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 for toddlers to teens. We'll be keeping this list updated so, if there's something we've missed, let us know. 

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

Exercise and entertainment

Engineering and crafting challenges with SIM's Makefest (25th - 29th May)

Gardening ideas with The School Gardener 

#LoveWhereYouLive challenge with Keep Britain Tidy

Family bike rides with Let's Ride Local

Music making with Nordoff Robbins and the Clangers

Birdwatching with eBird

Tree discovery trail with Heaton Park

Science with Jodrell Bank

Democracy with People's History Museum

Literacy with Read Manchester

Kids' home workouts with Joe Wicks

Harry Potter escape room with PT Library

Activities with Z Arts

Nature-themed activities with Fields in Trust

Activities with the Football Museum

Activities with Great Northern

Games with Escape Hunt

Fun packs with Invisible Cities

Colouring doodles with Dave Draws

Super Saturdays with Gallery Oldham

Dippy on Tour with Visit Rochdale

Books with Unite for Literacy

Games and activities with the Science and Industry Museum 

Games and activities with Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust 

Games and activities with Highlights Kids

Games and activities with RSPB Manchester

Games and activities with Seussville

Games with PBS Kids

Classical music activities with BBC Ten Pieces

Music making with Manchester Camerata

Storytelling with Manchester Literature Festival

Storytelling with Storyline

Home tasking with Alex Horne

Projects with Instructables 

'Unleash Your Voice' with Xplode Magazine

Alien Party on Planet Zum-Zee with the Hallé

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 

TheBrainScoop 

SciShow 

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)

ChatterPack

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

Artsy

Ten university arts classes you can take for free online

Creative Boom

Fun creative activities to do at home

Read more: Brian Cox to teach science and City's Agüero to teach Spanish in BBC’s new ‘home school’