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Online Resources for Kids | Part 1

Whether your child loves to draw or sings all day, here are some great resources (mostly in French) to nurture his creative spirit at home! 

Craving even more creative ideas? Check out Part 2 here. 

If your kid is the future Picasso... 

The Pompidou Museum has created a web series for kids called Mon oeil: Every Wednesday, learn about artworks and artists and receive tips on how to have a better understanding of art and create your own works!

The same museum, in partnership with the Chatelet Theater and France Inter radio, is launching a competition from May 5 to June 21. Everyone is invited to create a work of art inspired by David Hockney's tree spring and its message of hope. You can share it on social media with the hashtag #HockneyPrintemps or send it by email to hockneyprintemps@sabir.paris. A jury will select 10 submissions to be shown with the exhibition once it reopens.

With Archikid (or archimôme for the French version), the Cité de l'architecture et du Patrimoine has created a bilingual website dedicated to architecture and monuments that is full of activities, quizzes, stories, and games!

Through the operation #CultureChezNous, La Villette and 12 cultural institutions bring you the Micro-folie experience, allowing you to meet with Mona Lisa, listen to Beethoven, go to the Avignon festival or learn how to be a wizard from the magician Thierry Collet! Don't forget to check out Little Villette, the page dedicated to activities for children.

Hervé Tullet's Ideal Exhibition

On April 25, the French writer and illustrator Hervé Tullet offered a virtual art workshop on the Cultural Services’ Facebook PageLive from his home in Harlem, he taught participants how to make flower-themed art using supplies readily available in their homes. If you missed it, you can still watch it online!

This project is an extension of the Ideal Exhibition on Bayam TV, where Tullet explores paintings and sculptures and teaches creative workshops to kids. You can even share your artworks with the hashtag #expoideale!

Virgil de Voldère, director and founder of La Petite Ecole New York, leads free live art workshops inspired by Herve Tullet's Ideal Exhibition and BoreDomDomDom videos on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 3:00pm EST on La Petite Ecole NY Facebook page. All videos are still available on the Facebook page after the live sessions and are saved in a playlist that can be replayed at any time.

If your kid is the future Lady Gaga... 

M during one of the big little snack-concert 

To enjoy live music, especially with children, join the big little snack-concert by Mathieu Chedid (better known as M)! You can also meet with Henri Dès every day at 11:30am (EST) to catch a good tune.

With Dansékinou, French composer Jonathan Pontier's mission is to teach children how to enjoy contemporary music. If you haven't yet watched it, the show is now available on Vimeo -- a true pleasure for the ears.

In April, the Opéra comique launched "My first opera festival...online!", featuring 2 comic operas, La Princesse légère, by Violeta Cruz, and Le Mystère de l'écureuil bleu, by Marc-Olivier Dupin and Ivan Grinberg.

Created by the Paris Orchestra, Mr Onde offers a dance floor, musical puzzles, and cartoons to help kids discover the most famous works of the classical repertoire.

And if your child wants to learn how to sing, check out Vo!x, the interactive choir, a free digital portal developed by Arte and the SACEM. It offers anyone who is hoping to develop their vocal practice a pedagogical corpus around vocal and choral singing, and they have an entire series of tutorials just for kids! It's a great activity to share with the whole family.

This article will be updated regularly.