Resources for Children

Posted on Mar 23, 2020

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Last Updated: April 07, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. CST

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. (Yay! Thank you to those providing these resources!) Below is an ongoing list that may prove helpful; will add to it as new resources are found. (Note: Many are available globally; however, some may only be for the USA or regions within.)

List is currently organized as:

If you are a creative/freelancer, there are many resources via links on this post:
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Created by Scott Monaco of QuietYell™


I have developed some activity sheets for my 2-year old and intend to develop more in my free time as able. Knowing other parents are in the same boat, these are made available to freely download.

My son has been learning shapes, so I started here. Since my wife is from Taiwan and my grandmother from Mexico, the practice sheets have Chinese & Spanish shape name references. Right-click on the reference image below to save the PDF download or do so via the button under that.

Download Shapes PDF

(Right-Click and “Save Link As…”)


CORVID-19 Specific (Including General Wellness)


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 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 Beatrice Chow : “Sesame Street: Washy Wash Song | How to Wash Your Hands : Watch this video together and sing along as you wash your hands. Talk with children about the importance of hand-washing—it helps keep us healthy and it helps keep germs away! Act out the steps of hand-washing and then practice together.”

https://youtu.be/yQn0z6xa8II


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


Educational


Via a post by Schleich pointing to an article with multiple links :

“The Little Medical School : Through innovative curriculum, role-play, and fun activities, Little Medical School Louis aims to INSPIRE a greater understanding of health and career options.”

https://www.facebook.com/TheLittleMedicalSchool/

“Plus-Plus offers free online educational resources that incorporate their Plus-Plus pieces to help children construct numbers and letters.”

https://www.plus-plus.us/educational-resources

“Hungry Caterpillar Play School develops the key skills children need to get ahead on a lifelong journey of learning.”

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/hungry-caterpillar-play-school/id1318671922

“Celebrate Very Hungry Caterpillar Day with these in-class and at-home activities designed to nurture every child’s love of literature and learning while encouraging imaginative play and exploration.”

http://ymiclassroom.com/lesson-plans/vhc/

Visit the referenced article for more details and links:
https://medium.com/@lillyruppert456/keeping-the-kids-occupied-aeebccf76146


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 segment of The Today Show : “New site has free educational resources for teachers and parents : Jim Steyer, CEO of Common Sense Media, joins the 3rd hour of TODAY to announce a new website launched by the company. The new site will serve as a central hub for teachers and parents, with resources for home-schooling kids during the coronavirus pandemic.”

https://www.today.com/video/new-site-has-free-educational-resources-for-teachers-and-parents-81429573647
https://wideopenschool.org/


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 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 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 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/


Groups


Facebook Group — Project Quarantine 2020 : “Hey Neighbors all over the world! As a mom of 2, an educator and school social worker, I’ve struggled these past few weeks about knowing how to get through this unprecedented crisis. How do we keep the joy and community connections in our lives when we’re “socially isolated” from each other? And perhaps more importantly, how do we keep our kids busy (and healthy) so we don’t completely lose our minds? I came up with a creative idea: With this page, I plan to make a community challenge, in which each day there will be a new set of activities for kids to complete. Parents can post pictures on this Facebook page so we can all share and enjoy the creativity of others around the world. I’ll strive to have activities that are available to anyone, free and/or very low cost. The goal will be to encourage creativity, joy, and family connections despite the crazy and stressful circumstances in which we find ourselves. Wishing you good health and resilience, Lauren”

https://www.facebook.com/groups/227330705334409


Contests / Challenges


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 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 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/


Restaurant / Retail


Via a post by David McKillips : “How restaurant chains are catering to families, kids during the coronavirus pandemic : Before the coronavirus pandemic took hold, families were already increasingly turning to restaurants for convenient, affordable solutions to put dinner on the table. Now that the whole family is at home 24/7 for the foreseeable future, savvy restaurant operators are pivoting, leaning into and rolling out creative at-home meal and entertainment solutions for kids and families…”

https://www.nrn.com/family-dining/how-restaurant-chains-are-catering-families-kids-during-coronavirus-pandemic
(Various deals listed in article; though, no links)


