Thursday, March 26, 2020

Arm Chair Entertainment: From Aquariums to Zoos!

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We are all in various degrees of isolation around the world so I have put together some resources to help you and your family travel together. Whether it be within the pages of a book, virtual trips to museums, zoos, aquariums, gardens, or national parks, no passport is required.

At the end of this blog you will also find a link to another blog that offers educational resources, including live stream classes, games and more. Have fun and when you have time, tell me what your favorite trip turned out to be. Until we can meet and greet each other in person again, stay well, healthy, and take care of each other!

BOOKS
25 Sources for Free Public Domain Bookshttps://tinyurl.com/yx2vpo83

45 Places You Can Download Tens of Thousands of Books, Plays and Other Literary Texts

Public Domain FolktalesFrom my personal blog, hundreds of public domain books to download or read online for free. You will find folktales, fairytales, myths and legends from around the world. This link is number seven in my series, at the end of this blog you will find links to six more blog post with additional resources.

JSTOR – Open data base of over 6,000 eBooks and over 150 journals now accessible without the need for an online login. now to all of their resources.


EXERCISE/PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

10 Mental Health Tips Health Tips for Coronavirus Social Distancing

Gratitude Literally Rewires Your Brain to Be Happy

How Immersion in Nature Benefits Your Health

PERFORMING ARTS

Center for Puppetry

Cleveland Inner City Ballet: Free Virtual Online Ballet Instruction

Free Music Concerts to Watch at Home

London theater: Stream Shakespeare Plays Recorded at the Globe Theatre

PBS – Film, theater and music you can watch online.

NPR Virtual Concerts to Watch

Virtual Concerts and Morehttps://tinyurl.com/u9ds8as

Virtual Plays, Concerts, Plays and Museums and Other Cultures You Can Enjoy at Home


VIRTUAL TOURS

MUSEUMS

Note: Some of the virtual tour links will offer resources that have already been mentioned.

19 Immersive Museum Exhibits You Can Visit from Your Couch

The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Museum Resources, E-Learning, and Online Collections

20 Virtual Field Trips You Can Take with Your Kids

Boston Children’s Museum

Louvre Museum

Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Palace of Versailles
https://tinyurl.com/wmaczp7

Smithsonian Natural Museum of History

Virtual Museum Tours in Vancouver

FARMS

Canadian Farm and Food Tours

Willow Crest Farms

GARDENS

Five Virtual Gardens You Can Tour Virtual

NATIONAL PARKS AND WILDLIFE

Virtual Tours of US National Parks
https://tinyurl.com/vv86fq9

Wildlife and Animal Livecams

THEME PARKS

Disneyland: Take Your Kids on a Virtual Ride

ZOOS, AQUARIUMS AND ANIMAL LIVESTREAMS

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden – Life Safaris via their Facebook page.

The Georgia Aquarium

Kansas City Zoo 24 Hour Live Stream of Penguins

Live Stream Videos from Monterey Bay Aquarium

New England Aquarium https://tinyurl.com/ulztv4p

Stay Sane During Your Quarantine with These Animal Livestreams

Zoos and Aquariums Livestreaming


MULTIPLE RESOURCES IN ONE LOCATION

45 Places You Can Download Tens of Thousands of Books, Plays and Other Literary Texts

Art Contests, Art Games, Museums, Digital Art, Digital Art, Art at Home
Leave it to a teacher, Mrs. Velazquez to create this fabulous Google Doc with a wide variety of resources.

At Home Resources for Kids (and their grownups)So much here in this online toolkit. Make sure to check it out, it is full of ideas on a variety of topics.

Virtual Field Trips and Classes for Educational Fun at Home

Chatter Pack: A list of free, online boredom busting resources
  • Virtual Tours
  • Online Learning
  • Geography and Nature
  • Music, Arts and Culture
  • Literature Online
  • Home Learning
  • Miscellaneous Entertainment
  • Anxiety
  • Mental Health
  • Prayer Resources
  • Speech, Language, and Communicationhttps://tinyurl.com/tnh2ymw

ZOOM

Learn how to use Zoom in five minutes via this YouTube video.https://tinyurl.com/ugkgkny

How to Set Up Zoom for Parents and Students

MISCELLANEOUS

Amazon Makes All Kids Shows Free to Streamshttps://tinyurl.com/rdq72xj


Please note, websites change at a rapid pace and weblinks may change or break without notice. I cannot be responsible for redirected or broken links.  At the time of this posting all links were in working order. Thank you for understanding.
Karen Chace 2020 ©
This blog post was researched and compiled by Karen Chace. Permission for private use is granted. Distribution, either electronically or on paper is prohibited without my expressed written permission. For permission please contact me at storybug@aol.com. Of course, if you wish to link to my blog via your website, blog, newsletter, Facebook page or Twitter please feel free to do so; I greatly appreciate your support and personal integrity.




Learning Together: Educational Resources - Art, Music, Math, and More!


Centennial High School Center Mural
Literacy and Oppression
Used with permission from the artist Glen Davies
View his other amazing works at
 http://www.glencdavies.com/educational

Millions of families around the world are home with their children, protecting themselves and others while we isolate from COVID 19. Although children are out of school educational institutions are encouraging families to continue the learning at home.

