Online Activites for Kids
We know that social distancing with kids can be challenging. Fortunately, authors, museums, zoos, and more are offering special online activities and coming up with creative ways to entertain! Here are some of our favorites.
Authors and Illustrators
Do you love the Pigeon books? How about Narwhal and Jellyfish? Mo Willems and Ben Clanton are just two of the many children’s authors and illustrators offering virtual storytimes or drawing sessions. To find more, try this list, or check out Kate Messner’s page of resources.
Zoos and Museums
Next, are you in the mood for some cultural discovery? Explore the animals at the Cincinnati Zoo with their Home Safari series. You can also take a virtual tour of several museums, from the British Museum to the National Gallery of Art. Closer to home, The Children’s Museum may be closed, but they are regularly updating their Facebook page with activities and science education.
Or are you searching for educational activities? Scholastic’s “Learn at Home” series is completely free and includes daily lessons on a new topic for different ages and grade levels. Also, take a look at this massive list of educational companies offering free access or subscriptions at the moment. (Please note that some options require access through a school). In addition, the Ramapo Catskill Library System in New York collected a number of educational resources for children and teens.
Finally, don’t forget about the library! Our digital resources page has links to all of our databases and library apps. Here are some we recommend!
Tumblebooks and Tumblemath allow kids to easily access favorite read-aloud, animated picture books. Kids can navigate it themselves and choose from a variety of picture books and early readers. Tumblemath teaches math concepts through picture books and quizzes.
In addition, check out Scholastic Teachables for a treasure trove of printable, educational activities. You can easily search for an interest and filter by grade level. Do you have a young dinosaur-lover? They can color and match dinosaurs, make a mini book, or practice math skills. You will need your library card number to access Scholastic Teachables outside the library.
Looking for craft ideas or cooking tips? AtoZ World Food and Creativebug offer a variety of lessons and suggestions for cooking, arts, and crafts. You can learn about different cultures and cuisines with AtoZ World Food, or practice drawing with Creativebug.
If you have questions about the library services available while PGTPL is closed, contact us through the website.