Try a new hobby or practice your craft with these creative art and music projects and lessons.

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grades 5–12

The Blues as Building Blocks

Did you know your favorite songs are probably influenced by the blues? Learn more about this music genre and its roots in Black history.

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found object music

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Preschool–grade 12

Found-Object Music

Listen to this holiday jingle using wrenches. What songs can you recreate with objects found around your house? Pots, pans, bottles, or glasses with water are a great start.

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paint and create

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Preschool–grade 3

Paint and Create

Mess around in this simple and fun painting tool to make your own masterpiece. Share it with family when you're done.

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dreidel game

Worksheet

grades 1–3

Play the Dreidel Game

Discover a fun game typically played during Hannukah. Read the rules, learn the symbolism, and make a dreidel if you don't have one already.

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money-making moves

Worksheet

grades 4–6

Money-Making Movies

Use facts about these popular holiday movies to practice some math skills and graph your results.

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kindness rocks

Activity

grades 1–5

Kindness Rocks!

Write inspiring notes on rocks and leave them for your friends, family, or community to find.

Activity

grades 2–5

Tower of Turkeys

Gather some markers and paper, then watch this video to learn how to draw a stack of turkeys with different faces.

Video

grades K–5

Paper Weaving

Learn how to weave paper together to make a 3D design. Just gather some paper, scissors, pens, and maybe some glue.

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take art to the streets

Interactive

grades 1–5

Take Art to the Streets

Spray, stamp, and paint up a wall to make some street art you'd love to see on the side of a local building.

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street art

Interactive

grades 1–5

Take Art to the Streets

Spray, stamp, and paint up a wall to make some street art you'd love to see on the side of a local building.

Video

grades K–5

Miniature Stage Play

Learn how to make a tiny theater you can use to stage miniature plays.

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make two cool collages

Activity

grades K–6

Make Two Cool Collages

Grab some art supplies, then follow along with this video that'll help you create two types of collages.

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kindness rocks

Activity

grades 1–5

Kindness Rocks!

Write inspiring notes on rocks and leave them for your friends, family, or community to find.

Activity

grades 2–5

Tower of Turkeys

Gather some markers and paper, then watch this video to learn how to draw a stack of turkeys with different faces.

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make two cool collages

Activity

grades K–6

Make Two Cool Collages

Grab some art supplies, then follow along with this video that'll help you create two types of collages.

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invent a critter

Activity

grades 3–5

Invent-a-Critter

Using Legos, create a creature that's as cute as you can possibly make it. If allowed, share it with the community on the site.

Activity

grades 2–5

Create a Cozy Bear

Draw along to this video that'll show you how to create a hibernating bear for the holidays or anytime. Pause as much as you need!

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mythical map

Activity

grades K–5

Mythical Map

Dream up an imaginary world and write down its key characteristics. Then use stuff from around your home to create a map on the floor.

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create a cut out figure

Activity

grades K–6

Create a Cutout Figure

Create along with this video that'll show you how to create a cutout, draw, and color a portrait of someone you know.

Activity

grades K–5

Book by Mail

Use paper, scissors, glue, a stapler, etc. and write a book for a family member. Then send it to them in the mail.

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make a pinata

Activity

Preschool–grade 5

Make a Piñata

Cut, paste, and decorate your way to a fun piñata party. All you need is a few easy-to-find supplies.

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diy ornament

Activity

grades 3–6

Awesome Ornament

Gather some simple crafting materials, and then go step by step to make a piñata-shaped ornament.

Activity

grades 1–5

Room in a Box

Gather some art supplies and odds and ends you can use to make a miniature room inside a box. Watch the video for inspiration.

Activity

grades K–5

Chalk Bomb

Take chalk outside and create some delightful sidewalk or driveway art outside a friend, family member, or neighbor's house.

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telling stories without words

Article/Ebook

grades 3–6

Telling Stories Without Words

Take a closer look at what it's like to be a photojournalist, and read what one photojournalist has to say about her job.

