At-Home Learning and Entertainment Resources

 

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Plainfield Public Library has compiled a list of free online resources for parents and students during this extended break. Some of the resources do require a Plainfield Public Library card, but many are free to everyone. 

 

Click on these links for quick navigation to the various sections of the page.

 

Animals

Brookfield Zoo

Daily videos on Brookfield Zoo’s Facebook page called #BringTheZooToYou.

Cincinnati Zoo

Home Safaris featuring zoo animals.

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Live cams of different animal exhibits.

Phillips Park Zoo Parent Resources

Animal themed activity sheets for children.

SeaWorld San Diego

Through SeaWorld San Diego’s distance learning resources, explore hands-on, multi-disciplinary activities, engage in a fun and creative learning environment, and discover something amazing along the way.

Art, Fun, & Games

Best Family Podcasts

Best podcasts for families to listen to.

The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak

B.J. Novak reads his book, The Book With No Pictures.

Chicago Parents

At home activities.

Harper at Home

Publisher HarperCollins offers a host of links to fun and engaging entertainment for kids of all ages.

Hoopla

Kids and adult TV shows, eBooks, audiobooks, graphic novels, music, movies. PPLD library card required.

Jarrett Lerner

Printable comic book activity sheets.

Kanopy Kids

TV shows (Sesame Street, PBS Kids, etc), movies, Books read to you (Mo Willems, Creepy Carrots, etc.) PPLD library card required.

KidLit TV

Videos, Podcasts, kid lit crafts, trailers, and activities.

MacKids Resources

Activities, book recommendations, and virtual author visit videos from Macmillan.

McHarper Manor Art

Free online art class.

Mouse Circus

Official Neil Gaiman website for Young Readers. Listen to the author read the entirety of his best-selling The Graveyard Book on video, as well as another video where Gaiman and lots of other people read the whole of Coraline.

Mo Willems

Kennedy Center is hosting visits to his studio weekdays to doodle with Mo.

National Geographic For Kids

Games, videos, animals, states, weird but true, and MORE.

Pathways

Boredom buster ideas.

Phaidon for the Youngest Readers

Downloadable coloring sheets and activity pages for young readers from Phaidon Publishing. 

Authors & Storytimes

Audible Stories

Audiobooks and stories for ages 0 to 18 in 6 different languages streamed for free. No login required. 

Ben Clanton

Virtual author visit and drawing class.

Clavis Publishing

Daily, online storytimes and printable activity sheets.

Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Daily drawing classes from this graphic novel and picture book author.

Mac Barnett

Daily reading of his books (with funny hats).

Oliver Jeffers

Live Instagram videos reading his books every day until it’s safe to go out again.

Dav Pilkey’s Reading Gives You Superpowers

Calling all Dog Man and Cat Kid fans! Celebrate Reading Gives You Superpowers week by creating your own comics and participating in activities created by Dav Pilkey. 

Save With Stories

Instagram videos of celebrities reading children’s stories to raise awareness for children in need during the COVID-19 crisis. New videos added daily.

Storyline Online

Videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.

Storytime From Space

Astronauts read books from space.

Various Authors

A list of other authors who have or are trying to do read alouds of their books throughout the coming weeks.

e-Learning Tools

ABDO Digital Bookshelf

All of ABDO’s digital resources including books for Pre-K through Grade 12 are now available online for free until June 2020.

Adler Planetarium

Let’s Do Science! activities and experiments from Adler Planetarium. 

Andrews McMeel Publishing

From the publishers of Big Nate, here are some at home learning activities involving STEAM featuring some of your favorite characters.

Amazing Educational Resources

Comprehensive list of free educational resources.

Big Timber Media

Free access until June 30, 2020 of free distance learning educational eBook bundles for those in grades Pre-K to 12. 

Brainfuse HelpNow!

Live tutoring, test prep, writing help, and skill building tools. PPLD library card required.

Brightly’s Read Through It Together

Educational resources and activities to use while the kids are at home for ages birth through teens.

Book Adventure

Book Adventure for reading rewards (a limited version is free).

BookFlix

Classic video storybooks paired with non-fiction books. PPLD library card required.

BrainPOP

Movies, quizzes, games, mobile apps, activity pages, and much more covering hundreds of topics within Math, Science, Social Studies, English, Technology, Arts & Music, and Health

Code.org 

Free online coding lessons and Hour of Code activities.

Disney Books

Downloadable activity sheets featuring characters from popular book series. 

Every Child a Reader Spanish Language Activity Pages

Reading activity pages in Spanish.

Field Museum- Explore Natural History Online

Experience the Field Museum at home! Continue exploring natural history with online resources and at-home activities for all ages. 

The Franklin Institute

Science videos.

Google Arts and Culture

Online tours of museums, parks and national icons.

Hour of Code

Coding activities featuring a variety of familiar characters.

Lakeshore Learning

More than 1,000 free resources from worksheets to calendars to flashcards to craft ideas!

Little Pim

Online language learning geared towards young children.

Mad Science

At home science experiments that your family can do with ingredients that you most likely already have in your house!

Mango

Online language learning. PPLD library card required.

