Right At School At Home

Fun and easy activities to keep kids thinking, learning, and smiling at home!

From hands-on projects to kid-driven podcasts, we’ve found the best activities to keep your children learning, no matter where they are. Take the stress and guesswork out of planning your child’s day and skip to the educational fun.

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Right At School Activity of the Week:

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This week’s Featured Activity is Silly Robots: used recycled materials to create your own silly robot.

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Times sure are weird right now, aren’t they? I know I’ve been feeling a lot of uncertainty and anxiety. But then I’ll see someone walking their dog, and just that makes the world feel a little more normal.

I’m a working parent with two girls (ages 10 and 7) who are Right At School kids, just like yours. Like so many of us parents, I’m trying to find a balance of working from home and homeschooling my kids.

Choose Your Adventure:

Discover fun Right At School activities to do at home – and also some pretty neat activities we’re finding every day around the web from some great blogs and educational sites!

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    Design Your Own Flag
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    This site shows the visual history of the flag’s design over the years.
    ushistory.org
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    Explore National Parks
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    Feel pride in our country’s natural beauty by exploring our National Parks through the Junior Ranger Online program, offering online activities and virtual tours of parks across the country.
    nps.gov
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    Hamilton!
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    If you’re a subscriber to Disney Plus, be sure to catch the new televised production of Hamilton, which releases today (July 3)!
    Disney Plus
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    Silly Robots
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    This week’s Featured Activity is Silly Robots: tinker with recycled materials to create your own silly robot.
    Right At School
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    Make a Working Robotic Hand
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    Create a robotic hand using drinking straws. The end result shows how muscles and tendons make fingers move, giving you a functioning robotic hand!
    Andry Scholar
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    European Engineering
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    Say “Bonjour” to the Eiffel Tower and the next generation of architects and structural engineers. In this activity, your students work to construct their own impressive buildings. They even meet a real-life architect!
    Right At School
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    Juneteenth Jamboree
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    by Carole Boston Weatherford
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    Juneteenth for Mazie
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    by Floyd Cooper
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    The Story of Juneteenth
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    by Steven Otfinoski
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    Kitchen Volcano
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    Make a volcano in the kitchen with just a lemon and baking soda!
    Kids Go Smart
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    Sun Crayons
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    Broken crayons happen. You can melt them into something new using the heat from the sun! The sun during a hot summer day has the power to fry an egg on the sidewalk, change solid water into liquid, and even melt pieces of crayons.
    Right At School
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    DIY Kids Activity Sticks
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    All you need is a mason jar or cup, some popsicle sticks, and a marker to create a fun-filled boredom buster!
    Creative Healthy Morning
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    Spinning 3D Hot Air Balloon Craft
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    The first demonstrated flight of a hot air balloon took place on June 5. Celebrate by making your own!
    Crafty Morning
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    Bags of Joy
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    Kidsactivities.com
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    Mail Letters to the Elderly
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    Lovefortheelderly.org
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    Kindness Postcards
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    Education.com
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    Demonstrate helmet safety with this “melon drop” activity.
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    Kids like an active demo, and we suggest four: the melon drop, egg drop, lightbulb drop and jello brain.
    Helmets.org
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    How to nail down biking basics
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    Teach your child to ride a bike in 45 Minutes
    Cycling Weekly
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    Coffee Filter Suncatcher
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    First created by Native Americas of the Southwest, suncatchers make great decorative pieces.
    Right At School
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    Foil Transfer Art
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    We’re repurposing markers and foil to make tie-dyed paper prints!
    Right At School
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    Art of Nature
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    One of the first things people think of when they think of fall are leaves. Let’s take some of this beauty from nature and make it into Leaf Creature Artwork!
    Right At School
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    Find Your "Virtual" Park
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    Check out the National Park Foundation's suggestions for Park Activities You Can Do from the Comfort of Your Home or Take a Virtual Visit to a National Park.
    National Parks Service
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    30 Plus Scavenger Hunts
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    Find treasures in nature with this list of printable scavenger hunts from a variety of bloggers.
    Buggy and Buddy
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    It's about Time…to Make a Sundial!
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    It's about time, to make a sundial! Theses Step-by-step instructions show you how to make one with household itmems.
    Scientific American
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    Mystery Science Activities
