For Parents

Share Stories, Games, and Activities with Kids


03/13/2019

Do you need to keep a house full of kids entertained for an afternoon? IndyPL can help! Choose some to share with guests and some to watch during your child's own downtime.We'll keep adding to the ideas here so check back often!

1. Stream Story Time, Movies & Shows for Kids

You can use your IndyPL library card to stream movies for kids from two different services:

Detailed information about each of these services is available on our download and stream page. You can learn more about all of our streaming services here.

Our favorite Kanopy Kids category is, of course, Story Time! Our favorite Hoopla category is, you guessed it, Hoopla Picture Book videos. There are over hundreds of stories available like Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

Pair a story or two with favorite book character printables for an afternoon of story time fun that includes some off screen activity. Here are some instant online story times to get you started:

Kids also shouldn't miss 100+ Video Read Alouds and 100 MORE Free Video Read Alouds - no library card required. Choose from old classics like Where the Wild Things Are or a newer favorite like Little Jumbo. It isn't library story time...but you will still hear “I want to hear it again!”

Children's book authors are also stepping up to help you. Many of them are offering online readings, story time, Q and A sessions, and more. It depends on the author what they have in mind but it will be fun to find out! Learn more

Kanopy Kids Storytime

2. Enjoy Picture Book Read Alongs

Read Along Stories play like a movie. They look like the sample shown here. The words to the story appear on the screen as it is being read aloud. For some, as each word is pronounced, it is highlighted.

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Read Along Stories are great reading practice!

3. Read e-Books

You can use your library card to check out e-books and e-comics for kids from each of these services. If you have never borrowed from one of these platforms before directions are available:

Detailed information about each of these is available on our download and stream page. You can learn more about all of our e-books services here.

TIP: Hoopla has created a collection of bonus borrows that don’t count against your monthly borrowing limit. You can borrow as many as you'd like! There are A LOT of children's books on their list.

TIP: TumbleBooks have no loan limits and no waiting.

TIP: There are often long wait lines for e-books. Bookmark OverDrive's No Wait, No Problem e-Books for Kids to find e-books that are currently available for checkout.


4. Listen to e-Audiobooks

Just like e-books you can use your library card to check out e-audiobooks for kids from these same services. Detailed information about each of these is available on our download and stream page. You can learn more about all of our e-audiobook services here. If you have never borrowed from one of these platforms before directions are available:

TIP: TumbleBooks have no loan limits and no waiting.

TIP: There are often long wait lines for e-audiobooks. Bookmark OverDrive's No Wait, No Problem Audiobooks for Kids to find e-books that are currently available for checkout.

You can listen to Neil Gaiman read aloud his Newbery Award winning novel for kids, The Graveyard Book.


Favorite Book Character Printables

5. Play Online Games & Do Printable Activities

We will continue to add online activities to this list:

6. Read e-Magazines for Kids

You can read and download full issues of popular magazines with your IndyPL library card. We offer two different platforms for borrowing e-Magazines for kids:

Detailed information about each of these services is available on our download and stream page. You can learn more about all of our e-audiobook services here. If you have never borrowed from one of these platforms before directions are available:

7. Try a New Language

Here are three online libraries that offer free e-books for kids in different languages. Uniteforliteracy is a large collection of e-book picture books for young children. You can choose to hear stories in more than 40 languages. The International Children's Literature Database has digitized children's books from all over the world in more than 50 languages. We have selected some online stories in Spanish to help get you started here. Click on a book jacket to read the story.

8. Take a Walk and Read a Story

Take a walk and read a story as you go! We invite you to visit StoryWalk® in Ruckle Street Park at 3025 Ruckle Street. Stroll through the park and read a book displayed in mounted frames. Stories are rotated on a monthly basis.

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9. Try a Science Experiment with Things You Can Find at Home

Looking for some fun activities to pass an afternoon? Here are several science experiment ideas that use materials easily found in your house. A couple of them might require a trip to the grocery store or pharmacy, but mostly you can just raid the garage, kitchen, or medicine chest for the ingredients. Many experiments you will want to do OUTSIDE! Each experiment will give you directions as well as suggest websites and books that will help you explain what science is at work during the experiment. Here are direct links to some favorites:

10. Draw Every Day with Mo Willems and Jarrett Krosoczka

You are invited into the drawing studios of two favorite children's book authors every day for drawing lessons - they could break the record for the largest simultaneously attended drawing class for kids! On Draw Every Day with Mo Willems and Jarrett Krosoczka we have provided links to these drawing classes, printable favorite character drawing pages, links to a couple online video read alouds as well as links to e-books and streaming drawing movies you can check out with your IndyPL library card.

11. Watch Dav Pilkey at Home Friday mornings at 8 a.m. ET

The creator of Dog Man and Captain Underpants Dav Pilkey, will host Dav Pilkey at Home. The show will feature fun and free activities that will be available online including how-to-draw demonstrations, read-a-louds and resources from the collections of the Library of Congress. Additional videos and content will be shared periodically throughout the week and will feature downloadable activities, conversations about books and creativity, and tips for kids and families to create their own characters and act out scenes from Pilkey’s Dog Man book series. For more books like Dog Man to check out with your IndyPL library card go to Graphic Novels for Kids - Dog Man and More.

Starting April 1, 2020 Dav Pilkey at Home can be found here:

Do you need help learning how to download and stream library materials? Contact the Webmaster or Call-a-Librarian at 317 275-4184.