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There are many resources available online to help you connect, educate, and entertain. Our staff has compiled a great list of these resources and categorized them into age groups for your use.

Ages 0-3

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Daniel Tiger
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Perfect for ages 2-5 with parental support and involvement. Explore stories, books, games, videos, and even parenting tips
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Common Sense Media
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Excellent tools, reviews, and research to help families develop healthy media consumption skills. Site includes guidance on movies, books, online content, apps, and social media.
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Linn County 4-H
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Want to see baby chicks hatch or watch a live farm tour and listen to a story time with goats? Linn County Farm Bureau Education Outreach, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach-Linn County and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach-Johnson County has partnered with Johnson County and Linn County 4-H groups to provide wonderful agricultural learning for kids K-5 on their joint facebook page.
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University of Iowa Pentacrest Museums
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The University of Iowa's Old Capitol Museum and Natural History Museum have put together some fun video resources around their collections. They have also provided a 30 day nature journal prompt for kids.
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Kids Stories in ASL
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This resource shows individuals telling stories through American Sign Language. So of the stories are simply made up while others are performances of books you may know like Rainbow Fish or the Three Little Pigs.
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Classics for Kids
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Want to learn more about classical music? This site offers activity sheets, links to several compositions by a variety of composers, games and more.
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Kitchen Meassurements-Math
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Using cooking measurements, discover how many parts make a whole. Fun and practical way to introduce fractions and see how math helps us when we cook and bake.

Early Elementary

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Common Sense Media
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Excellent tools, reviews, and research to help families develop healthy media consumption skills. Site includes guidance on movies, books, online content, apps, and social media.
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Scratch Jr.
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This app is designed for kids ages 5-7 to begin work on coding logic through interactive stories and games.
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Little Bins for Little Hands
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This blog is the authority on all things slime. It also provides printables and other activity outlines for a variety of STEM and holiday activities for home investigation.
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Research Parent
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This blog is written by a Standford and Caltech PhD graduate, part-time lab researcher and stay-at-home mom. This provides great educational activities that can be easily done at home to enrich your child's learning. LEGO coding is a particular favorite.
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TMBGkids
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The band They Might Be Giants creates fun music videos for kids that cover science , counting, math, and literacy concepts while making you laugh. Beware some of these songs will get stuck in your head.
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Babble Dabble Do
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This blog focuses on the art aspect of STEAM projects. There are step by step instructions for a variety of at-home activities and printables relating to art and science. The flextangle pattern used in our Everyday STEAM video is located here.
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Linn County 4-H
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Want to see baby chicks hatch or watch a live farm tour and listen to a story time with goats? Linn County Farm Bureau Education Outreach, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach-Linn County and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach-Johnson County has partnered with Johnson County and Linn County 4-H groups to provide wonderful agricultural learning for kids K-5 on their joint facebook page.
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Kids Stories in ASL
Description:
This resource shows individuals telling stories through American Sign Language. So of the stories are simply made up while others are performances of books you may know like Rainbow Fish or the Three Little Pigs.
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Classics for Kids
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Want to learn more about classical music? This site offers activity sheets, links to several compositions by a variety of composers, games and more.
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Kids Gardening
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Lesson plans, garden activites and crafts
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Linn County Farm Bureau
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Lesson plans and activities

