COVID-19 Resources to Keep Busy from Home

With students, teachers and families at home due to COVID-19, we thought we would pull together some resources to help you keep busy! Click the red titles to get to the resources!)

The resources are divided into the following categories:

  1. Education Tools
  2. At Home Sensory/Leisure Activities
  3. Virtual Museums
  4. Social Narratives
  5. Self Care Resources

Education Tools

  • Creating an At-Home Learning Space
    This site offers suggestions on how to help parents plan and develop at home learning spaces for their children with ASD. It would be a great guide for those who want to continue with schooling during the closure of school programming. It will also help keep the structure and routine for the kids so that when they do return to school that the transition is smoother.
  • Scholastic Learn From Home
    Keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video.
  • Vivyfy STEM Resources
    Vivify has created a handy resource guide that includes the best website, games, and phone apps. We carefully searched for high quality activities that are not only fun and engaging but educational and promote STEM careers.
  • Pobble 365
    Starting with a weird, wonderful and/or thought provoking image, you and your family will be inspired to write creatively. There are 365 images to choose from.
  • BrainPop
    (Free access during COVID-19) A trusted learning resource supporting core and supplemental subjects, reaching millions of learners worldwide.

At Home Sensory/Leisure Activities

  • Sensory Activities At Home
    The Kids Konnect Blog offers some great activities parents can do with their children at home but also stimulate and have a purpose. They have identified 7 things that they found  were appropriate for kids with Autism. As always we would encourage parents to use proper hand washing when completing any activities.
  • Structured Play Activities At Home
    Raising Children offers suggestions for structured play activities at home. The article targets children between the ages of 2 to 8 years.
  • Movement and Mindfulness
    GoNoodle: Good Energy at Home is a free online resource for parents, caregivers, teachers, and kids. It offers free movement, yoga, and mindfulness videos, downloadable curricular activities, and off-screen home activities. These resources span a variety of abilities, interests, ages, and subjects.
  • LEGO
    The Stem Laboratory offers 22 different LEGO STEM activities that give children a fun hands-on practice with science, technology, engineering, and math. LEGO also has an official Youtube channel with a variety of build tutorials if you’re looking to try something new.
  • LEGO on YouTube
  • Coding
    Scratch is the program ASNL currently uses for the BlueDrop Coding Club. With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations. There are also plenty of tutorials for beginners! Our friends at Brilliant Labs have some great Coding resources as well. 
  • Video Game Creating
    Sploder is a place where anyone can create games online. Make your own platformer games, space-themed shoot-em-ups, retro arcade games, and even complex physics-based puzzle games. No programming skill is necessary. All you need is a good imagination and a desire to be creative.
  • Online Dance/Yoga Classes
    CLI Studios: free live classes under #keepdancing from dance professionals
    DANCIO: offering a two week free trial of ballet and modern online classes
    STEEZY Studios: 7 day free trial of hip-hop dance classes
    Comic Kids Yoga: Free on YouTube
    Kids Bop Dance: Free on YouTube
    Ballet Nova Centre for Dance: Posting free live dance classes
  • Circle Time Fun
    Circletime sessions are dynamic and interactive. You have an opportunity to spend time with your child, as the educator leads you through developmentally appropriate hands-on activities. Sessions are age-specific with no more than 10 parent-child groups to a session. The educator is there to show you and support you.  (Code: homefun1)
  • Printable Comic Sheets
    Let your creativity flow and create your own comic!
  • Virtual Musical Instruments
    Missing out on your music lesson? Maybe you have always wanted to try an instrument? Click this link to try instruments such as the piano, violin and bongos.
  • Crafts

Virtual Museums

  • New England Aquarium
    Located in Boston, the New England Aquarium is globally recognized as a global leader in ocean exploration and marine conservation.Even though their doors are closed, they are offering live presentations, new videos and activities to try from home.
  • The Louvre
    As one of the world’s largest art museums, the Louvre has some unique exhibits such as its Egyptian Antiquities, in addition to rare artifacts. Take a 360-degree tour at the museum.
  • National Museum of Natural History
    Take a 360-degree walking tour of one of the most-visited museums in the world. Exhibits including the Hall of Mammals, Dinosaurs, Insect Zoo and Hall of Paleobiology.
  • NASA
    Are you a fan of space? NASA offers free virtual tours of two of their centers, as well as a Space Center Houston app that has augmented reality experiences, videos and audio stories about space exploration. Tour NASA Glenn/ Tour NASA Langley 
  • San Diego Zoo Live Camera
    Watch a variety of animals such as koalas, penguins and polar bears interacting in their exhibits at the San Diego Zoo!
  • Yellowstone National Park
    Explore areas such as the Mammoth Hot Springs, Mud Volcano and Yellowstone in 3D.
  • Mars
    Check out a digital view of the surface of Mars.
  • The Rooms
    Scroll down the page to ‘virtual exhibits’ and look at some of the fantastic local exhibits. Maybe even plan a trip to the Rooms when they re-open!
  • Boston Children’s Museum
    Explore some of this amazing museum and check out some of the learning resources available online as well

Social Narratives

Self Care Resources

We cannot emphasize enough the importance for all our caregivers to practice good self- care. Especially when things are interfering with our day to day routines.  Here are some ways to ensure that you practice some good self-care while experiencing the change in routine.

  • Autism Speaks – COVID-19 Resources
    Autism Speaks has compiled a list of resources and tips specific to ASD and COVID-19
    This mental health organization will be sharing daily practical tips and positive stories from their network that will help cultivate wellness, maintain perspective and stay connected to one another in a meaningful way. They have posted various social media posts that talk about practicing media literacy, adapting your self-care routines and embracing the good.
  • Kids Help Phone
    Call or text their service to obtain mental health support during COVID-19. They also have great resources to help keep emotional health a priority on their website!
  • Bridge the gApp
    An online resource through the Government of Newfoundand and Labrador designed to support mental wellness through supports such as mindfulness, anxiety and self care. 
  • 15-minutes of “me” time
    Hopefully there is more where that came from but if not, treasure this time.  Make time to listen to your favorite podcast. This time could be spent at a caregiver support group or connecting with a friend over the phone. Maybe you “stock up” those minutes and schedule an hour-long trip to yoga or to meditate. Thinking differently about the time you have alone, even if it’s just 30 minutes to watch a TV show you’ve been thinking about or take that bubble bath to relax.
  • Exercise
    Exercise has many benefits not just for our physical health but our mental and emotional health as well.
    Consider this:
    1. If your child enjoys the park, walk there or walk laps around the play structure while he/she plays
    2. If your child is younger, consider more stroller walks as opposed to driving or even a stroller exercise group
    3. If your child is older, suggest an after-dinner walk as a family
    4. If your child is energetic, play sports outside with them, have a silly dance party, or create a fun, active game