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Mindfulness Activities

Mental health is crucial as we all navigate our way through this unprecedented time. Here are some links that will help bring moments of mindfulness and rejuvenation for everyone:

Live Cams:

Monterey Bay Aquarium

California Academy of Sciences

San Diego Zoo

Go Noodle Videos:

Cosmic Kids Yoga Videos:

...and much more!


Have you visited our literary garden yet? Stop by the planter box by the Westwood Library and take a trip down children's literature lane with some of your favorite books!

Which way?

At-Home Learning Resources

MDUSD Library Website

Here is a list of online resources for accessing learning and literature: 


Contra Costa County Library E-books & audio books: 

Click here  (free)


Get Epic: (Teachers: go here to set up a free account for students)

Non-fiction articles:

Britannica School: MDUSD Clever Single Sign-On (westes/mdusd)

National Geographic Kids

Read Aloud Books:

Storyline Online

Storytime from Space (also drawing and cooking demos!)

Learn and Read from Home Activities:


KiwiCo (free activities and subscription kits)

Scholastic Learn At Home

Westwood Destiny Homepage Authors Links

Authors Online

Many authors and illustrators are going online to share their stories and drawing activities with kids who are doing at-home learning. Below is a list of their social media links:

Jarrett J. Krosoczka  (Twitter) @studiojjk (YouTube)

Peter H. Reynolds (Twitter) @peterhreynolds (Facebook) Peter H. Reynolds - Home

Dan Gutman (Twitter) @dangutmanbooks (Facebook)

Oliver Jeffers (Twitter) @oliverjeffers (Instagram) @oliverjeffers

Grace Lin (Twitter) @pacylin (YouTube)

Jess Keating (Twitter) @jess_keating  (Website)

Mo Willems (Twitter) @the_pigeon  (YouTube)

Mac Barnett (Twitter) @macbarnett (Instagram) @macbarnett

Jacqueline Woodson   (Twitter) @JackieWoodson (YouTube)

(Mostly) Off-Line  Activities

Here are some great activities you can do together to encourage reading, literacy, STEM/STEAM, and active play:

  • do a puppet show retelling of your favorite book
  • create a board game  using your favorite book as inspiration
  • record yourself reading a story aloud or acting it out (use stuffed animals or use found materials to create simple costumes)
  • make a song about your favorite story or character
  • use building materials like Lego or Play-doh to create settings from your favorite book
  • Build a fort and do Flashlight Reading!
  • Cook a favorite recipe with your family
  • Play charades
  • Build a theme park using elements from a favorite story or around a favorite author
  • Use Britannica to travel the world using the Atlas page
  • Make a trivia game using information from Britannica articles
  • Create a new cover of a favorite book with your own illustrations
  • Rewrite the ending of a favorite book OR write a sequel
  • See who can build the tallest tower out of found items
  • Go on a nature walk, collect leaves, seeds and flowers and make pictures out of them, then create a story
  • Challenge each other to draw something with your eyes closed, see how close you get!