Resources for Children

Posted on Mar 23, 2020

Have a great day! — QuietYell.com

Many are faced with entertaining & educating their children at home during COVID-19. With a 2-year old in our home, that is no easy task. 🙂

Tons resources are being provided for free to help during this time. Here is an ongoing list that may prove helpful; will add to it as new resources are found.

Currently, no organization or elaboration is being done here (sorry!). Just wanted a single place to put these quickly for sharing with others as the list is getting long (yay! and thank you to those providing these resources!). Will try to organize and add helpful commentary as time permits.

Finally, it seems that many are available globally; however, some may only be for the USA or regions within (e.g. restaurant deals, my area of Dallas/FtWorth)

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(NOTE: You may have to dig a little on a few as the links don’t necessarily go directly to the content, but all came from posts I have seen about free or other offers)


Via a post by Laurie Schacht : “Tips for Cleaning Toys: Plastic, Plush, and Everything In Between : With the COVID-19 outbreak, keeping our homes clean and our hands germ-free is more essential than ever…”

https://www.thetoyinsider.com/toy-cleaning-tips/


Via a post by Jennifer Lynch :The Toy Association’s Genius of Play expert Talia Filippelli, founder of Starr Therapy, offers five helpful tips to talk to kids about stressful situations like the #covid19outbreak”

https://www.thegeniusofplay.org/genius/expert-advice/articles/how-to-discuss-stressful-situations-with-kids.aspx


Via a post by Highlights Magazine : “Thanks POPSUGAR for including our Highlights Kids YouTube channel in this awesome list of at-home learning resources! Watch & subscribe to get hours of free videos at:”

https://www.popsugar.com/family/free-online-educational-resources-for-kids-47311368


Via Melissa and Doug Website : “Many of us are adjusting to a “new normal” of more time at home with our kids. At Melissa & Doug, we’re putting our creative brains to work to give you activity ideas to keep your children busy and help you reduce your stress. Below are ideas designed to encourage kids’ independent play so you can get some work done. Try those that might be a good fit for your family, and let us know what is working by posting your experiences with this hashtag: #PowerOfPlay.”

https://www.melissaanddoug.com/blogpost/?postId=our-best-play-ideas-for-when-kids-are-stuck-at-home


Via a post by Kidoodle.TV and a post by Brenda Bisner : “As many kids are out of school, we know families are needing help now more than ever and #KidoodleTV is offering a helping hand. Introducing Kidoodle.TV’s #HelpfulHands newsletter! Every week we will be providing free & safe resources for families; ranging from homeschooling resources to parent tips to worksheets and activities. Let’s make the most out of your kid’s time at home! Sign up with your email now:”

https://bit.ly/2UnzuUS


Via posts by Laurie Schacht (Post on the Challenge | Post on an Interview About the Challenge) : “#FunAtHomeChallenge : The Toy Insider is helping to bring family and friends together on social media to share how we play and stay entertained no matter what life throws our way. We are challenging you to show us your favorite toy, activity, or board game to play at home to spread the power of play – and for a chance to win a $100 Amazon e-gift card! Here’s how you can play along:”

Page on #FunAtHomeChallenge :
https://www.thetoyinsider.com/fun-at-home-challenge/

Interview about #FunAtHomeChallenge :
https://www.thetoyinsider.com/toys-to-keep-kids-entertained-at-home-on-fox-ft-myers/


Via a post by Educational Insights and a post by Heather Weeks : “Love these suggestions from @Ladders for managing work at home with kids! Thanks to E.I.’s Director of Product Development, Heather Weeks, for contributing her thoughts as a working mom. Wishing you all courage! #workingfromhome” | “Let’s be real, working from home with kiddos requires lots of patience and support in the way of toys, at-home learning materials, and the occasional TV show (thank god for Sesame Street!) Here’s some tips from Ladders!”
https://www.theladders.com/career-advice/9-ways-to-keep-your-kids-busy-while-you-try-to-work-from-home


Via a post by Learning Resources : “We’ve compiled the best FREE at-home learning essentials from Learning Resources all in one helpful spot. Check it out!” | “Free At-Home Learning Essentials : Learning from home? We’ve got the essential advice and activities you need to bring the classroom home with you! Our team of expert parents and teachers is always hard at work to make sure you have the tools you need to keep your little ones building new skills and having fun along the way.”

