At home with the kids? Here are some online educational activities to keep them entertained

24 March 2020

As we all navigate this challenging period, there have been lots of suggestions as to how to entertain, exercise and stimulate the minds of children while they may be at home and missing out on their daily school routine. We thought we would pull together some of these fun, creative (and mostly FREE) resources all in the one place to help you during this time.

While it can be difficult for parents to maintain a positive mindset with pressures of the current situation, focusing on our kids and making sure we are keeping some sort of normality in our homes can help us all get through each day with a sense of accomplishment.

We must advise that while we have checked each of these links for legitimacy, as they direct you to external websites we encourage you to use discretion and suggest parental supervision.

Feel free to get in touch with us to add further resources you have found useful and we can update our page.

MUSIC

ABC Kids Radio 

Virtual Music Instruments – let the kids play an instrument online, including the guitar, piano, pan flute, drums, and bongos 

Songs for Teaching – songs for preschool aged children 

READING, WRITING AND GRAMMAR

Storyline – children’s books read by celebrities 

Grammaroplois –  for all things grammar 

Boost writing confidence with Storybird 

MATHS

Make maths as a fun part of your daily family routine with Bed Time Math

Maths games galore with Gridclub.

Kids numbers – maths games

Maths Frame – interactive maths games and worksheets

SCIENCE

Science experiments that you can do at home with Steve Spangler Science.

For budding Marine Biologists- take a deep dive into ocean life with Smithsonian.

A range of Science podcasts to listen to with your kids.

GEOGRAPHY

Geography with National Geographic.

Country Reports – different cultures and countries of the world.

Tests the kids’ geography skills. Using images from Google’s Street View, it puts players down in the middle of the street and asks them to figure out where they are. 

Google Earth

HISTORY

Online history classes for all ages preteen through adults. 

What Was There – type in any city, state, or country to view an archive of historical photographs and other documents. It’s a unique way to help children learn about history.

VISUAL ARTS

Crafts and activities at All Kids Network 

Fun games, recipes, crafts, activities with Highlights Kids.

Artsology – help children learn to appreciate the arts by providing them with the opportunity to play games, conduct investigations, and explore different forms of art.

Think Design explores careers in fashion design, graphic design, interior design, book design, product design, film and theatre, architecture, animation, and environmental design- 

Mo Willems, the author of ‘Don’t let the Pigeon Stay up Late’ is uploading daily drawing lessons.

Met Museum – A wonderful detailed way to get kids engaged in the world of art.

Red Tent Art – step by step instructions on art projects including origami, 3D cards, clay pots, and more!

Carson Ellis’ Art Club– Carson Ellis, author and illustrator will be posting art assignments on her Instagram page every weekday morning. If you want to share them, you can use the hashtag #quarantineartclub. She’ll also provide individual hashtags for each exercise so everyone can see each other’s work. 

EXERCISE AND MOVEMENT

Movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts.

Kid-friendly workouts — choose from Strength for Kids, Agility for Kids, Flexibility and Balance for Kids, Warm-Up for Kids, Cooldown for Kids, Stand Up and Move for Kids, OR create your own custom kid workout.

Live PE lessons at 9am Monday to Friday on this YouTube channel for children of all ages. 

Yoga and mindfulness for kids.

Lady Gaga’s former backup dancer, Mark Kanemura, is hosting virtual dance sessions on his Instagram page.

SPACE

Explore the surface of Mars on the Curiosity Rover.

This NASA initiative covers a wide range of topics including weather, climate, atmosphere, water, energy, plants, and animals.

Listen to astronauts read stories from space.

TECH

Learn to code with: 

Code Academy 

Scratch 

Kodable 

Make your own animated videos with Go Animate.

Prezi – make your presentations zoom!

Voki – create interactive avatars to showcase children’s learning.

Go Geocatching.

VIRTUAL EXCURSIONS

Melbourne Zoo has live webcams for a zoo visit.

The San Diego Zoo has a live webcam for an international zoo visit.

What about a Museum visit? Google Arts and Culture partnered with over 2,500 museums and galleries around the world to offer virtual tours of their spaces. Some of the options include New York’s Museum of Modern Art and Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum.

The British Museum – located in the heart of London allows virtual visitors to tour the Great Court and discover the ancient Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies.

The Louvre Paris, is also offering its own virtual tour online for free.

FUN EDUCATIONAL LEARNING

Educational games K-12.

Nomsterchef – illustrated recipes designed to help kids age 2-12 cook. Recipes encourage culinary skills, literacy, maths and science.

Young Explorers is a magazine designed specifically for young children. Children can listen to the magazine being read to them as they follow along with the highlighted text.

Outschool – all sorts of online classes for kids

ABC– educational resources.

The Kid Should See This – smart videos for curious minds of all ages

Kids News – teacher professional learning workshops, classrooms activities and other useful information.

We hope you found something useful in this extensive list of indoor, isolation friendly activities!