Useful websites to keep children busy
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- General Recreation (Exercise, books and more)
- Arts and Crafts
- Education Youtube Channels / Videos
- Fun activities with celebrities
Joe Wicks Online PE Class
Joe Wicks has offered to become “the nation's PE teacher” following the closure of schools in the UK
Audible have made hundreds of titles completely free to help during coronavirus crisis.
VR Museum Tours
Google Arts & Culture teamed up with over 2500 museums and galleries around the world to bring anyone and everyone virtual tours and online exhibits of some of the most famous museums around the world
Dave the Dog Is Worried About Coronavirus (FREE Education Book)
A book for children about coronavirus that aims to give information without fear.
Watford & Three Rivers Family Centre Service
Facebook Live videos for Rhyme Time, Baby Sing & Play and Story Time sessions, as well as 1:1 advice for breastfeeding and introduction to solids
- Everyone Active - Home Workout and Training Plans
- LTA - Tennis at Home
- NHS - Fitness Studio
- NHS - Home Workout Vidoes
- Saracens Sport Foundation - #TogetherActive Series
- Sport England - #StayInWorkOut
- Sport in Herts - WorkOut From Home
- Watford Cycle Hub
The Artful Parent
Good, free art activities
Red Ted Art
Easy arts and crafts for little ones
The Imagination Tree
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.
Creativebug offers online video arts and crafts workshops and techniques. Learn how to paint, knit, crochet, sew, screen print, and more.
Scholastic has created a free learn-from-home site with 20+ days of learning and activities.
Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it's mostly common material.
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there's so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.
Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).
For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.
Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.
Learn computer programming skills - fun and free.
Creative computer programming
National Geographic Kids
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.
Learn languages for free. Web or app.
Free science lessons
Science awards you can complete from home.
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.
Paw Print Badges
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.
All kinds of making.
Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.
Listening activities for the younger ones.
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!
Resources for English language learning
Oxford Owl for Home
Lots of free resources for Primary age
Big History Project
Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.
Blue Peter Badges
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.
This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures.
All-in-One Homeschool (USA)
Everything from preschool activities to 12th grade.
Storyline Online (USA)
Storyline Online is available 24 hours a day for children, parents, caregivers and educators worldwide. Each book includes supplemental curriculum developed by a credentialed elementary educator, aiming to strengthen comprehension and verbal and written skills for English-language learners.
Starfall Education (USA)
Free public service to teach children to read. It also has videos and books.
Educational games that will keep kids engaged and having fun.
Online educational games for kids of all ages (math, grammar, science, spelling, history).
Award winning math learning program
PBS Kids (USA)
Educational games and videos from Curious George, Wild Kratts and other PBS KIDS shows!
Highlight Kids (USA)
The place for children of all ages to play games and discover new jokes, surveys, answers to science questions, and fun crafts and recipes from Highlights.
Welcome to Seussville, the home of all things Dr. Seuss.
Turtle Diary (USA)
Exciting ways of learning with the help of fun online games, videos, experiments, puzzles, coloring sheets, and more!
Toy Theater (USA)
Educational online games
- www.coolmath4kids.com - Maths
- www.mathgametime.com - Maths
- Beast Academy - Maths
- www.uniteforliteracy.com - Literacy
- www.literactive.com/Home/index.asp - Literacy
- www.sciencekids.co.nz - Science
- www.e-learningforkids.org - All subjects
- Tynker - Coding for Kids
- Udemy - Online learning and teaching marketplace with over 100000 courses
- iReady - Online assessment and instruction that helps teachers provide all students a path to proficiency and growth in reading and mathematics.
- Discovery Education - inspires educators to go beyond traditional learning with award-winning digital content and professional development.
- Salamoji and The Coronavirus - A video or flip-book explaining how important social distancing is.
- Crash Course and Crash Course Kids - You Tube videos on many subjects
- Ted Ed - All sorts of engaging educational videos
- Science Channel - Learn about outer space, leading scientific exploration, new technology, earth science basics, & more with science videos & news from Science Channel.
- SciShow Kids - SciShow Kids explores all those curious topics that make us ask "why?"
- Free School - FreeSchool is a safe and friendly place to expose children to famous art, classical music, children's literature, and natural science in an age-appropriate and kid-accessible way.
- Geography Focus - Get to know planet Earth and how mankind interacts with it!
- SciShow - SciShow explores the unexpected. Seven days a week, Hank Green, Michael Aranda, and Olivia Gordon delve into the scientific subjects that defy our expectations and make us even more curious!
- Kids Learning Tube - Kids Learning Tube educates kids through music and animation in a fun and unique approach to learning.
- Geeek Gurl Diaries - Programming, Computer Science, Logic, Electronics
- Mike Likes Science - makes science inspired music videos.
- Science Max - series that turbocharges all the science experiments you’ve done at home.
- SoulPancake - joyfully exploring and celebrating the many ways in which we seek connection, love, hope, truth and purpose.
- The Kids Should See This - Wide range of cool educational videos
- BrainPop - a group of educational websites with over 1,000 short animated movies for students
- Curiosity Stream - Watch award-winning science, technology, history and nature documentaries, worldwide, on-demand and available on multiple devices.
- Outschool - offers over 10,000 live, video-
enabled classes for young people ages three to 18