Although we’re all social distancing physically, as humans we need to stay connected emotionally. Try one or two of these out every day.
For All Ages
Connecting with Others
Call or Facetime a friend or relative you haven’t spoken to in a while to check in.
Write a letter.
Support a local restaurant - Many restaurants are still open for takeout or delivery orders. Support your favorite joints and order food for pick up or try Doordash or Ubereats and have it brought to you.
Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep. Make time to unwind.
Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
Talking to Kids about COVID-19 - Resource from the National Association of School Psychologists.
For the Kids (or kids at heart)
Visual and Performing Arts
Daily Doodle lessons by Mo Willems.
FreeKidsCrafts - Lots of categories of ideas, templates and print outs.
Crafts by Amanda - Free arts and crafts ideas
The Metropolitan Museum of Art - A wonderful, endlessly detailed way to get kids engaged in the world of art.
Artsology - Helps kids learn to appreciate the arts by providing them with the opportunity to play games, conduct investigations, and explore different forms of art.
Kids Think Design - Explores careers in fashion design, graphic design, interior design, book design, product design, film and theatre, architecture, animation, and environmental design.
Nature and Virtual Travel
Google Earth - Take a Virtual Vacation or explore the world! Use Street View to see places like you’re actually there.
Nat Geo Kids - Learn about geography and animals from National Geographic.
Gardening - Guide to gardening for kids
Smithsonian Zoos and Museums - No need to travel to one of the Smithsonian’s zoos or museums — this website brings your child everything from live video of the National Zoo to the Smithsonian Learning Lab right to your screen.
Virtual Field Trips- Visit famous zoos, aquariums, and museums
Just for Fun
ABCya! - Educational and fun online computer games.
All Kids Network - Crafts, activities, mazes, dot to dot, etc.
Highlights Kids - Fun games, recipes, crafts, activities.
Maker Stations - 3 Free Weeks of Maker Stations to keep your children creating at home! Each challenge includes simple instructions using materials around the house, QR code video resources, and a student recording sheet.
Nomster Chef - Illustrated recipes designed to help kids age 2-12 cook with their grown-ups. Recipes encourage culinary skills, literacy, math, and science.
STEM and Educational Resources
Mad Science - At home science experiments
Storyline Online - Videos of children’s books being read with illustrations.
Bed Time Math - Math as a fun part of your daily family routine.
ECB - Games to get "into the book"
Conjuguemos - Vocabulary, grammar, listening activities and games in Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Korean, and Latin.
Science Spot - Science projects that can be completed with or without Internet access
The Happy Scientist - Just explore, have fun, and learn some science along the way.
Climate Kids - This NASA initiative covers a wide range of topics including weather, climate, atmosphere, water, energy, plants, and animals.
PBS Learning- PreK-12 digital media service with more than 30,000 learning materials
Quizlet - For students to practice and master whatever they are learning.
Brainscape - Offers over a million flashcard decks for every subject, entrance exam, and certification imaginable.
Banzai - Exposes students to real-world financial dilemmas to teach them the importance of smart money management.
30 Educational Netflix Shows - List of educational shows on Netflix for all ages.