With everyone being at home together these days, we thought it was important to make sure access to books, art, and stories was made as easy as possible. Below are some activities and free live art tutorial schedule from Drawn to Write instructor Daniel Schneider, as well as links to useful online resources for learning and creating!
Note the Kid Safe Tutorials are in green! Find Cowboy Dan’s live tutorials at https://www.twitch.tv/smashed_head
Every year we ask our Drawn to Write campers what they like best and they always say COMIC JAMS! So here’s how to do one at home!
Links to learning about books, art and stories!
- The School Library Journal has a great list of webcomics for kids, YA, and teens! https://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/?detailStory=webcomics-teens-tweens-free-middle-grade-YA
- The Young Alberta Books Society has a great youtube page with storytelling and advice on writing: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbxOWDDpBICOGwVWRWoMnlQ/playlists
- The Kitchener Public Library has a great online hobbit-based adventure where you follow Bilbo along his journey, and answer questions and watch videos to guide you through There and Back Again: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfrvPSUAqJ2ikVNn0VdkBEQ1Qn8KS2TaRJUxO2riFoe8JgKYw/formResponse
- Mo Willems is doing Lunch Doodles every day on youtube through the Kennedy Centre: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmzjCPQv3y8
- Art Assignment on youtube! PBS hosts this awesome youtube page that has videos about artists and art, and they’ve got an Art Assignments for the Self-Quarantine playlist. A lot of these activities would be more suited to Ages 9+ https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLdGqz6dgvIzbVzp5PLmPcfL3icrI-_TMg
- For ages 12+, John Green (yes, THAT John Green) has been doing super fun literature courses on CrashCourse on youtube for many years. I’ve put the link to the first playlist, but if you go to CrashCourse on youtube, you can find the links to playlists for Literature 1-4. He also does them for history. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8dPuuaLjXtOeEc9ME62zTfqc0h6Pe8vb
- If you’re looking for kids younger than age 12, there is a Crash Course Kids: https://www.youtube.com/user/crashcoursekids
- Think Indigenous – Online Indigenous Education K-8 on facebook. They’ve got a lot of videos already and are creating more for all subjects! https://www.facebook.com/ThinkIndigenousOnlineEd/
- Audible has created Audible Stories, a free audiobook service for kids and teens that will continue as long as kids are unable to attend school. No fees, no sign ups, just a lot of audiobooks at your fingertips. https://stories.audible.com/start-listen
Do you have an Edmonton Public Library card? The library may be closed, but it is still working for you! Here are two great apps to download FOR FREE with your EPL card! If you’re outside of Edmonton, check with your local library’s website to see what online services your card provides you with!
The Libby app:
Access to a flobbityjillion e-books and audio books! They are taken out on your library card, just like regular library books, and returned automatically for you when your time is up. A truly amazing resource.
The Kanopy app:
With your library card, you get FREE access to 5 movies/month AND an unlimited amount of the Great Courses series (everything from tai chi to screenwriting) as well as unlimited access to KanopyKids that has both great cartoons AND great learning series.