The Sycamore Library has compiled a list of free resources for parents (and others) who need ideas for engaging activities while practicing social distancing. Only some require a Sycamore Library card.
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden’s Home Safari Events
Each weekday, starting at 2 p.m. Central time, the Cincinnati Zoo will introduce one of their animals, and include an activity to do at home. Go to Cincinnati Zoo’s Facebook page for the Facebook Live event.
The Aquarium of the Pacific has live images of sharks, sea jellies, fish, and penguins
Check in on sea otters, moon jellies, open sea creatures, or a kelp forest.
Watch giraffes, gorillas, elephants, and more
Live and recorded webcams of pandas, penguins, koalas, and other animals
Take a tour of real farms and see what they’re like
ARTS AND CRAFTS
Creativebug.com has more than 1,000 award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.
Sycamore Library card required.
Daily drawing session with author Mo Willems every weekday at 12pm Central time.
Wild, Free & Crafty
Cooking Kids Young Chef’s Club
Drawing: Bob Shea
Daily projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing. Pre-k and up
Free resources for ages 4-18, or a free app for ages 2-7. Requires signing up for a free account.
Homework Help:Brainfuse HelpNow https://www.sycamorelibrary.org/resource_category/learn/
Sycamore Library card needed for access
Magazines: Ranger Rick
(free digital subscription through end of June) www.rangerrick.org
Math: Bedtime Math
Disney Imagineers (lessons about Disney park design/engineering) https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/hass-storytelling/imagineering-in-a-box
Generation Genius (free month subscription to Next Gen Science Videos for Grades K-5) https://www.generationgenius.com/
DPLA connects people to the riches held within America’s libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions. All of the materials found through DPLA—photographs, books, maps, news footage, oral histories, personal letters, museum objects, artwork, government documents, and so much more—are free and immediately available in digital format. The cultural institutions participating in DPLA represent the richness and diversity of America itself, from the smallest local history museum to our nation’s largest cultural institutions.
The Illinois Digital Archives is a repository for the digital collections of the Illinois State Library as well as other libraries and cultural institutions in the State of Illinois. It contains historical photographs, slides, glass negatives, oral histories, manuscripts, letters, federal government documents, postcards, posters, videos, newspapers, and maps.
Reach conversational proficiency in 72 languages, including English as a Second Language, good for tourists or beginners. Free app for iOS and Android available.
Sycamore Library card required.
Archive of the nation’s busiest performing arts center.
Daily series of free streaming opera presentations, available to stream from 6:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. the next day.
|Jim Gill – Music Play for All Young Children|
Jim Gill is a musician, author and child development specialist. His recordings, books and live concert appearances create unique opportunities for playful interactions between children and caring adults.jimgill.com
Justin Roberts (variety of music related crafts & some live stream concerts) https://www.justinrobertsmusic.com/stuck-at-home/
Laurie Berkner (daily 9 am concert)—to view: like her on Facebook. Visit website at https://laurieberkner.com/ for over 20 educational music videos
Tom Chapin (Mornings with Papa Tom) https://www.youtube.com/user/SundanceMusicInc (scroll down to uploads—each concert is approximately 30 minutes long)
READING AND STORYTIMES:
Nightly live-streamed storytimes on Facebook Live at 8 p.m. Central Time
Children’s author Mac Barnett will be reading one of his books out loud, on Instagram Live, every weekday at 2 p.m. Central time until he runs out of books to read.
Artist Oliver Jeffers will be reading one of his books and talking about being a writer every weekday, at 1 p.m. Central time.
Over 1100 titles for grades K-6, including unique animated, talking picture books, read-along chapter books, graphic novels, math stories, national geographic videos, non-fiction books, playlists, as well as books in Spanish and French.
Requires Sycamore Library card.
VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS
Check out a 360 degree tour of Mars from the Mars Rover
Air Pano is a group of Russian photographers that takes 360 degree photos and videos of important places around the world. Many beautiful places are available to explore.
STEM field trips to the Johnson Space Center, arctic tundra, and more
Virtual tours of some of the historic museum’s most famous collections
Collections related to the archaeology and history of Mexico’s pre-Hispanic civilizations.
Modern Korean art and design.
Tour one of the world’s most beautiful buildings.
Watch live footage of the Mud Volcano, Fountain Paint Pot, and more
The Art Institute of Chicago’s collection is searchable online and includes additional information for each artwork.
The British Museum has an interactive timeline. Just pick a date and learn more about the thousands of artifacts that make up their collection.
The Metropolitan Opera will live stream an opera each evening at 6:30 pm central time. The recording will stay on their homepage for 20 hours.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium Live Cams highlight penguins, sea otters, and sharks.
The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. has a variety of online resources, including family activities and recorded lectures.
The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Museum Resources, E-Learning, and Online Collections curated by the Museum Computer Network, includes archives and libraries, virtual tours, art collections, and resources for kids.