School Age/Tween

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Crashcourse
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Videos that help kids understand a variety of Science concepts such as engineering, life sciences or physics. Videos are short, fun, and informative.
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Common Sense Media
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Excellent tools, reviews, and research to help families develop healthy media consumption skills. Site includes guidance on movies, books, online content, apps, and social media.
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Scratch
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Introduces kids to coding logic allowing them to create their own games.
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Makey Makey
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Videos and tutorials for using the circuit board and wires of a MakeyMakey with free coding interfaces to bridge the concepts of coding with real-world creations.
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Little Bins for Little Hands
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This blog is the authority on all things slime. It also provides printables and other activity outlines for a variety of STEM and holiday activities for home investigation.
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Research Parent
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This blog is written by a Standford and Caltech PhD graduate, part-time lab researcher and stay-at-home mom. This provides great educational activities that can be easily done at home to enrich your child's learning. LEGO coding is a particular favorite.
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Wired: How This Guy Folds and Flies World Record Paper Airplanes
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This video from the tech magazine WIRED, features the man who folds and flies Word Record holding airplanes. In it he shows you how to fold paper planes and talks about how his designs take advantage of aeronautic principles to make them successful.
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SciShow Kids
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Quick little videos with experiments and experts to explain a variety of science concepts.
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TMBGkids
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The band They Might Be Giants creates fun music videos for kids that cover science , counting, math, and literacy concepts while making you laugh. Beware some of these songs will get stuck in your head.
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Babble Dabble Do
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This blog focuses on the art aspect of STEAM projects. There are step by step instructions for a variety of at-home activities and printables relating to art and science. The flextangle pattern used in our Everyday STEAM video is located here.
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Write. Right. Rite. Series
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Jason Reynolds, a YA/children's author, is the Library of Congress' seventh National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, is putting together a video series which provides writing prompts for young people.
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Classics for Kids
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Want to learn more about classical music? This site offers activity sheets, links to several compositions by a variety of composers, games and more.
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The Edible Schoolyard
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Edible education for the home classroom.

Teen

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Crashcourse
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Videos put together by Vlog Brothers Hank and John Green on a variety of topics. These videos go beyond what a textbook may offer for a deeper understanding that connects to other studies. Short videos that are generally 10-20 minutes.
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Common Sense Media
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Excellent tools, reviews, and research to help families develop healthy media consumption skills. Site includes guidance on movies, books, online content, apps, and social media.
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W3Schools Online Web Tutorials
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Using interactive tutorials learn programming languages, web design tools, metadata structures, and server applications. Topics include HTML, CSS, C++, Python, PhP, SQL, XML and more.
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Write. Right. Rite. Series
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Jason Reynolds, a YA/children's author, is the Library of Congress' seventh National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, is putting together a video series which provides writing prompts for young people.

Adult Education

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Crashcourse
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Videos put together by Vlog Brothers Hank and John Green on a variety of topics. These videos go beyond what a textbook may offer for a deeper understanding that connects to other studies.
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PEC Parenting Classes
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Join us for an hour dedicated to parents! We will be focusing on providing some positive discipline techniques that can be especially useful as we are all spending lots of time at home right now.
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GoodReads
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Readers Advisory, Book Sharing and Storing, and Enter to Win Free Books
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W3Schools Online Web Tutorials
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Using interactive tutorials learn programming languages, web design tools, metadata structures, and server applications. Topics include HTML, CSS, C++, Python, PhP, SQL, XML and more.
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Federal Trade Commission
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What the Federal Trade Commission is doing to combat fraud during the Covid-19 pandemic: blogs posts, resources, updates on fraudulent activities during the Covid-19 pandemic
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Iowa Attorney General's Office
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Attorney General's office cautions Iowans about coronavirus-related price gouging, and fraud.
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Margaret Roach
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Links to her gardening at home podcast and recipes.
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Mel Bartholemew
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Learn the method of square foot gardening from Mel Bartholemew.

Adult Entertainment and Hobby

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Learn Embroidery Stitches
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Quick but clear video instructions for over 5o different types of embroidery stitches.
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Play Cards Against Humanity Online
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Learn how to set-up a game of Cards Against Humanity using a video conferencing app like Zoom. Blog post gives simple instructions for getting started.
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Go4Life
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Check out these articles to learn how exercise and physical activity can help you stay healthy as you age. Find tips on how to fit exercise into your daily life safely and get motivated to get moving!
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Silver Sneakers
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Top rated physical fitness apps for older adults.
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MoveYourWay
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The Move Your Way tools, videos, and fact sheets on this page have tips that make it easier to get a little more active. And small changes can add up to big health benefits!
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Learn Embroidery Stitches
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Quick but clear video instructions for over 5o different types of embroidery stitches.
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National Institute on Aging YouTube
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The National Institute on Aging provides videos for exercise at home as well as broad topics to understand the nature of aging and extend the active, healthy years of life.