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    Who invented pizza? Can animals laugh? Students explore these questions through a variety of videos and hands-on activities. Lessons range from 15 to 90 minutes.
    Mystery Science
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    Outdoor Obstacle Course
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    Tips on how to create an interesting obstacle course in your own backyard.
    How Stuff Works
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    Nature Walk Scavenger Hunt
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    Turn your backyard or neighborhood into a nature scavenger hunt with this fun activity from Inspiration Made Simple.
    Inspiration Made Simple by Kim Connor
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    28 Edible Science Projects
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    A list of fun, kid-friendly food experiments that you can actually eat!
    We Are Teachers
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    TED Talks for Kids
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    Fun, informative and captivating talks to inspire young minds.
    TED Talks
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    Spaghetti Towers
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    Making towers with spaghetti and marhmallows
    ExpeRimental
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    Jr NBA At Home
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    Jr. NBA at Home is an interactive content series providing basketball skills and drills featuring NBA and WNBA players that can be completed individually and in limited space to help young players around the world stay active and develop their game in a safe and healthy way.
    Jr NBA
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    Radiolab for Kids
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    Kid-friendly stories curated by Radiolab. All in one bingeable spot!
    NPR
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    Science at Home
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    Chicago's museum of Science and Industry wants to help us keep learning in place and at your pace with science activities and topics you can access anytime.
    Chicago Museum of Science and Industry
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    Amazing Body Illusions
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    Exploring the senses
    ExpeRimental
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    Musical Coat Hangers
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    Exploring sound vibrations by making a musical coat hanger.
    ExpeRimental
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    How To Make An Ames Room Illusion
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    Learn about optical illusions and draw one of your own.
    ExpeRimental
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    How To Make Your Own Animations
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    Making your own animations as you learn the science behind how you see motion.
    ExpeRimental
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    Lunch Doodles
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    Doodle with the author Mo Willems - Daily visit with author, he'll draw, read, and show them the studio.
    The Kennedy Center
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    150 Educational YouTube Channels
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    YouTube has revolutionized the way kids learn, interact and spend hours upon hours of their time each week. These days, there isn’t much you can’t find on YouTube.
    Homeschool Hideout
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    Sunflower Time-Lapse
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    This sunflower time-lapse video by Neil Bromhall captures each burst of blooms.
    The Kid Should See This
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    How Paper Towels Absorb Water
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    You've seen TV ads lauding the slurping powers of paper towels; while we won't make any exorbitant claims about them, we're going to discuss how they work.
    A Moment of Science | PBS
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    Literary Studio
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    Literary Studio has a variety of Authors reading books and leading activities
    Literary Studio
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    Scholastic Learn From Home
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    Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing.
    Scholastic
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    Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions
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    Share educational resources and support each other as a community of educators.
    Amazing Educational Resources
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    Polaroid Game
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    Story-telling game for two or more people.
    Ultimate Camp Resource
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    Making Masks
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    Wearing a mask allows us to transform into someone else and express our creativity in a fun way!
    Right At School
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    Adaptive Art with Mr.Jackson
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    What would your life be like if you didn’t have use of your hands? In this activity, your students get creative not just with what art they create but how they create it. See the problem-solving and adaptation unfold!
    Right After School
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    Letter Writing Prompt
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    Getting a letter in the mail is fun! Now is a great time to let friends and family know you’re thinking of them by reaching out to them with a personal post.
    Right At School
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    Forts
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    Everyone needs a bit of a getaway from time to time. Now is a great opportunity to embrace our inner engineer by building a mini-mansion of our own!
    Right At School
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    Bill Nye At Home Science lessons
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    Use household items to explore scientific concepts
    Bill Nye
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    Marble Rollercoaster
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    Have you ever wanted to ride a rollercoaster? Let’s bring those twists and turns to our own living room with some physics fun!
    Right At School
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    Time for Kids
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    Authentic journalism to motivate curious minds. Digital library now free (sign-up required).
