For information and resources from Syracuse University, Falk College, and other University departments, please visit the pages listed under Additional Resources.
A message from the Director
March 20, 2020
Dear BMW Community:
With all the different resources that are available to you, we wanted to focus on providing activities and experiences geared toward young children that could be enjoyed while at home both during and after the current pandemic, all the while promoting your child’s development. As everyone continues to adjust to their new arrangements, all the staff at BMW are working to support you. It is our goal to maintain the connection between home and school for all our children. To share or request resources, please feel free to contact us.
Email will be our main point of communication. If you are not able to email us, we can also be reached by leaving a message at 315.443.2471 and one of us will return your call.
For additional ideas, you can follow us on social media.
Please take care of yourself and those around you.
Valerie Walsh, MSEd
Director, Bernice M. Wright Child Development Lab School
Human Development and Family Science
Activities and Resources for Children and Families
Onondaga County Public Libraries: Making Small Moments Big
Multiple resources and activity ideas compiled in one easy location thanks to Onondaga County Public Libraries in collaboration with the Early Childhood Alliance.
Activities to encourage creativity, movement and more with simple materials at home.
Instant streaming of audiobooks in 6 languages. Service for children is free while schools are closed.
SAG-AFTRA Foundation features celebrities reading aloud children’s stories.
Author Read Aloud
Children may recognize Peter Reynolds from his school visit to BMW in the spring of 2019. He reads his books Live on Facebook Fridays at 12:00pm EST, with videos posted of his previous readings as well.
A collection of digitized books for all ages available to borrow thanks to this initiative of the Internet Archive.
The Laurie Berkner Band
Children can dance and sing along with some of their favorite songs including: “The Goldfish (Let’s Go Swimming),” “We Are the Dinosaurs,” “Rocket Ship Run,” “These Are My Glasses” and more.
Incorporating yoga and mindfulness into her music, Bari Koral has created many favorites (and shares them on her YouTube channel) including “Dancing Bear,” “Back to the Farm,” “Bats,” and more.
From fingerplays to full-body dancing, children can play along with favorites such as “A Soup Opera,” “Silly Dance Contest,” “One from the Left (A Finger Play),” and more.
Children can recreate some of their favorite school Circle Times with songs like “Tooty Ta,” “Rise and Shine,” “I Had a Bird,” “ABC Kick Box,” and others to help keep them moving.
Action for Healthy Kids
An assortment of suggested activities to encourage movement and health.
The Run Club
Videos with ideas to engage your child in active play.
Games to engage your child in active play during their screen time and suggestions for non-screen time movement-based activities.
NAEYC: Process-Focused Art Experiences
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) offers the characteristics and tips for leading process-focused art (hint: provide materials and let the children take the lead).
The Kennedy Center Education
The creator of The Pigeon series, Elephant & Piggie, and more, Mo Willems recorded 15 episodes of his “Lunch Doodles” and provides a link to a list of other authors and illustrators sharing stories and activities online.
WheatonArts and Culture Center
Family Art Workshops, including video tutorials to introduce different techniques for creating art.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
Activities to do with your 2-4-year-olds at home with options for older ages as well.
Videos and activities geared toward elementary-aged children and up. With appropriate supervision, many can be adapted for younger children as well.
National Geographic Kids
Crafts, games, videos, articles, experiments and more. A wealth of information for your child to learn about Space, Animals, and more while also providing inspiration for adults to create activities for children.
Additional Early Childhood Resources
Syracuse University Coronavirus Webpage
Human Development and Family Science Department COVID-19 Resources
Office of Human Resources COVID-19 Information
World Health Organization (WHO) – Novel Coronavirus
Center for Disease Control (CDC) – Coronavirus
NYS Department of Health – Coronavirus