To help keep children engaged and learning during this time, Tempe Public Library is curating this page of stay-at-home education and activity links, to help provide easy access to you. Age recommendations (shown in parentheses) are not a hard guideline, just suggestions.
In addition, connect to fun and educational videos created by Tempe Public Library staff and/or check out page full of stay-at-home activities for adults!
14 Days of Drawing - (Pre-K- Adult) A fun photo document on Google drive that has art/drawing suggestions for every day.
Dav Pilkey at Home - (Gradeschool - Middleschool) Get creative and have fun with some of your favorite characters from Dog Man and Captain Underpants. New videos and updates to the site every Friday.
Draw Every Day with JJK - (Pre-K - Middleschool) A YouTube video series about drawing by author & illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka.
Drawn to Fantasy - (Middleschool - Adult) Artist and Author, Tony DiTerlizzi, has been sharing daily sketching sessions.
Every Day Drawing Challenge - (Pre-K- Adult) This document has a full year of drawing prompts to get your creativity flowing.
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems - (Pre-K - Middleschool) Draw, doodle, and explore new ways of writing with Mo Willems, author of "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!" and the Elephant and Piggie book series.
MoMA classes - (Highschool - Adult) The Museum of Modern Art is currently offering free courses.
Tate Kids - (Pre-K - Highschool) The kids pages from the British Tate Art Galleries, featuring activities, articles, and more.
Dav Pilkey - Author and Illustrator of Captain Underpants, Dog Man, and Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot.
Debbie Ohi - Author of Where Are My Books?, Debbie Ohi's website has a page for home learning, which includes several videos, free printables, teacher's guides, and more.
Grace Lin - Author and Illustrator of A Big Mooncake for Little Star, The Year of the Dog, and Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.
Melinda Long - Author of How I Became a Pirate, Melinda Long's website includes many tips on writing.
Mo Willems - Author and Illustrator of the Elephant & Piggie series, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, and many more.
Pete the Cat Books - Website for the Pete the Cat books written by James Dean and Eric Litwin, includes many fun activity sections.
Book Sharing / Read Alouds
Audible Stories - (Pre-K - Highschool) Audible of Amazon offers free access to their children's stories during school closures.
Puffin Books - (Pre-K - Middleschool) Puffin Book's YouTube channel offers great read alouds, both for children under 5 and for children ages 6-12.
Storyline Online - (Pre-K - Gradeschool) A website packed with read alouds of some really great books.
Teen Book Cloud - (Middleschool - Highschool) Offers a robust selection of Graphic Novels, Enhanced Novels, eBooks, classic literature, National Geographic videos, educator resources, and audiobooks. Available for free through August 31, 2020. If requested, username: aztumbles and password: trial.
Tumblebooks - (Pre-K - Gradeschool) Tumblebooks are electronically animated pictures books with sounds, music, and narration. Enjoy this collection available with your Tempe Library Card.
Easy Picture Books
The Breaking News - Read aloud by the author, Sarah Lynne Reul.
The Brilliant Deep - (non-fiction) Read aloud by the author, Kate Messner.
How I Became a Pirate - Read aloud by the author, Melinda Long.
I Want My Hat Back - Puppet performance of this funny story by author Jon Klassen.
Llama Destroys the World - Read aloud by both the author, Jonathan Stutzman, and the illustrator, Heather Fox.
Love, Sophia on the Moon - Read aloud by the author, Anica Mrose Ricci.
A Parade of Elephants - Read aloud by the author, Kevin Henkes.
Peter H. Reynolds - Author & Illustrator Peter H. Reynolds, who wrote The Dot, The North Star, and Ish, is reading a book every day, M-F. He also talks about writing and interesting things after he reads the books.
Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses - Read aloud by the author, James Dean.
Plant the Tiny Seed - Read aloud by the author, Christie Matheson.
Where Are My Books? - Read aloud by the author, Debbie Ridpath Ohi.
Who Wet My Pants? - Read aloud by the author, Bob Shea.
Chapter Books / Juvenile Fiction
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library - 1st Chapter, read by the author Chris Grabenstein.
Grace Lin on YouTube - Grace Lin, author of Year of the Dog, and Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, reads chapters from some of her books and shares art tips.
My Weird Read-A-Loud! - Dan Gutman, author of the My Weird School book series, reads aloud from his newest book.
On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness - Andrew Peterson, author of The Windfeather Saga, reads the first book of his series. Each video is one chapter.
Storyman Virtual Reading Series - Neal Shusterman, author of the Arc of a Scythe series and many others, reads from his short story compilation books, Mindquakes, and Mindstorms.
Code Combat - (Gradeschool - Middleschool) Code Combat offers a free trial of their cool game that helps kids learn to code while playing, but if you want to go further with them, you have to pay a subscription.
CodeDino - (Gradeschool - Highschool) A curated website that offers links to several places for kids to learn how to code for free.
