The internet has never really lived up to its potential to bring people together.
In this unprecedented time of self-isolation and social distancing, there has been a worldwide digital explosion of community. Your children can now have daily art lessons with author and illustrator Mo Willems, see Sleeping Beauty at the Australian Ballet, or visit the National Museum; ALL from the comfort of your living room, and ALL for free. Museums, zoos, ballet companies, musicians, artists are all moving online to give the world free access to quality experiences and resources during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Below, we have curated some of the best of these opportunities. This list is designed to be used with our free downloadable schedule (tailored to two different age groups) to help you and your children find a rhythm that works for you in this new season.
Drive on the surface of mars, build different types of rockets, complete puzzles and quizzes online with NASA Kid’s Club. Divided into sections for younger and older children, this will keep you going for quite some time!
Have you heard? Amazon Audible for kids is free during the COVID-19 lockdown crisis. Grab a cup of tea, find a story for the kids, and let everyone relax!
Your Local Library Online
Even though you may not be able to visit your local library in person, take a look at their online collection. You will find audible books for your children to listen to, poetry, novels, non-fiction…plus, it’s all free!
The engineers at James Dyson have put together 44 science and engineering experiments specifically for kids. Do yourself a favour and print out their challenge cards. The experiments mostly use simple ingredients such as pantry staples, and explain each of the concepts behind the experiment. Your kids will have a ball learning about inertia, surface tension and density!
Time Magazine For Kids
For the rest of this year, Time Magazine is giving anyone FREE access to their TIME Magazine for Kids library. There are issues for each different age and stage, with differing levels of complexity and length to suit. An excellent resource that could be used as a prompt for a range of projects, from drawing to public speaking to written work.
For 30 minutes every day for three weeks, Mo Willems (author and illustrator) hosted a virtual lunchtime session for kids to draw, chat and create together. The episodes are all available to view here.
The Australian Ballet has selected some of its most-loved performances, such as Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella, to stream online for free during the COVID-19 lockdown. Every two weeks, a new ballet will be available.
Every day, the New Victory Theatre in New York posts an Arts lesson on their website. It includes a video to watch, plus a related activity to complete. Each week explores a different form. Some of the recent topics include percussion, magic, puppetry and dance/movement.