American Alliance of Museums: Children’s Museology and the COVID-19 Crisis

American Alliance of Museums: Children’s Museology and the COVID-19 Crisis. “This forced quantum leap into virtual visitorship intersects powerfully with young people’s preferred technologies, enabling them to participate more prolifically and publicly in museum programming than ever before. As a result, I argue, a new critical children’s museology is emerging at the forefront of virtual museological practice. As I define it, children’s museology refers to the production of museum content and programming not just for or about children, but also by and with children in ways that engage them as valued social actors and knowledge-bearers.”

The Verge: Google’s Kids Space aims to make Android tablets more kid-friendly

The Verge: Google’s Kids Space aims to make Android tablets more kid-friendly. “There are a number of tablets out there that offer content specifically for children, such as Amazon’s Fire HD Kids Edition line. There are also various third-party parental control apps that families can download. Kids Space stands out in that it will be built into a number of Android tablets — not just tablets designed for kids.”

CNET: YouTube Kids launches ‘Summer of Movies’ to help keep your little ones entertained

CNET: YouTube Kids launches ‘Summer of Movies’ to help keep your little ones entertained. “YouTube Kids said its summer collection will include content from cartoon characters like Pocoyo, Oggy, Franklin the turtle, Winx Club and more. The collection is also said to feature educational videos, animated short films and content from Disney, Nickelodeon, BBC Studios and The Wiggles, among others.”

MakeUseOf: 6 Kid-Friendly Websites for Free Arts and Crafts Activities for Children

MakeUseOf: 6 Kid-Friendly Websites for Free Arts and Crafts Activities for Children. “This article focuses more on non-screen activities, although some of the websites include those. But there’s always a happy go-between. these free interactive art games for kids will develop color and art skills, and are child-appropriate. It’s no substitute for paints and palettes, but it is a launching point for digital design.”

TIME: TIME for Kids Launches Camp TFK, a Free Newsletter of Daily Activities to Keep Kids Engaged with Trusted and Fun Educational Content this Summer

TIME: TIME for Kids Launches Camp TFK, a Free Newsletter of Daily Activities to Keep Kids Engaged with Trusted and Fun Educational Content this Summer. “Curated by TIME for Kids editors, the free Camp TFK newsletter delivers a schedule of activities each weekday morning across a wide range of interests and skill levels, including arts and crafts, sports and games, performance skills, scientific concepts, and storytelling. Camp TFK is designed to be accessible to anyone, and all featured activities require minimal special supplies beyond everyday household items. At the beginning of the week, Camp TFK subscribers will be sent a preview of the following week’s activities and any recommended supplies to help parents prepare.”

Brit+Co: 18 Virtual Summer Camps That Make Us Want to Be a Kid Again

Brit+Co: 18 Virtual Summer Camps That Make Us Want to Be a Kid Again. “Summer camp IRL is up in the air this year as some are opening up to smaller groups and others are just plain shutting down due to coronavirus, leaving many working parents in a panic. Not to worry! There are a bunch of cool online camps to fill up the school-free weeks of summer, many with actual camp counselors who will teach them everything from coding to cooking to opera and more! S’mores optional.;)”

Travel+Leisure: The Metropolitan Opera Is Offering a Ridiculously Cool Virtual Summer Camp — and It’s Free (Video)

Travel+Leisure: The Metropolitan Opera Is Offering a Ridiculously Cool Virtual Summer Camp — and It’s Free (Video). “On June 15, the Metropolitan Opera will launch its Met Opera Global Summer Camp, an educational initiative to ‘engage and support students worldwide.’ According to a statement provided by the Metropolitan Opera, the eight-week online summer camp will run from June 15 to August 7 and will include a featured opera each week from the Met’s own digital library of performances. And best of all, it will be completely free for children and teens to attend.”

