Resources for at home fun and learning

We have compiled a list of free resources for parents (and others!) who need ideas for engaging activities while practicing social distancing. Some require an Indian Prairie Public Library card, but other resources are open to everyone.

This list is updated periodically. 

Animal Fun for Everyone


PreK- 6th Grade Educational Resources 

  • Mrs. Holland's Art - Gower Teacher Shares Lessons for Students
  • Learning A-Z -  Raz-Kids and Headsprout have free access through the end of the school year. Make sure to subscribe to Raz-Kids for the trial.
  • The Florida Center for Reading Research - Free activities to do with children.
  • Khan Academy - Activities for students in preschool through grade 12. 
  • Amazing Educational Resources - View a list of educational resources via a Google form.
  • Field Museum - Includes learning resources; the Field Museum Facebook page has additional information.
  • Beanstalk - Educational materials focused on pre-school aged youth. Free to join during COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Reading Rockets - A recommended list of early literacy apps.
  • TumbleMath - K-6 math eBook database. Username: tumble2020 Password: A3b5c6
  • Tinkercad - Tinkercad offers free tutorials for 3D design, circuits and Arduino, and coding.
  • Scratch - Learn to code using MIT’s Scratch-free coding software.
  • NASA STEM Engagement- A variety of STEM-related videos, homework help, and games from NASA.
  • PBS Learning Media- A curated collection of free, standards-aligned videos, interactives, and lesson plans from Illinois teachers.

Teen Educational Resources

  • Khan Academy - Activities for students in preschool through grade 12.
  • NaNoWriMo - Young writers' program for tweens and teens, which has free resources to hone writing skills.
  • Field Museum Learning Resources - Includes learning resources; the Field Museum Facebook page has additional information.
  • TeenBookCloud - Grades 7-12 eBook database. Username: tumble2020 Password: A3b5c6
  • AudioBookCloud - All ages audio book database. Username: tumble2020 Password: A3b5c6
  • Tinkercad - Tinkercad offers free tutorials for 3D design, circuits and Arduino, and coding.
  • Khan Academy - K-12 students can practice skills learned in the classroom or even get ahead in subjects that interest them.
  • Scratch - Learn to code using MIT’s Scratch-free coding software.
  • NASA STEM Engagement- A variety of STEM-related videos, homework help, and games from NASA.

Apps for Families 

  • Rivet is a free app that families can download with thousands of leveled readers. Download on Google Play or the Apple App Store.

Virtual Author Interactions & Storytimes

  • Book Riot- A list of KidLit authors who are sharing special things through social media.
  • Storyline Online - A free literacy program where actors read to children.
  •  #SaveWithStories-  A virtual space to see celebrities reading children’s books while partnering with Save the Children and No Kid Hungry to raise money in support of communities impacted by the pandemic.
  • OperationStorytime - happens anytime via YouTube. The #OperationStoryime tag brings viewers to a growing collection of children's book authors and illustrators reading their own works. Check back regularly: #OperationStorytime is adding new titles every few hours.
  • Neal Shusterman’s Storyman Virtual Reading Series- Via Instagram and his YouTube channel the author is doing readings from "Mindquakes, Mindtwisters, Mindbenders, and Mindstorms." 
  • NASA- Storytime from Space videos is archived here.

Library Databases

Here are just a few of our library databases perfect for school-age learning. Visit here to learn more. 

  • Pronunciator - More than 4,000 language learning combinations at your fingertips! Courses are offered in your native tongue and you can learn whatever language you choose. Live, teacher-led conversation groups, are offered in many languages.
  • Brainfuse - Provides live tutoring help from 2- 11 p.m. plus lessons and practice tests for kids, teens, and adults on school and career topics (AP, ACT, GED, ASVAB, NCLEX, TOEFL, and much more).
  • Tumblebooks - Tumblebooks is a core collection for K-3 schools which is used by over 30,000 schools and school districts around the world.
  • Global Road Warrior - The world’s most extensive country-by-country resource for learning about culture, travel, history, customs, and language. Profiles are available for 175 different countries and include information on business customs, travel essentials, food, and transportation.
  • Activity Corner from World Book - From World Book, contains thousands of cross-curricular, low-cost, fun yet educational projects for the classroom, after school programs, and library programming.
  • World Book Early Learning - Geared for our youngest audiences - ages three through seven - contains a wealth of resources to help preschoolers and children in the early grades grasp critical early childhood themes.
  • World Book Kids - Created for those ages six to 10, the site offers simple navigation, easy-to-understand articles, thousands of colorful illustrations and other multimedia, and dozens of activities and science projects.
  • World Book Students - For kids ages 10 to 14, this is a premier online reference source with thousands of articles, state-of-the-art multimedia, editor-reviewed websites, Behind the Headlines and Compare Places features, a How to Do Research guide, periodical content, and more.

Entertainment Resources for Kids