Links for Little Children
Here are some of our Youth Services staff's favorite (mostly free and mostly ad-free) things to do online with babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartners.
Stories & Reading
A collection of animated, narrated picture books that kids can follow along with word for word. One of our favorites is Wiggle by Doreen Cronin.
Videos of famous actors like Viola Davis, Allison Janney, Chris Pine, Wanda Sykes, Justin Theroux, and Betty White reading stories with animated illustrations.
Check out picture books and try their Read Along stories with audio narration. Search for “picture books” or “read along.”
Picture books shared by astronauts on the International Space Station.
An Instagram page started specifically in response to COVID-19 featuring celebrities reading children's books.
A long list of authors doing online read alouds and other activities on social media
This is another good place for picture books and read-alongs. There are also books for older siblings, plus "meet-the-author" videos and more. Use password "Skokie."
Stories in 6 different languages for all ages now available for free.
Actors and comedians perform stories written by kids, music included!
An entertaining, educational show that fires the imagination.
Fun podcast for the whole family featuring lots of music, art, science, and culture.
If dinosaurs are your thing, check out this great list of podcast episodes for ages 3 and up.
Kids ages 6-12 are paired with published authors to create and grow a story together. The results are inspiring! For all ages.
Art & Printables
Over 600 mostly nature-themed coloring sheets for little ones as well as adults.
Free printable worksheets, coloring pages, and more for pre-K through 3rd grade.
Heifer International’s coloring sheets to print for pre-K through 4th grade. Their resource page also has PDF books, ideas for action, and more.
Tons of printable coloring pages, mazes, optical illusions, paint by number activities, Sudoku puzzles, and more for all ages. Requires a free account.
Enjoy some coloring sheets and fun activities such as I Spy.
A huge selection of free coloring pages provided by over 100 museums and libraries including The New York Academy of Medicine Library, Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, and The Canadian Canoe Museum.
Easy to follow illustrated recipes for meals and snacks that can be filtered by dietary restrictions and preferences.
Movement, Music, and Meditation
Skokie librarians and teachers singing familiar songs on YouTube.
Songs and dance-along videos by the renowned children's musician. Try When I Woke Up Today
Head to this site to get active, or if you need a mindfulness break.
Classic and contemporary Sesame Street songs and skits on YouTube.
Playlists of familiar songs, fingerplays, and rhymes.
Knee bounce rhymes and songs for infants and toddlers.
A fun and catchy way for kids to practice good hand hygiene.
These fun and engaging yoga and meditation classes are a great family activity and include the retelling of favorite stories and characters by Miss Jaime.
Created by the Bezos foundation, this early literacy site is filled with fun tips and activities for parents and caregivers of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.
Day by day projects for pre-K-8.
Home Zone features STEAM activities, stories, and virtual field trips, some in Spanish as well as English.
Free, engaging educational games for pre-K through 3rd grade.
Packed with all kinds of fun ideas. Sign up for a free daily newsletter with tips and ideas.
Bilingual (English/Spanish) site for elementary school-aged children and their grown-ups. Great for both beginners who need help reading the back of a seed pack and junior master gardeners who are looking for expert advice.
The world's most detailed globe! Explore the Earth without leaving home.
Coding activities for preschool and up.
Learn about your favorite wild animals. Includes many live webcams and a fun story section featuring the amazing work zoologists, veterinarians and other zoo workers--like how to put a cast on a rhinoceros's broken toe!
Games, activities, stories, and videos about your favorite zoo animals.
Amazing free resource with dozens of fun activities, ideas, and live webcams for virtual field trips. Learn to make an art bot, a collagasaurus, view the cheetah cubs just born on April 8, and more.
Lots of fun facts about animals. Click on live webcam to observe them in real time or head to the Animals section, pick one you want to know more about, and impress your family!
Explore the penguins’ habitat and behind-the-scenes areas at the aquarium to learn all about caring for penguins from the experts.
Video and activity series that bring you face-to-face with the remarkable animals of the Shedd Aquarium.
Activities and resources with science, the natural world, wildlife and conservation for grades Pre-K and up.
Take a virtual walk with naturalist Gabriel Willow, at the Wave Hill public garden in Bronx, NY, and learn about birds, plants and other wonders of nature.