With many schools out indefinitely, those who are parents are reaching deeper than ever into their bag of activities to keep children both entertained and stimulated at home. Organisations like the Detroit-based Library Street Collective have collaborated with artists to make custom sketchbooks, that they are handing out along with free meals to local public school students, and many institutions have online platforms and programmes for art-loving kids. Below are some artful resources that should prove useful to parents and kids alike.
The Louvre’s “Tales of the Museum” is an interactive cartoon that lets kids and parents click on items and explore their history through animated storytelling.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Met Kids site offers several entertaining options, including an interactive map of the museum and, perhaps most useful for young ones, are the collection of videos geared towards kids with subjects like “How to Dance in Armor” and “Can a Painting Tell More Than one Story?”
The Kennedy Center’s artist-in-residence Mo Willems is logging on every weekday at 1PM ET to make draw-along videos for kids that he’s calling “Lunch Doodles”.
The Smithsonian museum group has an online learning lab that you can browse my type, such as images or videos, and by subject, such as arts, science, social studies and more.
The New York Academy of Medicine is offering hundreds of strange and wonderful printable colouring pages through a programme called “Color Our Collection”. The Canadian Museum of Nature is also offering a great deal of free, printable colouring book pages of various animals and plants.
The Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose has a resources page on their website with dozens of suggestions for activities, some of which require may craft materials and some none at all.
The Tate museum group has a page dedicated to games and quizzes, from colouring and painting to quizzes about art history, which work for a wide variety of ages.
The Glazer Children’s Museum (GCM) in Tampa, Florida has a GCM at Home page on their website with tons of activities that are easy to do at home. They also recently posted information on how to talk to your kids about coronavirus.
The Boca Raton Museum of Art has just launched an online series of programmes called Kids Smart with ART with online art lessons, tips for parents, and activities for all ages, including seniors isolated at home.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium has a games and activities page with colouring pages, cut outs, online games and more. They also have amazing live cams, where you can keep an eye on the animals in real time. Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium also has a “sea curious” page with videos for kids, and a live cam of their own.
Pasadena’s Norton Simon Museum has a teacher’s resources page on their website, and towards the bottom of the page it has a great list of art projects for children, most of which require only simple materials and can easily be done indoors.
London’s Science Museum has a games and apps page with a dozen science-related games for kids.
The Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky has a webpage dedicated to at-home art making with instructional videos and ideas that can be done with younger kids.