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

Chuck E. Cheese Family Fun Pack | www.QuietYell.com

Yay Chuck E. Cheese’s (CEC Entertainment)! Thank you for bringing some joy to us with your offerings in this time. Great job David McKillips, Clint White, and team. We got the “Family Fun Pack” ($20 for 2 large one-topping pizzas, goodie bag, & 800 tickets) – fun game on the box too! Look forward to ordering again, and to when we can visit in-store again. (NOTE: The Chuck E. Cheese plush is not included. We purchased this on a previous in-store visit.)


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/


Arts and Crafts (Activity Sheets, Coloring, etc. : Many More In “General”)


Cinemark : Animated Movie Coloring Sheets

Via Cinemark‘s e-newsletter : “For Kids: Animated Movie Coloring Sheets : We’re all spending a lot of time inside this spring, and many of you, like us, probably have kids at home. Keeping the the kids entertained and happy all day is no easy task, so we wanted to share a family activity that can entertain the kids while also keeping the spirit of moviegoing alive. We’ve got three coloring sheets inspired by the animated movies SCOOB, CONNECTED, PETER RABBIT 2, and THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE 2 — and bonus activity sheets for GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE! Click each thumbnail to open up a larger version of each sheet, suitable for printing and coloring. Unfortunately, you’ll have to supply your own crayons and colored pencils.”

https://www.cinemark.com/movie-news/family-fun-animated-movies-coloring-sheets


Peanuts : Coloring Sheets

Via Peanuts.com : “Peanuts Coloring Sheets : Color your favorite Peanuts character! Just click the image to download.”

https://www.peanuts.com/space-coloring-sheets/


Crayola Experience : Craft, Coloring, and More

Via the Crayola Experience website : “Sign up* for access to our webpage hosting free craft downloads, coloring pages and art projects! Plus you’ll receive new projects regularly in your inbox!”

https://www.crayolaexperience.com/creativity-at-home


100+ Activity Sheets by Scott Soeder

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


Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Activity

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/


Wally and Sid Comics and Activities

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!”


Videos / Audio / Books


Spin Master’s Zo Zo Zombies on Crunchyroll

Via a post by Spin Master : “Looking for ways to keep your little ones entertained while working-from-home? Spin Master’s got you covered with out direct to digital series Zo Zo Zombies on Crunchyroll. Zo Zo Zombie is the best undead friend you never had!”

https://www.crunchyroll.com/zo-zo-zombie


Highlights Magazine Kids YouTube and More

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


Daily African Safari on Twitch

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


Amazon Kid Shows Unlocked For All

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


Brandon T. Snider Audiobook, Beezer

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


Games (Board/Video)


Coiled Sprint Print and Play

Via a post by Coiledspring Games Limited : “In following Government guidelines, everyone should be staying at home to remain safe. To help keep board gaming spirits alive, we’ve complied downloadable content from our suppliers that you can print off and play for free at home. We will be adding to it over the coming weeks, so make sure to keep checking back!”

https://coiledspring.co.uk/print-and-play/


Brightlight Games’ “Not So Happy Families” Free Download

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/


Big Potato Games’ “Mr. Lister” Free Download

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/


General (Links may have mix of tips, educational, arts/crafts, videos, etc.)


Camp Care Bears Videos & Downloadable Activities

Via a post by Sean Gorman : “Cloudco has launched Camp Care Bears to create an uplifting digital space for families who are staying home to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Camp Care Bears initiative includes livestreams, downloadable activities and group sharing events…”

https://www.licenseglobal.com/character/cloudco-launches-camp-care-bears-families-stuck-home

http://www.carebears.com/
https://www.instagram.com/CareBears/
https://www.youtube.com/CareBears


Dav Pilkey At Home (Dog Man and Captain Underpants)

