Free Activities for Kids at Home

Free Activities for Kids at Home

Teachers, you are all doing an amazing job of preparing home learning support for your students. Below you can find a collection of FREE activities for kids at home you can add to your lesson plans.

Activities for Kids at Home

Home Learning Resources to Send Home

No one knows when the current lockdowns will finish and each country has a different CoronaVirus experience. But I do know many of you are preparing and updating activities for kids at home to use with their parents or independently.

If you want some kid-friendly information about the Coronavirus, take a look at this post from National Geographic Kids.

I have been in touch with teaching friends to find out what resources they are using with their students. My goal is to collate all these resources so there is a place you can come to if you need additional resources.

Below you will find free websites for home learning. Click on the link to go straight to that section.

Here are some posts from the Children’s Library Lady that I hope you will also find useful.

Here are just a few points to be aware of because of the circumstances of this post.

  • Some of these websites are only free during the lockdown and this timing will depend on the country of origin.
  • Depending on when you visit a particular site you may or may not find them to be free. 
  • If a website has a free trial make sure you cancel any auto-renewals!

Literacy & Reading

BBC Teach: KS1 English resources

Collins: Learn at Home free resources

English Mastery: Free remote learning resources during school closures

Hamilton Trust: Free English Resources on Hamilton

IXL: Maths and English resources for remote learning

Picturebooks in European Primary English Language Teaching: Mini Picturebook e-Lessons

Rosetta Stone: Free access to Rosetta Stone for Students for the next three months

Philip Ardagh YouTube: Philip Ardagh’s Books & Things video playlists

Rod Biddulph Website: Draw-along video every Tuesday and Thursday at 10am GMT

Kate Cunningham: Activities for kids at home will be added regularly. Also check out the Vlad Flea website for more.

Helen Docherty: Resources and activities to download for all her books

Elevenses with The World of David Walliams: Free audio stories from the author of Mr Stink

Jonathan Emmett: Games, puzzles, colouring pages and other activities

Maddie Frost: Learn how to draw

Caryl Hart: Things to do – download LOADS of FREE activities

Mac’s Book Club Show: Book readings from the author of Sam and Dave Dig a Hole

Sarah McIntyre: Click on book covers for FREE downloadable activity sheets!

Nosy Crow Books: Free resources. Also check out their YouTube channel for author readings.

Pippa Pixley: Videos, activities, stories, and resources

Jane Porter: Drawing and activity sheets

Viviane Swartz: Fun and Freebies

Chitra Soundar: Kids Zone – Activities, puzzles, crafts  and more

Stay at Home Storytime: Oliver Jeffers reads one of his books every day, such as Stuck and The Way Back Home

Stay at Home with Chris Haughton: Books and crafts from the author and illustrator of A Bit Lost

Kristina Stephenson: Sir Charlie Stinky Socks Activities, Videos and more

BBC Teach: Joseph Coelho – Understanding Poetry

The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education: Free poetry teaching resources

Poetry 4 Kids: Children’s poems, games, poetry lessons, activities, a rhyming dictionary and videos

The Poetry Society: Learning from Home

Amazon Audiobooks: All Amazon audiobooks for children are free. You will find a range of genres and different languages, such as English, German, French, Italian and Japanese. 

Book Trust: Interactive books to read online or watch with signing

Commonsense Media: Virtual Storytimes (Pacific Time)

Gainesville Fire Rescue: Stories read by real firefighters on Facebook

National Literacy Trust: Comprehensive web portal for parents for access to free reading and writing resources, audiobooks, videos and reading challenges

Oxford Owl: Free ebooks. You can find other resources, some free, some paid.

PDF Drive: Free ebooks and pdfs across many different categories.

PEPELT21 : Mini lessons and themed resources related to picture books

Read Together, Be Together: Stay Connected with Digital Events

The Reading Realm: The Reading Realm Fairy Tale Home Learning Pack

Reading Wise: Free online learning materials for reading and literacy

Scottish Book Trust: Catch up on previous Authors Live events for you to watch at home

Story Time From Space: List of books read by astronauts in space

Storyline Online: Picture books read by actors

Free Rice from World Food Programme: Practice vocabulary in different languages and donate rice at the same time

Phonics Play: Free access during UK lockdown [Username: march20, Password: home]

Phonics Play Comics: Decodable Comics that follow the teaching sequence of Letters and Sounds

Ruth Miskin Training: Read Write Inc. Phonics lessons at home on YouTube

Spelling Frame: Practice spellings linked to the UK National Curriculum for Year 1 to Year 6

Top Marks: Words and spelling games

Toy Theater: Free reading and vocabulary games

National Literacy Trust: Comprehensive web portal for parents for access to free reading and writing resources, audiobooks, videos and reading challenges

Ruth Miskin Training: Read Write Inc. Phonics lessons at home on YouTube

Tom Palmer: Children’s author demonstrates to how to edit a short piece of writing

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)

STEM Learning: Free-to-access, quality-assured resources to support the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects

British Council: Lesson plans, activities, stories, poems, songs and teaching tools

Greg Tang Math: Free maths games and resources

IXL: Maths and English resources for remote learning

Maths Factor with Carol Vorderman: Currently FREE during the UK Schools closure period.

