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Local attractions help kids continue to learn outside of the classroom

During this time of social distancing, different organizations are giving people a chance to learn something new.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — With schools closed, there are a lot of resources out there for caregivers who find themselves educating their children at home. 

The Explore and More Children's Museum is shut down, but it recently launched a new blog called "Sanity Savers." The blog covers art, culture, STEM, local history and sensory friendly activities for kids to do at home during this period of social distancing.

The museum updates the blog with one to two new activities every day, outlining what you'll need to complete it, along with step by step instructions. Most of the activities involve things you likely already have at home. 

Here's Senior Manager of Education Amelia Shrader demonstrating one of the activities, how to creating a sensory bin. 

To learn more about Sanity Savers, click here

The Buffalo Zoo also has resources they're putting out for kids who are out of school. 

They released a video yesterday with one of their educators, Lisa Thibault, walking around the zoo searching for signs of spring.This is a part of the zoo's ongoing series of videos that's aimed to help kids learn about animals while the zoo is closed. There are also worksheets to go along with some of their videos that will help guide kids through nature walks. The worksheets can be found by clicking here.

This is also a good time for adults to spend time of education, too. Yale University's Popular Happiness Class is now online for free. It's taught by a psychology professor and focuses on understanding happiness in life.

There are actually 450 Ivy League Classes you can take online for free. There's a link through this website - FreeCodeCamp.org.

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