Good Housekeeping: 35 Virtual Field Trips for Kids to Get Them Learning About the World

Good Housekeeping: 35 Virtual Field Trips for Kids to Get Them Learning About the World. “While your kids may be stuck inside physically, online tours still give them some access to the rest of the outside world. The same way school has gone digital — with remote homeschooling, live-streamed extra-curricular classes, and learning-at-home portals wherever you look — class trips have moved online, too. These virtual field trips for kids will have them gazing at world-class art, learning about history, discovering science, and even checking out what it’s like in outer space.”

AJC: Bond with your children with online Nickelodeon cartoon drawing tutorial

AJC: Bond with your children with online Nickelodeon cartoon drawing tutorial. “Nickelodeon has a new way you can enjoy its cartoons that puts the power in your hands — and it could be a great way to bond with your children. The Viacom-owned network recently released a list of drawing tutorials being posted on the video streaming service Twitch throughout the summer.”

Arizona State University: Professors’ coloring book gives parents tools to help minimize kids’ COVID-19 anxiety

Arizona State University: Professors’ coloring book gives parents tools to help minimize kids’ COVID-19 anxiety. “Parents often struggle to explain certain things to their children. There are topics that can be embarrassing, like sex, or tougher situations, like the death of a beloved pet or divorce. But what about pandemics? When the world found itself in the grip of COVID-19, a global wave of illness unseen in the lifetimes of almost every living person, resources for parents were few. That’s part of what motivated Paige Safyer, Sara Stein, Julie Ribaudo and Kate Rosenblum to create Tender Press Books and write a coloring storybook to help children cope with what they may see or hear about the virus and its effects.” The coloring book is free.

New Jersey Family: We’re Giving You Exclusive Access to A New COVID-19 Book for Kids

New Jersey Family: We’re Giving You Exclusive Access to A New COVID-19 Book for Kids. “Stories have always been an important teaching tool for our kids. When it comes to explaining COVID-19 to children, we could use more resources. Thanks to a grant from Northwestern University, teachers can download a free copy of The Class That Can: Coronavirus by Riya Jain and JJ Vulopas. The book features the ‘Class That Can,’ a group of third graders who are remotely learning during the novel coronavirus. The class is excited to learn from their teacher, Mrs. Can, and her friends Kenneth Fox, MD and Ruchi Gupta, MD, both of whom are real-life pediatricians.” It looks like all you need to do is submit your name and email address BUT I cannot find any privacy policy beyond the statement, “We respect your privacy,” which, um, yeah.

Association of Children’s Museums: Announcing Children’s Museums at Home

Association of Children’s Museums: Announcing Children’s Museums at Home. “The Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) has launched Children’s Museums at Home. This new searchable online database shares the virtual activities and resources that more than 240 ACM members are creating for families at home.”

Remote Learning 101: Resources for Parents to Use While Homeschooling (Hoboken Girl)

Hoboken Girl: Remote Learning 101: Resources for Parents to Use While Homeschooling. “In what seems to have been an overnight shift, schools across the country were forced to close, turning dining room tables into desks and parents into teachers. And while that was no easy feat, parents and caregivers have fearlessly taken on this incredible task. Luckily, there is a never-ending supply of resources out there to help keep children occupied during these times inside {and hopefully provide some peace and quiet for parents}. We’ve rounded up a list of activities + resources for kids to engage in + utilize while staying home. Most of these resources are free, however, in the few activities that are paid subscriptions {like IXL} check with your school district to see if they already have a paid subscription to help save a few bucks.” Nice roundup, decent annotation.

TopGear Philippines: If your kids are starting to feel cabin fever, Porsche 4Kids might help

TopGear Philippines: If your kids are starting to feel cabin fever, Porsche 4Kids might help. “If these kids have found something to immerse themselves in at home—such as books or art—then good for them (and for you). But if the kids keep asking what else they’re going to do at the start of each day, you’re in deep waters. We have a possible solution here for you, though, and it’s not the usual smartphone app, video game, or YouTube content that might first come to mind. This is Porsche 4Kids, a website filled to the brim with activities, games, and all sorts of enjoyable interactive content for children.”