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COVID-19 Family Resources

*Check our our brand new COVID-19 Family Resource Index HERE*                                                                                                                                                             
The Rose & Rex team has compiled a list of resources to help keep children engaged, calm and happy despite school closures and social distancing. We will update this list daily. If you are an educator, blogger, or expert offering resources during this time that you would like us to add please reach out to with information. We are so inspired by our community and are eager to share as many resources as possible from you as we navigate this time together. 
At Home Play Inspiration: 
200 fun, creative ways to play with little ones indoors. From learning origami to finger painting in the shower, this list has something for everyone.                                                                                                                    

As always, Lizzie Assa is sharing incredible resources to help keep children engaged in play and parents at ease. She is an accessible, thoughtful and innovative educator who we feel lucky to learn from.

The Mama Notes has put together one of our favorite roundups of indoor play activities. From ice cube play to gem houses we can’t wait to try every activity on Caitlin’s list.

Arielle Goddard has been a contributor to Rose & Rex and is an amazing art educator who always thinks outside of the box. This stacked cardboard castle project, inspired by Theresa Burga, is an extended play activity that will keep older children engaged for days.

One of the best ways to engage children in play is to offer sensory explorations. We love creating sensory bins and this post by Artful Parent provides some great inspiration.

We are big believers in the power of process art, which is art that is about the act of creating versus the final product. Meri Cherry is a leader in process art ideas for children and we really enjoyed this post that features fun ideas for school-aged kids.

Tinkerlab is a treasure trove of ideas but this page on process art is especially fun. We love her ideas for glue and watercolor art and melted crayon explorations.

A lot of people have been asking us for playful STEM ideas to try while children are out of school. This post shares an overview of ways to support STEM (or STEAM) play at home.

If you are looking for an ambitious, multi-day project for older children look no further. This cardboard city exploration from Arielle Goddard invites children to create a play scene from beginning to end. A great choice for budding architects or block building enthusiasts.

Pre-K teacher Stacy Mohr shares 4 playful, sensory ways to help children explore letters at home.

Agnes Hsu, founder of Hello Wonderful, has long been a source of inspiration to us. She has compiled 50 incredible indoor activities using simple household, basic craft and repurposed materials.

Talking to Children About Coronavirus:

New York Times Parenting is an incredible resource for all of your Coronavirus Questions. Editor Jesscia Grose is updating all of their information daily and we have found her to be a very helpful voice as we look to navigate the intricacies of the unfolding situation.

The Child Mind Institute offers a wonderful starting point for how to talk to children about Coronavirus. They offer practical and applicable advice.

Video Classes & Live Streams:

Our friends at The Lane, an awesome new DC-based space for families, just launched The Lane (Anti) Social Club. Their virtual events are geared toward smaller children to help give parents a much needed break (or concentrated time to actually be able to work). It's a "pay what you can" model, and any donations received are going directly to pay their staff. Programming will be live, accessed via links emailed to registrants, with additional programming & resources available in their ‘library’. 

 "The Lane (Anti) Social Club"

Every day, beloved author Oliver Jeffers will read a story on Instagram live. Tune it at 2pm EST to catch it. And while we're on the subject of Oliver, one of our favorite books ever is The Day the Crayons Quit. If you're looking for your next family read, check it out.

Circletime sets out to advance education and well-being for children & families by providing live, interactive Caregiver & Me classes that are convenient, engaging, educational and fun for all. Every session is led by a certified expert, and promotes healthy play activities that reach beyond the class. The team at Circletime is generously opening up their beta for free as of this past weekend, with live classes as well as pre-recorded content. Use code: homefun1 

Scientific Mommy recently shared that Pinna is currently offering a 60-day free trial. Pinna is the only screen-free, ad-free, audio streaming service custom-made for kids 3-12. It's an incredible resource for children's podcasts, audiobooks, and music! As we safely stay-put with our families, quiet moments can be hard to come by... Setting your child up with Pinna + a pair of headphones may give everyone a few minutes of much-needed solitude. Use code: PINNA4KIDS

Union Square Play is offering live streamed classes, at home activities and offline community events for parents. The classes feature so many of our favorites from BeBox Kids to the Dough Project to Jam with Jamie. Check their site for a weekly schedule! 

Join the Cincinnati Zoo for a live, at home safari each weekday at 3 pm EST. The zoo team will be highlighting one of their animals, along with an activity to do from home in each episode. - Home Safari on FB Live, weekdays at 3 pm


Jam with Jamie, our favorite musical entertainers, will be spreading the magic of music through virtual jam sessions hosted by their amazing performers across the country. Sessions will be both live streamed and pre-recorded, debuting one class each weekday. Tune in on Sundays at 4 pm for a virtual Birthday Party! 

As part of the Kennedy Center Artist-in-Residence at Home program, author Mo Willems will virtually invite children into his studio for a daily lunchtime doodle session at 1 pm EST.

While storytime at home is so important, we also recognize that parents & caregivers will need a short break during this time. Many public libraries will be creating virtual programming, so be sure to check offerings from your local library. Some of our Rose & Rex family enjoyed Story Time Live from the Jersey City Public Library in NJ this morning, which will be offered in both English & Spanish on a regular basis! 

Enjoy a virtual field trip to some of the world’s best museums! Many museums offer virtual tours via their websites, geared towards a wide range of ages (adults included). Check out your favorite museum for their offerings, and below for a few of our favorite spots for a ‘visit’.

Yellowstone National Park

Explore the surface of Mars

Virtual Farm tours via FarmFood360

Boston Children's Museum Virtual Tour

6 Animal Cams at Houston Zoo


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