Via a post by Heidi MacDonald : “The Library of Congress has announced a new program to provide free educational and entertainment resources for families who are staying home and social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The LOC announced today they are teaming with cartoonist Dav Pilkey, the best-selling creator of Dog Man and Captain Underpants, for a weekly video series, Dav Pilkey At Home, that will take place on Friday mornings at 8 AM Eastern. Pilkey and publisher Scholastic will also be creating additional videos, and providing printable resources, all of which will start to be available this Wednesday, April 1st…”

https://www.comicsbeat.com/dav-pilkey-teams-with-the-library-of-congress-for-live-weekly-videos-other-free-resources-for-kids/

https://loc.gov/engage

https://kids.scholastic.com/kids/books/dav-pilkey-at-home/

https://www.facebook.com/Scholastic/


Sesame Street Caring

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


Highlights Magazine

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


Hasbro: Bring Home The Fun

Via a post by Vincent Apollo Imaoka : “Hasbro’s here to help keep families and kids having fun with our #BringTheFunHome campaign! Check out the site we have set up with videos and activities for kids, along with links to kids’ charities to see how you can help.”

https://shop.hasbro.com/en-us/bring-home-the-fun/


Mattel Playroom

Via a post by James Zahn of Adventure Media & Events : “Play is never canceled. That’s the message that Mattel, Inc. is sending to the world on its new resource site for families. Details at The Toy Book — #weknowplay!” | “…the Mattel Playroom. A virtual, singular source of play and hope for parents and caregivers. Activities, expert advice, games and content from all of our amazing brands will now be available in one place. Stay connected, keep laughing and #KeepPlaying.”

https://toybook.com/mattel-playroom-online-resource/
https://www.mattel.com/en-us/playroom


LEGO : Let’s Build Together

Via a post by LEGO : “We have joined forces with The LEGO Foundation on two initiatives to help children and families – a US$50million donation to support those most in need and #letsbuildtogether, a campaign to inspire parents and children at home.”

https://www.lego.com/en-us/aboutus/news/2020/march/letsbuildtogether

https://www.lego.com/en-us/letsbuildtogether


Melissa and Doug

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

“To all of our stuck inside families, we are so glad to see that these free printables are getting so much love and use, and we hope your kids are finding them to be fun and engaging, too!”

https://www.melissaanddoug.com/blogpost/?postId=10-free-printables-to-give-kids-a-fun-challenge

“Parents and caregivers, we understand how difficult this time is for you, for your kids, and for society as a whole. We know creative ideas for getting kids to play (and learn!) while stuck inside are in need right now. That’s why we’ve compiled 20 free printables that make tracing and coloring each letter of the alphabet fun for kids of all ages!”

https://www.melissaanddoug.com/blogpost/?postId=now-i-know-my-abcs


Schleich : Fun At Home

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


Apple Curated Content Across Apps

Via a post by MacRumors.com : “Across the United States and other countries, adults and children alike are stuck in their homes for work, school, and more amid the ongoing pandemic, so Apple has is offering a collection of curated content across all of its apps that’s aimed at families.”

https://www.macrumors.com/2020/03/27/apple-curated-content-kids-and-families/


Nickelodeon Parents

Via Nickelodeon : http://www.nickelodeonparents.com/

Nickelodeon Tips, Ideas, Video, etc.

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


Canticos Digital Resources For Preschoolers

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


Kidoodle.TV Newsletter, Homeschooling, Tips, etc.

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


Big List of Resources via The Toy Insider

Via a post by James Zahn of Adventure Media & Events for The Toy Insider : “Happy Sunday, LinkedIn Friends! For those seeking free resources for kids and families as we work through the age of COVID-19, The Toy Insider has an epic roundup of activities and freebies that are being offered by a variety of companies across toys, games, and family entertainment. Better yet – we’re updating it every day! Check it out for the latest from companies such as Crayola, GoNoodle, Learning Resources, MGA Entertainment, Horizon Group USA, Sesame Workshop, and dozens more!”

https://www.thetoyinsider.com/free-resources-activities-for-kids/


List of Resources by Mia Wenjen / PragmaticMom

Via an e-newsletter by Mia Wenjen / PragmaticMom.com : “How is everyone holding up? I thought I would share some fun resources for keeping kids entertained during at home.”

