School Closed? Resources for Parents with Kids at Home
Updated: Mar 18
Our world may have changed overnight, but some things stay the same. Family, love, community – all the things that really matter. Many of us are now home with our kiddos and looking for fun things to do. We thought we’d share some of the many incredible resources we’ve run across from partners and friends. Hopefully you’ll find it as helpful as we have.
Distance Learning & Livestream Events
Little Learning Club is geared towards toddlers and offers a wide variety of educational and sensory activities you can do from home!
The California Academy of Sciences has recordings of special live events you can access anytime. Jump into the Philippine Coral Reef tank with a diver, observe the night sky with an expert on astronomy, or visit an animal care room with a biologist!
Scholastic Learn At Home allows free access to daily learning journeys divided into four grade spans—Pre-K–K, Grades 1–2, Grades 3–5, and Grades 6–9+, covering English/Language Arts, STEM, Science, Social Studies, and Social-Emotional Learning.
One of my friends from high school is now a Chicago PE teacher, who pulled together some incredible resources to keep the kids active while at home. You can check them all out here!
You can think of AmazingEducationalResources.com as the master list of free & low cost educational offerings. It’s being updated hourly and already has hundreds of options from Khan Academy’s educational app, to Education.com’s full library of resources, to Zearn.com – math made fun for kids!
And for our little science lovers, we also like MysteryScience.com. They’re currently offering their most popular science lessons for free so you can learn all about why frogs say ‘ribbit’, how germs get into the body, or why the stars change with the season, just to name a few!
Options for Nature Lovers
From home-made bird feeders to DIY stone caterpillar crafts, Little Pine Learners offers a variety of sweet and simple activities for kids to interact with nature.
KidsGardening.org is a great resource for fun activities that encourage a love for nature and the environment. And spring is such a great time to garden!
Even if you can’t attend your usual Tinkergarten classes, you can still access plenty of DIY activities from their site. They have a list of ideas broken down by age, skill and even season.
You can even take a virtual road trip and tour one of our incredible National Parks with Google Earth, and then plan your next big family adventure to see it in person!
Kids’ Crafts, DIY Activities & Recipes
We recently worked with the editors of Craft Gossip on a DIY Rain Boot Easter Basket! We love their site, it’s chock-full of crafty fun for the little ones. Follow this link for free printable LEGO Batman Masks, DIY Popsicle Stick Boats, Cardboard Collages and much more.
Kimberly over at A Night Owl Blog is a dear friend of ours. She has an incredible assortment of kids crafts and fun recipes you can make with your kids too!
Just for Fun!
The San Diego Zoo Animal Cams are LIVE so you can take a virtual trip to the zoo with your kiddos.
Josh Gad (the voice of Olaf!) has recorded several videos of himself reading children’s stories. So if you need a little story time, gather everyone around for a special rendition of The Giving Tree, The Day the Crayons Quit, or Olivia Goes to Venice.
DIY Laser Maze! When you’re cooped up, sometimes you just need to have a little fun 😊 My kids recently played this with a sitter and they LOVED it. All you need is a roll of masking tape!