COVID-19 SURVIVAL GUIDE for Families
It’s definitely a challenge to stay home with kids for an extended period. Try to take this opportunity to do things you rarely have time to do: play board games, read a book aloud together, cook together, work on home and gardening projects. There are lots of resources available online to keep kids busy and entertained, and that you can enjoy as a family. Here are some that we’ve compiled. Click on the links to be directed to these resources on a new page of your browser.
How to Talk to Your Kids about Coronavirus
- Overdrive & Libby (app)– Your Library Card gives you access to eBooks, eAudiobooks, and magazines through both Overdrive & Libby. You can also stream video from Overdrive.
- Hoopla— A service where you can instantly borrow digital movies, music, eBooks and more, 24/7 with your library card.
- Little Free Library– Don’t forget to check out a Little Free Library. Feel free to swing by Fernwood Park or Martha Nolan Memorial park (to name a few) and grab a book. Please consider leaving a book you are finished with and ready to pass on.
- Author, Oliver Jeffers will be reading a book a day until it’s safe to go outside again.
- Author, Brad Meltzer will be reading his “I Am” books online.
- Storytime from Space— Astronauts on the Space Station reading stories to and conducting science experiments for the children of Earth as the world rotates below.
- Storyline Online— Videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and many more.
- Kids Lit Quarantine— A list of authors reading their books online.
Mr. Jon & Friends will be doing a daily FB Livestream at 10:30am EST for Toddlers/ Preschoolers.Join Laurie Berkner for Live Berkner breaks on FB most days at 10am EST.The Metropolitan Opera will be showing a live performance every night from their catalog of recorded events.
Stem & Education
- Smarter Every Day – This YouTube channel, hosted by Destin Sandlin, digs into questions, like how cats always land on their feet and what beat-boxing looks like in slow motion.
- Scholastic at Home – Day by day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing
- BreakoutEDU Fun@Home – A collection of digital games that students grades K-12 can play at home.
- Hour of Code has lots of tutorials on coding
- Skype a Scientist – Check out the awesome lineup! Mostly scheduled from 12-2 eastern time. BATS! POOP! FARTS!!! SNAKES! WHALES! SPACE!!!
- The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is doing Home Safari Facebook Lives every day at 3pm.
- 30 Days of LEGO Calendar – Build something new every day!