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18 At-Home Ideas To Keep Kids Busy And Entertained During The Coronavirus Outbreak

As more schools close, here are useful resources for parents, kids, and teachers.

With the coronavirus closing down school districts across the country, we wanted to share useful resources to help keep kids busy, entertained, and learning at home. Find them below β€” and leave any favorites we missed in the comments! πŸ“š

1. Listen to storytime from celebs at Storyline Online.

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Queue up books read by everyone from Kristen Bell to Betty White to Oprah.

2. Or listen to astronauts at Story Time From Space.

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There are even readings in Spanish and Japanese.

3. Browse useful Learn at Home guides β€” for grades pre-K through 12 β€” at Scholastic.

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These helpful packs were put together because of the school closures β€” and in all, there will be 20 days' worth.

4. Watch the Healthy Habits video series from Sesame Street β€” then print the free activity book that goes along with it.

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The printable book covers healthy foods, easy games and exercises, and how to practice good hygiene. (Wash those hands! πŸ‘)

5. Do a daily lunch doodle with children's book author and illustrator Mo Willems.

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Every day at 1 p.m. ET for the next few weeks, Mo will host a doodle session from his studio. Set a reminder via Facebook invite here, then stream it live at the Kennedy Center website.

6. Or stream a kids' drawing class from illustrator Wendy MacNaughton.

7. Burn off extra energy with kids' dance routines from GoNoodle.

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Like this one from Trolls! There's also a great Indoor Recess movement series.

8. Or try a yoga session from Cosmic Kids Yoga.

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It even has ones themed for Frozen and Minecraft.

9. Make use of thousands of free K–12 worksheets and printables.

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Find the full archive at 123Homeschool4Me.

10. Add some kid-friendly educational shows to your Netflix queue.

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Here's a great starter list with options for elementary, middle, and high school students.

11. Take a virtual field trip to a museum or theater.

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Tour everything from Boston's Children's Museum to the Louvre in France. Because of closures, New York City’s Metropolitan Opera will also stream a program every night through March 31. Find the schedule here, then watch here.

12. Or keep watch on a zoo or aquarium.

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The Smithsonian's National Zoo has webcams on its pandas, lions, and elephants. And the Georgia Aquarium lets you watch its beluga whales, penguins, and piranhas.

13. Make something delicious in the kitchen that your kids can help with.

14. Take fun personality quizzes at National Geographic Kids.

15. If you need quiet time to get work done, plug kids (headphones and all!) into these virtual musical instruments.

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They can jam out on guitar, drums, pan flute, and more.

16. Play a ton of interactive games and puzzles at Highlights Kids.

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Also, check out their kid-tailored crafts and recipes.

17. Bookmark this list of low-cost (and no-cost) indoor activities to keep little kids entertained.

18. If your kids are older, try one of these sample daily educational breakdowns from Khan Academy.

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It offers suggestions from pre-K all the way up to 12th grade. Find a comprehensive Google Doc here.