Teachers have done what they always do, work incredibly hard for our children; I am sure you already have resources that have been sent directly to you from your individual schools.
I have put together a number of additional resources below to supplement what your educators have already shared. At the end of this blog you will also find a link to another blog that offers many resources on long distance entertainment from aquariums to zoos! I hope you find something fun to do together. Stay well and healthy everyone!


ACTIVITIES/CRAFTS

Download Coloring Pages from Over 100 Museums

Easy Nature Craft for Kids

Eric Carle Printable Activities

110 Fun At-Home Activities for Families and Kids

Lego Printables and Activities

ART LESSONS

12 Free Art Lessons on YouTube Your Kiddos Will Love!
https://tinyurl.com/ruhfceb

Free Printable Mazes from the amazing cartoonist and storyteller Joe Wos.

https://tinyurl.com/utp6je3Free Drawing Classes from Famous Illustrators

BOOKS AND MORE

6,000 Historical Children’s Book Online for Free

300,000 Books to Download for Free from the New York Public Library

Audible.com - For as long as schools are closed, we're open. Kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages…All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. Explore the collection, select a title and start listening.

EDUCATION

5 Canadian Virtual Field Trips for Fun and Learning

75 Educational Activities for When You’re Stuck Indoors

100 Lego Projects for Kids: Challenges, Instructions, STEM, Games, and More!

Chrome Extensions for Struggling Students

Free Printable Worksheets K-8 – A wide variety of worksheets for various grade levels on an number of subjects.
https://tinyurl.com/tm2nxqo

Learning Without Tears
They are providing free access to online programs supporting handwriting instruction, keyboarding, and early learning skills! Their website is

Maintaining Students’ Motivation for Learning as the Year Goes On

The Parent’s Guide to Google Classroom

Preparing to Teach Online: Webinar for Educators

Scholastic Learn At-Home: Projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing.

Schools Out Kids Podcasts Are In (Plus Many More Educate-At-Home Resources

Teaching Online


I take no credit for the picture below. I have attempted to find the source online but it has been shared numerous times and I have been unable to track down the person who designed it. If you know please tell me so I can offer proper credit.







 

LAPSIT RESOURCES

27 Lapsit Program Themes form Apples to Zoos – From my own blog, songs, fingerplays, story stretchers to keep the youngest among us entertained.

MATH

16 Card Games That Will Turn Your Kids Into Math Aces

64 Awesome Websites for Teaching Math

School House Rock

MUSIC

Folk Cloud – “This project is focused on original folk and traditional music of the different countries, nations and ethnic groups of the world. Definition of “folk” and “traditional” music in different cultures changes…”

The Ultimate List of Online Music Education Games

READING

Children's Book Authors Are Offering Free Online Videos While Kids Are Home From School

Eric Carle Read the Very Hungry Caterpillar

Josh Gad of Frozen Reads Books to Kids on Twitter Every Night

Stay At-Home Read Alouds, Storytimes, Sing-Alongs and More

Storyline Online – “The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.”

Websites for Read Alouds and Activities

SPEECH

6 Free Online Speech Therapy Resources


STEAM

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) Free Arts Integration Lesson Plans For grades K-12 fully-developed lessons, assessments, student handouts, PowerPoints and warm-ups.

WRITING

Free Cursive Writing Sheetshttps://tinyurl.com/sp6m5mz

EXERCISE/PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

GoNoodle - Movement, yoga, mindfulness videos, downloadable curricular activities, along with off-screen home activities. You can find information about it and join at
https://www.gonoodle.com/good-energy-at-home-kids-games-and-videos/

Kid Yoga Videos https://tinyurl.com/s8k5lue

YMCA – Sixty free online classes from Boot Camp to Yoga.

GAMES

Dice Games for Family and Kids


HAVE SOME FUN MAKING SHADOW PUPPETS

I take no credit for the picture below. I have attempted to find the source online but it has been shared numerous times and I have been unable to track down the person who designed it. If you know please tell me so I can offer proper credit.






LIVE STREAMING COURSES

Disney: Imagineering in a Boxhttps://tinyurl.com/y4zzszr8

Kennedy Space Center
Free online activities and tours. “The videos will pair at-home activities kids can do using everyday items like paper towel tubes and rubber bands to build a rocket.”

https://tinyurl.com/vobgqku
Mindful Schools-
Free online mindful classes for kids.

Virtual Marine Biology Camp

Weathers Courses for Students K-12

MISCELLANEOUS

Make lunchtime fun! How to make fruit and vegetable bug snacks.

Mo Willems on the Lost Art of Being Silly 
Please note, websites change at a rapid pace and weblinks may change or break without notice. I cannot be responsible for redirected or broken links.  At the time of this posting all links were in working order. Thank you for understanding.

Karen Chace 2020 ©
This blog post was researched and compiled by Karen Chace. Permission for private use is granted. Distribution, either electronically or on paper is prohibited without my expressed written permission. For permission please contact me at storybug@aol.com. Of course, if you wish to link to my blog via your website, blog, newsletter, Facebook page or Twitter please feel free to do so; I greatly appreciate your support and personal integrity.