    Time for Kids
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    National Geographic Kids
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    Find amazing facts about animals, science, history and geography, along with fun competitions, games and more.
    National Geographic
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    It's Okay to Be Smart (YouTube Channel)
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    A fun science-focused video series exploring how stuff works.
    It's Okay to Be Smart
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    Andrew Gatt’s Paper Roller Coasters
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    Mixing physics, engineering, paper and what looks like some seriously rewarding folding, cutting and taping DIY, Andrew Gatt builds incredibly sturdy paper roller coasters out of heavy paper strips. Yes! Only paper and tape was used to make this paper roller coaster… and it almost reaches a two-story high ceiling!
    The Kids Should See This
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    But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids
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    But Why is a show led by kids. They ask the questions and we find the answers. It’s a big interesting world out there. On But Why, we tackle topics large and small, about nature, words, even the end of the world.
    Vermont Public Radio
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    Fake Snow
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    In this science experiment, explore with various household ingredients until you’ve crafted the perfect snow recipe.
    Right At School
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    Yoga and Mindfulness
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    Practice yoga techniques and poses to build strength and flexibility and help relax.
    Action for Healthy Kids
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    50 Ideas for a Healthy & Active Family
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    50 Ideas for a Healthy & Active Family
    Action for Healthy Kids
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    Khan Academy
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    You can learn anything. Expert-created content and resources for every course and level. Always free.
    Khan Academy
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    Rebel Girls Podcast
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    Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: The Podcast is a fairy tale podcast about the extraordinary women who inspire us.
    Rebel Girls
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    Mo Willems Lunch Doodles
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    Welcome to Mo’s Willems Studio! In his first LUNCH DOODLE, author Mo welcomes you into his studio at home and guides you through drawing activities using one of his favorite characters as inspiration!
    The Kennedy Center
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    Creative Cereal Box Crafts
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    Transform those empty cereal boxes from trash to treasure!
    Left Brain Craft Brain
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    STEM Challenges at Home
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    These videos are great STEM Challenges that uses everyday items for maximum fun. They offer modificatiosn for different ages and are easy to follow.
    Kerry Tracey: Feel Good Teaching
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    The Laboratory Collective
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    The Laboratory Collective is having FREE Facebook LIVE Science of Magical Potions wizarding classes online. It's taught by a PhD scientist and a Reading Specialist and it lets kids experience science in a fun way.Kids can have fun playing along at home and interacting with friends by watching the videos.To join in: 1) "Like" The Laboratory Collective Facebook page.Tune in Monday-Thursday at 10:30am CST to watch and interact live.
    The Laboratory Collective
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    Amazing Minds
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    We are Amazing Minds! A hands on, educational enrichment program running after school / summer enrichment classes in schools, park districts and camps since 2001. During these very trying and difficult times, we want to continue to encourage the intellectual growth of each child and continue our mission at making learning FUN! Even though our classes are temporarily on hold, we want to help YOU and your child engage in our fun, hands on, creative, topic based activities. We have adapted and created some activities for home!
    Amazing Minds
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    Hit the Ball
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    This song is a fun take on tennis, great way to get moving to a beat.
    GoNoodle
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    Let's Keep Reading
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    List of Authors doing live readings, ongoing author project/presentations, and literacy resources.
    Let's Keep Reading
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    BitSpace
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    Join BitSpace on YouTube live as we explore and showcase our making skills! Our expert Guides will present a new project each day to show kids the possibilities of various technologies and tools.
    BitSpace
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    Bollywood Groove
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    Bollywood Groove is offering Story & Dance time with Bestselling author, Ajanta Chakraborty! Listen to fun stories and dance to some fun Bollywood tunes! Perfect for ages 2 to 8 years.
    Bollywood Groove
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    Services for Children with Disabilities
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    Services for children with disabilities during COVID-19 Outbreak
    US Dept of Education
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    Design Dance
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    In this era of uncertainty, Design Dance is continuing our mission to provide vital social-emotional learning opportunities to young people through dance and arts education. Introducing The Groove by Design Dance -- a Virtual Dance Studio that offers "pay-what-you-can" lessons, streamed live by Design Dance educators for kids ages 2-14. We know a lack of activity can be one of the more challenging side effects of being cooped up at home. So each week, we'll be sharing a schedule of 30-minute classes in Hip Hop, Ballet, Storytime Dance, Creative Movement, Yoga and more. After each class concludes, you'll receive a follow-up email with printable activities and resources for your kiddos to keep on groovin' at home.
    Design Dance
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    Super Soccer Stars