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various coding apps

Article/Ebook

Preschool–grade 12

Best Apps and Websites for Learning Programming and Coding

Through coding, students build essential literacy skills, gain an understanding of logic and sequence, and learn the mechanics of iteration.

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various arts apps

Article/Ebook

Preschool–grade 12

Best Arts Education Apps and Websites

Empower your students to move from consumption to creation and to make their voices and perspectives heard.

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tech creation apps

Article/Ebook

grades K–12

Best Tech-Creation Tools

Find a new tool for students to learn through making as they build meaning, work through problems, and acquire new knowledge and skills.

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various coding apps for kids

Article/Ebook

Preschool–grade 5

Best Coding Tools for Elementary

Build essential 21st-century skills with tools that target the foundations of programming: problem-solving, logic, and critical thinking.

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novelist jerry craft

Article/Ebook

grades 5–6

8 Questions for Jerry Craft

Read about how graphic novelist Jerry Craft discovered comics and why he wrote his Newbery Award-winning book New Kid.

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Audio

grades 4–12

Listen to Some Shakespeare

Find a comfy chair, get out your headphones, and listen to a Shakespeare play performed by actors from the Folger Theatre.

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paint and create

Interactive

Preschool–grade 3

Paint and Create

Mess around in this simple and fun painting tool to make your own masterpiece. Share it with family when you're done.

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take art to the streets

Interactive

grades 1–5

Take Art to the Streets

Spray, stamp, and paint up a wall to make some street art you'd love to see on the side of a local building.

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street art

Interactive

grades 1–5

Take Art to the Streets

Spray, stamp, and paint up a wall to make some street art you'd love to see on the side of a local building.

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picture of a sculpture in the Vatican

Interactive

grades 3–8

Visit the Vatican

Wander the richly decorated halls of this unique holy city-state—completely free of crowds!

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coloring page

Interactive

Preschool–grade 12

Art Coloring Book

Reimagine and re-color famous paintings with the click of a mouse.

Interactive

Preschool–grade 3

Impersonate Your Favorite Personality

Choose a famous person that you admire and study them. How do they move? how do they speak? Practice in front of a mirror and then showcase your new talent to your family.

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Interactive

grades 3–8

Family Fun: Music and Dance

Explore this vast and vibrant collection of virtual tours all about how music and dance shape our world.

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Interactive

grades 3–8

Museum Magic

Explore the exhibit "Harry Potter: A History of Magic" from the British Library. Look for everything from real "magical" artifacts to J.K. Rowling's original sketches.

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Interactive

grades 1–6

Meet the Met

Get ready to explore over 5,000 years of art from across the globe.

Interactive

grades 3–12

Play Charades

Set up a video chat with a friend, grandparents or another family. Take turns trying to get the other side to guess your clue.

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Interactive

Preschool–grade 12

Create with Colors

Click on a color and see famous fine art that contain it. Then pick a color to feature in your own art! (Note: There are a few paintings with nudity)

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Interactive

grades 3–12

Game Coder

Explore some of the tutorials in Microsoft's MakeCode Arcade. These step-by-step guides show how to modify and create simple games using drag-and-drop code blocks.

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picture of August Savage

Lesson

grades 3–5

Augusta Savage: Harlem Renaissance Artist

Delve into the extraordinary life, achievements, and art of sculptor and gallerist Augusta Savage, who was a key part of the Harlem Renaissance.

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abstract art

Lesson

grades 5–8

Drawing to Music

Learn about synesthesia and how it influences musicians and artists. Then put some music on, get inspired, and draw.

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video title screen

Lesson

grades 1–6

A Truly Creative Curriculum

Move and create along with these high-energy video lessons that are sure to tap into your inner artist, writer, and performer.

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animated animals dancing

Lesson

Preschool–grade 12

Hour of Code

Try these engaging, one-hour introductory computer science tutorials, appropriate for all ages. There are hundreds of activities and tutorials in over 45 languages.

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sample image of coding

Lesson

grades 3–12

Quick Coding Course

Learn the fundamentals of computer science with drag-and-drop blocks. Create your own drawings and games.

