As kids transition to remote learning, and parents temporarily transform into home-schoolers, now more than ever, new education tools and resources are needed. Luckily, organizations across New Hampshire have risen to the occasion and have made available a myriad of fun learning opportunities for students at home!
The Belknap Mill has even more resources to keep kids entertained and engaged! With fun virtual activities involving history lessons, theatre, or even just some classic creativity, there’s something new almost every day to check out and enjoy. Be sure to check their Facebook for more of the latest updates and activities!
The NH Children’s Museum is a mecca for online student learning resources. Between at-home DIY craft lessons, informational video demonstrations of science topics, and links to additional science activities, your kids could spend days exploring and never be bored!
Live Free and Learn is a fantastic free resource to keep kids entertained while they learn! Traditionally a podcast, the show’s host has expanded to produce daily video content focusing on New Hampshire facts and history in light of distance learning taking place across the state. With trivia questions and fun activity prompts in each episode, this resource is one that both you and the kids will love!
The Mount Washington Observatory is offering Distance Learning classes Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays which go live at 11:15am. These educational videos and resources are geared towards students in grades 3-8 and will feature lessons on weather forecasting, conditions at the summit of Mount Washington, and characteristics of the extreme weather atop the peak.
The New Hampshire Historical Society offers a great online resource to engage kids in history through Historic Treasure Hunts (ages 5-8), Artifact Detective Activities (ages 8-13), and a Discover New Hampshire Scavenger Hunt (ages 12-16)! Fun activities for students of all ages.
If you thought NASCAR was cool—it’s about to get even cooler. The NH Motor Speedway has shared a free Scholastic Learning Resource covering topics like Aerodynamics and Energy units using race car examples to drive home these concepts! Students can click through virtual lessons to understand these models and even take quizzes to test their knowledge. To top it all off, you can design your own race car and take it on a virtual test drive!
The State House offers a great online trivia quiz for anyone to brush up on their New Hampshire knowledge. It’s a fun break to take from regularly scheduled activities!
With a lot more time on our hands as the weather starts to warm for springtime, now is the perfect opportunity to get kids out and into Mother Nature’s classroom! Unfortunately, since Mother Nature doesn’t lay out lesson plans or create structured activities, the SCA NH Corps had to do it for her. Check out these creative lesson plans on topics like Wildlife, Conservation, and Ecology featuring fun scavenger hunts, print-out worksheets, videos, and more!
Another great Science resource for kids is the series of educational videos produced by Jim Cruickshank, Remick’s Program Manager. Tune in for lessons on the Earth’s systems as well as our farms and food, and keep students engaged with yet another great learning tool!
Another fun and engaging twist on virtual story time is brought to you by the Rey Cultural Center! Lively readings of Curious George books will captivate any little listener of yours. For more fun activities, be sure to check out the Rey Center’s 20 Days of Curiosity calendar full of at-home activities geared towards getting kids outside and curious!
For more story time, check out Sarah Woodard, a Nashua-based children’s author, and her book readings posted to her YouTube Channel! These are a great change of pace for kids, and Sarah’s narration brings any book to life!
For fun, engaging science and outdoor activities, check out the SSC’s online Learning Connection which features new lessons and activities weekly to teach kids about ecosystems, art and nature, our oceans, and more! You can also check out their Marine Mammal Rescue Facebook, where the staff will bring you behind-the-SSCenes, post photos and creature feature videos, and connect you to the wonders of our natural environment in fun new ways.
The SEE Science Center offers educational videos on different science topics and on the center's more notable exhibits. One video features a closer look at The LEGO® Millyard Project a representation of Manchester's millyard built with approximately 3 million LEGO® bricks which has wowed visitors from across the globe! Remember to stay up to date with them on their Facebook page.
Explore Strawbery Banke’s outstanding online education resource featuring Virtual Classrooms, Artifacts of the Week, Horticulture Learning Center, and more! Check back often for new updates.
The Squam Lakes Natural Science Center has created a one-stop shop of engaging resources for students and kids to stay connected to nature and ecology. Between fun educational videos featuring animals, stories, and other outdoor learning opportunities, plus creative outdoor-oriented activities for pre-k kids, and new content uploaded to Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube—the learning never has to stop!
TwinDesigns in Bristol has decided to offer virtual readings through Facebook of their very own children’s books. Hear the words come to life as they are narrated by their author and take a moment to appreciate the simpler things in life! You can also virtually check on Diane the Turtle, who lives in the store, via a live webcam. People all over the world tune in to check on this sweet old gal!