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Updated 16th April 2020

A non-exhaustive (but slightly exhausting if you attempted it all at once!)  list of over 50 educational resources and fun things to do. Collected from around the internet for you to do at home with children and young people of all ages during lockdown. Also remember that there is always the option to just turn on the TV and no one will judge you for it!

Feel free to share and send your suggestions of things to add to info@adoptionsupportcentre.org

Arts, Crafts and Fun Things to Do

Play Hooray

https://playhooray.co.uk/blogs/new

Lots of play activity ideas for all ages.

The Artful Parent

https://www.facebook.com/artfulparent/
Good, free art activities linked to from this Facebook page

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.

Crash Course Kids

https://m.youtube.com/user/crashcoursekids
You Tube videos on many subjects for a young audience.

Paw Print Badges

https://www.pawprintbadges.co.uk
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.

Cbeebies Radio

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio
Listening activities for the younger ones.

Nature Detectives

https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2020/03/nature-detectives/
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!

Stop Motion Movie App

Make your own animations with  the free Stop Motion Studio app on Google Play or Apple App Store and follow the instructions. “Action, cut, do it again but more awesome!”

Identify stars with a free stargazing app

The Star Walk 2 app is available on Apple or Android. Billing itself as a ‘free planetarium’, Point your mobile upwards to reveal the names of stars, constellations, galaxies, asteroids and more.

Enjoy 100s of free Audible kids’ audiobooks

https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

Audible has released a collection of audiobooks for free, which it says will be available “for as long as schools are closed”.

Beam a tiger (or shark, panda or pug) into your home

Thanks to Google’s augmented-reality search feature, you can beam a virtual tiger, shark or pug into your home. Just download Google Chrome to your phone, then search for an animal. Click the ‘view in 3D button’, then ‘view in your space’ and you should see the creature prowling your room on your device’s screen.

Easy origami for kids

Step by step tutorials on 20 origami projects for kids.

Visit a Museum or Art Gallery

You may be stuck at home but did you realise you can visit any number of famous museums around the world – without the crowds! The Louvre, the National Gallery, the British Museum.

The Great Indoors

https://www.scouts.org.uk/the-great-indoors/

The scouts have collected together a great list of 100 things to do inside for all ages.

For Harry Potter Fans

https://www.wizardingworld.com/collections/harry-potter-at-home

A hub of information and activities to discover the magic of Harry Potter. Explore the hub for a wealth of creative and craft activities, quizzes, puzzles and more. There will also be a weekly email newsletter bringing fresh ideas each Friday.

24 Best Free Podcasts for kids

https://www.timeout.com/new-york-kids/things-to-do/best-podcasts-for-kids-of-all-ages?

Ideas from Action for Children

https://www.actionforchildren.org.uk/support-for-parents/things-to-do-with-your-child/?

Things to do with young children if you are stuck at home.

Paint Bristol with Jenny Urquhart

CCS patron Jenny Urquhart shows you how to paint Bristol in easy peasy steps. Create your pictures and then share them at #jennyurquhart #paintwithjen

Buy a bundle of scraps and create

https://www.childrensscrapstore.co.uk/

Scrapstore in St Werburghs are selling and delivering craft bundles of scraps to get creative with.

Stories from David Walliams at Elevenses

Cooking

Jamie Oliver gets families cooking together

https://www.jamieoliver.com/features/category/get-kids-cooking/

From healthy snack ideas to making your own fish fingers together.

Get Baking

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/kids-baking

A collection of 66 recipes for kids to bake.

Cooking with Kids

https://www.kidspot.com.au/kitchen/recipes/collections/cooking-with-kids

Australian site with lots of ideas for cooking with children.

Physical

PE with Joe Wicks

The new PE teacher in town, every weekday morning at 9am for half an hour. Do it with your children.

Free Hula Hooping class for kids

https://learn.livelovehoop.com/courses/kids?

Yoga for kids

Half hour yoga sessions for kids with Sophie Khan

Home Learning – General

Toy Theater

https://toytheater.com/
US educational online games for younger kids

DK Find Out

https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/
A range of activities and quizzes for all ages. Allows your child to search, learn, and explore information on a safe and secure site with quizzes, videos and animations.

Ted Ed

https://ed.ted.com
All sorts of engaging educational videos and lessons for all ages. A newsletter is available with daily lesson suggestions tailored according to age.

The Kids Should See This

https://thekidshouldseethis.com
Wide range of cool educational videos

Twinkl

https://www.twinkl.co.uk
This site has a large range of print outs and resources and is usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents at the moment.

BBC Bitesize

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

Home learning for ages 3-11, 11-16 and 16+. BBC Bitesize are publishing daily online lessons for all ages. There is also a dedicated TV channel full of learning content, podcasts on BBC Sounds and loads of educational video on iPlayer.

BBC Learning         

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach

Home learning for ages 5-16. This website is home to thousands of free curriculum-mapped videos, arranged by age-group and subject. Includes curriculum mapped video resources and interactive lessons.

Futurelearn

https://www.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).

Home Learning – Maths

Khan Academy

https://www.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.

Prodigy Maths

https://www.prodigygame.com
Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.

Cool Maths Games

https://www.coolmathgames.com/

Does what it says!

Learn Maths with Carol Voderman

https://www.themathsfactor.com/

Sign up is free during lockdown for this maths teaching site from Carol Vorderman. Daily lessons and regular newsletter.

Home Learning – Language

Write your first novel in 30 days

https://ywp.nanowrimo.org/pages/for-writers

Use this platform to help you write a novel in 30 days as part of the Young Writers programme.

Oxford Owl for Home

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/
Lots of free resources for Primary age

Duolingo

https://www.duolingo.com
Learn languages for free. Web or app.

British Council

https://www.britishcouncil.org/school-resources/find
Resources for English language learning

Home Learning – Science and IT

Steve Backshall, Every Wednesday at 9.30am

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm-URP49TgSgyIU1rgh2m7A

Live wildlife Q&A with Steve Backshall. Post your questions.

National Geographic Kids

https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.

Mystery Science

https://mysteryscience.com
Free science lessons

Cosmic Shambles Network – Family Science Club

The first in a new Saturday morning series based around Science for families on You Tube. Part of the Stay at Home festival.

Science shows with Professor Brian Cox, Robin Ince & Guests

https://cosmicshambles.com/stayathome/upcoming-schedule

Blockly

https://blockly.games
Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.

Scratch

https://scratch.mit.edu/explore/projects/games/
Creative computer programming

Tinkercad

https://www.tinkercad.com
All kinds of making. Tinkercad is an app for 3D design, electronics and coding, used to imagine, design and make anything.

Crest Awards

https://www.crestawards.org
Science awards you can complete from home.

iDEA Awards

https://idea.org.uk
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.

RSBP – wildlife inspired online games

https://www.rspb.org.uk/fun-and-learning/for-kids/games-and-activities/online-games-for-kids/

Online games from the RSPB inspired by nature.

Home Learning – History and Geography

Big History Project

https://www.bighistoryproject.com/home
Aimed at Secondary age. Multi-disciplinary activities.

Geography Games

https://world-geography-games.com/world.html
Geography gaming!