Activities to keep kids engaged and busy!
For the Little Ones
From our awesome partners at West Marin Montessori!
“Here at West Marin Montessori we believe it is very important to stay connected with our kids and their families during this unusual time in our lives.
Many of our students have older siblings in elementary and middle school who are doing Zoom classroom and other online work, and we wanted to make sure our kids had something to keep them busy, engaged, and entertained as well.
We set up a You Tube channel that features one of the teachers checking in with the kids, doing science projects and art projects. It is a far cry from being at school and getting to see each other in person on a daily basis but it helps us and we have heard from parents that watching the videos is a highlight of the kids day.” Alyssa Gleason and Lhasa Yudice
West Marin Montessori’s YouTube channel: click here
Movement and Music with José-Luis Orozco!
In English: Up High, Down Low – click here
In Spanish: Arriba, Abajo – click here
Youth In Arts daily classes:
8 Min Live-Streamed Arts Activities to Keep Your Kids Creative. Mon-Fri at 11:08 am. click here
Marin County Free Library’s Online resources: click here
- Picture book read-a-longs
- Audio books
- Streaming movies
- Streaming TV
- Streaming music
- Free podcasts… and more!
Bay Area Discovery Museum click here
Great activities to make and do at home! The Claw with household tongs and more!
Audible Stories: click here
For as long as schools are closed, Audible is 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.
Great list of podcasts for kids! click here
Stories, educational, music, meditiation – this list has them all. If you like podcasts, and haven’t podcasted with your kids, now is an opportune time.
For your newly homeschooled kids
Lagunitas Chess Club is an online chess club offered by the San Geronimo Valley Community Center for kids in the San Geronimo Valley, Nicasio and West Marin. Contact Jack Sayers at firstname.lastname@example.org for information about how to sign up.
Khan Academy; click here
We love Khan Academy! Math, grammar, engineering, just pure learning awesomeness – for grades 2 through 8 – Also available is the Khan Kids app for ages 2–7.
BrainPOP: click here
BrainPOP offers video classes on many subjects including Social Studies, English, Math, and Engineering with related reading and quizzes to check comprehension. Right now they are offering access for free to families with classes closed due to COVID-19. BrainPOP is good for ages 9-13 and BrainPOP, Jr. for ages 5-8.
PBS KIDS: click here
Awesome daily activities and ideas for kids ages 2 through 8, as well as tips for parents on managing learning at home. For older kids, check out PBS LearningMedia for lesson plans and videos curated for teachers. PBS Kids & PBS Parents are good for ages 2-8 and PBS Learning Media for ages 9–adult.
For the whole family
The Metropolitan Museum of Art: click here
The Met has loads of exhibits online, but we especially love the #MetKids site, which features kid-friendly videos about creating and enjoying art, as well as a “time machine” that allows kids to search the collection by time, place, and theme. The Met is good for all ages and #MetKids for ages 6–12.
The Louvre: click here
Try a visit to the Louvre, minus the crowds and the flight to Paris. This collection of selected works is a great place to start, but (as you’d expect), there are countless works to explore. We loved the “Closer Look” collection, which allows viewing of works much closer than possible in person. The Louvre is good for all ages.
Whitney Museum of American Art: click here
The Whitney features over 25,000 works by contemporary artists to browse through, as well as a Watch & Listen section with artists’ stories, videos of exhibitions, and musical performances. The Whitney is good for all ages.
Google Arts & Culture Collection: click here
Explore collections from hundreds of museums around the world with Google Arts & Culture. You can jump off to a creative exploration by picking a painting your child likes and prompting them to create a drawing inspired by it. Google Arts & Culture is good for all ages. If you’re among the iconic Frida Kahlo’s fans, don’t miss “Faces to Frida,” a great collaborative work among well-known museums – here.