Coronavirus Support Pages

Useful websites to keep children busy

For more information on COVID-19, visit www.watford.gov.uk/coronavirus



General Recreation (Exercise and Books)

Joe Wicks Online PE Class
youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1
Joe Wicks has offered to become “the nation's PE teacher” following the closure of schools in the UK

Audible 
stories.audible.com/start-listen
Audible have made hundreds of titles completely free to help during coronavirus crisis.

VR Museum Tours
travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-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)
nursedottybooks.com/dave-the-dog-is-worried-about-coronavirus-2
A book for children about coronavirus that aims to give information without fear.

Watford & Three Rivers Family Centre Service
hertsfamilycentres.org/family-centres.aspx
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

Staying Active


Arts and Crafts

The Artful Parent
https://www.facebook.com/artfulparent/
Good, free art activities

Red Ted Art
https://www.redtedart.com
Easy arts and crafts for little ones

The Imagination Tree
https://theimaginationtree.com
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.

Creative Bug
creativebug.com
Creativebug offers online video arts and crafts workshops and techniques. Learn how to paint, knit, crochet, sew, screen print, and more.


Learning

Scholastic
classroommagazines.scholastic.com
Scholastic has created a free learn-from-home site with 20+ days of learning and activities.

Khan Academy
khanacademy.org
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.

BBC Learning
bbc.co.uk/learning/coursesearch/
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there's so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision.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.

Futurelearn
futurelearn.com
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).

Seneca
senecalearning.com
For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.

Openlearn
open.edu/openlearn/
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.

Blockly
blockly.games
Learn computer programming skills - fun and free.

Scratch
scratch.mit.edu
Creative computer programming

National Geographic Kids
www.natgeokids.com
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.

Duolingo
duolingo.com
Learn languages for free. Web or app.

Mystery Science
mysteryscience.com
Free science lessons

Crest Awards
crestawards.org
Science awards you can complete from home.

iDEA Awards
idea.org.uk
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.

Paw Print Badges
pawprintbadges.co.uk
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.

Tinkercad
tinkercad.com
All kinds of making.

Prodigy Maths
prodigygame.com
Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.

Cbeebies Radio
bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio
Listening activities for the younger ones.

Nature Detectives
naturedetectives.woodlandtrust.org.uk
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!

British Council
britishcouncil.org
Resources for English language learning

Oxford Owl for Home
oxfordowl.co.uk
Lots of free resources for Primary age

Big History Project
bighistoryproject.com
Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.

Geography Games
world-geography-games.com
Geography gaming!

Blue Peter Badges
bbc.co.uk/cbbc/joinin/about-blue-peter-badges
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.

Twinkl
twinkl.co.uk
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)
allinonehomeschool.com
Everything from preschool activities to 12th grade.

Storyline Online (USA)
storylineonline.net
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)
www.starfall.com
Free public service to teach children to read. It also has videos and books.

ABCya! (USA)
www.abcya.com
Educational games that will keep kids engaged and having fun. 

Funbrain (USA)
www.funbrain.com
Online educational games for kids of all ages (math, grammar, science, spelling, history).

SplashLearn (USA)
www.splashlearn.com
Award winning math learning program 

PBS Kids (USA)
pbskids.org
Educational games and videos from Curious George, Wild Kratts and other PBS KIDS shows!

Highlight Kids (USA)
highlightskids.com
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.

Seussville (USA)
seussville.com
Welcome to Seussville, the home of all things Dr. Seuss.

Turtle Diary (USA) 
turtlediary.com
Exciting ways of learning with the help of fun online games, videos, experiments, puzzles, coloring sheets, and more! 

Toy Theater (USA)
https://toytheater.com/
Educational online games


Education Youtube Channels / Videos

  • 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!
  • TheBrainScoop
  • 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

Activities with Celebrities

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