Math Games: Free online math games

National Numeracy: Help with maths during school closures: free activities and online resources

Oxford Owl: Fun maths activities

Primary Stars Education: FREE Home Learning Packs & other resources (see red stripe for information)

Prodigy: Free curriculum-aligned math platform

Purple Mash: Resources and activities across the curriculum

Toy Theater: Free math games

White Rose Maths: – free home learning resources and maths lessons for each year group from Year 1-8

Whizz: Free Maths Resources

100,000 Stars: An interactive visualization of the stellar neighbourhood created for the Google Chrome web browser

Access Mars: Explore the real surface of Mars, recorded by NASA’s Curiosity rover

American Museum of Natural History: A science website for kids from the American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History: Videos from the Museum’s Hayden Planetarium, created using data from the Digital Universe

Bill Nye The Science Guy: Episode guide

California ScienCenter: Stuck at Home Science-Activities for families using household supplies

The Children’s University of Manchester: Learning Activities

The Deep Sea: An amazing and informative graphic that keeps going and going to show the depth of our oceans. There is a lot to learn as you keep scrolling.

Dr Michelle Dickinson aka Nanogirl: Explaining complex concepts in simple to understand ways

European Space Agency: Downloadable paper models of various ESA spacecraft

European Space Agency: Virtual tour of the International Space Station

Frost Science: Frost [email protected]: Learning Resources & Activities

Mystery Science: Free, easy science for remote learning

NASA: Bringing NASA Into the Classroom

NOVA Labs: Games and interactives that foster authentic scientific exploration.

PebbleGO: Free access resources for home learning

The Royal Institution: ExpeRimental – A series of short films making it fun, easy and cheap to do science experiments at home with your children.

The Royal Society: Science at home for Secondary and primary children

Science Sparks: Science Experiments Using Paper

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum: Enjoy the Museum From Wherever You Are!

Space Racers: Fun, free, space-themed educational activities that families can do together.

Twig Education: Free access to their supplemental science programs

Block Games: Educational games that teach programming

Codacademy: Try the free plan to help children, and maybe yourself, learn to code.

Interland: Helping kids be safe, confident explorers of the online world

Tynker: Free access to premium courses during school closures

Built By Kids: Find out how to build amazing things in your own home

The Exploratorium: Tinkering projects that encourage children to “think with your hands” using household items

Free Home School Deals: 30 Day Lego Challenge

Invent the Summer: Identify a problem and invent a solution. Engineering activities for children to try at home

The James Dyson Foundation: Challenge Cards designed by Dyson engineers specifically for children to encourage inquisitive young minds to get excited about engineering.

Lego: Online games and videos

Lego: DIY videos

Theo Cooks with Kids: Simple food and a few ingredients on Instagram and YouTube

Social Studies

British Council: Get started with global learning

British Council: Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning

The Children’s University of Manchester: Learning Activities

PebbleGO: Free access to resources for home learning

Ranger Rick: Website free to all visitors through the end of June as well as access to digital editions of the magazines

Steve Backshall: The nature presenter gives a lesson about wildlife, biology, conservation, geography and exploration. Follow him on Twitter for more information.

BBC: History for Kids

The Paleontology Portal: Resources for K-12 Teachers and Students

DK Find Out: Children Just Like Me

Google Expeditions: Google Expeditions is an immersive education app that allows teachers and students to explore the world through over 1000 virtual-reality (VR) and 100 augmented-reality (AR) tours.

Project Explorer: Travel the world through the eyes of our storytellers.

Unicef: Paddington’s Postcards: Teach Your Child About The World With Paddington Bear

World Atlas: Explore the world

Dublin Zoo

Edinburgh  Zoo

Explore: Animal Livecams from around the world

The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks: Virtually visit the national parks of America

Monterey Bay Aquarium: Experience the Aquarium online

Marwell Zoo

San Diego Zoo

Scouts UK: The Great Indoors – Keep your kids learning new skills and having fun

Smithsonian National Zoo

Wildlife Watch: Download illustrated nature activity sheets

Woodland Trust: Tree Tools for Schools!

Woodland Trust UK: 10 nature activities for kids if you’re self-isolating at home

Zoos Victoria

Art & Music

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art: educational resources, including discussion questions for artworks, lesson plans, graphic organizers and worksheets, artist interviews, animations, and more.

Art for Kids Hub: Loads of videos on their YouTube channel

The Artful Parent: Art and craft activities to do at home

Artists Helping Children: Crafts by theme

Jarrett J. Krosoczka: Draw Everyday with JJK Youtube series

Kennedy Center: LUNCH DOODLES with Mo Willems!

