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At Home Activities

Many organizations and groups have made various activities available on their websites, for both educational and entertainment purposes. Links to these sites or to sites with collections of these links can be found on this page. More are being added as we find them, so check back often.

 PBS has some great educational videos up on their website covering a variety of topics. 

McHarper Manor is doing online art classes for elementary age kids, just purchase the supplies ahead of time. They will be at noon CST and have the week of projects listed.

Michele Bickley is a Yoga instructor and is planning to do some kids yoga online.

Here is a link to 12 virtual museum tours

Comic and graphic novel illustrator Lily Williams has coloring pages and other educational tools on her website.

Artist Kris Loya will also be doing some live watercolor classes starting Saturday 3/14 at 6:30pm CST and during the shut-down. Kris Loya Art & Illustration Keep checking for more.
Her husband, Steve Loya, also a talented artist, will be doing some art classes on his page Splotch Monster Island
Calligraphy for Beginners! Tuesday at noon CST.
FREE children’s literacy resource featuring the world’s best storytellers reading books aloud. Each video includes an activity guide with lessons for K-5 students to do at home. 
Scholastic has a resource for kids at home
Storytime from Space! The Global Space Education Project sent children’s books to the International Space Station to be read by astronauts!
You Can Play That – Come to the page at 10am CST for FREE 30 minute classes via live stream every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for at least the next three weeks. We’ll mostly be focusing on having fun with music and some basics of music theory that every young musician should know!
Ms. Meyer’s Come Draw With Me will be having art lessons everyday next week, including a special St. Patrick’s Day one! Simple supply list on her page.
A great way to teach little ones the power of washing hands
Singalong with Emily Arrow! Everyday at noon. Check out her page for details.
Draw everyday with JJK – Jarrett Krosoczka is an author/illustrator offering drawing lessons starting 3/16. 
Brad Meltzer, author of the “I Am” books for kids, about people in history, will be reading his books as well
Free cartooning classes for all ages Live! Internationally syndicated cartoonist Joe Wos of MazeToons fame is taking marker into his own hands to help! Beginning on Weds March 18th Joe will be offering free live cartooning classes online for all ages. The live classes will take place on YouTube channel HowToToon at 1pm (CST), 3 days a week (Tuesdays-Thursdays). Students can access the channel by visiting www.Howtotoon.com
Mystery Science has made their most popular science lessons free for anyone to use. Lessons are expertly designed to engage students, achieve learning outcomes, and be easy for teachers to use. Short mini-lessons are completely digital. Full lessons include an activity designed to use simple supplies a parent will likely already have at home. K-5 

Work on your drawing skills with Lunch doodles with author Mo Willems!

If your child likes Percy Jackson, the author’s website had tons of activities related to Percy and his other book series.

Science lesson livestreams from ScienceMom and ScienceDad

Author and illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka will be posting a drawing lesson daily, archived on his YouTube channel. For starters, all you need is a pencil and paper!

HarperCollins has an excellent set of At-Home Resources – links to authors and author events online

Simon and Shuster’s SimonKids has a Pinterest page full of activity pins of their published authors’ and illustrators’ books

Great activities at NASA’s Earth Observatory site

Follow ALA’s Booklist Reader blog for great makerspace activities for kids at home (excellent list of children’s book artists doing online drawing experiences for youth)

01 Second, a graphic novel publisher, is livestreaming book festivals and author Q&As, as well as some drawing tutorials, to check them out got to their website.

SciShow, short educational science videos on a wide variety of topics, hosted by Hank Green.