https://www.learningresources.com/free-at-home-learning-essentials


Via Super Simple’s Website (Our 2-yr old ❤️loves❤️ SuperSimple! — Great mobile app too) : “Many of us are finding ourselves at home with children to occupy or teach these days. If you’d like to come up with some fresh ideas for your early learners, you’ve come to the right place! We made this list of themed activities and videos to inspire, motivate, and spark ideas for parents, caregivers and lesson planners alike! We like the idea of hosting theme days to help set up a successful learning environment, so that’s how you can navigate this list. Simply click on a heading that appeals to you for a look at some of our favorite themed content. Everything from songs to Super Simple episodes, crafts, free printable activity sheets, flash cards and more can be found here under each heading. You can always find more great themed content under our theme heading on our website. Have fun and keep it Super Simple!”

https://supersimple.com/article/super-simples-themes-for-fun-and-learning-at-home/


Via a post by Rachel Griffin and post by Melanie Nortkin : “Hey friends and colleagues, I know we are all stuck at home trying to figure out the best way to educate and entertain our kids. As a board member for the Chicago Toy & Game Fair, I wanted to inform you all of an awesome challenge – The Young Inventor’s Challenge – where kids can invent toys and games!! Some have been picked up by major toy companies and sold at Amazon and Target!!! The Game “Betcha Can’t” – invented by two kids and is sold at Target right now!! And it is AWESOME!!! Anyway, we have a terrific STEM activity and free resources (Design Guide, etc.). Kids can also enter their ideas for feedback from industry execs, a chance for scholarships, prizes and licensing. Check out www.chitag.com/yic for more information. Please share! Let the creativity begin!! — heck, this may lead to enough money for a college fund! 🙂 …. Just saying.” | “Know creative kids ages 6 to 18? Are they inspired by all the toys and games they are playing at home to invent one of their own? This is for them! “The 14th Annual Young Inventor Challenge, provides an opportunity for children ages 6 to 18 to develop and pitch their original inventions to major toy companies, industry professionals, members of the media and general public. This unique and educational experience ignites imagination, creativity and presentation skills like no other, providing a means of taking these inventions to greater heights, with professional critiques from our industry experts.””

https://www.chitag.com/yic


Via Raising Dragons site : “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Activity to go with the book.”

https://www.raisingdragons.com/chicka-chicka-boom-boom-challenge-ages-2/


Via a post by Anita Baulch and a post by Marian Bossard : “Well done Playmobil, this is an amazing resource to share with children. I think some adults should watch it too…” | “As concerned as we adults are about passing along the virus, let’s also try not to pass along our anxiety. Playmobil steps in to help kids understand.”

https://toyworldmag.co.uk/playmobil-releases-coronavirus-explanation-video-for-kids/

Direct Link to Video : https://youtu.be/5DlOGKpMNs4


Via a post by Brandon T. Snider : “My new audiobook BEEZER has been added to Audible, Inc. Stories! For as long as schools are closed, kids everywhere can instantly stream a curated collection of stories for FREE.” | On the Audible page: “For as long as schools are closed, we’re open. Starting today, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. Explore the collection, select a title and start listening. It’s that easy.”
https://stories.audible.com/start-listen


Via a post by License Global Magazine : “Sesame Workshop is offering array of Sesame Street content, including newly produced designed to help parents and caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic. “
https://www.licenseglobal.com/non-profit/sesame-workshop-helping-those-caring-children-home

https://www.sesamestreet.org/caring


Via a private message by Richard Deaver : “Many of us are dealing with shelter-in-place orders, and some have limited access to things families can do together. Now you can download and print free, fun-filled activities, such as games, mazes, coloring pages, and much, much more. You can also enjoy free access to the hilarious Wally & Sid Comics on our website. Finally, if you don’t already have a copy of the children’s book that started it all, A Pest at Wiseacre Farms, there is a link on the website to Amazon where the hard cover, paperback and eBook are available.
It’s all there waiting for you at www.wallyandsid.com or www.richarddeaver.com!”


