“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”
Now, more than ever, we need to come together and support each other as a community, even if it's in a small way. Below is a collection of DIY projects, lists of family friendly movies, sources to read about the good that's going on in the world, community recipe box, and other resources. Send in your contributions to email@example.com
So you're FINALLY tired of watching the Tiger King or binge watching Netflix? Try some of these fun DIY activities.
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With so many people stuck at home, cooking has become a favorite past time for many people. Send us your favorite recipe to add to our Community Recipe Book at email@example.com
What to Watch
Won't You Be My Neighbor - Touching biography of the extraordinary Mister Rogers.
Best Kids' Movies on Hulu - Hulu subscribers, look no further for a slew of family-friendly films available now for your next movie night.
Best Movies on Disney+ - This list has all of the best movies and TV series -- classic and original -- that are available on Disney+.
Best Kids' Movies on Amazon Prime Instant Video - From animated adventures and laugh-out-loud comedies to beloved classics and inspiring dramas, there are plenty of top-rated titles for everyone in your family.
Best Kids' Movies on Redbox - Use Common Sense Media's list of top picks when you want to find the best Redbox rentals for families.
Ms. Bixby's Last Day by - Loving their gifted teacher, three boys are dismayed when the teacher falls ill and leaves for the rest of the school year. The boys intend to make Ms. Bixby’s last day teaching as memorable as possible.
Room One by Andrew Clements - A shrinking school in a dying town. A face in the window of an empty house. At first these facts don't seem to be related. But Ted Hammond learns that in a very small town, there's no such thing as an isolated event. And the solution of one mystery is often the beginning of another.
Wonder by RJ Polaccio - August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He's about to enter fifth grade at Beecher Prep, and if you've ever been the new kid, them you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, despite appearances?
The Other Daughter by Lisa Gardner - A nine-year-old girl is abandoned, unconscious in a hospital ER. When she comes round, she remembers nothing about herself or her past. The girl is adopted and raised as Melanie by Dr Harper Stokes and his wife, whose own daughter Meagan was tragically murdered. Twenty years later, a reporter starts investigating Melanie's true parentage and an FBI agent becomes involved in the tangled mystery of her past.
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty - Alice Love is twenty-nine, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child. So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! She HATES the gym) and is whisked off to the hospital where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over—she’s getting divorced, she has three kids, and she’s actually 39 years old. Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade, and find out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time.
Taboo - Try to get your partner to guess your word without saying certain taboo words.
Balderdash - A game that rewards knowledge and creativity. Players are given a word and they each write down what they think the definition is. Hilarity guaranteed to ensue.
Apples to Apples - Challenge yourself to think on your feet, get a little silly and find out how your friends and family think.
Jackbox Party Pack - Each party pack is a series of party video games that can be played on many different platforms with a collection of wacky games such as You Don't Know Jack, Fibbage, Drawful, Quiplash and Civic Duty. It requires only 1 person to own the party pack and can be played using Zoom or other screen sharing platforms. Perfect for social distancing!
Uno - It's one of the most iconic classic games. Match cards either by matching color or value and play action cards to change things up. Race against others to empty your hand before everyone else.
Good News with Today Show - A collection of articles and videos of stories of people rising up and doing good
Good News Network - A website with its archive of 21,000 positive news stories from around the globe, confirms what people already know—that good news itself is not in short supply; the broadcasting of it is
Doing Good Together has a number of ideas and ways you can help. Click on the link below to see their most recent newsletter.
Silicon Valley April 2020 Family Volunteer Opportunities - "Although we like to encourage our subscribers to get out in the community and volunteer, right now fulfilling an organization's wish list or making a financial donation may be the best way that we can help. We are including a list of organizations you can contact in your community, as well as a few national sites you can use to search for additional organizations in your area. We suggest you be cognizant of potential staff shortages and the increased work demands on nonprofit staff and check an organization's website and social media channels for updated information. Please check with project organizers before beginning a project as needs are changing quickly!"
News Literacy 101 - Is your family feeling overwhelmed by news on the coronavirus? Follow these steps to help kids (and you!) resist fake news, fact-check, and think critically about news and information.
Tour National Parks - Check-out these breathtaking virtual tours of the nation's best national parks. Enjoy the calm and beauty of nature without leaving your home.
Virtual Tours of 12 Famous Museums - Stuck at home? These 12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours You can Take On Your Couch.
Educational Apps That Don't Need Wi-Fi or Data - Having internet access shouldn't be a requirement for kids to use great learning apps. Even if you don't have broadband access at home or you're worried about data limits on the go, these excellent educational tools are always ready when you are. From coding games to apps that encourage creative thinking, everything on this list provides high learning potential.
Wide Open School - Wide Open School is a free collection of the best online learning experiences for kids curated by the editors at Common Sense. There is so much good happening, and we are here to gather great stuff and organize it so teachers and families can easily find it and plan each day.