Beat the Boredom! Fun Things to Do to Pass Time During the School Closure

With school closed for the next few weeks, parents are likely hearing the words "I'm bored"! We've compiled a list of things that kids can do to beat the boredom that are both fun and educational. Best of all, they're absolutely FREE! 
 
The activities DO require that you have internet access. Don't have it? Comcast is offering free/reduced price internet for those of low-income who are working and/ or studying remotely due to COVID-19. Learn more here.
 

1. Take a Virtual Field Trip!

Google Arts and Culture have teamed up with more than 500 museums and galleries worldwide to bring you virtual field trips to destinations like the British Museum in London, The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, The Guggenheim in New York, and hundreds of other places that will teach you about art, history, and science.

Start exploring, here!

2. Keep on Learning with Scholastic!                                                                                                                 
Scholastic has launched a “Learn at Home” website that has daily courses for students from Pre-kindergarten to grades 6 and higher. And yes, it’s FREE!

From learning about why zebras have stripes to math lessons based on K-Pop stars, Scholastic’s learning plans cover all the subjects your student would be taking at school.

The website, which is divided into four sections based on grade level, currently has five days’ worth of content. An additional 15 days of content is on the way!

3. Explore the Great Outdoors

Get some virtual fresh air and explore some of the country’s most famous national parks with the National Park Service’s YouTube channel. Full of information and gorgeous footage, dozens of parks are featured.

4. Bring Hollywood into Your Home with Storyline Online!

Storyline Online is an award-winning online children's literacy program that brings a unique story time to kids in grades K-5. Well known Hollywood Stars read books to kids! Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and more.

Reading aloud to children has been shown to improve reading, writing and communication skills, logical thinking and concentration. The program is available 24 hours a day, and each video includes an activity guide!
 
5. Take a Walk on the Wild Side! 
 
The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is taking to social media with Home Safari Facebook live videos. The live videos will feature some of the zoo's most popular residents, including Fiona the hippo. The zoo says it will go live every weekday at 3 p.m., and the video will include an activity for kids to do at home! It's the perfect activity for the animal lover in your home! Visit the zoo's Facebook Page for more details.
 
6. Storytime from Space

It's Storytime.. with a twist! "Imagine Astronauts on the Space Station reading stories to and conducting science experiments for the children of Earth as the world rotates below.
Imagine no more…it’s Story Time from Space!" Check it out, here.
 
7. 30 Days of LEGO Play

Where are our LEGO lovers?! This will keep you busy!
Bring your imagination and check out this 30 days of LEGO Play calendar!
 
8. Let's Doodle! 

Kids’ author Mo Willems is here to make your weekdays a little better for a while. Each day, he’ll release a new “Lunch Doodle” at 1 PM. He says his livestream will virtually invite “learners of all ages” into his studio and encourage them to draw and write with him. Willems is encouraging students to send him questions at LUNCHDOODLES@kennedy-center.org, and he’ll try to answer some of the questions in his videos.
 
9. Virtual Weather Lessons
 
Here's something for our aspiring meteorologists! Michael Page, Meteorologist at NBC Boston and NECN is giving virtual weather lessons during the school closure! Learn about wind, the jet stream and all things weather related. The lessons are a great resource for kids, teachers, parents or anyone who wants to learn more about weather. The lessons are posted on Michael's YouTube page.
 
Other educational websites for kids:
 

mathplayground.com

 

xtramath.org

 

storylineonline.com

 

https://kids.nationalgeographic.com

 

play.prodigygame.com

 

squigglepark.com

 

typingclub.com

 

historyforkids.net

 

classroommagazines.scholastic.com

 

khanacademy.org

 

abcsya.com

 

vooks.com

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