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Links to Help You Make the Most of Staying at Home with Children

NOTE: Neither the OITE nor the NIH endorses any of the following activities.

A CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall for Kids and Families

Part 1: How to explain racism to kids
Part 2: Abby Cadabby shares a personal story

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The Ickabog, a new (old, unpublished) book from J.K. Rowling is being made available over the next seven weeks, for free.

Five chapters are already available for you to read ... aloud, of course.'

BONUS: The author would like children to help illustrate the book. She provides suggestions.

First Aid for Feelings: A Workbook to Help Kids Cope during the Coronavirus Pandemic (available free for download in English, French and Spanish) from the Yale Child Study Center and Scholastic. Go straight to the website.

Play At Home

Who Are We …and how did we get here?

In March 2020 a bunch of theaters* were producing plays, business as usual, when a global pandemic had other plans. Prioritizing the safety of their communities, they made difficult decisions to cease or postpone programming for the remainder of their seasons. But the story doesn’t end there. With a spirit of resilience, adaptation, and invitation, they came together to create the Play At Home project, a series of short plays commissioned specifically for this moment of unprecedented isolation to inspire joy and connection for all.

In other words, COVID-19 may have closed the theater buildings, but you can still Play At Home.

* We started as a small group: Baltimore Center Stage , Long Wharf Theatre , The Public Theater , Repertory Theater of St Louis, & Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company committed to finding ways to keep people connected to live theater. Every day, more theaters are jumping in to participate in what we’re hoping becomes a national pastime.

You will find dozens of short plays, each labeled in terms of "the number of humans" required to perform it.

You will find 10 short plays for young audiences from The Kennedy Center here.



The Architects Read Series

from the Washington Architectural Foundation.

The compiled episodes include

The Three Little Pigs (a modern version)
If You Lived Here: Houses of the World
Iggy Peck, Architect
Look at That Building
Young Frank, Architect

New books appear to be read each Thursday. IMPORTANT NOTE: in the format on the Washington Architecture Foundation page, the videos will not expand to full screen. Click on the YouTube linked book title to view the video via YouTube; this WILL allow you to go to full-screen.

And for the Adults in the Room:

Native Places: Drawing as a Way to See, a book talk by Frank Harmon, May 21, 5:00 -6:00 pm EDT

Celebrated architect and author Frank Harmon, FAIA, wants to change the way we observe the world around us. That’s why he started his online journal five years ago. That’s also why many posts from that journal became his new book Native Places: Drawing as a Way to See, published by ORO Editions.

The book is a collection of 64 of Harmon’s watercolor sketches - of buildings, landscapes and cityscapes, everyday objects and ordinary places - paired with brief essays inspired by those sketches. The sketches, some as much as 30 years old, convey the delight he finds in each subject. The short essays elucidate ideas and thoughts sparked by those images.

During this lecture, Harmon will read excerpts from Native Places and share examples with his own architectural work to illustrate how sketching has always been his “way to see.” Afterwards, he will take questions from attendees. Register in advance to get the event link.

Ford for Kids: A Series of 10 free, downloadable activity books for children tired of princesses and frozen. Created by Ford Motor Company designers, they cover topics including Trucks, Thank the Heroes!, and Earth Day.

NOVA: Hours of Science Programming for the Public

NEW: H2O, the Molecule That Made Us, a 3-part series from WGBH, Boston.

PBS Is Making Several Ken Burns Documentaries Available for Free to Teachers and Students.


EduHam at Home

EduHam at Home was created in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 outbreak that forced school closures throughout the country. It is an extension of the Hamilton Education Program (EduHam), which has served more than 200,000 students across the country since 2016. Through EduHam, students study primary source documents from the Founding Era, learn how Lin-Manuel Miranda used such documents to create the musical Hamilton, and finally create their own original performance pieces based on the same material.

EduHam at Home provides a family version of EduHam that can be accomplished outside of a school setting. It will continue to be available through August 2020.

The website summarizes the resources available from this free program.

Germ Zappers Coloring Book from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories Press

Free for download.

MoCo at Home (from Montgomery County, MD)

Montgomery County, Maryland puts endless art, entertainment, attractions, and some of the country’s most beloved historical sites right at your fingertips — close to the action, but a world apart.

On the water or in the woods, a date night downtown or on a brewery tour, travelers will find a broad scope of America’s favorite pastimes. Explore the great outdoors, soak up history and culture at one of the countless museums and galleries, and indulge in some of the country’s best shopping and finest restaurants.

With new and exciting culinary crossroads, rich history and outdoor adventures, Montgomery County is an iconic and unparalleled gateway to the nation’s capital; just a short Metro ride away.

Bustling with busy kids and happy parents, date nighters and culture vultures, thrill seekers and comfort creatures, Montgomery County has something for everyone — with classic Maryland flavor.

Information on the site includes a list of Virtual Events in addition to ideas on where to stay, where to eat, destinations, and resources.

Suggestions from the staff of Clairemont Middle School, Oakland, CA

The Science of Wellbeing

Yale is offering free enrollment in this online course. The course is one of the most popular courses that students have ever enrolled in at Yale. Available to students or parents, or you can take it together! (There is no assigned reading for the course, FYI.) Sign up here.


An online science hub that gives people of all ages and backgrounds the chance to participate in real research with over 50 active online citizen science projects. You can volunteer to sort data, beta test for projects, or become a project manager. See their "Get Involved" tab for details. Any other ideas that you would either like to suggest for someone else to offer, or something that you would want to offer?

Museum Tours

We can't get out much right now, but check out this incredible online tour of the great museums of the world.

Headwaters Science Institute online education weekly schedule:

Recipes based off of ingredients that you have:

Virtual Tours of National Parks:

Free Coloring Books from 113 Museums:

Education companies offering free subscriptions during school closings:

Released for Free Because of the Coronavirus:

15 Broadway Plays and Musicals You Can Watch from Home:

Free Online Courses, Audiobooks, E-books, etc…

Free Catalog of indigenous Films Online:

Wildlife and Nature Webcams:

Visit Museums from Home:

Download Books from New York Public Library

Live Streams from Monterey Bay Aquarium

Bay Area Streamed Events:

Other Virtual Tours:

450 Ivy League Courses for Free:

Metropolitan Opera Streaming:

NASA Media Library

Dancing Alone Together” (Dance Classes, Prompts, and Performances Online)

7 Ways to Watch Netflix with Far Away Friends:

Board Games Online

Virtual Performances:

Calm – Meditations and Mindfulness Practice

Grounding/Meditation Resources:

The World Culinary Arts Video Series