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NLM Resources for Kids and Families

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A page from the kids' graphic medicine book El Deafo by Cece Bell.

El Deafo by Cece Bell from the NLM History of Medicine Exhibit, Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived and Well-Drawn. Courtesy of the National Library of Medicine.

Whether it’s a snow day, summer vacation or kids are home sick, having educational materials ready can help keep the whole family busy.  Below are science and health resources to engage kids and help them continue to learn even when they’re not in the classroom.

  • NNLM Middle Atlantic Region has curated resources for K-12 students with topics ranging from genetics to environmental health to careers.
  • Visit the MedlinePlus Children’s Page to find links to kid friendly resources from the CDC, NIH and other trusted resources. Links also include online games.
  • Did you know that the NLM History of Medicine Exhibition Program has lesson plans for K-12 and college students for their traveling exhibits? Traveling Exhibit topics range from literature (including one on Harry Potter), to History and Social Studies, to Science and Technology.
  • Are you interested in learning about the scientific method and participating in real studies? NLM has partnered with SciStarter to curate citizen science projects that are have a health focus.

Other ideas for fun and educational activities include #ColorOurCollection free coloring pages from libraries and museums around the world, including this coloringbook from NLM, and virtual exhibits from the Smithsonian.

While using resources online, it’s a good time to work on critical thinking skills to evaluate health information and resources online.  Teach kids to practice these skills with the checklist from Trust it or Trash.

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