https://mailchi.mp/b37a122f47ea/more-learning-resources-for-kids-during-coronavirus-quarantine?e=1ba25a0562
(Note : This is the “view in browser” link from the emailed newsletter)

Via a post by Mia Wenjen / PragmaticMom.com : “I’ve organized ten years of posts here at PragmaticMom into Activities and Learning Resources for #KidLitQuarantine. I hope that it’s helpful for you if you need learning activities while hunkering down at home.”

https://www.pragmaticmom.com/2020/03/activities-and-learning-resources-for-kidlitquarantine/
(This is a BIG list!)

Via a post by Mia Wenjen / PragmaticMom.com : “Free Resources to Keep Kids Active : With schools closing, sports for kids is also uncertain for the upcoming spring season. But for those who want to plan ahead, here are free resources for coaches courtesy of How To Coach Girls.”

https://www.pragmaticmom.com/2020/03/free-resources-to-keep-kids-active-at-home/


Money Masters List

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


End of Resources for Children List


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Resources for Creatives

Posted on Mar 23, 2020

Last Updated: April 02, 2020 at 05:20 p.m. CST

Below is a link with tons of resources for the creative industry, particularly those who are freelancers/contractors. Will add to the list as more are found.

If you have kids at home, there are many resources via the links on this post: http://quietyell.com/2020/03/23/resources-for-children/

Please feel free to send more resources & commentary for me to add and I will do so as I can: http://quietyell.com/contact/

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Many Resource Links at:
https://covid19freelanceartistresource.wordpress.com/

Resource Link Categories:

  • General Preparedness
  • Quantifying Economic Impact of Cancelled Work
  • Advocacy, Legal & Financial Information
  • Emergency Funding
  • Community Care & Mutual Aid
  • Working, Gathering, & Teaching Online
  • Health & Mental Heath Resources
  • International Resources (Outside United States)
  • Other Lists & Miscellaneous Wisdom
  • Events (Online Learning & Webinars)
  • Interrupting Racism Resources

This list is specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community. This includes, but is not limited to, actors, designers, producers, technicians, stage managers, musicians, composers, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, craft artists, teaching artists, dancers, writers & playwrights, photographers, etc.

What this list IS: an aggregated list of FREE resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines.

What this list IS NOT: a place to promote individual artist practices (we love you, but we’re not equipped for that); a place to promote fee for service work; or a place to seek direct emergency funding.

This link was found via a post by Lance Curan:
https://www.linkedin.com/posts/quietyell_letsgetthroughthis-activity-6645605046211923968-5m2B


Via a post by SCBWI.org (SCBWI = Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) : “Kidlit creators! We know you’re looking for resources to get through COVID-19 and we’ve got them coming. (Stay tuned. 🙂) Here’s a list of financial help for freelancers to get you started by #SCBWI member Nancy Castaldo”
http://nancycastaldonaturespeak.blogspot.com/2020/03/time-out-financial-resources-for-kidlit.html


Via a post by Laurie Schacht : “Women in Toys, Licensing & Entertainment (WIT) is offering complimentary 6-month memberships to those experiencing unemployment or loss of income due to the spread of the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19. The offer is presented in the spirit of WIT’s mission to “advance women through leadership, networking, and educational opportunities.””

https://toybook.com/women-in-toys-offers-assistance-during-covid-19-spread/

Direct Link to Form:
https://form.jotform.com/82064673284158


Via a mention on NBC 5 DFW news : “Coffitivity recreates the ambient sounds of a cafe to boost your creativity and help you work better.”
https://coffitivity.com/


Via a shared post by Brilliant Ads : “The UN asks creatives to help fight #Covid19. Read the open brief and share. Let’s put our skills to a noble use!”

https://bit.ly/2UoJ4qv


Via a post by the Anna Goodson Illustration Agency website : “How to Survive as an Illustrator during the COVID-19 mania”

https://www.agoodson.com/five-ways-to-survive-as-an-illustrator-during-the-covid-19-mania/


