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FUN AT HOME!

Hello, everyone, it's me, Kathy, from my home office like everyone. Larry's friend, Judy the Squirrel, is peeking at me through the windows. She's so surprised and happy that I'm always home. Boy, does she beg treats too--chips, crackers, and bread. 
"That lady is still there!"

So for you kids and parents doing your part by staying home, Larry, Judy and the other squirrels, and I have stuffed this issue with fun-at-home activities, with lots of old films and books. Hopefully, we've gathered a few you haven't already seen. 

And as Dorothy said in the Wizard of Oz, we only have to look in our own backyard to find our hearts's desire and fun.

May God bless us all and especially the sick and those who are working hard to keep them well.

FREE AUDIO BOOKS


Audible 

Winnie the Pooh! Beatrix Potter! Audible has free stories kids can listen to without having to sign up for an Audible subscription.

Scribd

Scribd offers free access to their library of ebooks and audio books for 30 days. Everyday Reading has gathered a list of the 40+ best audio books for kids on Scribd.

Storyline Online - Celebrities reading picture books

Who doesn't want David Harbour, everyone's favorite Sheriff on Stranger Things to read us Snappsy the Alligator.

You can have other picture books read to you by celebrities at Storyline Online.

SILENT FILMS

Mary Pickford
Silent films tell stories without words but with lots of facial expressions and movement. They are fun to watch, especially the comedies. Lots of falling down and pie throwing. 

Here's some films from actors who made silly comedies. Maybe when you've watched a few, you can write and star in your own. Movie night with your family can be your silent film instead of Netflix.

Mary Pickford, America's Sweetheart

Mary Pickford played spunky girls. The Library of Congress has many Mary Pickford films. Mary Pickford starred in Sparrows, which I used as inspiration for God's Sparrows

I liked this one--it's cute and fun. 

Mary has three suitors! 
 


Charlie Chaplin

 

 Charlie Chaplin, the Little Tramp

For Charlie Chaplin, who tugs at your heart strings while making you laugh, you can go to the Internet Archive.
 

Charlie goes to the races and Mabel sells hot dogs.
 
 Buster Keaton
 

Buster Keaton, the Stone Face

If you like dangerous silly, you can go to YouTube for some Buster Keaton.

He did all of his own stunts, BTW. 

Clips of Buster's best stunts

DIGITAL KIDS' BOOKS


Borrow Digital Copies of the Top 100 Kids' Books 


You may not be able to go to the library right now, but the Internet Archive stores digital copies of the kid books the New York Public Library rated as the top 100. A few of the books are missing, but you can borrow them. You just need an account with the Internet Archive.

The Internet Archive's Open Library is a collection of all their digital books, not just kidlit.

And don't forget Project Gutenberg. It creates digital copies of books that are no longer under copyright and are considered important. 

ACTIVITIES FROM KIDLIT WRITERS


 

Writers of children's books took their hands away from their keyboards long enough to make activities just for you. 
 

Fun!

You may already heard that Mac Barnett, of Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, reads from his picture books at noon and his chapter books after dark on Instagram. A hat is required!

 


And Mo Williams, of Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, doodles live at lunch time. Pencil and paper required for that one. 

School's in!

In a more school-booky way, kidlit writers provide activities and readings at the Digital Directory for Remote Learning Resources

And Guides by Deb offers free activities to go along with different kids books.
 

Larry! Larry!

And of course, there are lots of back issues of the Squirrels at the Door newsletter.
 

 

GET UP AND GO!

 

 

Tag, you're it!

After all that reading and watching, how about a good game of kick the can or spud? Never heard of them? To go along with watching silent films, Wired Magazine explains the rules to 30 classic games.

 
 

I found it!

How about going on a scavenger hunt? Make your own or Primary Playground has lots of scavenger hunts already set up for you.

KATHY'S BLOG

penny serenade movie

Kathy wrote another blog post. You guessed it, about a Cary Grant movie, Penny Serenade. This ones's for moms and dads.

ANIMALS THAT STAY PUT!

If you are wishing you didn't have to stay home, the animal world is full of examples of animals that are happy to stay in one place.

How about the a sponge that clings to the same spot most of his adult life. A real sponge never got around like SpongeBob. You could study spongiology. 
 
Sponge
By Nhobgood (talk) Nick Hobgood - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11448769

Or what about sea squirts? They attach to rocks. They have two siphons at the top of their body--one to suck in water and one to squirt it out. They're all set to never leave their spot.
 
Sea squirt
By Nhobgood Nick Hobgood - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5633976

And when you are missing your friends, think of elephants, orangutans or orcas. Theses animals stay with their families most of their lives. And teenage tamarins even babysit their brothers and sisters. 
 
Uspn / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)
 
And if you don't want to stay 6 feet away from someone, think of bees who smell disease and avoid the sick members of their hive. So do tadpoles, lobsters, and house mice.

By Unknown author (original)

Bibliographyhttps://www.popsci.com/science/article/2010-08/biosensor-dogs-and-mice-could-sniff-out-disease-it-spreads-study-says/
https://blog.nationalgeographic.org/2014/01/10/5-animals-with-spectacular-sniffers/
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2018/05/animals-mothers-day-parents-babies/

STAY SAFE!

squirrel eating cracker
 

We hope you find these stay-at-home activities fun and make the days go by a bit happier, like Judy's. She's happier because I just gave her another cracker. She'll diet with the rest of us when we all go back to work and school. 

Stay safe and active! 
- Squirrels at the Door 
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