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    Super Soccer Stars is committed to providing Right At School families with access to resources during this time so kids can stay active, engaged, and most importantly, have fun. Our Live Stream channel takes place through a private Facebook Group. We have allowed access for all Right at School families (not just the schools we service, but any!) so that they can gain free access to our Live Stream group and the archived content available. Just search for Super Soccer Stars Distance Learning on Facebook. Request to Join Group, and answer Question prompts. For question 3, please include school name and zip code. As a partner, Right At School families will automatically be approved to join regardless of enrollment status.
    Super Soccer Stars
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    Understanding the Coronavirus in Pictures
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    Understanding the Coronavirus in Pictures
    MindHeart
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    The Kids Table
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    The Kids Table will be live-streaming on Facebook at the scheduled time - so we’ll be able to answer your questions as we go (be sure to follow us on Facebook to get our live-stream notifications). You can look at the recipe ahead of time so you can make sure you have all the ingredients on hand and ready to go! We’ll save all the videos and recipes after the class in case you miss them or want to watch them again.
    The Kids Table
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    What to Do (and Not to Do) When Children are Anxious
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    How to cope with an anxious child
    Child Mind Institute
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    Activities to support Kids with Anxiety
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    10 therapist and child approved activities to support kids with anxiety
    Family Therapy Basics
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    Child Mind Institute – Talking to Kids about Coronavirus
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    How to talk to your kids about Coronavirus
    Child Mind Institute
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    Knuckleball Comedy
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    Are your kids at home with not much to do? Are you tired of them watching TV and playing video games? Knuckleball Comedy is here to help. We have made a series of improv video tutorials you can play at home even if you are only with a few people!
    Knuckleball Comedy
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    Move to Learn-Learn Dance Moves
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    Interactive dance videos to get you moving, organized by age groups. Pre-K to High School.
    MovetoLearnMS
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    Wow in the World
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    A podcast that guides curious kids and their grown-ups on a journey into the wonders of the world around them.
    NPR
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    Smash Boom Best
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    A debate show for kids and families, where every episode takes two cool things, smashes them together and lets you decide which is best.
    American Public Media
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    The Past The Curious
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    A History Podcast for Kids, that proves history can be amazing, inspiring and relevant to anyone.
    Mick Sullivan
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    Grim, Grimmer, -retelling of Fairy Tales
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    Classic fairytales told with a unique twist.
    Pinna
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    Active videos from Active Schools
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    Have active screen time using these fun, kid-friendly physical activity videos compiled by Active Schools.
    Active Schools
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    20 Online
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    Some great "quick burst" 20 minute workout videos on You Tube.
    YouTube: 20 Online
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    30 Indoor and Outdoor Physical Activities for Kids
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    Get moving with this fun and active yoga routine designed just for kids!
    FirstCry Parenting
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    Cool Kitchen Science Experiments for Kids
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    Great list of science experiments tha tuse everyday kitchen ingredients for maximum fun.
    Left Brain Craft Brain
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    Could you build a house out of paper?
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    In this Mystery Science activity, students examine how large structures like houses are built from smaller pieces. They even design their own structures using an unconventional building material: paper!
    Mystery Science
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    "How to draw ______" Videos
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    Join the family-run Art For Kids Hub and learn to draw a variety of fun and silly things! From popsicles to whales, these videos are great for all ages and use everyday materials.
    Art for Kids Hub
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    Salt Dough Spring Craft
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    With few kitchen ingredients you can make an amzing dough. Roll it out, cut shapes, dry, and paint. What will your dough become? Ornaments? Necklaces? Magnets? Animals? The possibilites are endless!
    Easy Peasy and Fun
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    The Smithsonian YouTube Channel
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    Smithsonian Channel™ shares their awe-inspiring stories, powerful documentaries and amazing entertainment on it's YouTube channel.
    The Smithsonian
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    Rubber Egg Experiment
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    Several eggcellent experiments that use kitchen supplies to explore and experience scientific concepts.
    Little Bins for Little Hands
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    25 Ways to Build Towers Without Blocks
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    Who knew there were so many household supplies that make perfect tower-building materials? Check out these great ideas and get stacking!
    Hands On As We Grow
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    Tour the Galaxy!
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    Take this short tour of the Milky Way to see what lies beyond our own planet.
    California Academy of Sciences
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    Superhero Toolkit: Emotion Identifier
