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Virtual Fun! 10 Resources to Keep Little Minds Exploring

Virtual Learning Options for Kids during Social Distancing


During this time of social distancing, we're all going to need to get a little creative in finding ways to connect, learn, and entertain. Here at our house, we are hoping to work on our garden (aka the weed pit) and finish some long overdue projects, but for now this spring weather is forcing us indoors more than I'd like. In an attempt to keep the girls (and myself) stimulated and learning about the world around us, I have been doing a little digging to find some fun options to let their minds roam free while stuck at home. Here is a list of links to some fun virtual learning opportunities and ways to let your mind explore.

Cincinnati Zoo Home Safari via Facebook Live, everyday at 3 p.m. Each day a new animal will be featured during these live sessions designed to educate and entertain. You can see past live videos available on their Facebook page if you missed them live.

Florida Aquarium Sea-Span via Facebook Live, everyday at 10 a.m.

Field Museum of Chicago offers many resources covering a variety of topics including dinosaurs, world cutures, plants and animals. You will find activities, videos and virtual museum tours conveniently labeled by grade level and interest.

Kentucky Science Center will be posting daily videos of fun science experiments that can be done with items found around the house.

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems Join Mo Willems, author/illustrator of one of our favorite series, the Pigeon books, everyday at 1 p.m. as he guides you through drawing activities featuring his famous characters.

South Dakota Discovery Center How to Be an Explorer via Facebook Live, everyday 10 a.m. central, gets kids outside as they are guided through discovering their own backyard, plus daily activities for students from pre-K through highschool posted to their Facebook page.

Nasa Space Place for games, activities, crafts about all things space for kids of all ages.

Google Arts and Culture National Parks offers virtual tours, videos, and online resources helping your to explore the National Parks from the comfort of your couch.

Google Arts and Culture gets a second shoutout because if you have never played around on this page, you're missing out. From art and artist bios, to exploring the streets of Europe or cliimbing through a 3D replica of ancient locations, this website is hours of fun for all ages.

The Past and The Curious offers a podcast of great stories from the past made super fun and entertaining for listeners of all ages. In addition, their Facebook page will feature daily posts featuring Kids Listen Podcast and matching activity for home.

What are some fun ways your family is adapting to this social distancing? I'd love to hear in the comments! 

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