Via a post by James Zahn / Toybook :“The folks at Learning Resources, Educational Insights, and hand2mind are offering free educational activities for families stuck at home during the #coronavirus situation. Details at The Toy Book — #weknowplay!”
https://toybook.com/learning-resources-educational-insights-and-hand2mind-offer-free-educational-activities/


Via a post by Scott Soeder : “My eBook of activity sheets (more than 100 sheets) for kids is available on my website for FREE to download. A great non-screen option for kids to enjoy. Please share. Hope it adds a little fun to your day.”
https://www.scottsoeder.com/shop/100-activity-sheets-ebook


Via a post by Encantos : “We’re here to support parents, especially during this time! Canticos digital resources for preschoolers have always been FREE: sing-along videos, interactive learning apps, and downloadable activity sheets. Please share with parents looking for educational + engaging content for homeschooling.”
https://canticosworld.com


Via a post by Schleich USA Inc. : “Looking for a creative way to spend the afternoon? Visit the Fun at Home page on our website for tips and tricks to keep your kids entertained and engaged. We will be adding new ideas regularly, so be sure to check in!”
https://us.schleich-s.com/en/US/fun-at-home


Via posts by Scholastic (Post 01 | Post 02) : “Planning for school closures? Scholastic has you covered with engaging online resources 💻 and activities from #ScholasticLearnAtHome. Our free Virtual Learning Resource Center for grades PreK to 9 has 20 days of lessons across all content areas.” | “Teachers & Parents: Are you looking for virtual learning tools? 🏠 Scholastic has you covered with engaging online resources and activities from Scholastic Learn at Home.”

https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/coronavirus.html


Via posts by CEC Entertainment (LinkedIn Post 1 | LinkedIn Post 2 | Facebook) : “As you may already know, we are temporarily suspending on-premise dining and game play at all our restaurants through March 31st. At the end of the month, we will re-evaluate and determine when to reopen restaurants. We are continuing to stay open for carry-out orders and delivery via DoorDash, Uber Eats, and GrubHub. Also, starting March 18, we will introduce three exciting, new family-fun packs for carry-out or delivery, so guests can bring the fun of Chuck E. Cheese home. ” | “All the fun of Chuck E. Cheese, now available at home 🍕🎉🏠! For just $20, get 2 large one-topping pizzas, goodie bag, & 800 tickets! Offer available on DoorDash and carry out!! For details on all three package offers”
https://www.chuckecheese.com/delivery-to-go/delivery


Via a post by RJ Larese : “Nickelodeon has launched a site filled with (free) tips, ideas, and video content to keep kids busy at home during the coronavirus outbreak.”
https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/19/entertainment/nickelodeon-coronavirus-content/index.html


Via a post by The Today Show : “In an effort to help families and children fed during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Burger King will be offering free kids meals starting Monday, March 23. The free meals will be available nationwide with any purchase through the Burger King app. The free meals are only applicable on takeout or drive-thru orders — not delivery.”
https://www.today.com/food/burger-king-offer-free-kids-meals-amid-coronavirus-pandemic-t176377


Via a post by NBC 5 DFW : “As the coronavirus outbreak shutters restaurants and stores across the United States, several companies have decided to offer discounts and deals to alleviate the closures’ financial, emotional and technological costs on consumers, institutions and other businesses. Here is a list of deals, discounts and freebies companies are offering amid the pandemic:
https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/coronavirus/list-companies-offering-deals-discount-freebies-coronavirus/2333076/


Via M. Chad De Luca’s comment on Chris Bellinger’s post:
“Depending on how young your children are one thing that’s been a huge savior for the parents at Twitch has been a live streamed African Safari daily on twitch.tv/wildearth. They have a kids program first and then one for older children and adults there’s a second part of the show. They’ve had lions, leopards, elephants, hippopotamuses, hyenas, tortoises, and more. People can ask questions to the hosts and they answer them live and provide really insightful and educational commentary.”
https://m.twitch.tv/wildearth/profile


Via a post by Highlights Magazine :
This week, employees at Highlights for Children have begun working from home, the new normal for the foreseeable future. We know so many parents are facing tremendous circumstances, including many in our workforce. To help, we’re mobilizing to spread the word about free resources to keep kids learning and engaged while families are home together.
If you’re a parent or caregiver who could use a hand, check out these free resources:
1) Hours of free videos featuring puzzles, animated stories and activities for kids at https://lnkd.in/d5Ffjhw
2) Free printable pages from our workbooks available at https://lnkd.in/dHgp4FK
3) Free activities, games, crafts and more on HighlightsKids.com
4) Free activities and resources for parents on Highlights.com/Parents
5) Engaging digital play on HiddenPictures.com or any of our apps, available in the App Store or on Google Play
Here is the link to the post with the content above:
https://www.linkedin.com/posts/highlights-for-children_this-week-employees-at-highlights-for-children-activity-6646853250492452864-shEv


