"Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing" Indoor Activities Resources

Are you inside with the kids today? Someone’s sick? Raining outside? Something else keeping you inside?

These resources provide you with ways you can talk, read, sing, and play your way through the day—just with things you might already have indoors. Pick and choose the ideas that work best for your child’s age and interests. And follow your child’s lead on other ways they want to play!

Too Small to Fail is working with partners to help provide educational resources, like this toolkit, and books to families across the country. We also are working to connect nonprofit partners with corporate and philanthropic partners to help leverage support for basic needs like food, diapers and more. To learn more, email [email protected].

Talking is Teaching Resources

Below are resources that will help you to talk, read, and sing with your child while indoors!

Indoor Activities Toolkit

An assortment of fun activities to do with your child while indoors!

English | Español

Indoor Activities Toolkit Adaptions

This tip sheet includes activity adaptations to ensure parents and children of all abilities can turn everyday moments into opportunities of playing and learning together. 

English | Spanish

Caring for Your Children and Yourself During COVID-19

A tip sheet on ways that parents and caregivers can reassure and comfort their children as well as look after their own self-care. 

Download PDF (English | Spanish)

Letters from Little Ones

Brighten up the day of an older adult living in NYC and help develop your child's early writing skills in this summer writing project!

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Talking is Teaching Storybook

A fun storybook with familiar Sesame Street characters to read with your child!

Storybook Here

Talk, Read, and Sing Together Every Day!

Examples and tips on how to talk, read, and sing with your child. 

Tip Sheet

Understanding Your Child's Behavior

Tips on understanding and managing your child's feelings and behavior. 

Tip Sheet

Parenting is a Journey

Tips on taking care of yourself and your child to build a strong and loving relationship. 

Tip Sheet

Partner Resources

Below are some great resources from our partners. 

Chelsea Clinton Interview with Motherly

Chelsea Clinton gives advice on talking to your children about COVID-19 and staying safe.

Listen Here

Sesame Street: Caring for Each Other

From weekly activities to self-care, Sesame Street has resources on caring for one another. 

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8 Indoor Activities to Release Kids' Energy

Physical activity is important for both children and caregivers. Find tips on how to get some exercise while at home!

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Tips for Families: Coronavirus

How to talk to your children about COVID-19, self care, and indoor activities.

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Carnegie Hall Resources for Families

Make music, learn, and play while at home! Resources are organized by age.

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Math at Home Toolkit

Encourage your child's S.T.E.M. and math learning at home! 

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Sesame Street: Health Emergencies

Resources on how to stay well during a health emergency. 

English | Spanish

Univision: Despierta América

Echa a volar en casa la imaginación de tus Pequeños y Valiosos (los disfraces ayudan mucho)


Univision: Despierta América

Estar en casa no tiene que ser aburrido: actividades para entretener y echar a volar la imaginación de los niño.


Social Graphics

Use these social media graphics to share tips and messages about staying #HomeWithKids.