6th May 2020
Whilst the government wrestle with the practicalities of sending children back to school whilst maintaining the social distancing rules, finding things to amuse and educate kids can seem a bit overwhelming. You aren’t alone! There are lots of great sites sharing free resources for homeschooling children or just keeping them busy during your Zoom meetings!
Here’s a selection of the best we’ve found.
BBC Bitesize – A favourite of many teachers for revision, BBC Bitesize is producing new lessons each day for each year group. The lessons are short and fun and include quizzes to track progress, all presented in a cartoon style. Also visit BBC Teach for a bunch of free home schooling resources
The Natural History Museum have added lots of activities to do at home based around Science, Nature and the Environment
GCSE Science students might find this huge Biology quiz from Love Biology useful – there’s over 1500 questions to get through!
There are some fantastic videos and other lessons available on The Childrens University website – sign up for free to access all of their content
If you are taking homeschool seriously, there are plenty of resources to download for free here
For A-Level or GCSE Students, there’s help and some free virtual learning at Seneca
Scholastic have launched a Learn-At-Home site for all ages and subjects – all completely free!
There’s some fantastic free science lessons over at Mystery Science
If you want more Science, Crest Awards have some really fun projects to complete
Lots of great at-home History and Science projects, lessons and videos are free for everyone at the Big History Project
If you are looking for Geography learning and activities, try out World Geography Games for free here
Abdo Bookshelf have made a large selection of educational books completely free on their website
David Walliams is reading one of his hilarious childrens stories each day, the reading is available on his website for 30 days afterwards – it’s a great way to introduce children to his characters!
Audible has released over 200 children’s and young adult books for free on their platform – click here to get started.
There’s a new free Harry Potter At Home Hub now on the Wizarding World website with lots of activities, games and detail on favourite characters
Starfall is a free online service helping children to read – it’s American so some things may not be relevant to some age groups but it’s a great premise!
There’s some excellent reading resources for all age groups at Unite For Literacy
If you are having trouble choosing books, here’s a great list of some top 2020 reads for young people
Jamie Oliver is sharing how to cook cupboard staples and leftovers up into easy, freezables meals for the family – it’s a great way to get kids involved in cooking, read more about his new show here
And if cooking is their jam, there’s lots of great recipes for kids to get involved with making at Myfussyeater.com
Get them helping to cook dinner with this fab ‘for kids’ recipe from BBC Goodfood
If you have teenagers in the house, it’s a great time to teach them things they might not learn in school – here’s some ideas from handling disappointment to managing money
There are some great ideas here from GrowVeg on gardening with children during the lockdown
There’s even more animation and computer game designing help completely free at Scratch
Learn to sew at Tilly and The Buttons with free lessons, tutorials and videos and there are more sewing lessons tailored specifically to kids here
Activity Village have a School Closure hub with lots of colouring in, activities for inside and outside and ideas for children to try
Creativebug have lots of free activities for keeping the hands active and the mind engaged!
Red Ted Art had a bunch of colouring and other fun activiuties for younger children
There’s lots of lockdown content at The Imagination Tree, including printables and links to fun ideas across the web
There’s 50 ideas to explore nature in your back garden on the National Trust website
You can now earn a Blue Peter badge in lots of different ways – check out the website here to start
Visit our huge selection of Pinterest boards here for more!
10 Stem Challenges For Preschoolers – Challenge your preschoolers to design, engineer and build with these fun STEM projects that are perfect for 3-6 year olds.
9 Learning Activities For Outside – – A selection of activities and printables for outdoor fun
101 Genius SIdewalk Chalk Ideas – These incredible sidewalk chalk ideas for kids will bust boredom with fun games, learning activities, & chalk art creations!
Simple Outdoor Number Activities For Kids – Here are more more fun outdoor activities for younger children
21 Outdoor Art Activities – Messy, creative activities for warmer weather
Outdoor Maths Games For Kids – Fun ideas for learning Maths outside
There’s a huge list of 101 free activities to do with children at home or in your garden here – perfect for lockdown!
Finally, here is a fab online story that will help children understand what the pandemic is and reduce anxiety – “Dave The Dog Is Worried About Coronavirus’
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