They’ll be entertained AND educated with our huge list of online resources

Even for those not self-isolating, social distancing advice will mean more time at home in the coming weeks. What with schools now closed to boot, keeping the kids entertained and educated may seem an impossible task. But fear not - the world wide web is here to the rescue, with everything from fun learning tools to gardening ideas and even virtual escape rooms.

2020 03 23 Kids Workout Joe Wicks
Body coach Joe Wicks is uploading daily kids’ workouts

Of course there’ll be many more where these came from but below are some great free online resources we’ve found so far. Something we’ve missed? Post your own links and ideas in the comments below…

Exercise and entertainment

Gardening ideas with The School Gardener 

Books to borrow with Manchester Libraries

Kids' home workouts with Joe Wicks

Harry Potter escape room with PT Library

Activities with Z Arts

Fun packs with Invisible Cities

Colouring doodles with Dave Draws

Books with Unite for Literacy

Games and activities with Highlights Kids

Games and activities with Seussville

Games with PBS Kids

Storytelling with Storyline

Home tasking with Alex Horne

Projects with Instructables 

2020 03 29 Mog Z Arts
From colouring to yoga, Z Arts has activities aplenty for young children

Fun educational sites   

(Some of these sites are American so grades may differ slightly)

Kaligo Handwriting (young children)

Switch Zoo (young children)

Khan Academy (ages 2-18)

Literactive (pre-kindergarten to grade 1)

Turtle Diary (pre-kindergarten to grade 5)

ABCya (pre-kindergarten to grade 6+)

Math Game Time (pre-kindergarten to grade 7) 

Funbrain (pre-kindergarten to grade 8)

Scholastic (pre-kindergarten to grade 9)

Starfall (kindergarten to grade 3)

Splash Learn (kindergarten to grade 5)

E-learning for Kids (kindergarten to grade 6+)

Tynker coding (age 5+)

BrainPop (various ages)

Cool Math 4 Kids (various ages)

Science for Kids (various ages)

2020 03 23 Kaligo
Kaligo is offering its handwriting app for free during school closures

There are also lots of engaging educational channels on YouTube, including…

Crash Course Kids 

SciShow Kids

National Geographic Kids

Free School 

Geography Focus 



Kids Learning Tube 

Geeek Gurl Diaries 

Science Max

2020 03 23 Sceince Max
Science Max aims to make experiments exciting

Other lists we love (including plenty for adults too)


A superb list of boredom-busting resources, from virtual museum tours to language learning

March Network

A mental health network that charts ‘creative isolation’ initiatives across the UK

What’s On Stage

Shows, musicals and opera being streamed online for free


Ten university arts classes you can take for free online

Like that? We’ll be publishing lots of handy listicles soon, from home workouts to unmissable TV shows and ways to entertain yourself while supporting Manchester businesses. Stay tuned…

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