Kids Resources – COVID-19

If you need some help chasing down some great resources to use while your children are at home with you in these extra-ordinary times, we are here to help.

In response to what has been happening different organisations and people around the world are providing resources for you and your family.

While the library is closed we will be scouring the internet and beyond for things you can keep doing at home.

As always we have some great free resources that you can access with your library card. (Not a member? Sign up now for free and get instant access).

Better Beginnings

Better Beginnings has been developed by the State Library of Western Australia as a family literacy program that supports parents as their child’s first teacher.

Better Beginnings supports parents in reading to children so that they build the early literacy skills they need to become good readers and succeed at school. Through Better Beginnings, we want every child to have the wonderful and very important experience of sharing books and stories with the adults in their life right from the time they are born.

One of the great resources they put out each month is the Home Literacy Calendar. If you’re not sure what to do each day to keep your children engaged, entertained, and learning through play then this is a great guide. It’s still a great guide even if you do because it will encourage you to try something different every day.

If you are unable to access the books they recommend – there are lots of places offering online reading including Story Box Library or you can read any book you have at home. Remember that brains love repetition so it’s great to re-read that book you’ve read 1 (or 100) time(s) before.

Jbrary

I first came across Jbrary on their YouTube channel where they do a heap of amazing rhyme/song videos for the people missing Pram Jams. While we know online videos are never really as good as being with Beth and David in person they are still a great way to get that literacy into your day and Jbrary do this amazingly. And one of the reasons they are great is that they also share literacy messages as part of the rhymes just like we do at Pram Jam.

In fact, it is now bigger than rhymes, so you can find stories and more on there now. They are American but rhymes and storytelling are universal.

This is an evolving list of online storytime resources for families, preschools, and day cares. It includes videos, websites, and podcasts to support those who cannot make it to the library for any reason.

Elevenses with The World of David Walliams

Every day at 11am, you can listen one of David Walliams’ World’s Worst Children stories, so sit down, take a break, and enjoy 20ish minutes of pure fun!

There is more still available on the main website.

Mo Willems Drawing Videos

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems! (free video series).

Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together. Viewers can see each weekday’s new video at 1:00 p.m. ET.

Visit https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems/ to watch all of Mo’s videos, find activity sheets to print out & follow along, and more!

NASA STEAM & Maker Programs

Get our FREE suite of STEAM and Maker programs developed by Eurekus & McREL International for NASA Discovery & New Frontiers Programs. Download the teaching and leading resources below to implement with your own classrooms and communities.

NASA have put together an excellent range of activities to help almost any child learn and create.