Online Resources: Keeping Kids Connected While Social Distancing

 In Art, News, Parent Resources
    Staying at home has become the new normal. But chronically ill kids and their siblings can explore a world of great free opportunities online. Here are a few online resources for kids activities to help children stay connected while social distancing.

    Drawing & Painting Classes:

    Social Distancing: Resources for Kids' Online Activities#Drawtogether with Wendy MacNaughton

    Frequency: Each weekday, 10 a.m. Pacific Time

    Where to find it:

    Wendy MacNaughton, the well-known San Francisco illustrator who did the art for Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, launched a daily drawing class on Instagram for “kids of all ages, parents of kids, parents of parents, aunties/uncles, friends and pets.”


    Social Distancing: Resources for Kids' Online ActivitiesQuarantine Art Club with Carson Ellis

    Frequency: Each weekday morning

    Where to find it:

    Illustrator Carson Ellis is leading art classes for adults and kids alike with her Quarantine Art Club. Every day a different drawing prompt will get the creative juices flowing, so after watching a couple quick step-by-step video clips, you can take your eyes off a screen for a change and put pen to paper.


    Book Clubs:

    Social Distancing: Resources for Kids' Online ActivitiesBook Club with Mac Barnett

    Frequency: Daily at noon Pacific Time

    Where to find it:

    Children’s book author Mac Barnett is starting his own daily book club and will be reading one of his books every day for about a month, according to his announcement post. The video will be available on Barnett’s Instagram story for 24 hours after it’s posted. So grab a hat, join in, and start reading.


    Social Distancing: Resources for Kids' Online ActivitiesCelebrity Book Reading

    Frequency: Daily

    Where to find it:

    In partnership with Save with Stories is offering stories on Instagram and Facebook to provide fun and education to kids and parents stuck at home during the coronavirus outbreak.


    Parenting Resources:

    Social Distancing: Parent ResourcesThe Upbeat Podcast

    Frequency: Twice monthly

    Where to find it:

    Powered by CoachArt, The UpBeat Podcast provides a podcast series and family resources dedicated to improving the social and emotional wellbeing of kids impacted by chronic illness.


    CoachArt Community and “Virtual” In-Home Lessons

    In addition to these resources, we encourage CoachArt families and volunteers to consider having “virtual” in-home lessons using online videoconferencing tools. Some, such as Google HangoutsZoom, and Zoho Meeting, can be used at no cost. CoachArt Virtual Clubs are coming soon! If you are part of an In-Home Lesson match, you can discuss this with each other.

    If you have any questions or concerns about CoachArt and its programs, please contact us at



    Give a "virtual high five" on National High Five Day (Thursday, April 19th), and $5 will be donated to CoachArt!Since 2001, CoachArt has matched volunteer coaches with students for one-on-one or group lessons in arts and athletics. Our vision is that one day every family impacted by chronic illness will be connected to a community of support and an opportunity to learn and grow together.

    CoachArt offers free art and athletic lessons to chronically ill children and their siblings between the ages of 5-18 in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, and San Diego. If your child has been diagnosed with a chronic condition, we invite you to fill out a student eligibility form or get in touch to learn if CoachArt is right for your child.

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