Video

grades 5–12

The Blues as Building Blocks

Did you know your favorite songs are probably influenced by the blues? Learn more about this music genre and its roots in Black history.

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found object music

Video

Preschool–grade 12

Found-Object Music

Listen to this holiday jingle using wrenches. What songs can you recreate with objects found around your house? Pots, pans, bottles, or glasses with water are a great start.

Video

grades K–5

Paper Weaving

Learn how to weave paper together to make a 3D design. Just gather some paper, scissors, pens, and maybe some glue.

Video

grades K–5

Miniature Stage Play

Learn how to make a tiny theater you can use to stage miniature plays.

Video

grades 3–12

Add Some Style to Your Singing

Find out how singers use "runs" and "ornaments," then try some out. Afterward, see if you can identify these techniques in your favorite songs.

Video

grades 3–5

#ConcertForKids with the Villalobos Brothers

Get inspired by these musical brothers from Xalapa, Mexico, as they combine traditional Mexican folk music with jazz and classical music.

Video

grades K–5

Music of the Mountains

Enjoy some traditional music, including Peruvian pan flutes. Why are they different sizes? How does that affect the sound?

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African drumming

Video

grades 3–8

African Drumming

Explore the influential history of African drumming, and try out some of the key techniques. Click through and watch the other videos.

Video

grades K–12

Four Notes That Changed Music with Ezinma

Watch as violinist Ezinma honors the history and legacy of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony—and its famous four notes—in this awesome modern take.

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Video

grades K–8

Draw with Drew (and Rosie)

Draw along with Drew and his special guest, fourth grader Rosie. Their helpful tips and silly banter are sure to get your creative juices flowing.

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Video

grades K–12

Rube Goldberg Machines

Check out these crazy contraptions that are all about cause and effect, and draw a plan for your own.

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learn by doing

Website/App

grades K–5

Learn by Doing

Explore the educational challenges other kids are doing, and try some yourself. Make and upload videos only with permission!

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Website/App

grades K–5

Book Creator

This easy-to-use digital book-making tool lets kids publish their own writing with images, sound, and video.

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interface of Scratch

Website/App

grades 1–8

Scratch

Website teaches kids to program while they create games and animations. Lessons available in over 40 languages.

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Website/App

grades 3–12

GarageBand

Turn your iOS device into a powerful multitrack recording studio complete with awesome loops, impressive editing and production features, and more.

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Learn Computer Science at Home

Website/App

Preschool–grade 12

Code.org

Learn computer science from home with lessons for all grades and abilities, from pre-readers to AP-level programming students.

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#metkids

Website/App

grades 1–6

MetKids

Get ready to explore over 5,000 years of art from across the globe with this whimsical, kid-friendly intro to the wide world of art.

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people in the asian art museum

Website/App

Preschool–grade 12

Asian Art Museum

Take an in-depth look at Asia's influence on art and history with inventive lessons, activities, videos, and images.

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art sample

Website/App

Preschool–grade 5

Artsonia Kids' Art Museum

Allow students to share their work and reflect on their artistic process.

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Website/App

grades K–4

Dav Pilkey at Home

Get drawing with beloved author Dav Pilkey. Learn how to make all your favorite Dog Man characters, and find many more fun activities.

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dreidel game

Worksheet

grades 1–3

Play the Dreidel Game

Discover a fun game typically played during Hannukah. Read the rules, learn the symbolism, and make a dreidel if you don't have one already.

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money-making moves

Worksheet

grades 4–6

Money-Making Movies

Use facts about these popular holiday movies to practice some math skills and graph your results.

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recipe zine

Worksheet

grades 3–8

Recipe Zine

With a little folding and loads of creativity, use this template to make a recipe for yourself, a family member or friend, or anything!

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ancient art

Worksheet

grades 4–6

Ancient Art

Color the Incan textile pattern and then try to create your own version. What patterns do you see? What shapes will you include?

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Daily Art Challenges

Worksheet

Preschool–grade 8

Daily Art Challenges

Print or save these calendars and use them as inspiration for daily creative activities. They're open-ended and don't require any specific supplies.