Science & Outdoors
"America's Test Kitchen Kids Young Chef's Club." America's Test Kitchen Kids.
Camp Wonderopolis. Camp Wonderopolis® is the free online summer-learning destination that's full of fun, interactive STEM and literacy-building topics boosted by Maker experiments!
James Dyson Foundation. “Are You Ready for a Challenge?” 44 engineering and science challenges using household objects, for all ages. (Some younger children may require parental assistance.)
Mythbusters. Discovery Channel. This is the original show which is geared for adults. The mythbusters aim to uncover the truth behind popular myths and legends, mixing scientific method with gleeful curiosity and plain old fashioned ingenuity to create their own signature style of explosive experimentation.
Mythbusters Jr. Science Channel. “Six …kids join Adam Savage [to] tackle myths ranging from driving, explosions, chemistry, physics, popular culture, and more.”
NASA at Home. “NASA at Home -- For Kids and Families.” Carbon Cycle Game as well as planetary exploration and chats with current scientists.
National Geographic. “Classroom Resources.” Sorted for for K-2, 3-5, and 6-12. Ncludes chats with astronauts, climate change and more.
"Play and Learn Science." PBS Kids, PBS. "Play with shadows, control the weather, roll and slide objects down a ramp, choose the best materials for an umbrella – all while building science inquiry skills and learning core science concepts. The games in the app encourage kids to see the science in their world. They are intentionally designed to serve as catalysts for real-world exploration by modeling real-world locations and experiences. The related hands-on activities and parent notes prompt families to "try it" at home and provide tips for engaging in conversations." This appears to be FREE.
"SciStarter/Education." SciStarter, Arizona State University, . SciStarter is an online community dedicated to improving the citizen science experience for project managers and participants. Over 3,000 projects and events are searchable by location, scientific topic, and age level, and by joining SciStarter, members can track their contributions and provide valuable feedback. SciStarter also supports researchers in managing projects, including best practices for engaging participant partners.
Projects are available for PK-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12 as well as adults.
Ten principles of Citizen Science
Sheets, Hilarie M. "A Rube Goldberg Hand-Washing Contraption? The Race Is On." New York Times, 8 Apr. 2020, . The cartoonist's granddaughter is holding a bar-of-soap competition that encourages families to work collaboratively. Video submissions are due May 31.
"This Mile Long Wooden Xylophone Plays Bach When You Roll a Ball Down It." CanYouActually, 12 Aug. 2019. CanYouActually.com is an arts and humanities website that was founded with one thing in mind, Entertainment & Inspiration! [They] hunt down and curate some of the most interesting content from around the web. [They] cover a variety of different topics including art, design, travel, life, humor, science, technology, and more! Just check out all of our categories in the top left corner! [The] focus is to keep [readers] entertained and inspired, even if it's just for a few minutes.
Outdoors & Movement
"Explore the Entire World–from the Comfort of Quarantine–with 4K Walking Tours." Open Culture, 31 Mar. 2020.
Feliciano, Jolanta. "Virtual Field Trips." Padlet, 2020.
"GoNoodle.com." GoNoodle.com. Movement Powers Change® GoNoodle® engages 14 million kids every month with movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts. Available for free at school, home, and everywhere kids are!
"Houston Zoo Webcams." Houston Zoo webcams, Houston Zoo.
Kessler, Linda, and Audrey Eads. "North Texas Zoos, Planetariums and More Are Keeping Families Engaged." Dallas Morning News,6 April 2020. "Help time fly with activities and games, virtual tours, videos of animals and oddities, and so much more."
Kidz Bop Dance Along Videos. YouTube. Have a KIDZ BOP Dance Party in your living room to get the wiggles out! KIDZ BOP Dance Along videos are the best way to incorporate music + movement into your daily routine.
"Take a Moment to Dip Into the Miniature World of This Library For Birds Livestream." Time US, Inc.
Waterford Upstart. “#CoronaVirus Children’s Dance Party.” Spotify, Apr 2020. “100 kids songs that won’t drive parents crazy (plus “Baby Shark,” which will).”