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    This printable Emotion Identifier helps our superhero students figure out how others are feeling. Talk through the emotion dial on page one, then use it to understand how the superheros on page two are feeling. Body language and facial expression give us important clues!
    Centervention
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    Banana, Banana, Meatball
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    A catchy song to get you moving on Go Noodle
    GoNoodle
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    Kitchen Science Projects for Kids
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    14 experiments you can do with just 8 supplies you can find in any home kitchen.
    Babble Dabble Do
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    10 3D Design Challenges for Students
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    Help people affected by Covid-19 with these fun Maker's Challenges
    Maker's Empire
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    Rapid Fire Super Silly Jokes About Animals
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    Everyone enjoys a good laugh. Check out these animals themed jokes.
    Earth Rangers
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    They Call Me Dr. Poop with Rachel Santymire
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    The Show About Science is an awesome adventure into the wondrous world of scientific research and discovery! Nate has filled each episode with fascinating information from scientists and educators from around the globe. Together, Nate and his guests explore everything from chemistry to climate change, evolution to extraterrestrials, and human brains to bat biology.
    The Show About Science
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    Hero Hotel
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    An adventure comedy story series, Chet Zebrowski works at his Grandma Zee’s hotel for superheroes. When trash monsters, glam-rock singers, and static-electric villains invade the hotel – all while the heroes are on vacation and unwilling to lift a finger – it’s up to Chet and his super-powered cat Boomer to save the day.
    Pinna
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    20+ Kitchen Science Experiments for Kids
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    Turn your kitchen into a science lab with these kid-friendly experiments.
    The Science Kiddo
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    Daily Elementary Yoga
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    Join Mission Propelle yoga instructors for fun and easy yoga sequences that will get the wiggles out! New videos are posted daily so check back or subscribe if your student loves mixing downward dog with stories of adventure.
    Mission Propelle
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    Molly of Denali
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    Join Molly Maybray on an adventure in Alaska, as she solves a mystery!
    NPR
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    14 Amazing Catapults for Kids
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    Catapults lead to so much thinking and learning, from fine motor skills and science to math are problem solving, they're more than just hurling objects through the air. Check out lthis great list of ideas on how you can create a catapult of your very own.
    Fun-A-Day
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    Curious Kid Podcast
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    Join Jacob and 6 year old Olivia on their podcast as they learn fun and educational things. They take on a new topic each episode with the goal of providing an educational and entertaining experience for listeners of all ages.
    Curious Kid Podcast
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    Syllable Song
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    Sing, dance, and clap out all the syllables in this catchy song from Go Noodle.
    GoNoodle
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    Sesame Street YouTube Channel
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    Watch your favorite friends on their YouTube channel.
    PBS
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    Storyline Read Alouds
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    Enjoy hearing your favorite pictures read by some familiar faces.
    Storyline Online
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    Glow-in-the-Dark Jellyfish Craft
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    Craft a colorful jellyfish from paper bowls and yarn.
    Craftiments
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    Paper Plane Game
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    Take your students to Flight School with this fun paper plane game that allows your pilots to experiment with engineering and the forces of flight!
    Good Housekeeping
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    Mountain Rescue Challenge
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    Use your creativity to design a device to rescue a mountain climber who has gotten stuck.
    Right At School
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    What’s an Engineer?
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    The Kid Should See this
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    Story Quest
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    Fun Kids
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    Candy Chromatography
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    We can use chromatography - a technique to separate mixtures - to see what colors were used to create your favorite color candy.
    Right At School
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    Milkshake Dance
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    Go Noodle
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    Bread in a Bag
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    Little Bins for Little Hands
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    Building Bridges
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    We're using anything and everything to create connections through bridges. This simple project is great STEM project for the whole family.
    Right At School

Virtual Field Trips!

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    Places to Visit
    Great Wall of China National Parks The Great Pyramids The Colosseum Easter Island The White House Chichen Itza Mars
    Various
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    Theme Parks
    Disney World LEGOland
    Various
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    Museums
    Louvre The Vatican Museum British Museum, London Boston Children's Museum Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History NASA Museum of Modern Art
    Various
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    Zoos & Aquariums
    San Diego Zoo Monterey Bay Aquarium The Great Pyramids Cincinnati Zoo Houston Zoo National Marine Sanctuaries - virtual dives
    Various

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