities
Wonderopolis- A place where natural curiosity and imagination lead to exploration and discovery in learners of all ages
The Harry Potter Lexicon - “The most complete and amazing reference to the wonderful world of Harry Potter”
Access Mars - Lets you explore the surface of Mars as it was captured by NASA's Curiosity rover.
Creativity Catapult - Creativity activities from the Bay Area Discovery Museum
Conversations with Common Sense
Common Sense Media's weekly parent talk series, specifically related to the Coronavirus pandemic and staying at home.
- Find them on Common Sense's YouTube channel.
Media recommendations for entertainment
Hand-picked, age-appropriate media suggestions to keep the whole family engaged.
|Resources for at-home learning
Tools to help parents and caregivers keep kids focused and learning at home.
- Art Tutorials with Ms. Wedemeyer - Painting with Pigments from Petals; Objects in Detail; Still Life Sketches
- Art Challenge from Mrs. Lu - Toilet Paper Roll Art
- Art from the Kennedy Center with Mo Willems
- Virtual Art Lessons from the Brooklyn Public Library
- 8 Great Online Art Classes for Kids
- Drawing Tutorials from Renowned Industrial Designer Michael DiTullo - How to Draw a Flying Saucer; How to Draw a Teddy Bear; How to Draw a Steam Train
- Google Arts & Culture - learn about art and monuments from around the world
- Visit and explore museums
- Visit and explore national parks
- Visit the San Diego Zoo - view live web cams
- Visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium - view live web cams
- During family dinners, everyone shares three things they are grateful for.
- Journaling - writing down how you are feeling and what you are grateful for. One of our families recommended this journal specifically for kids.
- Write letters! Grandparents and grandbuddies are especially likely to experience loneliness during this time, so have your children write letters and send drawings to them. Additionally, your kids can write letters to doctors, nurses, grocery store workers, postal workers, etc.
- Family Lego challenges. (Google "30-day Lego Challenge" for building ideas.)
- Watch Netflix movies with friends using "Netflix Party" on your Chrome browser. https://www.netflixparty.com/
- Write stories together! One of our students was sad to miss Spring Break visits with cousins, so they are writing a story together, taking turns writing chapters.
- Play Monopoly! One of our 3rd grade students has already figured out how to beat her parents, all while practicing math and learning financial skills.
- Play Pictionary with friends using Zoom's whiteboard function. (Zoom instructions for accessing the whiteboard.)
- Cook together - try making pizzas, it's fun and easy for kids.
- One of our students was feeling strange that she hadn't gone anywhere in the car. Your kids may not even realize that they need this, but it was helpful to one of our families to just drive around in the car! For even more fun, roll the windows down and listen to music!
- Family P.E. time! Each person in the family gets to take a turn picking the day's activity.
- Spend time outdoors! Family walks, kicking the soccer ball around, anything that helps you and your family get some Vitamin D (safely and at least 6 feet from other people).
- Resources from Parenting Expert, Aliza Pressman, Ph.D
- We're Going to Be Okay - A book about the pandemic for children
- Laurence Family Recipes
- Baking Grain-free Brownies (video by one of our 6th graders)
- Ten Cookie Recipes to Bake with Kids
- Eleven Easy Ways to Get Kids Cooking
- Baking with Kids: Age-by-Age Guide to Kitchen Skills
- Baking Recipes & Tips for Baking with Kids
- Healthy Baked Goods for Kids
- 5 Easy Recipes Kids Will Enjoy Making and Eating
- Raddish Kids Cooking Videos