Keeping Everyone Productive: Resources and Ideas for Working Parents With Kids at Home

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Kids can demand (or is it command?) around-the-clock attention. And parenting while juggling conference calls, emails and tight deadlines is no joke.

With health and safety top of mind for everyone, current recommendations means the whole family together at home is today’s reality. That means your family might be sharing the same space for a while. So how do you all stay productive?

We’ve been asking ITA Group parents the same thing. We know every kiddo is different, so we made sure this list includes a variety of resources and activities for parents of toddlers to parents of teens and every age in between. Because, at the end of the day, your family comes first—and when they’re focused and productive you can be too.

Fun Activities & Videos

  • Art for Kids Hub: This YouTube channel is bound to keep your budding artists busy! Be sure to clear some space on the fridge to hang their current masterpieces.
  • 100+ Free Video Read Alouds: Tune in for story time online!
  • Kitchen Pantry Scientist: Stuck at home science projects—Physics! Biology! Chemistry! Yeah!
  • Mo Willems’ Lunch Doodles: Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence (at home) shares his doodles and drawing tips with kids. Tune into the livestream beginning at 12:00 p.m. (CT)—all are archived.
  • Cosmic Kids Yoga: Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed specifically for kids aged 3+ (used in schools and homes all over the world).
  • Mister Rogers Neighborhood: Full episodes of one of the most beloved children’s television series. Full episodes.

Library Resources  (all you need is a library card)

  • Libby: Libby has eBooks and eAudiobooks available. This includes graphic novels that look awesome on phones and tablets, as well read along books for younger readers. The top of the page will tell you what eBooks and eAudiobooks are available right now!
  • Tumblebooks: Tumblebooks offers virtual picture books, read along books, puzzles and games. It’s perfect for toddlers and young readers. No residency restrictions.
  • Tumble Math: eBooks, read along books and quizzes specifically geared toward encouraging math skills. For grades K-5. No residency restrictions.
  • Teen Book Cloud: eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eGraphic Novels for teens. No residency restrictions.
  • Kanopy: Kanopy offers entertaining and educational TV shows and movies from around the world for kids and parents.
  • Digital Public Library of America: Primary source collections exploring topics in history, literature, and culture developed by educators—complete with teaching guides for class use.

Educational Activities & Resources

  • Scholastic Learn at Home: This free resource provides your children with 20 days of exciting articles and stories, videos and fun learning challenges.
  • Educational Toolkit for At-Home Learning: To help parents choose among the plethora of available options, the Barbara Bush Foundation team of in-house literacy and education experts has curated a toolkit of trusted, high-quality online resources that can be used anytime, anywhere.
  • Have Fun Teaching Educational Activity Packets: Resources for grades K–5 including English, reading, math science, social studies and more.
  • List of Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions Due to School Closings: All you need to do is click the link and follow the instructions on that website to sign-up.
  • Brightly Educational & Activity Resources: Whether you’re looking to keep your kiddos focused on learning, just need some peace and quiet or a little of both, Brightly’s here for you with ideas for all ages.
  • Hour of Code Activities: The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event or try any of the over 500+ one-hour tutorials, available in over 45 languages. Great for teens and tweens.
  • NASA Next Gen STEM Resources: NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement executed a series of efforts to develop STEM products and opportunities that provide a platform for students to contribute to NASA’s endeavors in exploration and discovery.
  • Junior Ranger Books: Programs and special events offer junior ranger books to engage visitors at an early age. Check out these special interest books that you can download and do at home or at your favorite park.
  • At-Home Activity Guide (0–3): Play promotes healthy development, even when you're stuck at home.

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