While the internet has no shortage of links to resources to keep your kids busy during the COVID-19 pandemic, they are scattered all over the place and some seem a bit unrealistic (I don’t know about you, but I don’t have the emotional capacity for cleaning up a giant foam spewing volcano from my kitchen right now, and I need to save my strength for when home schooling starts again next term).
The CJC has collated a bunch of doable, fun resources, all in one place for you to keep kids busy during this time. Feel free to send suggestions that you come across to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add them to the list!
PJ Library Wintertime Bingo
Download Wintertime BINGO card PDF here
PJ Library Shavuot Activities
• Get your hands dirty: GrowTorah develops garden-based experiential & environmental Torah education
programmes. Visit this website to learn how to grow your own wheat grass for Shavuot.
• This video teaches you how to make planters out of toilet paper rolls – how clever!
• Perhaps you’re wanting to try a new recipe, try this kid-friendly recipe no-bake cheesecake bites video tutorial.
• Are you ready to create a beautiful Shavuot flower crown? No sweat, follow this PJ Libary video and then
post pictures of your kids wearing their creations on our FB page.
• If you’re looking for a safe virtual hub for kids to navigate Shavuot with lots of fun activities, videos and book
links, visit the PJ Library Shavuot Hub.
• And if YOU want to delve further into the meaning of Shavuot, visit My Jewish Learning
British Museum: The Museum of the World
An interactive experience through time, continents and cultures featuring some of the most fascinating objects in human history.
National Geographic Young Explorer
A magazine designed specifically for pre-school and grade 1 children. Listen to the magazine being read to you!
PJ Library in South Africa Read-Aloud Playlist
Links to some of our most loved PJ Library books, appropriate for all ages, which you might even have in your collection!
The Little, Little House (Read by Caryn Katz)
Joseph and his family live in a very little house — too little, if you ask Joseph. But then his wise Aunty Bella suggests he bring his chickens inside, and the rooster, and the goat! How do you think that made Joseph feel?
Mitzvah Pizza (Read by Vicky Friedman)
When they go on outings together, daddy brings the money and Missy brings the fun. But this time Missy is bringing the money, too — and she’s trying to decide what to do with it! When they go to a pizzeria that helps feed everyone, including people who can’t pay, Missy makes a new friend – and has an idea.
Are We Still Friends? (Read by Vicky Friedman)
Beatrice and Abel are the finest of friends – until a misunderstanding gets in the way. How will they reconcile in time for a fresh start in the new year? Every young child (and many grownups!) will relate to this dilemma.
It’s a Mitzvah, Grover (Read by Terri Pillemer)
Grover knows how to do a mitzvah — he helps clean up the playground. But no one knows more
about trash than Moishe Oofnik. Will he help out too?
The Cholent Brigade (Read by Duncan Gilman, Harold Grinspoon Foundation)
Duncan reads “The Cholent Brigade,” written by Michael Herman, illustrated by Sharon Harmer, and published by Kar-Ben Publishing. Want to make some cholent of your own? Check out these recipes to try: https://pjlibrary.org/beyond-…/…/july-2017/lets-make-cholent
Special thanks to the talented moms who gave of their time to read for PJ Library.
Virtual Tours of farms from chickens and cows to apples and eggs.
Illustrated recipes designed to help kids age 2-12 cook with their grown-ups. Recipes encourage culinary skills, literacy, math, and science.
Recipes for Kids
Easy-to-prepare holiday recipes. The kids can help make the food, and everyone will enjoy the results!
Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing
A human visualization platform that allows students to explore the human body in really cool ways.
British Museum: The Museum of the World
An interactive experience through time, continents and cultures, featuring some of the most fascinating objects in human history.
Paper Plate crafts
Get great ideas here
Stories help. They entertain. They teach. They keep young minds active, alert, and engaged.
Listen to stories for free
The San Diego Zoo
A website just for kids with videos, activities and games.
Enjoy the tour!
My Pesach Haggadah
A fun compilation of activities to download and print from Marais Road Shull.
My Pesach Haggadah
What do we do all day
Dice Games for Kids: Have Fun and Learn New Skills!
Science or cooking experiments to do at home
This NASA initiative covers a wide range of topics including weather, climate, atmosphere, water, energy, plants and animals.
Pick n Pay School Club
With schools across South Africa closing, School Club recognises the need for parents and caregivers to have access to educational materials. Pick n Pay is offering all Smart Shoppers a month’s free access to CAPS-aligned workbooks, posters, and support materials for learners and teachers for up to three grades.
For more info and to register go to www.schoolclub.co.za
Lots of free interactive games, books, videos, and printables that help kids develop skills in maths, reading, problem-solving and literacy.
• Build a matzah house https://tinyurl.com/vqwt8jd
• Pesach for kids at Chabad.org Videos, songs, stories, recipes, crafts… https://www.chabad.org/kids/article_cdo/aid/354750/jewish/Passover.htm
• PJ Library kids Pesach activities https://pjlibrary.org/passover
National Geographic Kids
30-Day LEGO challenge
Favourite kids books read by famous people.
Our Jewish Music maestro Ivor Joffe has recorded Shalom Aleichem, to bring in the shabbat bride, Modeh Ani which we sing as we wake up in the morning, the Shema which we recite three times a day and a beautiful version of Adon Olam. Find recordings below. Thank you Herzlia.
Movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts.
Indoor Activities for busy toddlers
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