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Kids' Stuff: Boredom Busters for Kids

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Boredom Busters for Kids


Quarto Kids Printables - activity sheets, book marks, and coloring pages, oh my! Quarto Kids publishing has a bunch of fun resources and book discussion guides paired with their book titles, as well as unit suggestions for teachers or homeschooling parents, and some crafty STEAM videos. For a limited time, they're also offering virtual read aloud requests from their authors - check it out!

PBS Kids on YouTube - enjoy clips and videos of some of your child's favorite characters, including Pinkalicious, Daniel Tiger, Arthur, Calliou, and Martha Speaks! For more videos, check out the PBS Kids Video app, available through Android, iOS, and Amazon. You can also check out their educational apps for games and more learning fun your child will love!

undefinedPete the Cat Activities, Songs, & Educational Videos - Have a groovy good time with Pete the Cat! If your child loves Pete the Cat and friends, they’ll have an out-of-sight, dy-no-mite day with these interactive videos, singalongs, and printable activities like word searches, matching games, rhyming games, and more!


Eric Carle Printables & Activities - If your little one loves The Very Hungry Caterpillar, then they’re sure to delight in these printable coloring pages and activities! From Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? to The Very Busy Spider, many of Eric Carle’s beloved characters are represented in these free printables.



Magic Tree House Printables & Activities -  Is your child a fan of Mary Pope Osborne's Magic Tree House series? Then they'll love these fun printables and activities that go right along with some of her books! Between drawing activities, word searches, matching games and more, there's plenty to keep them busy!

Magic Tree House Home Adventures -  Each week, Magic Tree House Home Adventures will feature videos from author Mary Pope Osborne, activities, crafts, themed recipes, reading challenges, cross-curriculur lessons, Family Trivia Night game ideas and lots of fun surprises!


Super Mario & Friends Activity Sheets - Is your child a fan of Super Mario;s video game adventures? Then try these printables with fun activities like connect the dots and message decoding, all featuring Mario's lovable friends. You can even drawing a picture of the fearless mustachioed plumber himself!


Peppa Pig Activity SheetsCheck out all of these great themed activity packs from the official Peppa Pig website to keep your little ones busy! We also recommend checking out these Peppa Pig activity packets for kindergarten readiness featuring counting, sight words, and connect-the-dots, or this additional fun activity pack with coloring sheets, dot-to-dot sheets, and spot-the-difference games!


AWE Learning Printables - These printable activity sheets feature everything from word searches and "I Spy" writing prompts to coloring sheets and fun math pages!


undefinedSensory Craft Cookbook - This "recipe" book gives you full instructions to make your own sensory manipulatives at home: oobleck, cloud dough, play dough, sensory bottles, and more are included in this helpful how-to guide.



undefinedVidcode - Vidcode is an online coding platform: make a free account to go through tutorials on how to create your own JavaScript code! You can also join clubs to dive deeper into coding and learn more about creative ways to use your knowledge.

Past Today's Activity Links


Authors & Friends Sharing Stories!

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems - This fun15-video series by Mo Willems will show you how to draw some of your favorite characters like Elephany, Piggie, and the Pigeon! Don't miss out on all the doodling fun!


Elevenses with The World of David Walliams - Every day at 11am, British children's author David Walliams is making one of his audiobooks available to stream for free on his website! Click the link to have a listen.




Stay At Home Story Time with Oliver Jeffers - Oliver Jeffers, illustrator of The Day the Crayons Quit, is offering an Instagram Live storytime everyday at 11 am PST.




#GadBookClub - Josh Gad, the actor who voices Disney Frozen's Olaf, will stream a bedtime story for children every night during this time of hunkering down inside our homes. At roughly 4:30 PST every evening, Gad will read a children's book on Instagram for 10 minutes and showcase his incredible skills as a voice actor to bring beloved children's books to life. If you can't make the live reading, his videos are still available for viewing on Instagram afterward.


Join the HarperKids team each day at 9am PST for story times and read-alouds, activities, fun content, and pure entertainment! They'll have appearances from your favorite authors and illustrators, their own employees, and special guests, and they'll be posting suggestions for activities, and more! Follow HarperKids on Facebook, Instagram, Twitterand YouTube kids.

Shelf Stuff @ Home - Looking for ways to get inspired, get moving, and stay positive while your family practices social distancing? Check out HarperCollin's Shelf Stuff at Home video series, perfect for kids ages 7-12. On Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11am PST, Shelf Stuff shares fun and engaging content on their YouTube Kids channel. Follow Shelf Stuff on Instagram and YouTube kids.

Neil Gaiman's Website for Younger Readers - check out games, printable activities, and full readalouds from the author of Coraline, Chu's Day, and The Graveyard Book!





Pinkalicious author Victoria Kann is hosting readalouds on her Facebook and Instagram pages, and also has printable activities on her website!






Amy Adams and Jennifer Garner started #SaveWithStories Storytime on Instagram.





Mac's Book Club Show: Chapter Books After Dark - Mac Barnett, author of Sam & Dave Dig a Hole and the Mac B., Kid Spy series, will be reading one chapter of his book Mac B., Kid Spy #1: Mac Undercover, aloud every night at 5pm PST on his Instagram.



STEM Builds, Books & Beats - Nate Ball of PBS Kids' "Design Squad" is hosting a livestream on his Facebook page every weekday at 1pm PST for beatboxing, a DIY project with a STEM twist, and related books!



Drawing Lessons & Readings with Grace Lin - Grace Lin, author of When the Mountain Meets the Moon, is hosting drawing lessons on her YouTube channel, and reading chapters of her books for you!

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