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Just for Fun

Chalkboard with the message "Y'all have fun now, ya hear!". By Tim Mossholder, via unsplash.com
Take a brain break with these puzzles, videos, activities, and resources from around the web!
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A few times a month, I'll bring you a little digital creative bite - something that has made me think, laugh, or ask new questions.
 
Jerome Robbins' "Mistake Waltz" (choreographed in 1956 and set to a piece by Chopin) will remind you that mistakes can be beautiful, risk-taking is fun. Ballet with a side of comedy!
 
 
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The Bookish Football Star - showing us that books are for everyone.
Puppetry re-telling of Stone Soup by New York City-based puppeteer and teacher Justin Perkins - funny, timely, and demonstrates the possibilities and magic of making puppet theatre with little more than cardboard.
 
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Virtual Escape Rooms
 
Challenge your wits, literary and pop culture knowledge, puzzle solving, and more by navigating these virtual escape rooms.
 
Podcasts
  • Cast of Wonders - weekly short stories from young adult speculative fiction (everything from hard science fiction, to urban fantasy, horror, steampunk, superheroes and more).
  • First Draft with Sarah Enni - each week the host speaks with YA and middle grade authors about storytelling, the craft of writing, and the publishing business.
  • Levar Burton Reads - the actor and reading activist hand-picks his favorite short stories and reads them. It's like a sophisticated, modern Reading Rainbow!
 
Videos
  • Sonnet a Day by Sir Patrick Stewart - every day the award-winning stage and screen actor reads a different Shakespeare sonnet on Instagram.
  • Write. Right. Rite. Series - from National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Jason Reynolds, this series explores storytelling, creativity, and authenticity and offers prompts to get your own imagination flowing.
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Movement
 
Meditation
  • Calm Together - free meditation, self-care, soundscapes, and other resources from the app Calm to weather distance learning.
Hands-on - Drawing, Coloring, and Crafts
 
  • Color Our Collections from the New York Academy of Medicine and partners - free printable coloring pages "drawn" from the image collections and archives of over 200 cultural institutions.
  • Draw Every Day with JJK - free daily drawing lessons from author/illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka.
  • Lunch Doodles - a new drawing video each day from author/illustrator Mo Willems.