At-Home Learning and Entertainment

 

Kid using computer

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

 

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, and Games

Art, Fun, and Games

20 Screen-Free Things To Do With Your Kids
A list of activities that you can do with your kids that doesn’t involve screens while they are at home and not physically in school 

At Home Healthy & Family Fitness from SportsEngine

Here you can find sport-specific drills, youth-focused workouts, and additional activities to keep you and your family fit and healthy. 

At Home With AW

A new video series, At Home with AW, that highlights books and activities kids can enjoy at home. Featuring The Boxcar ChildrenImagination Vacation, Lumber Jills, and more! 

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.

Breaking Cat News Draw Along
Draw along with cartoonist, Georgia Dunn as she shares how to draw some of the favorite characters from the webcomic and book Breaking Cat News! 

Chicago Parents
At home activities.

DC Comics Kids Camp
At-home activities curated and developed by DC Comics and their middle-grade authors and illustrators. This is your chance to be a hero! 

Demco Activity Calendars

Help parents keep their kids busy and learning with a month full of early literacy and children’s activities they can do at home together.

Frog and Toad 50th Anniversary
Activities and ideas so that you can throw an at-home celebration for the 50th anniversary of Frog and Toad.

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

Harry Potter at Home 
Bring the magic of Hogwarts to your home with games, crafts, and tutorials inspired by the world of Harry Potter.

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.

Magic Treehouse Home Adventures

Join Jack & Annie from home as they go on different, themed adventures! Visit Check back each week to find activities, online reading challenges, crafts, recipes, games, and more—including special opportunities to connect with author Mary Pope Osborne.

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. 

C.W. Avery YMCA- Keeping Kids Connected

Each day, the YMCA will be posting new challenges and activities for kids of all ages using everyday materials families can find around their home.

Authors and Storytimes

Authors and 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.

Kids Stories in ASL

A variety of videos of stories for children in American Sign Language.

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. 

Write. Right.Rite. Video Series by Jason Reynolds
Video series by author and Library of Congress National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Jason Reynolds on how to foster authentic expression.

Read With Rusty

Weekly webinars featuring a reading from a player from the Chicago Steel Hockey team!

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.

eLearning Tools

eLearning 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

The Child’s World- Distance Learning Resource Packet

Discover 8 kid-friendly activities that are perfect for at-home learning.

The Child’s World- STEM Resoure Packet

Explore 7 STEM experiments for grades K-3!

Code.org
Free online coding lessons and Hour of Code activities.

Chronicle Books- Educational Resources

Teacher Guides, Books Discussions, Activity pages and more from Chronicle Books!

Disney Books
Downloadable activity sheets featuring characters from popular book series. 

DK’s Stay Home Hub

DK’s Stay Home Hub offers additional resources to liven up a lesson plan or a fun activity to occupy an afternoon!

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 toward young children. To access Little Pim without a library card, you’ll need to go through the Mango Languages portal and click “Sign Up”. You will only be asked to enter an email address and password.

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 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 an 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 PPLD card required through Aug. 31)

World Book Online
Educational articles, videos, games and more. PPLD library card required.

Music

Music

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

The BeatBuds- For Kids at Home

The BeatBuds are soon to be stars of a new Nickelodeon animated series for preschoolers. Kids around the world can join the fun right now to chase the pandemic blues away, as The BeatBuds help them find a routine, get up and move, and learn and play together in their hour-long “The BeatBuds Live” shows, streamed Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 9:30 a.m. PT on The BeatBuds’ YouTube channel.

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

Fiesta With Flor- Spanish Musical Adventures

Mondays and Fridays at 10AM children meet a different puppet character and learn new songs, while participating with Flor (a native of Lima, Perú) in finger play, stories, music making, and dancing.

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.

Playtime Playlist
Website that celebrate’s children’s music performers. Features playlists, online performance information, and much more. 

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 on Monday and Thursdays at 12:00 PM CDT 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 performances on Facebook Live. Additional performances will be announced on the Facebook page. 

Wendy & DB

Every Thursday at 5pm Wendy Bean is inviting families into her home for a Dinnertime Distraction performance. Grown-ups can get dinner started while we entertain the kiddos! Each Friday at 9:30am we will have a morning performance to entertain the kids. You can check them both out on Facebook Live. Be sure to say hi when you get there and even request a favorite Wendy & DB song! You can view these concerts on Facebook Live!

Teen Resources

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 live 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. 

Students Rebuild: Hunger Challenge
Want to earn service hours while at home? We’re offering a project that can be done from home and you can earn up to 10 service hours for creating illustrated recipes for Students Rebuild: Hunger Challenge. Watch this video, check out the art guide, and create your recipes. Each recipe submitted will earn 30 minutes of service credit and you may submit up to 20 recipes. All submissions must be received May 1 and sent via email to jnelson@plainfieldpubliclibrary.org. All files must be in .jpg or .png format.

Virtual museums and field trips

Virtual Museums and 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. 

The Best 50 International Virtual Museum Tours

Many of the virtual tours include exhibit walk-throughs and the ability to examine some of the world’s best paintings, sculptures, and other pieces up close and personal. These virtual tours are jam-packed with enough details to make you feel like you’re really visiting the museum.

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.