Kids need all the positive distractions they can get during this uncertain time our world is going through. We've put together a list of free resources from an incredible community of generous creatives to help fill up your days with moments of play. They've crafted up incredible coloring books, art workshop sessions and tons of fun. We're going to be updating this page with more and more resources as they become available.
The Library Street Collective has released an amazing sketchbook titled "We All Rise" filled with drawings and graphics by artists Virgil Abloh, Nina Chanel Abney, Doug Aitken, Daniel Arsham, McArthur Binion, Amoako Boafo, Nick Cave, Dabls, Torkwase Dyson, Conrad Egyir, Shepard Fairey, Sam Friedman, Beverly Fishman, FriendsWithYou, Haroshi, Carole Harris, KAWS, Eddie Martinez, Tiff Massey, Charles McGee, Allie McGhee, Simphiwe Ndzube, Jordan Nickel, Jose Parla, Jason REVOK, Julia Wachtel, Austyn Weiner, Wendy White, and Tyrrell Winston. 100% of the proceeds from donations or purchase of their sketchbook go towards @livingartsdetroit, a non-profit engaged in igniting creativity in Detroit youth.
Romero Britto, Brazilian-born and Miami-made. He is an international artist that uses vibrant, bold and colorful patterns to reflect his optimistic view of the world around him. He has created an incredible coloring book for kids and parents to start getting artsy on.
Hebru Brantley creates narrative driven work revolving around his conceptualized iconic characters. We've always loved his characters and are enjoying adding our own colorful touch to these.
Chris Uphues is an artist best known for his signature pop art featuring colorful hearts and flowers. These are so much fun once you start seeing the impact of your colorful choices.
Justin Hillgrove has released a 30 page coloring/activity book full of his delightful monsters and characters to add some color to.
Galshir is an illustrator that has created a fun coloring book that takes you on on a journey to color plenty of planets, meteorites, spaceships, UFO’s, an astonaut, and even some wandering space-whales!
Mo Willems, has partnered with the Kennedy Center to invite YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE session. Kids worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Since it is on Youtube you can watch it at your own pace and not worry if you miss the session one day.
@benclantoon is the author of the Narwhal series of books and will have your kids drawing all sorts of magical animal concoctions every Monday morning on Instagram Live.
@wendymac is a NYT best selling illustrator that has been hosting draw together sessions on Instagram every weekday morning.
@bradysmithhere is the co-author and illustnator of “You’re Missing It” and is hosting a daily drawing session on Instagram that feels a bit like a virtual game of Pictionary.
@Charlessantoso hosts "Let's Draw" on Instagram Live and posts the sessions up later on Youtube. He will have your kids drawing different animals, monsters and creatures.
Other Great Resources
Libby is an app that lets you and your kids access thousands of books, comic books and audiobooks for free from your local public library.
GoNoodle engages 14 million kids every month with movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts. It's a fun way to keep the kids active at home.
Crayola has put together a fun list of activities for both parents and kids to do at home. They've got free coloring pages, DIY crafts and more.
Crash Course Kids is one of our favorite channels on Youtube. They give a fresh fun take on science for kids.
Girls Who Code, the international nonprofit working to close the gender gap in technology, today announced it would release free virtual curricula, “Girls Who Code at Home,” bringing students around the world educational coding resources amid unprecedented school closures related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more.
With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.