All K- 12 Activities

Art & Drawing

Watch art lessons

Grace Lin Art Lessons

YouTube art lessons and readings. Learn to draw a dog using the number 5 or learn to draw a Chinese dragon.

Bears on the road

Why do bears cross the road?

Students in kindergarten through eighth grade: submit entries of art work and descriptions for compilation in a collaborative book describing mother grizzly bear and her two cubs to the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative. May 1, 2020 deadline.

Art for every day

Draw Every Day

Jarrett J. Krosoczka YouTube channel offers daily lessons for drawing and games along with other videos about his books.

Learn to paint

Bob Ross - The Joy of Painting

Watch and learn from the 403 Bob Ross videos painting happy clouds, mountains, and trees.

Visit the Met

Map of the Met

Enjoy the Metropolitan Museum of Art through an illustrated map of the museum that was created before the Met had a Digital Media Department. Hand-drawn by artist John Kerschbaum, the Family Map charts out every gallery of the museum on a single, 18-by-24-inch page. The Met map is based on a similarly saturated 1976 poster of Manhattan by artist Tony Graham. Download the illustrated map here as a five page pdf.

Watch Mo

Lunch Doodles with Book Author and Illustrator

Watch Mo Willems doodle. Each day, over the next several weeks, author and illustrator Mo Willems will teach you how to create a doodle masterpiece. You can access the day’s downloadable activity page with step-by-step instructions. And if you like, you can send questions to him at

Enjoy art at home

Hello Artists

A guide to enjoying art at home with Love and Creativity from @MrsVelazquezArt 

Art Contests: Submit your art for cash prizes.
Museums: Take a virtual field trip to world museums and stream Operas.
Art Games: Compete against yourself and others.
Digital Art: Create art on your device.
Art Education: Learn about art.
Art at Home: Art tutorials for you to create where you are.

Free Online Art Classes

Art for Kids Hub lessons are perfect for any age, all you need is a few supplies!

Draw So Cute offers step by step guidance.

Muffalo Potato provides how to draw help on Star Wars characters, animals and holidays.

Virtual opened 25 hours of art lessons that are usually just for members. Follow link, then click the Show More button below video. Limited time.

Books and Reading

The Ikabog by J.K. Rowling

The Ickabog will be published for free, in instalments, over the next seven weeks, a chapter (or two, or three), at a time. Read here.

Dolly Parton reads

Stories read by Dolly Parton

The legend will kick off a 10-book video series at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 2, with The Little Engine That Could, and will continue weekly with other titles from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

Classic SiFi

Read Classic Sci-Fi

Here are classic science-fiction books you can listen to for free. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne, and more.

Listen to podcasts

Adam Gidwitz on Pinna

Older kids can enjoy Adam Gidwitz’s spooky fairy tale podcast, Grimm, Grimmer, Grimmest. 60 days free with the promo code PINNA4KIDS.

Free books

Project Gutenberg

Everything from Project Gutenberg is completely without cost to readers. Read with Kindle, Nook, cell phone, and other mobile devices.

Library ebooks

OverDrive - Library eBooks & Audiobooks

Borrow eBooks, audiobooks, and streaming video from your library using OverDrive on your Windows 8/8.1/10 device or your Android device. More than 30,000 libraries worldwide offer titles from OverDrive.

Classic stories

Storynory Classic Authors

Read Stories and poems by classic authors including Lewis Carroll, Charles Dickens, and others.

Read stories online

Storyline Online

Storyline Online is for children, parents, caregivers and educators worldwide. Each book includes supplemental curriculum developed by a credentialed elementary educator, aiming to strengthen comprehension and verbal and written skills for English-language learners.

The Library of Congress has books to read

Library of Congress

Read stories at the Library of Congress. Story of the Week stories available online. Read the current story or search by title or author.

Learn about authors

Authors Everywhere!

Authors Everywhere is a YouTube channel started by Susan Tan for middle-grade readers which includes activities, writing workshops and readings from authors.

Download NASA ebooks

NASA ebooks

Download NASA ebooks: Earth (Feb. 2019): A photo-essay from NASA’s Earth Science Divisio:. Hubble Focus: Galaxies Through Space and Time (Aug. 2019): Hubble’s recent discoveries about galaxies. Earth at Night (Dec. 2019): How humans and natural phenomena light up the darkness. Beyond Earth, A Chronicle of Deep Space Exploration (Sept. 2018): Robotic travelers beyond Earth orbit. The Saturn System Through the Eyes of Cassini (Sept. 2017): Cassini mission captured about 450,000 spectacular images.

Free Online Audio Books


Audible Books to listen to are available for as long as schools are closed. For all ages and in many languages. Limited time.

LibriVox Free Audiobook Collection

Search or browse by title, author, genre, or language. LibriVox is a community of volunteers from all over the world who record public domain texts: poetry, short stories, whole books, even dramatic works, in many different languages.


Lit2Go is a free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3 (audiobook) format. Many of the passages also have a related reading strategy identified. Each reading passage can also be downloaded as a PDF and printed for use as a read-along or as supplemental reading material.

Open Culture

Open Cultureas hundreds of free audio books listed alphabetically by author.


Borrow audiobooks using your library card using OverDrive on your Windows 8/8.1/10 device or your Android device. More than 30,000 libraries worldwide offer titles from OverDrive.

Project Gutenberg

Audio books, listed by author, are available in many languages.


Spotify offers a section of audio books for free listening. Just sign up for a free account.


YouTube offers entire channels dedicated to providing free audiobooks, including Audio BooksPriceless Audiobooks, and Greatest AudioBooks. LibriVox also maintains its own feed.


