They have also created a Books & Activities for Kids at Home hub which includes activity pages and book recommendations to keep kids entertained and engaged while they are at home.
There are MANY authors getting creative with their online/social media offerings. Start following your kids' favourite authors to find out what they're up to. We also found this article from The New York Times that lists what a dozen authors (Mo Willems! Susan Verde! Oliver Jeffers!) are doing: Home With Your Kids? Writers Want to Help.
Scholastic's Classroom Magazines team has created a free Learning at Home hub for teachers and families which presents 21 days of engaging, knowledge-building learning journeys for different grade levels that can be accessed at home by kids on any device, even phones.
Harper Collins has pulled together these book/reading activities to help keep kids occupied while at home:
Penguin has pulled together more than 30 activity kits to support a wide variety of picture books from their Tundra imprint - everything from a Narwhal & Jelly tusk craft to The Darkest Dark colouring sheet. Browse them all HERE.
They're also hosting a 7 Silly Prompts campaign from March 30 - April 5. Each day, a chosen author will share a silly writing prompt on social media. Kids will be invited create an illustration based on the prompt and send it to YoungReaders@
IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD #bestneighbourhood #supportlocal
Join our Kingston Road Village neighbours, Soma and Soul, for 14 days of creating space for calm during an anxious time in the world. Over two weeks (March 19 - April 1), they will help you (and your families) stay grounded, journal, meditate, and pause. Check their Facebook page for details and join their Instagram Live guided meditation at 7:30 pm every day.
The awesome guys at JR Art Lab (remember, they helped with our Skinnamarink video) are now offering their digital art courses online using Skype. You can find details HERE or contact them at 416-690-7471 or email@example.com.
OTHER INTERESTING LINKS & RESOURCES WE'VE FOUND
The YMCA of Greater Toronto is offering a variety of free Facebook Live classes for the whole family everyday of the week - everything from Family Fitness, Musical Babies, Gentle Yoga/Meditation and many more. Follow them on Facebook for all the details.
Podcasts are a fun way to spend time and there are so many options to meet different ages and interests. Check out The 25 Best Podcasts for Kids from Common Sense Media or 26 Best Podcasts for Kids in Elementary, Middle and High School from We Are Teachers.
Earth Rangers has developed a free daily program of fun, interactive activities to engage kids in positive learning about the environment and the wonderful wildlife that surrounds us. Visit their Facebook page to sign up.
Origami can be therapeutic, mind challenging and distracting from the present day problems AND it's a fun activity you can share and participate in with your kids. Origami Craze has extensive tutorials, including videos, to teach you fun origami designs.