Swift Playgrounds - (Gradeschool - Highschool) Would you prefer to learn how to code apps to use on Mac books and iPads? Swift Playgrounds is the free code learning program for you!
Tynker - (Gradeschool - Middleschool) Tynker offers some of their coding tutorial games for free, but also has a paid premium service for more extensive learning.
The Best Ideas for Kids - (Toddler-Gradeschool) A website with tons of ideas for kids crafts and activities.
Create Your Own City - (Gradeschool) Let your creativity shine and try making your own city out of paper. Download these templates from architects Foster + Partners. Also, check out this article for some additional ideas on how to make your city from paper.
Easy, 10-Minute crafts for kids - (Toddler - Gradeschool) From The Spruce crafts website, most of these crafts use materials you probably have at home.
GoldieBlox - (Middleschool) A girl power website that offers Do It Yourself projects with a S.T.E.M. leaning.
Family Fit Kit - (Pre-K - Gradeschool) Chicago Run provides these video resources to help families stay healthy and active during this time.
PlayAtHome with Playworks - (Gradeschool) Providing free video tutorials of games that follow CDC guidelines and can be played at home with little to no equipment.
49 fun physical activities to do with kids aged 2 to 4 - (Pre-K - Kindergarten) - An article from Active For Life, a physical activity website for families with children.
Gaming & More Fun
Boardgame Arena - (Gradeschool - Adult) 175 board games you can play for free, directly in your browser window.
Breakout EDU - (Kinder - Highschool) Free, at home digital "escape rooms" for kids in all grades. Work together from home to open the locks!
Drive-In Theaters - (All Ages) Drive-In Theaters are popping up around the Phoenix Metro area, and the Phoenix New Times has this great article with all the basic info on where to find them and how they work.
Minecraft - (Gradeschool - Adult) Kids all around the world love Minecraft. Maybe now it's time to find out why! Please note that Minecraft games are not free to play.
PBS Kids - (Pre-K - Gradeschool) Games, videos, & more, featuring all of the well loved PBS kids cartoons and characters.
Remote D&D - (Middleschool - Adult) Wizards of the Coast is offering tips & tricks for playing Dungeons and Dragons remotely with your friends, and some free materials for use.
Roll20 - (Middleschool - Adult) An online virtual tabletop for pen and paper role playing games and board games. Free registration.
Settlers of Catan - (Middleschool - Adult) Play Settlers of Catan virtually, download for free. Can be played on a computer browser, a phone app for Android and Google phones, or via Steam, an online game platform.
Tabletopia - (Gradeschool - Adult) Play 800+ Board Games online for free. Please note that a few of the games are only available under the paid subscription.
ABCmouse - (Pre-K - 3rd grade) Educational games as well as a full online curriculum for children ages 2-8. They are offering a free 1 month trial to try out their service.
CrashCourse - (Gradeschool - Highschool) Educational video series about a variety of different subjects.
First Things First - (Birth - Pre-K) Arizona's early childhood agency, supporting the healthy development and learning of young children from birth to age 5.
Free eLearning Resources - (Gradeschool - Highschool) A great list of all the free eLearning Resources available online.
The Great Courses Plus - (Highschool - Adult) Online courses that cover a large variety of different subjects. They are currently offering a free 1 month trial to try out their service.
Khan Academy - (Kindergarten - Adult) A great non-profit organization that offers a widespread selection of courses for remote learning. Topics included are math, science & engineering, computer science, arts & humanities, economics & finance, and reading. Plus they have test prep materials.
Kids Listen - (Gradeschool - Middleschool) A daily activity podcast.
Minecraft: Education Edition - (Gradeschool - Highschool) Offers resources for using Minecraft as a remote learning tool, Minecraft challenges, and even an Hour of Code session using Minecraft.
Open Culture - (Kinder - Highschool) Website with links to 200 free kids educational resources: video lessons, apps, books, websites & more.
PBS Learning Media - (Pre-K - Highschool) Arizona PBS and PBS have curated FREE, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more.
Scholastic Learn at Home - (Pre-K - Highschool) Day by day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing.
YouTube Learning - (Pre-K - Highschool) Due to school closures, YouTube began a new partnership with Khan Academy and other learning creators to present a video resource for parents.
Life Skills and Tips
Mindfulness: Journaling, Breathing, and More! - (Gradeschool - Middleschool) Tips to help develop your child's toolset of skills for managing stress, anxiety, excitement, and the many other emotions that are always with us.
Mindfulness videos for kids - (Gradeschool - Middleschool) Alo Yoga is offering these free mindfulness videos for kids.
Student and Family Wellness Resources - (Gradeschool - Middleschool) Some great resources to help parents and teachers support students as they acknowledge and move through confusing feelings.
Suggested Daily Schedule for Students During School Closures - (Pre-K - Highschool) A helpful google doc from Khan Academy.
Funbrain - (Kinder - Middleschool) A website full of online math games and videos, you can browse through them by Grade level.
