Fun @ Home

This page offers links to online activities you can do while staying home and staying safe. We will routinely update with new links for you to try out.

Youth Online Activities

Budding Bookworms     This six-week series will encourage young readers through chapter book reading, discussion, and fun activities. Join 4-H youth from across Michigan to practice reading with others and individually. We will read Samantha Hatches the Chicken Egg by Daisy Griffin (geared toward readers ages 7 to 11). We will ask questions and have discussions sharing our thoughts about the book. We will review what we have learned using Kahoot! and participate in other engaging activities that will enhance this reading experience!

Roll Into Reading     May the 4th be with you! – Patrons will be able to find a variety of eBooks, eAudiobooks and music titles on hoopla for all ages to enjoy.  With hoopla’s simultaneous use there is never any waiting so it will allow everyone to instantly discover their inner Jedi.

Download Star Wars Activity Kit

Download Star Wars Posters 1 & 2

Download Star Wars Poster 3

Smithsonian Learning Lab Discover, Create, Share, and Learn

Listen to Dr. Seuss rhymes with Dr. Dre beats Filmmaker Wes Tank has taken some of Dr. Seuss’s most popular stories and rapped them over Dr. Dre beats in a mashup.

Sign up for PBS kids daily newsletters and find other PBS kids free resources.

Educational resources for School closures  MSU Extension Family Resources

Keep learning on track at home – Microsoft Home and Family Resources  Microsoft Family Learning Center

Learn Together – For ages 3 – 12   Microsoft Family Learning Center

Scavenger Hunts – Links to MeL eResources for online learning Using MeL’s eResources to Engage Online Students

Interested in birds? Watch nesting Peregrine falcons atop the Lansing Board of Water and Light

Students launch a hotline with jokes, stories and support for isolated seniors – Joy 4 All Project

FREE DOWNLOAD COVID-19 Time Capsule – Created by Long Creations

Minecraft Challenges at no charge available through June 30 – USA Today News article with links

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems! Episode 1

Calendar of Virtual Field Trips for Families  – Calendar opens as a Google Doc in a new tab

TravelZoo – 20 amazing places you can visit without leaving home

Digital Harry Potter Escape Room @ KidsActivities.com

60+ Awesome Websites for Teaching and Learning Math @ WeAreTeachers.com

Have you experienced PebbleGo? Go to mel.org, click on eResources and go to the Ps to get access to this fun exploration of science and social studies topics for learners in PreK-3.

Michigan eLibrary – Online Learning for Kids. Access to MeL catalogs, including descriptions and login information. Great for supplementing at home education.

Read Together Be Together

The Natural Inquirer program produces a variety of science education materials for PreK – 12 grade.

Visit Authors Everywhere on YouTube for read alouds, story writing tips, and how to draw videos from different youth authors and illustrators.

Michigan History for Kids website – Username: MHK

Password: 1234

NASA at Home — For Kids and Families – Great site for activities, podcasts, videos, and virtual tours brought to you by NASA’s Office of Stem Engagement

Adult/ Family Online Activities

With so many people staying connected through video chats, a few folks around the DNR put together MichiGame – a new videoconferencing trivia game that tests your knowledge of the Great Lakes State. 

Field Trips That Make History Come Alive
9 Virtual Field Trips That Make History Come Alive
Don’t have time to travel to historic locations? Visit these fascinating sites from the comfort of your living room.

Pure Michigan Virtual Travel – Explore Michigan’s destinations in real time with our growing collection of live webcams, or immerse yourself in 360° videos of unique attractions. 

MSU Science Festival Digital Resources – Digital Presentations, STEAM activities, virtual tours, videos and Citizen Science!

Jokes, stories and support for isolated seniors – Joy 4 All Project via 800 number!

Like to write? The Library of Michigan and Historical Society of Michigan envision collecting and preserving your COVID-19 stories. Learn more:

Andrew Lloyd Webber will live-stream his most famous musicals every Friday for your Broadway date night

7 Drone Aerial Tours of the Great Lakes State

Explore Museums, Art Galleries and much more with Collections — Google Arts & Culture

Take Virtual Tours of Stunning Libraries @ ilovelibraries.org

150+ Educational Shows on Netflix   @ Homeschoolhideout.com

Virtual Tour of Smithsonian Museum of Natural History 

Google Arts & Culture brings you The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks

Booklist online

Audible – Just click the link and enjoy.

Keep everyone learning! Free resources for parents and teachers! Khan Academy

National Parks Virtual Tours

Engage with the Library of Congress

Phase 3: Open to public with limited capacity. Curbside service available.Visit Updates page for details.

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