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What Can We Do Today? Activities for Kids and Families

Updated: Apr 14, 2020

What can we do today, mom?

Text "Back to School Means resources for student of all ages. Free for Idahoans" Kid wearing a tie and backpack.

If your kids are missing weekly storytime, see if you like “DayByDayIdaho,” a daily storytime brought to every Idahoan by the Idaho Commission for Libraries. Listen to a book, sing a song, try something fun and enjoy extension activities. Different storytimes available each day. Available to all Idaho families; you will be asked for your zip code. Photo courtesy of the Idaho Commission for Libraries.

Love children’s books? Want to meet the authors and illustrators who make them come to life? Try out KidLit TV, a site for kids to inspire a love of reading.

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Children’s authors and illustrators are stepping up, reaching out and inviting families to create, listen, learn, and play with them. Where is all this happening? Check Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, and other social media sites. Familiar names include Grace Lin, Mo Willems, Dan Gutman, and many more.

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How about enjoying a storytime - recorded in space? Picture books about engineers, girls in science, space, and just plain fun stuff. You can find out more on NASA's introductory page, explaining the program.

Common Sense Media has reviews to help you choose appropriate movies, books and apps for your children. You can review the comments made by parents about the maturity level of the item, as well as notes from kids who also get to 'weigh-in' on the age appropriateness of the media. Lots of links, including a section on high-quality, free educational games.

Great white shark coming out of the water with jaws open
Photo by Taylor at Salt Creek Outfitters, posted on AWSC.

Who loves sharks? Would you enjoy Shark Story Time? You are in LUCK, the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy’s Facebook friends will share a shark story every day. Visit their page, click on Videos and take a look!

Starting on Monday, at 6pm GMT / 2pm EST / 11am PST, Oliver Jeffers will be reading one of his books every weekday and talking about some of the things that went into making it. We are all at home, but none of us are alone. Also, @macbarnett will be doing the same with his books daily, an hour later. And the genius minds behind @kaleidoscopeire are doing a daily creative project called ‘Home Club’, also starting Monday. ADDITION: this will be made available to watch later for those in other time zones. They will also be looking for someone to help with a Spanish translation.

Stay tuned to the blog for more fun things to do at home!

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