Happy Numbers - (Pre-K - 5th Grade) Website and app that helps with math instruction. Normally a paid service, they are offering free services until the end of the current school year.
Math Coach's Corner - (Gradeschool) Website and blog with advice for teaching math and ideas for math games and activities.
TumbleMath - (Gradeschool) The most comprehensive collection of math picture books online. Available for free through August 31, 2020.
Should any link request a username and password, please use the following:
- Username: aztumbles
- Password: trial
25 Fun Maths Activities and Games for Kids to Do at Home for Free - (Gradeschool) From Third Space Learning, an educational website about Math.
Epic! - (Pre-K - Middleschool) Epic! is a digital library for children ages 12 and under, with books, learning videos, quizzes and more. Currently they are offering a 1 month free trial to use their service.
Every Child Ready to Read - (Birth - Pre-K) Utilizing simple practices, based on research, to help parents and other caregivers develop early literacy skills in children from birth to age 5.
Ranger Rick - (Pre-K - Middleschool) An awesome kids magazine from the National Wildlife Federation. Ranger Rick is offering free access to their entire website and digital versions of their magazine through the end of June.
Wimpy Kid Book Guide - (Gradeschool - Middleschool) The official pdf teaching guide to the Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series.
Bozeman Science - (Highschool) Videos to aid in the understanding of a variety of science topics, held to AP science standards. Teen oriented content.
Brains On! - (Gradeschool - Adult) A podcast for kids and families, encouraging kid's natural curiosity and wonder using science and history.
Junk Box Wars - (Middleschool - Highschool) From The Science Spot website, Challenge your kids to use their imaginations, scientific knowledge, and a box of "junk" to create a variety of devices that perform an assortment of tasks. The Junk Box Wars projects are modeled after the Junkyard Wars TV show that aired on the Learning Channel network.
MEL Chemistry - (Gradeschool - Highschool) The biggest library of chemistry experiments and useful articles.
Mystery Science - (Kinder - 5th grade) Free science lessons for K-5, available during the school closures.
NASA at Home - (Kinder - Adult) Let NASA bring the universe into your home. Offering E-Books, podcasts, videos, do-it-yourself science experiments, and virtual tours.
Penguin Watch - (Gradeschool - Adult) Count penguins in remote regions to help researchers understand their lives and environment.
Science Mom - (Gradeschool - Middleschool) YouTube channel that has great videos from Science Mom and Math Dad that cover a variety of concepts.
S.T.E.M. resources for online learning - (Gradeschool - Highschool) Great compilation of resources offered by the National Girls Collaborative Project.
The Wonder of Science - (Gradeschool - Adult) Videos and educational support for science topics for all ages.
Merit badges for social distancing: 58 badges scouts can complete at home - (Gradeschool - Middleschool) From Bryan on Scouting, a Boy Scout blog from Scouting Magazine.
National Theater at Home - (Gradeschool - Adult) Enjoy world class theater online while at home. Offering free streaming of live performances via YouTube.
Virtual Field Trips
Access Mars - (Middleschool - Adult) The real surface of Mars. Recorded by NASA's Curiosity rover. Now in your browser.
Explore - (Gradeschool - Adult) Offers links to live webcams all over the world and free lesson plans for students.
Google Arts & Culture - Museums - (Gradeschool - Adult) A collection of links to virtually exploring the most famous art museums in the world.
The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks - (Gradeschool - Adult) Follow rangers on a journey to places most people never go.
Monterey Bay Aquarium - (Gradeschool - Adult) With 10 live cams to choose from, you can experience the wonder of the ocean no matter where you are.
Nova Labs - (Middleschool - Adult) NOVA Labs is a free digital platform that engages teens and lifelong learners in games and interactives that foster authentic scientific exploration.
Odysea Aquarium - (Pre-K - Adult) Visit Arizona's aquarium online for your oceanic adventure from home.
Phoenix Zoo's Digital Safari - (Gradeschool - Adult) A round up of virtual safaris to enjoy and learn about animals and the natural world.
San Diego Zoo Kids - (Pre-K - Middleschool) Enjoy animal information, videos, activities and even games!
Smithsonian's National Zoo - (Gradeschool - Adult) Enjoy the live webcams as well as learn how scientists around the world are working on saving endangered species.
Bruce Hale Writer's Tip Videos - (Gradeschool - Middleschool) Author Bruce Hale has a great website with videos tips on writing, and much more!
Kate Messner - (Pre-K - Highschool) Author Kate Messner's website has a wonderful section full of resources for learning at home, about writing, reading, and more.
NaPoWriMo - (Gradeschool - Adult) NaPoWriMo, or National Poetry Writing Month, is an annual project in which participating poets attempt to write a poem every day for the month of April.
Writing Prompts - (Gradeschool - Middleschool) Author Madelyn Rosenberg offers some wonderful writing prompts on her website.