Via a post by AOI (Association of Illustrators) and a post by Georgia Luckman : “Some excellent advice for Illustrators and other freelance creators working from home #StayInReachOut ⭐” | “What steps can we take next as Illustrators in these uncertain times? I’ve brought together tips and advice that we can use to improve our situation, and continue doing the work we all love”

https://theaoi.com/2020/04/02/running-an-illustration-career-in-covid-19/


Zoom Backgrounds

Via a post by WB Games : “Looking for a DC themed virtual background for your next ZOOM call?”

https://www.dccomics.com/blog/2020/04/01/dial-in-from-the-dc-universe-with-these-virtual-backgrounds

Via a post by Eric Calderon : “For everyone doing Zoom calls from your home, here’s a link that let’s you choose a background from a few of Fox’s animated series to use as your virtual background. Pretty fun and keeps your clients/colleagues from seeing your messy house!”

https://www.fox.com/animation-domination/download-zoom-backgrounds/


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Happy St. Patrick’s Day 2020!

Posted on Mar 16, 2020

Whether at the end of a rainbow or the bottom of a mug, may luck be with you to find your pot o’ gold.

Leprechauns, Pots of Gold at the Ends of Rainbows, Four Leaf Clovers, Horseshoes, and other St. Patrick's Day and Irish Illustrations by Scott Monaco of QuietYell™ | www.QuietYell.com

See variations and larger images of these promotional games and boardgames illustrations:

Perhaps it is the 1/4 Irish in me, but I’ve always delighted in the ideas of following rainbows to get to pots of gold (does a rainbow come from the pot of gold or does it start elsewhere and find its way to the pot of gold?), the leprechauns that guard it or are stumbled upon out-and-about, and the luck a four-leaf clover may bring.

I recall searching for four-leaf clovers as a child (not as much as an adult…) but alas, I never found one (probably because I don’t think we had clovers of any sort in our yard…). Large rainbows tantalized, yet, my parents frowned upon going on long adventures to reach the end, and I never saw tiny pots of gold at the end of the rainbows I often tried to create from the garden hose.

I’ve always been a fan of leprechauns, fairies, brownies, elves, imps, Smurfs, and the like. Maybe that’s why I’ve always super loved action figures as perhaps they provided a connection to a world of miniature, humanlike supernatural beings. I’ve taken the tricky, crafty, mischievous, selfish nature of leprechauns to heart (I suppose too much so if one were to ask my wife about my behavior). While I never saw them as mean, cruel or evil, it has always seemed that as much as they may not trust humans, we ought to place no trust in their words. Thus, I’ve always preferred representations of leprechauns to have at least a wee bit of naughty to their look. Cute and kind looking leprechauns never seemed to capture any of the leprechauns I’ve met. Of course, one could say that they are surely to be the worst offenders by feigning a trustworthy persona through charm & flattery — us extraordinarily cute people know a thing or two about this.

I guess none of this really has anything to do with foundation of Saint Patrick’s Day as a commemoration and celebration of the missionary, from which the day derives its name, and arrival of Christianity to Ireland — a day to rejoice in for sure. However, with all these fun mythological creatures and stories, how can one resist not enjoying them too?


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Game Assets Added

Posted on Aug 12, 2019

More game assets have been added — Valentine’s Day, Easter, St.Patrick’s Day, Flowers, Balloons, Beer, Chocolate, Gold, and more!

Go over to the assets section and see them at larger size. More to come soon!

QuietYell.com/portfolio/assets/

QuietYell & Scott Monaco : New Game Assets Added


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The Animoodles™ Celebration Poster

Posted on Jun 15, 2019

A new painted illustration added! : The Animoodles™ Celebration Poster

A poster celebrating the joyful story and achievements of The Animoodles™ plush toys by Marissa Louie & team, including two successful Kickstarter campaigns, the prestigious Women In Toys recognition & award of Marissa Louie, many industry & retail accolades, and many more, not to mention simply bringing the innovative, fun, cute, and diversity-focused dream into reality.