Via a post by Anna Yudina:
Our new hub of learning-at-home resources is packed with educational and fun activities kids can do virtually, thanks to technology and all the wonderful organizations stepping up to bring these experiences to them!
https://www.thegeniusofplay.org/genius/expert-advice/articles/learning-at-home-resources-while-social-distancing.aspx
(Note: Some of these are for a little bit older (like 5+) but seems like there might be some usable for younger too)


Via a post by Tristam Rossin:
We’re giving away our latest game for FREE! Please share so people can have access to this great little family game. Be safe, stay in and enjoy! http://www.brightlight.games/download-not-so-happy-families/


Via a post by Money Masters Inc. (Walter the Vault):
101+ Ideas To Keep Your Kids Busy During Coronavirus Closures
https://www.forbes.com/sites/tarahaelle/2020/03/15/101-ideas-to-keep-your-kids-busy-during-coronavirus-closures/#265670ec74a4


Via a post by The State Fair of Texas : “How are those tiny Texans holding up? With education at the core of its foundation, the State Fair has expanded its educational initiative to the classroom with TEKS- aligned curriculum. The online curriculum combines the unique culture of the Fair with Texas history and agriculture, incorporating it into a TEKS-aligned program that focuses on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) subjects for grades 4 through 12. #BigTex Find the download-friendly documents here – Education | State Fair of Texas”
https://bigtex.com/supporting-texans/education/


Via a post by WB Games : “Our friends at Girls Make Games are sharing Free Resources for those home with children interested in games. The free portal has tutorials, inspiring videos, resources for college applications, scholarships, games internships and more – all in one place.”
https://medium.com/@girlsmakegames/letter-to-the-girls-make-games-community-5eb458baa5bb

https://www.girlsmakegames.com/portal


Via SCBWI.org Newsletter (SCBWI = Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators) : “To keep students learning and you growing, we reached out to our published members for remote learning resources you can use in virtual classrooms, for homeschooled students, or yourself! The SCBWI Connects directory has over 300 resources by PAL authors and illustrators that includes activities, art lessons, audiobooks and ebooks, bilingual resources, online book readings, emotional and mental wellbeing projects, podcasts, teaching guides, and virtual visits and workshops. We’ll update this every Monday, so stay up to date and check back often.” | “So many creators of children’s books have risen to the call for help from teachers and parents during the COVID-19 crisis by creating online materials that will entertain, instruct, and inspire children and young people. Some are reading their books and discussing them. Some have created mini-lessons on art or history or craft projects. Some are doing the equivalent of a school visit with a presentation and slide show. Below is a directory of what our published members are making available online.”

https://www.scbwi.org/digital-directory-for-remote-learning-resources/


Via Variety.com : Amazon Unlocks Batch of Kids’ Shows Free to Stream for All Customers

https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/storefront/ref=atv_hm_hom_1_c_ZWyNDQ_fMHI51_1_1?contentId=freeforall&merchId=freeforall


Via a post by Big Potato Games : Ages 14+ : “We’ve put together a free downloadable version of our 2015 edition game of Mr Lister, which isn’t sold anymore! We hope you enjoy playing 🤠”

https://bigpotato.com/blog/mr-lister-free-download/


Via a post by Lifestyle Frisco : “The show must go on, Frisco! And to that end… North Texas Performing Arts is preparing to host the largest all-ages #VIRTUAL online #talent #competition in the world… North Texas’s Got Talent! NTPA has offered an open invitation to this #GLOBAL online #event to performers around the world! This opportunity will showcase the incredible gifts of #performers from North Texas and beyond, bringing together a worldwide community of artists and lovers of the performing #arts. DETAILS below regarding submission videos, deadlines, and more. ALL AGES welcome!!”

https://lifestylefrisco.com/be-discovered-at-the-first-ever-virtual-north-texass-got-talent/


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