Things to do in the time of Corona
I realize that this may seem a little off the beaten track for my usual posts, and you are right this is not about the setting in a book.
But one thing that this situation is preparing people for is the isolation that space travel will require for us to get beyond our Moon. And if the Mayflower and other ships show us anything, there will be kids on those spaceships.
So here is a collection of useful sites that can help you (and your kids) pass the time in an educational manner while stuck at home or on a trip to Mars.
I will update it as I find new ones.
Space and Travel
- NASA STEM @ Home for students grades K-4 www.nasa.gov/stem-at-home-for-students-k-4.html
- Free Space projects for Kids (some overlap with the NASA one) www.space.com/free-nasa-space-projects-at-home-coronavirus.html
- NASA Science for Kids https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/menu/do/
- Space Activities – STEM-Works http://stem-works.com/subjects/12-space/activities
- Take a walk on Mars www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl/take-a-walk-on-mars-in-your-own-living-room
- Virtual tour of the International Space Station https://esamultimedia.esa.int/multimedia/virtual-tour-iss/
- Virtual tour of the Moon www.youtube.com/watch?v=nr5Pj6GQL2o
- Virtual tour of the Space Shuttle https://blog.kuula.co/virtual-tour-space-shuttle
- NASA Glenn Virtual Tours www.nasa.gov/glennvirtualtours
- Five Gardens You Can Virtually Tour www.housebeautiful.com/lifestyle/gardening/g31746949/gardens-you-can-virtually-tour/
- Here Are Some Incredible Virtual Tours To Help You Pass The Time www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/03/9576127/free-virtual-tours-online
- 12 Museums www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours
- List of education companies offering freebies https://kidsactivitiesblog.com/135609/list-of-education-companies-offering-free-subscription
- 3-6th grade level English readers The Animorphs series https://animorphsforum.com/ebooks/
- Neil Gaiman – includes him reading some of his kids books www.thestar.com.my/lifestyle/culture/2020/03/17/neil-gaiman-offers-tons-of-free-cool-stuff-for-free-for-you-to-kill-your-time-with
- Project Gutenberg US www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/
- Project Gutenberg AU http://gutenberg.net.au/plusfifty.html
- Internet Archive – free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more. https://archive.org/
- Open Culture: 1,150 free movies, www.openculture.com/freemoviesonline
- Free movies, magazines, video www.cnet.com/news/free-entertainment-to-help-you-survive-coronavirus-social-distancing/
- 100 activities to do at home https://entertainkidsonadime.com/2020/03/13/100-activities-to-do-at-home-during-school-closures/