Cocooning without Boredom

[edited to note that for many folks, the Net is running slowly, both in the US and in Europe. So, don’t be a hog! Download and then read or watch what you can offline.]

Go outside when you can–keeping your six-foot distance from others. Enjoy sunshine if you have it. Dig in the dirt a little. Rescue an earthworm. Make chalk art on your sidewalk or driveway. Some neighborhoods are creating scavenger hunts by putting various images in their windows (shamrocks, flowers) to be “found” by children passing by.

READ

The Sun Magazine https://thesunmagazine.org/ (now available without a paywall but you should subscribe anyway…)

Also: an excellent time to catch up on your unread books pile. You know you have one!

VIRTUAL TOURS

LEARN

http://www.openculture.com/free_k-12_educational_resources  a listing of video lessons, apps, books (audio, e and text), test prep and more

Scholastic’s Learn at Home  https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

Mo Willems Lunch Doodle drawing classes https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems/  

Free online cooking classes through April https://www.177milkstreet.com/school/classes/online-classes

A compilation of cooking classes led by restaurant chefs: https://www.eater.com/pop-culture/2020/3/26/21195591/restaurant-chefs-virtual-cooking-classes-instagram-live-tiktok-coronavirus-impact-covid-19

Oceans Initiative Free virtual marine biology camp Mondays and Thursdays http://oceansinitiative.org/blog/

Science experiments to do at home with kids: https://sciencebob.com/category/experiments/

VIEW

National Theatre Live. A new play each week. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUDq1XzCY0NIOYVJvEMQjqw

Zoo webcams

Aquarium webcams

Wild animal viewing https://explore.org/livecams

Cartoon interview series (thanks, Helen and Kate!) https://www.youtube.com/user/blankonblank

Exquisite Corps. 42 choreographers doing one dance; hypnotic and you will want to incorporate dance into your own daily life! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3pFxsYPLgU

Daily Ray of Hope. A beautiful photo emailed to you each day from the Sierra Club https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra-club-email/daily-ray-of-hope

LISTEN

Audible has hundreds of free audiobooks https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

Metropolitan Opera streaming for free https://www.metopera.org/

NPR’s list of live virtual concerts https://www.npr.org/2020/03/17/816504058/a-list-of-live-virtual-concerts-to-watch-during-the-coronavirus-shutdown

Free literacy program where actors read to children https://www.storylineonline.net/

Calendar of online concerts https://www.stayathomefest.com/

Berklee School of Music students band together remotely to perform “What the World Needs Now”

CREATE


  A google doc listing lots of art contests, art games, digital art, and prompts for you to create:

 https://docs.google.com/document/d/1EVMQiHHKugF4RQ071DzimkSKn1AuiBNOJ-i6xs1mBts/preview

Writing prompts from 916 Ink: https://www.916ink.org/prompts

MOVE

Get outside as much as you can, keeping that important six foot distance!

Dance Church virtual get-togethers on Sunday mornings. https://go.dancechurch.com/

Full length Yoga classes from the Yoga Seed: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ139QuBv0YDVGrypmAOqzg?view_as=subscriber

One-hour yoga lesson from Jim Murphy https://drive.google.com/open?id=1J7jVugifgLcZbgyiC_jKOPK-NrGVulZH

Learn dances (Irish step and more) for preK-5th grade https://sites.google.com/sfusd.edu/shonamitchell

SUPPORT

In the Rooms, free online recovery tool https://www.intherooms.com/home/  

Online AA meetings http://aa-intergroup.org/directory.php

Have suggestions for additions to this page? Send them to me via the Contact page. And thanks for reading!