Noel Fielding’s Art Club: Bake Off presenter art club on Instagram

Pete McKee: Cartoon Workshop on YouTude

Red Red Art: Stuck In Doors Guide to Red Ted Art

Royal Ontario Museum: Write Your Name in Egyptian Hieroglyphs

Shawn Harris: Live cartoon drawings

Annenberg Learning: Exploring the World of Music in a video instructional series

BBC Radio 3 Music Planet: World Music Archive

BrainPop: Arts and Music resources

Doctor Mozart: Free Music Flashcards Online

Global Player: David Walliams’ Marvellous Musical Podcast

Myleene’s Music Klass: Airs on Instagram and YouTube Monday and Fridays at 10:00 (UK).

Quaver Music: Keep music class moving with free Quaver resources

Stay at Home Choir: Follow the journey of this unique choir

Cirque du Soleil: KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities, ‘’O’’, and LUZIA free on Youtube

Google Arts & Culture: Virtually visit museums around the world

National Theatre at Home: Tune in every Thursday at 7pm UK time for some of the best British theatre, free to stream for a week from 2 April

Unicorn Theatre: is streaming Anansi the Spider Re-Spun, a lockdown version of their 2019 Anansi the Spider 5* show. The first episode is already on their YouTube channel. Videos will be available until the middle of June

The Wind in the Willow: Watch the stage show for free

Atlas Obscura: Links and videos to some of the most amazing libraries around the world.

The British Museum: Virtual tour

Demotivateur: Virtually visit 17 museums in Europe for free

The National Gallery: Enjoy panoramic views of the Gallery

National History Museum: Take a virtual tour

The Tate Modern: 360 Tour

Vatican Museum: 360 Tours of the Vatican museums

Exercise and Movement

5adayTV: Fun fitness YouTube videos

English National Ballet: Youtube ballet classes

GoNoodle: Help children get moving with engaging activities. Also has a comprehensive YouTube channel.

Check out Joe Wick’s Youtube channel for daily videos.

Learning to dance with Oti Mabuse and Marius Lepure

Teacher Resources

Beanstalk: Interactive activities for kids at home

BBC Bitesize: Daily content for home learning to help with education and wellbeing.

BrainPOP: Free access for remote Learning

CBBC: Free games, puzzles, songs and shows for primary students 

Cbeebies: Free games, puzzles, songs and shows

Circle Time: Kids Classes from Home

Classroom Secrets: Home learning packs to take the stress out of these uncertain times

Commonsense Media: Tools and Advice for Virtual Learning

EducationCity: EducationCity Online Teaching Resources. Free 21-Day Trial

Funbrain: develop skills in math, reading, problem-solving and literacy

Highlights Kids: Activities, jokes, games and more from the online version of the magazine

Khan Academy: Khan Academy schedules for school closures

[email protected]: A resource for families with children of different ages & areas of interest

Mind Yeti: A library of research-based guided mindfulness sessions

National Geographic Kids: Primary Resources

Pawprint Family: Everyday adventure and skills for life

PBS Kids: Videos and games to help kids play and learn at home

PBS Learning Media: PreK-12 Resources for Emergency Closings

PenPals School: Free access during COVID-19 outbreak

PebbleGo by Capstone: Free COVID-19 Article and Activities for Kids

Premier League Primary Stars: Free home learning resources for school closures (Maths, literacy and movement)

Scholastic Learn at Home: Day by day projects to keep kids reading, thinking and growing

Seesaw: Remote Learning with Seesaw

Sesame Street: Like the TV show, but online. Full of games, songs and videos

Storyboard That: Digital Storytelling

Sumdog: Free for school during the Covid-19 pandemic

Tailor-Ed: Reach every student in half the time by creating differentiated lesson plans in just minutes

[email protected]: TED-Ed is working with expert educators and TED speakers throughout the world to create and share high-quality, interactive, video-based lessons on a daily basis, for free.

TES Blendspace: Create digital lessons in 5 minutes

Time for Kids: Time For Kids Digital Library Free For The Rest Of The School Year

Top Marks: Free educational resources for academic subjects

Twinkl: Free printables and teaching resources during the lockdown

Typing Club: Learn Touch Typing for FREE!

TTS: Curriculum-focused learning resources with home learning activities

Varsity Tutors: Virtual School Day and Virtual Summer Camps have 100s of free activities for children. It could be useful for many parents as they juggle going back to work and their children being home. The activities will remain free throughout the summer. You need to register but credit card details are needed.

Talking to Children about Covid-19

ADDitude: How to Explain Coronavirus to a Child with Anxiety

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy: Tips for Parenting During Times of Crisis

Anxiety and Depression Association of America: How to Talk to Your Anxious Child or Teen About Coronavirus

BBC Newsround: Fact checked news for children

Child Mind Institute: Going Back to School After a Tragedy

Child Mind Institute: What to Do (and Not Do) When Children Are Anxious

Konnie Huq: A kid friendly video guide to the Coronavirus

National Association of School Psychologists: Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19

Nurse Dotty Books: Dave the Dog is Worried about Coronavirus

NPR: Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus

Understood: How to Talk About Coronavirus With Kids

UNICEF: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): What parents should know

In Conclusion...

I hope you find these resources useful. Let me know in the comments if you have other excellent FREE resources that I could add!

Remember, if you want some kid-friendly information about the Coronavirus take a look at this post from National Geographic Kids.

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