Learn more about Animoodles and purchase your’s at: www.TheAnimoodles.com

The Animoodles™ Celebration Poster by Scott Monaco of QuietYell™ for Marissa Louie, founder of The Animoodles™ Plush Toys : www.TheAnimoodles.com

Vintage and Grayscale Variants
Vintage and Grayscale Variants of The Animoodles™ Celebration Poster by Scott Monaco of QuietYell™ for Marissa Louie, founder of The Animoodles™ Plush Toys : www.TheAnimoodles.com


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Plum and Sakura (Cherry Blossom) Milk Flavored Lays Chips

Posted on Mar 10, 2019

What beautiful packaging for interesting flavored potato chips by Lays. I’ve always enjoyed the diversity of flavors in the Lays chips I see when visiting family in Taiwan and am so glad to see more of them now at our Asian groceries in Dallas, TX. It is hard to tell from the photo, but both the Plum and Sakura (Cherry Blossom) Milk packages have a nice metallic sheen to them.

Plum and Sakura (Cherry Blossom) Milk Flavored Lays Potato Chips


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Funko KFC Colonel Sanders (And Golden Girls Sophia)

Posted on Mar 4, 2019

Yay! My Funko KFC Colonel Sanders arrived! He makes the perfect mate for my Funko Golden Girls Sophia. Cheer for Chicken & Cheesecake Charm!

Funko Pop KFC Colonel Sanders

Funko Pop KFC Colonel Sanders Figure

Funko Pop KFC Colonel Sanders and Golden Girls Sophia Fiigures

Learn More

Funko : Funko.com

KFC : KFC.com | YUM.com

I also picked up another Funko treat: Rick And Morty Cereal via Target! I hear that the trick to it is keeping 70% of it above the milk.

Funko Pop Funko's Cereal Adult Swim Rick And Morty

Learn More

Funko : Funko.com

Rick And Morty : RickAndMorty.com

Adult Swim : AdultSwim.com


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Sumo Joe Pre-Order Available Now

Posted on Feb 21, 2019

Ahhh! Here is the book I’ve been waiting for with excitement. Two people I admire and delight in have come together to make “Sumo Joe”. Congratulations to Mia Wenjen and Nat Iwata on this book; it’s sure to be wonderful! And congratulations to Lee and Low Books for bringing all of this to the world.

Pre-order on Amazon here (Out May 14th):
https://amzn.to/2Nj9Xa7

Sumo Joe Children's Picture Book by Mia Wenjen and Illustrated by Nat Iwata

About the Book

On Saturday mornings, Sumo Joe is a gentle big brother to his little sister. But on Saturday afternoons, he and his friends are sumo wrestlers! They tie on makeshift mawashi belts, practice drills like teppo, and compete in their homemade dohyo ring. They even observe sumo’s ultimate rule: no girls allowed! But when Sumo Joe’s little sister wants to join in the fun, Sumo Joe is torn between the two things he’s best at—sumo, and being a big brother.Fists, feet, and martial art forms collide in this sweet yet spirited rhyming story by author Mia Wenjen and illustrator Nat Iwata.

Buy the Book

More Info

For more info about the book, Mia Wenjen, and Nat Iwata along with a GIVEAWAY! go to:
https://www.pragmaticmom.com/2019/02/sumo-joe-cover-reveal

More About Mia Wenjen

More About Nat Iwata

More About Lee And Low


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Specialty versus Mass Market Package Design

Posted on Feb 16, 2019

Here’s a great article by Matt Nuccio of Design Edge:

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/specialty-versus-mass-market-packaging-matt-nuccio/

Specialty Versus Mass Market Package Design (of toys, board games, and more) by Matt Nuccio of Design Edge


Matt Nuccio:

Design Edge:


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Super Tony Guys!

Posted on Feb 11, 2019

This was a fun micro-game spoof done for a private event. Would be fun to expand it to much more.

Super Tony Guys Game, Video Game, Gamification


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