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Home Activities for Parents and
Pre-Schoolers

Home Activities for Parents and Pre-SchoolersParents of young children may need support in identifying developmental activities that they can do at home with their little ones. Compiled during the 2020 COVID-19 crisis, this list includes free (and a few low-cost) resources for quarantine and beyond.

Online Activities

Getting Online

EveryoneOn

If you are working with families who need internet access, this service can help you find low-cost computers and internet service.

WebInternet/Computer Locator

Internet Essentials (Comcast)

Comcast offers reduced internet rates for income-eligible-families.

WebComcast Internet Access

Spectrum Internet Assist

Spectrum offers reduced internet rates for income-eligible families.

WebSpectrum Internet Access
 

Activities and Education

Free Online Events and Activities for Kids at Home

This schedule of online events for children -- collected during the COVID-19 crisis and updated regularly -- includes virtual story times, drawing lessons, and music classes and performances, among others. Note that times are given in Pacific Time. Common Sense Media.

WebSchedule of Online Events

Recursos para las Familias durante la Pandemia del Coronavirus

Utiliza la tecnología, los programas televisión y las películas para ayudar a tus niños a aprender en casa y a entretenerse con el mejor contenido. Common Sense Media.

WebResources in Spanish

Preschool Learning Games

Common Sense Media has curated a list of apps, games, and websites for preschoolers. (Note that not all games on the list are free.)

WebEducational Games, Apps

WebResource List

Sesame Street

Sesame Street offers videos and other resources to help families learn, stay healthy, and have fun!

WebVideos and Resources

Storyline Online

In these videos, actors read storybooks aloud. SAG-AFTRA Foundation.

WebVideos

Encantos Learning Hub

These free resources for learning at home include Tiny Travelers for early elementary and preschool children, and Canticos bilingual learning for preschoolers.

WebResources for Online Education

Khan Academy

Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard. Levels begin with kindergarten. In addition to English, resources are available in Spanish, French, and Brazilian Portuguese; additional languages are being added.

WebLessons, Videos, Student Dashboard

Channels for Families with Preschoolers

Here you will find a collection of video channels that are appropriate for preschoolers, including All Things Animal TV and PBS Kids, among many others. YouTube Learning.

WebVideos

Scholastic Learn at Home: Grades PreK-K

Daily stories and related activities are provided for two weeks. Some activities are available in Spanish. Scholastic.

WebStories and Activities

San Diego Zoo Kids

So many kids love animals. The San Diego Zoo's website for children offers videos, stories, activities, and games relating to animals of all kinds.

WebAnimal Videos and Activities

Teach Your Monster to Read

There are three Teach Your Monster to Read games to play, covering two years of the reading journey. The computer version is free.

WebVideo Game

Offline Activities and Education

Free Activities for Early Childhood Education and Development

This extensive resource library includes social and emotional activities as well as ideas for art, cooking, language, literacy, math, movement, music, science, and technology. Sort by age group: infant, toddler, preschool, elementary. Gryphon House.

WebActivities Library

Camp Galileo Anywhere

Camp Galileo offers a weekly schedule of imagination-sparking activities for kids. Age groups start with kindergarten, but many activities may be adapted for younger children. Subscribe to the weekly email, or check the site each week for new activity ideas.

WebWeekly Activity Schedule

Free Science and Nature Ideas for Cooped Up Kids

The K-12 Education team of Cornell University's Laboratory of Ornithology is working to support families as they adjust to school closures and working from home. Every week on Fridays, they release fun and engaging activities to keep your children's bodies and minds active.

WebActivities

52 Weeks of Creative Ideas

This list of creative activities includes many that are appropriate for parents to do with younger children. CreatED.

WebParent Handout

Autism Resources and Community: Autism Preschool Lesson Plans

During the COVID-19 crisis, Stages Learning Materials is offering free lessons, activity sheets, data tracking sheets, behavior management tools, and a basic overview of how to use the ARIS Emergency Home Autism Education Program at home with your children. The lessons and supporting materials are free to families. Lessons may be appropriate for young children without autism as well.

WebAutism and Preschool Resources

Lakeshore Craft Ideas and Activities

Many of these activities for children are appropriate (or can be adapted) for early childhood education.

WebActivity Ideas

Preschool Worksheets and Printables

Beyond the usual reading, writing, and math exercises, these free preschool worksheets teach kids everything from sorting techniques to the five senses to emotions. Education.com.

WebWorksheets

Daily Dose of Fun

These videos demonstrate fun activities that parents can do with their kids. Marbles Kids Museum.

WebVideos

Calm Mom Activities for Kids

The Calm Mom blog offers craft and activity ideas for parents to do at home with their kids.

WebCraft and Activity Ideas

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