Help out on Zoo Universe

Zoo Universe

Zooniverse projects succeed because they’re the collective work of many thousands of you who come together to collaborate with research teams. You can sign up to help with watching Penguins, fighting resistance to antibiotics, explore the life of Wood Ducks, and many other projects. Sort through photos with Wildwatch Kenya. Look through images of Gorongosa National Park.

What's on Mars

Planet Four = Mars

Come explore Mars and mark surface features in images taken by the HiRISE instrument on board NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. It's a new Zooniverse project.

Learn about space

NASA Videos and Media Library

Watch NASA videos. Learn about space missions. Check out NASA's Media Library.






Videos and Movies

Watch movies

New Day Films

New Day Films offers free streaming of many their films until June 1. See the overview as well as a list of FAQs. Find a list of available films here.

Talk with scientists

Skype a Scientist

Skype a Scientist sessions are held once weekly. All sessions are available on the Skype a Scientist YouTube channel.

Nature and Wildlife

California Wolf Center

The California Wolf Center partners with WolfQuest to help spread the word about wolves. Play an exciting and educational game that's suitable for kids of all ages. Activities, color pages and activities.

Alaska Sealife Center

Alaska Sealife Center

The Alaska Sealife Center is doing presentations at 12pm and 2pm on their YouTube channel: "Join our educators as they teach programs all about marine life. With special guest appearances, this is a classroom session your students won't want to miss. Be sure to bring your questions for these interactive sessions"

Watch aquariums

Sammy the Salmon

Sammy the Salmon is doing presentations on their aquarium critters on DIPAC's Facebook page.

Study many birds

Wall of Birds

Cornell Lab of Ornithology presents The Wall of Birds. Click on birds to learn more.

Watch birds in nests

Watch Birds through Nest Cams

Decorah, Iowa nest cam offers of Bald Eagles. Another option is Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. The National Eagle Foundation offers four bald eagle cams, including nests at Dollywood and the National Arboretum.

Hear bird songs

50 Bird Species and the Sounds They Make

AAA State of Play: Click the bird image and hear their song.

See wildlife

Explore Live Cams

Watch everything from Bald Eagles to Kittens to Ocean Life. There is a new Baby Eagle. Watch Polar Bears, Brown Bears and Pandas or animals in Africa, just click the links at

Watch animal cams

Stream the Animal Kingdom

A list of sites with animal cams. You can see bears, penguins, elephants, pandas, manatees, and lots more.

Where do birds fly?

Global Flyway Network

Global Flyway Network summarizes the work of researchers affiliated with the research groups of Theunis Piersma at the University of Groningen and the Royal NIOZ Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, and collaborators. This map uses tracks of one bird in each flyway to take you along to where the projects on "tracking and tracing shorebirds" are hosted.

Watch Panama birds

Cornell Lab Bird Cams

Cornell Lab Bird Cams channel on YouTube offers 13 live streams including Feeder Watch, Panama Fruit Feeder, Red-tailed Hawks, Osprey, Albatross and more.

Watch butterflies

Butterfly Rainforest

Observe the Butterfly Rainforest any day of the week through the exhibit’s live web cams: Bird’s eye view from above the canopy or New butterflies emerge in the Rearing Lab.

Take an animal quiz

Learn about Plants and Animals

Fill in your state and quiz yourself on plant and animal identifications.

Learn about sharks

Sharks 4 Kids

Lots of free activities: Crafts, Coloring Sheets, Posts, and more

Grow your salads

Sprout People Learn about growing sprouts. See Sprouting Instructions for detailed instructions on how to grow every seed. Our Help page offers answers to frequently asked questions, as well as a glossary of sprout and plant terminology. Seed Taxonomy will lead to a chart that clarifies the family relationships of seeds.

Visit California Parks

California State Parks

Learn about California's unique cultural and natural diversity in the context of state parks. Pre-registration is required for each program; clicking on the class will take you to registration. Have a parent pre-register their student for these virtual opportunities. These free 30-45 minute home learning programs are offered Tuesday – Thursday. Each program can host up to 500 attendees. K-2nd grade, 9:00 a.m. 3rd-5th grade, 10:00 a.m. Middle School, 11:00 a.m. High School, 12:00 p.m. California time zone.

Free ebook about animals

Dr. Ross Piper, Zoologist

Download PDF copy of Animal Earth. Animal Earth is an impartial celebration and exploration of animal diversity, drawing on the latest research (published 2015) into how the animal lineages are related, how they live and their origins.

Free photo book

Chuq Von Rospach, Photographer

"And the Geese Exploded . . ." Free ebook with over 100 photos of the California greater Bay Area wildlife refuges and short essays about birdwatching.

More Activities

Zigsaw puzzle

The Portico Library

Try an online puzzle to test your skills. Find the edges and move the pieces until you put the picture together. Choose the number of pieces from 6 to 1131 or time yourself.

Watch Disney videos

Schoolhouse Rock

200 short videos created by Disney Educational Productions covering grammar, math, science, and other topics

Enjoy a podcast

Big Life Kids Podcast

A growth mindset podcast for children. It teaches about persisting through challenges, believing in yourself, learning from your mistakes — and much more! In the first episode of the new season, children learn about mindfulness — why and how to enjoy the present moment and stay calm.

Write your own book

Build your own Booklet

Create an eight-page story booklet with your words and pictures. Upload text and images, then print and fold to complete.

Learn from Nation Geographic

National Geographic Kids

National Geographic offers opportunities to enjoy games and videos, learn about animals and explore other countries.