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

Updated: 2nd April 2020
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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 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!
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Books & Reading

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. 

Commonsense Media: Virtual Storytimes (Pacific Time)

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

Gainesville Fire Rescue: Stories read by real firefighters on Facebook

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

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.

PEPELT21 : Mini lessons and themed resources related to picture books

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

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

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

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

Storyline Online: Picture books read by actors

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English & Phonics

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

IXL: Maths and English resources for home learning

Phonics Play: Free during for use during the UK lockdown

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

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STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)

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

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

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

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

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

European Space Agency: Downloadable paper models of various ESA spacecraft

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

Free Home School Deals: 30 Day Lego Challenge

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

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

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

IXL: Maths and English resources for home learning

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

NASA: Bringing NASA Into the Classroom

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

Oxford Owl: Fun maths activities

Prodigy: Free curriculum-aligned math platform

Purple Mash: Resources and activities across the curriculum

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

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.

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

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

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

The Maths Factor with Carol Voderman. Currently FREE during the UK Schools closure period.

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History & Geography

BBC: History for Kids

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.

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

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

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

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

Wildlife Watch: Download  illustrated nature activity sheets

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

World Atlas: Explore the world

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

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Art & Music

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

BBC Radio 3 Music Planet: World Music Archive

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

Demotivateur: Virtually visit 17 museums in Europe for free

Doctor Mozart: Free Music Flashcards Online

Global Player: David Walliams’ Marvellous Musical Podcast

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

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

Royal Ontario Museum: Write Your Name in Egyptian Hieroglyphs

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

Shawn Harris: Live cartoon drawings

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

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

Exercise and Movement

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

Learning to dance with Oti Mabuse and Marius Lepure

Zoo Cams & Virtual Tours

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

Dublin Zoo

Edinburgh  Zoo

European Space Agency: Virtual tour of the International Space Station

Google Arts & Culture: Virtually visit museums around the world

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.

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

Smithsonian National Zoo

The Vatican – Basilica of Saint Peter

Zoos Victoria

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Teacher Resources

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

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

Cbeebies: Free games, puzzles, songs and shows

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

Commonsense Media: Tools and Advice for Virtual Learning

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

National Geographic Kids: Primary Resources

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

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

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

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!

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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