Children's Activities at Home, free resources for children and adult

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Music!  Our musicians are back and ready to rock! Come and jam with Ed and make some noise with Stacey! Check the monthly calendar for upcoming dates/times.

Yoga with LynA 30 minute set of yoga just for children and their families. All abilities and no experience necessary! For ages 5 to 10.

Read to Tucker, a trained, hypoallergenic, therapy dog.  Help your children build confidence in reading with one-on-one 15 minutes sessions. For ages 6 and up.

Live Lego Club with Veronica and Marianna Wednesdays at 3 pm!  Visit your friends virtually while building with LEGO bricks at home.

Take-and-Make Crafts and STEAM Kits: Free hands-on activities for little hands.   Send pictures of your projects that we can share on social media to  

Live Tween and Teen Craft Hours: Meet with librarian Erin Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30 pm! Visit your friends virtually while working on any craft of your choice! Have any questions or need suggestions on projects? Email Erin at *Individual registration required for each session*

Needham Children's Youtube Channel

Jam with Stacey Peasley, make a craft with Ms. Elise, or listen to a story by Ms. Paula on Needham Children’s YouTube Channel!

Virtual Escape Rooms

Enchanted Forest Escape Room Can you make it past the wolf and through the virtual Enchanted Forest? Enchanted Forest 2 more adventures with all-new puzzles, riddles, stories, and challenges! created by Lucia Dolan of the Needham Library

Escape the Titanic virtual escape room created by T. Bennett of Rowley Library

Greek Myths Maze can you answer Athena's riddle?  Outrun Zeus's lightning bolts?  created by Ann Carpenter of the Brooks Free Library

A Pokemon Journey created by Melanie Terrill of the Taunton Public Library.

Star Wars Escape Room created by Newton Free Library

Stuck at home? Even more fun online activities 

Authors Everywhere: Fun youtube activities such as drawing and writing prompts with authors and illustrators such as Diane Magras and Grace Lin!

GoNoodle: Short indoor gym videos for kids, including meditation and yoga videos.

National Geographic Kids: Games, videos, and readings about geography, biology, zoology, and more.

Road Trip at Home: Tale a virtual field trip through different parts of the world, famous landmarks, beautiful works of art, historic marvels, science adventures and so much more!

StarNet STEM Resources:  Learn of upcoming STEM events and find hands-on activities at the Space Science Institute's online learning library.

Tumblebook Library (requires a Needham library card, scroll down to Tumblebook): An online collection of animated, talking picture books and graphic novels.

Virtual Tours: Want to see museums in London, Seoul, Paris or São Paulo from your couch? Look no further!

WGBH Distance Learning Center: Massachusetts Department of Education and PBS partnership website with preschool to 12th grade educational resources organized by grade level for families during the current health crisis.

WGBH Family Activity Center: Help your children birth through age 8 learn and grow by doing fun activities at home. Collect points and enter a weekly raffle for a chance to win a $25 gift card (open to Massachusetts residents only). Resources are available in English and Spanish.

Online Story Times

Neil Gaiman: Watch the latest Neil Gaiman videos and see Neil (and some famous friends!) read The Graveyard Book and Coraline in their entirety.

Storytime Online: streamed videos featuring actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Betty White and dozens more.

Join the Global Micro:bit Challenge!
The do your :bit global challenge welcomes anyone ages 8-18 to use their creativity and micro:bit technology to come up with solutions to make the world a better place. Don’t have access to a micro:bit? Paper prototypes will be accepted for those ages 8-14! 
Learn more about how to enter the challenge to win a prize. Submissions will be accepted from January 11 to June 4, 2021.

Coronavirus Resources

Are you Happy or Sad?  How wearing face masks can impact a children's ability to read emotions by Rachael Katz and Helen Shwe Hadani

Wearing Masks from the National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI).  A story for young children on why they need to wear a mask.  

Helping Children Understand Emotions When Wearing Masks Tip sheet from NCPMI.

Trinka and Sam Fight the Big Bad Virus for young children by C.M. Ghosh Ippen and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.  Available for download in English, Spanish, and Simplified Chinese.  

Covid-19:  What Can Kids Do?  A picture book with good habits of health for kids to follow to defeat Covid-19

Be a Coronavirus Fighter: This informative picture book explains the current virus situation in simple terms and urges children to help fight it!

Coronavirus for Children: This informative picture book for ages 5-10 explains the current situation with clear and accessible information.

CDC cloth face covering guidelines and make a no-sew mask. You can also make star wars face masks if you’re feeling creative.

Remember Me?:  a brand-new picture book that hasn’t been illustrated or published yet. This is the story of kids who are living through this hard time, just like the rest of us.

Parents’ Corner

Amazing Educational Resources: A list of Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions due to School Closings. From math to history to art to foreign language to augmented reality software, here is a constantly updated list of activities to try at home.

Home Learning with DK: Take some of the pressure off with our fantastic range of downloadable content that makes learning fun. Perfect to use as additional teaching resources, these digital activity packs help take children beyond the book, engaging with their imagination and creativity as they color, draw, play, and write.

KhanAcademy: Educational website with lessons organized by grade and subject.  Parents can monitor progress. Has suggested daily schedules for preschool through 12th grade for families during school closures.

Mad Science North Boston (*email signup required): Mad Science is providing our communities with FREE DAILY STEM ACTIVITIES to supplement children’s current home lessons. They are designed with individual grade modifications for grades K-5, do not involve additional screen time and follow DOE curriculum frameworks. Here is a sample of one of their activities, build a worm farm.

Playaway CARE: a page of links you can share about meditations, fitness, education, and entertainment resources that are free or discounted right now. 

Star Bright Books:  To help support teachers, educators, librarians, parents, and caregivers, they are permitting FREE digital access to 4 picture books (3 English, 1 Spanish) each week! Titles will be rotated on a weekly basis.

STEM at Home: Join the McAuliffe Center and their curated resources, from a wide range of national sources, that anyone can use to enrich our home learning experience. They also have programs, occasionally free although usually for a small fee. 

Star Autism Support Media Center (*requires making a free account): access to a variety of downloadable and printable resources. These practical, on-demand materials address the learning needs for students at a variety of developmental levels.

Sunita Willams Home Support and Resources: a page of resources developed by Needham Schools with resources and ideas to help you with your children during this uncertain time.

Inclusion in the list may not be interpreted as the library’s endorsement.