Kids & Families
Events, services, digital resources, and some fun stuff!
BadgerLink is Wisconsin’s online library. Here you can find everything from videos to newspapers, author interviews, encyclopedias, and more!
Click here for instructions on how to access BadgerLink at home: https://badgerlink.dpi.wi.gov/sites/bl/files/imce/documents/educator_librarian_guide_accessing_badgerlink_at_school_and_home_v1.pdf
Bringing books to life!
- Meet authors and illustrators with exclusive movies and recordings
- Experience 12,204 read-along audiobook performances
- Hear authors pronounce and tell the stories of their names
- Enjoy 1,456 complete book readings
- Explore book trailers, Meet-the-Author recordings, and more
- Support assignments about books and author studies
- Find the right book for you (Reader’s Advisory)
Children’s fiction recommendation resource with read-alikes, discussion guides, reading lists, and more
BadgerLink (By Grade Level)
Making and STEM Resources
This resource is low in technology, but high in engagement and reliability. All the projects can be made with low cost or recycled materials. Upper elementary through middle school.
Everything from “The Many Types of Mucus” to a “Fossilize Me” card game is available here. Key vocabulary words are bolded, and the clear instructions are written with students in mind. Upper elementary and up.
Microsoft’s MakeCode program includes both physical computing with the Micro Bit and virtual coding and app development. Easy to use with limitless possibilities, it’s a great block coding interface. It even has Minecraft coding! Upper elementary through middle school.
Now in partnership with Harvard Graduate School of Education, the site includes an archive of activities for Scratch that includes 323 math activities, 302 visual arts ones, plus examples and stories to help build classroom community and support curricular content. Elementary through middle school.
More Fun Stuff
YouTube Kids Use YouTube Kids to find safe, kid-friendly videos. Go to the website, click “I’m a Parent”, and get started!
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Tons of great options from Monterey Bay! See the Aviary/birdwatching exhibit, Sea Otter habitat, Shark and fish habitat, Kelp Forest, Jellyfish cams, and many others!
Zoo Atlanta – PandaCam
The PandaCam allows you to watch the four Giant Pandas who reside at the Atlanta Zoo as they eat, sleep, and enjoy their habitat.
San Diego Zoo Watch hippos, playpus, baboons, penguins, polar bears, apes, tigers, elephants, giraffes, owls, condors, or koalas on this site! The also have tons of pre-recorded videos of some of their other residents including leopards, anacondas, and camels.
Smithsonian Animal Cams
The Smithsonian has cameras that allow you to look into the ferret, cheetah cub, naked mole-rat, lion, panda, and elephant exhibits. Due to COVID-19, they do not have volunteers moving the cameras, so animals may not be visible at all times.
Warrior Canine Connection – Puppy Cam
This nonprofit offers service dog training for veterans living with post-deployment challenges. Their puppy cam lets you see their youngest service dogs in training! Learn more about Warrior Canine Connection here.
Africam Naledi – Waterhole Cam
This solar-powered camera is set up at a large watering hole in Africa. Common visitors include lions, leopards, rhino, elephants, and buffalo. This link will take you to a YouTube Live feed.
Google Arts and Culture partnered with over 2,500 museums and galleries around the world to offer virtual tours of their spaces.
The San Diego Zoo has a website just for kids with amazing videos, activities, and games. Enjoy the tour!
Tour Yellowstone National Park – Mud Volcano, Mammoth Hot Springs, and so much more.
Explore the surface of Mars on the Curiosity Rover.
Tour the Louvre Museum in Paris.
Take a virtual tour of the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum
Yellowstone Geyser Camera
Did you know you can watch Old Faithful eruptions all day? Yellowstone has nine different live cameras to let you see what’s happening at the park any time of day.
Slime in Space
What happens when you send slime to space? Thanks to the astronauts stationed at the International Space Station, Nickelodeon was able to answer this pressing question, and your kids get to join in their discoveries!
This free 15-minute virtual field trip takes students 250 miles above the earth to the International Space Station. There, they will learn along with the astronauts as they demonstrate how slime reacts to microgravity compared to how water reacts in the same environment. Our favorite moment might be the astronauts playing ping pong with floating balls of slime!
Ellis Island Virtual Field Trip
Scholastic has an awesome website dedicated to explaining immigration to the United States. Their Ellis Island tour shows you the history of the island, has a Q&A with experts and other kids, and helps you and your family understand how their family or their neighbors’ families may have come to the United States.
Recommended Free Language Learning Resources For Kids
Duolingo ABC (Free for Android/iOS)
Designed by education experts to help your child learn to read English – 100% free!
This site from the British Council has games, stories, and videos to help native speakers of Chinese, Arabic, Russian, French and Spanish learn English. The site includes resources for parents and teachers.
PBS Kids Wisconsin
Oh Noah!, (formerly known as Noah Comprende) is designed to teach Spanish to children ages six to eight through animated videos with embedded games that help build vocabulary. In each video, a misunderstanding launches a comic misadventure.