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Activities for Kids during COVID-19 Closings: Home

Here are some possible activities to do with your kids at home while schools are cancelled.

Activities

Librarians across the country, mostly programming librarians at public libraries, have been sharing some suggestions for activities with children which might be useful to SU parents as they cope with canceled K-12 classes.

 

SPRING BREAK

 

GENERAL ACTIVITIES

  • Kids' Activities Blog: Lots of suggestions for both fun and educational activities for different age groups from babies to middle schoolers.

  • Calendar of "Livestreamed Events during the Great Staycation": Authors reading, musicians playing, scientists demonstrating, etc.

  • Free Online Classes for Kids: A list of a huge number of free classes in primarily arts but also other subjects, maintained by a company called Sawyer; elsewhere on the site are lists of classes that cost

  • Smithsonian Learning Lab: Wide-ranging collections and activities from the Smithsonian Institution's museums, covering social studies, language arts, science, and the arts 

  • Scholastic Learn at Home: Provides four daily activities (usually including science, history, and geography) organized into preK-K, grades 1-2, grades 3-5, and grades 6+

  • The Museum of the World: An interactive experience created by a partnership between the British Museum and the Google Cultural Institute

  • The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Museum Resources: A large guide to digital collections, tours, etc. on museum, archives, and library websites from MCN (formerly the Museum Computer Network)

  • The Ward Museum's Virtual Learning Resource Center: This SU-owned museum combines art, environment, and heritage and has kids'  activities and lesson plans online as well as tips, tricks, stories, tutorials, and more from wildfowl and wildlife carvers, artists, and collectors.

  • Virtual COVID-19 Friendly Field Trips Around the World: This has links to virtual field trips from museums, zoos, aquariums (aquaria?), farms, space centers, historical sites and landmarks, parks and nature, and miscellaneous other organizations.  Thanks to Megan, a volunteer at bookslide.org, for suggesting this site.

  • Road Trips from Home: This links to virtual field trips about natural wonders, major historic sites such as Machu Picchu and the Egyptian pyramids, and science-related topics. Thanks to Megan, a volunteer at bookslide.org, for suggesting this site.

 

FAMILY ACTIVITY IDEAS

 

Subject Guide