Museum of Science and Industry- Science at Home

Keep learning in place and at your pace with science activities and topics you can access anytime from egg drops to newspaper forts.

Mystery Science

Free science lessons listed by grade level (grades K-5).

Phillips Park Zoo: Educator Resources

Download educational documents about animals and habitats for students in Grades K-5

Raspberry Pi

A list of of online at-home resources for digital makers and programmers. Learn new coding skills and discover projects that can be completed as a family. 

ScholasticGo!

Videos, pictures, articles from array of topics from animals to current events. PPLD library card required.

Scholastic Learn at Home

Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing.

SimonKids

This page is a one-stop shop for all of our great resources for parents and educators as you navigate distance learning at home including read-alouds, YouTube videos, and at-home activities.

Teaching Our World: The Coronavirus

Age appropriate discussion of coronavirus.

Teen BookCloud

Online books including graphic novels for those in middle school and high school. 

TrueFlix

Digital copies of all of the TrueFlix books as well as videos. PPLD library card required.

TumbleBooks

Picture Books, Videos, and Games for pre-k through grade 3. (No PPDL card required through Aug. 31)

TumbleBooks Bibliotecca

Picture Books, Videos, and Games for pre-k through grade 3 in Spanish. (No PPDL card required through Aug. 31)

TumbleCloud Jr.

Chapter books, non-fiction, graphic novels, audiobooks, games, videos. (No PPDL card required through Aug. 31)

TumbleMath

Thousands of practice questions to help master math standards. (No PPDL card required through Aug. 31)

World Book Online

Educational aritcles, videos, games and more. PPLD library card required.

Music

123 Andrés

Live bilingual performances by children’s performer 123 Andrés several times a week. 

Emily Arrow 

Live concerts and storytimes streamed live daily at 12 PM CDT. Videos will be available for streaming following the live events.

Laura Doherty

Children’s musician, Laura Doherty is streaming videos and performances on her Facebook page.

Little Miss Ann

Little Miss Ann will be performing several upcoming shows via Facebook Live. Announcements for streaming dates and times are listed on her Facebook page.

Metropolitan Opera Nightly Met Opera Streams

The Metropolitan Opera will be offering Live in HD streams of classic operas beginning each evening at 6:30 PM CDT. The streams will be available free on the Met website for 20 hours following their posting. 

Mr. Jon & Friends 

Facebook live streams of musical numbers every weekday at 9:30 AM CDT. Performances will be available to be rewatched at any time following the live events.

Justin Roberts

Musician Justin Roberts will be going live on Facebook every day at 10:30 CDT with activities, live performances, music lessons, and more. 

Super Stolie

Join musician Super Stolie for live performances from Mexico in both English and Spanish on her Facebook page. Videos will be available after the live streams. 

Ben Tatar and the Tatar Tots

Join the Tatar Tots for live streaming performance on March 24th at 12 PM CDT on Facebook Live. Additional performances will be announced on the Facebook page. 

Teen Resources

AP Testing Info from CollegeBoard

Free AP test review courses and information for students impacted by Covid-19 as AP testing dates approach. 

Auto Repair Source

Do-it-yourself repair and maintenance information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles. PPLD library card required.

Book Riot YA Literature

Website that focuses on content related to all things young adult books. Takes quizzes, discover new books, and read articles written by and for book lovers of all ages.

Creativebug 

Offers 1000+ online art and crafts classes with expert step-by-step instructions plus patterns, templates and recipes from Joann Fabrics. PPLD library card required.

Do Yoga With Me

Free online streaming video yoga classes for all skill levels.

Driving Tests

Practice tests, resources and FAQs to help obtain or renew your driver’s license.

Free Code Camp

Listing of over 250 free online courses offered through Ivy League Universities.

Girls Who Code – Code at Home

Coding education and projects that are updated weekly. 

HippoCampus

Over 7,000 free videos on STEM related subjects. 

Khan Academy

Educational resources, video tutorials, and standardized test prep. 

Lynda.com

Learn business, technology, and creative skills through online lessons and courses. PPLD library card required.

Novelist

Resource for book recommendations based on read-alikes of your favorite books and interests. PPLD library card required.

Paint Parties

Facebook live painting parties for teens and adults held nightly. Videos can be viewed after the life events.

Roll 20

Free online virtual tabletops for role playing games. Create a board and play with friends around the world. 

Siemens

Interactive games that teach engineering concepts. 

Stitcher

Website and app that streams podcasts on a wide variety of topics and interests. 

Virtual Museums & Field Trips

12 Virtual Museum Tours

Article that includes links to virtual tours of 12 different museums around the world. Travel to Paris or London from your couch.

30 Virtual Field Trips

Google Doc that links to 3o free virtual field trips and tours. 

Art Institute of Chicago

Virtual tour of the School at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Art Institute Museum. 

Colonial Williamsburg

At-home learning resources, an interactive timeline, and tours of Colonial Williamsburg in Williamsburg, VA. 

Dupage Children’s Museum

Interactive virtual tour of the Dupage Children’s Museum in Naperville, IL.

Sistine Chapel

360 degree virtual tour of the paintings on the Sistine Chapel. 

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Virtual tour of the exhibits of the National Museum of Natural History

White House Tour

360 degree tour of the White House.