While we are closed due to the pandemic, we will be curating resources, videos, and other items that might be interesting for kids and helpful to parents. If you have something to share, email it or a link to john@cafeoplay.com 

DAILY VIRTUAL PLAYDATES

The wonderful folks at NORTHEAST OHIO FAMILY FUN .COM  are posting daily virtual playdates from a bunch of great family friendly businesses from around the area.  Look for a fun Winnie the Pooh Sing-Along coming soon from Cafe O’Play!

FREE VIRTUAL SING-ALONG WITH ELSA, FRIDAY MARCH 27TH AT 11:00AM

Little Beans, with two locations in Chicago, is a wonderful play cafe.  We visited them when we were doing our planning for Cafe O’Play and the owners were helpful and encouraging.  During this crisis they are doing some virtual events.  When things settle down, and if your plans take you to Chicago, please be sure to look them up.  Click on the image to the right and it will open up a saved video of storytime with Belle.

50 SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS IN 50 DAYS

Teacher, speaker, author and general science geek, from March 24th through April 30th, Steve Spangler is doing a daily Facebook LIVE science experiment at 1:00pm Eastern.  Great way to engage your little scientist.  Kids can post questions and share with Steve what experiments they’ve been doing during this down time.  

CRAFT BOX GIRLS BY LYNN LILLY

Lynn and her friends offer daily crafting videos for kids and parents alike.  Thousands of videos are available on her Facebook Page and website

LUNCH AND LEARN WITH THE AKRON ZOO

The dedicated staff at the Akron Zoo are hosting a daily “Lunch and Learn” program at noon every day on their Facebook Page.  While they are closed to the public, they’ll be showcasing the zoo with fun animal encounters, activities and more.  A wonderful local resource for all our families, the Lunch and Learn gives your child an opportunity to engage with an animal and perhaps make a new “virtual zoo friend” and when it opens again, your child can go see that new friend in person!

EXCELLENT EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

Khan Academy and IXL are two very good educational resources.  Clicking on the Khan image will take you to a post about their resources available.  One nice one is a ready-made educational schedule based upon the age/grade of your child.  Click on the IXL image will take you to their main webpage.  IXL comes with a downloadable app that can be used across platforms and devices pretty seemlessly.

EVERYDAY LIFE COMMENTARY FROM A RUGBY ANNOUNCER

What’s a british rugby announcer to do during a global pandemic?  Why put his skills to use commenting on everyday life.  Many thanks to Rugby Media for posting these videos.  I sure hope they keep coming. 

SCHOLASTIC LEARN AT HOME

Organized by grade level, Scholastics “Learn At Home” site has a plethora of rescources for kids and families.  Each day a new subject with a story book to watch, an online book to read, and each time an information video and activity are available.

DOODLES WITH MO WILLEMS

The Kennedy Center, Artist-In-Residence, Mo Willems, hosts a new video every weeday at 1:00pm.  He not only shoes how to draw some of his characters, but also encourages kids to create their own.  More info on his webpage here

HOME SAFARI 

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens host a Facebook Live animal video every day at 3:00pm, including weekends.  Videos are loaded to YouTube as well around 4:00pm.  Zoo staff focus on one of their animals and teach kids about its background and history.  Downloadable activities for each session are available as well. Find more info here.

LIVE ANIMAL CAMS 

SIGNING WITH MISS STEPH

Stephanie Bowlin is a local mom who has done workshops at Cafe O’Play on teaching your infants basic sign language.  She is doing online workshops as well as being available for individual sessions virtually.  At Signing With Miss Steph she will be offering a short song time with signs each day. While geared to young children, she welcomes those of all ages who need a short break with some fun and signs! She will always start with our hello song. If your child would love to hear his or her name included one day, please let her know!  She is also offering a virtual workshop for parents/caregivers of infants and toddlers on April 4 at a special, discounted price (https://facebook.com/events/s/signing-smart-workshop-for-ear/2899534573459760/) plus it’s Ohio Approved for early childhood PD!

OUTSCHOOL.com

Live Online Classes for Ages 3-18

 

Spark your child’s curiosity with access to 10,000 small group video chat classes—created and taught by inspiring teachers. Start learning for as low as $5/class.

HOMESCHOOLING 2.0 GLOBAL SUMMIT

Are your children home from school due to the spread of Coronavirus? With the current situation affecting hundreds of million of students worldwide who are forced to learn from home without much experience of how to do so, we’d like to share with all the parents and families affected some truly invaluable resources.

We interviewed 45 experts on homeschooling, unschooling, worldschooling, and online education and produced the virtual summit which went live in June 2019. Due the great need for information on alternative ways to learn, we are giving access to all our videos, all 40+ hours of expert interviews, over the next two months as a gift to anyone interested in learning more about how to educate kids outside the walls of a traditional classroom. This is to help you to understand that there is another way.

VIRTUAL CLASSES:

WORKING FROM HOME WITH KIDS RESOURCES:

YOU TUBERS FOR KIDS: