Play in the Pandemic
photo: Wikimedia Commons


COVID-19: Play in the Pandemic

Even though schools are closed, play and learning can continue! Play is essential for providing opportunities for rich learning to take place. Here you can find inspiration for ways to incorporate playful learning into your COVID-19 routines from others who have posted with #PlayinthePandemic, activities and coloring pages for your kids to work on, and resources for parents to learn how their children can overcome time away from the classroom.



In our Playwall project, we asked people to share how they played when they were little. Now we want to hear how you #PlayinthePandemic. Send us the ways you and your family have been playing by using #PlayinthePandemic in your tweets and mentioning us @playfullearng. We will feature great examples of playful learning on this page!


photo: Molly Schlesinger


Tips for parents on remote schooling – ABC News
(May 7, 2020) [Online link]

Avoiding the COVID-19 slump: Making up for lost school time – Brookings
by Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Helen Shwe Hadani, and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek (April 30, 2020) [Online link]

Announcing Love Your Park @ Home: May 9-17 – Love Your Park
(April 29, 2020) [Online link]

COVID-19 NeuroArts Field Guide – International Arts + Mind Lab
(April 22, 2020) [Online link]

Kids home? Tell them, as your mother used to say, “Go outside and play!” – Wilmington News Journal
by Roberta Michnick Golinkoff (April 1, 2020) [Online link]

A parent’s guide to surviving COVID-19: 8 strategies to keep children healthy and happy – Brookings
by Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Roberta Michnick Golinkoff (March 17, 2020) [Online link]

photo: Sahar Coston-Hardy

Resource Library

We will be updating this list of resources as more become available! Thank you to our play partners for helping us stay up-to-date with these opportunities for #PlayinthePandemic!

Coloring Pages

Fairmount Park Conservancy – Botanical coloring pages

Fairmount Park Conservancy – LOVE Park coloring pages

Association for Public Art – coloring pages

Activities & Games

Fairmount Park Conservancy – Concourse Lake Activities

Studio Ludo – Play Packs

Philadelphia Parks Alliance – Nature Bingo

Association for Public Art – Art Activities

National Park Foundation – Activities and Junior Ranger Program



Playworks – Play At Home

William Lane – Families at Home

William Lane – Sports at Home

Detroit Riverfront Conservancy – Sing-a-longs at Home, Coloring, Science

After School Activities Partnerships – Youth Activities, Chess, Debate, Drama

Fairmount Water Works – Virtual Learning

Parks to Kids Day (May 16) – Virtual Learning



Philadelphia Zoo – Facebook Live, 2 PM on weekdays

Mural Arts – Homeschool with Mural Arts, available anytime

Philadelphia Parks Alliance – Parks Alliance Read Along Facebook Live

KOMPAN – Play and Fitness Webinar, Daily @ 12 PM

Philadelphia Parks & Rec – Facebook Live, Daily

Virtual Tours

Friends of Wissahickon – Virtual Valley

Association for Public Art – Tour Maps for Statues

InLiquid – Gallery Tour

Barnes Foundation – YouTube Collection Highlights

National Park Foundation – Park Tours


Conversations with Philadelphia’s Global Community – Podcast

Penn State Extension – Free Online Courses


Children Helping Science – Online studies for children & parents

Temple Infant and Child Lab – Online studies for 3-10 year olds, parents, & teachers