There is a lot to take part in online at the moment, here is a selection of our favourites!
Exercise – Free Online Workouts
Fitness Blender – Daniel and Kelli are the husband and wife team behind Fitness Blender, a site that offers a huge selection of full-length videos that allow you to exercise at home without equipment. Here you will find fat-burning workouts, kickboxing routines, total body strength training, workouts for boosting metabolism, stretching sequences, and more.
Spark People – shares short videos for all different types of home workouts, no equipment required. There are several categories – abs, cardio, yoga and pilates, as well as others that dive into healthy cooking and eating ideas. These workouts are great when you are pinched for time. Choose a 10-12 minute routine and squeeze in some activity where you normally would have skipped it altogether.
PE with Joe Wicks – a free daily workout aimed at kids LIVE on Joe’s YouTube channel The Body Coach TV.
Exercise Games and Indoor Activities to Get Kids Moving – We’ve put together a list of 25 easy indoor exercise ideas to do with kids at home. It’s a really simple way for a family to integrate movement and exercise into any day. Most of these can be done right in your living room, and will even work in tight city apartments (or hallways). We promise everyone will be tired and laughing after attempting just a handful. www.mommypoppins.com
NHS 10 minute workouts – Short on time? Hate the gym? Too tired to exercise after work? These 10-minute workouts are just what you need. These equipment-free fitness routines are great to do at home and short enough for you to easily fit them into your daily schedule. There are 6 workouts, 1 for every day of the week if you include a rest day, each working on a different area of your fitness. Try to do 1 of these routines daily to improve your general health and strengthen and tone different muscle groups. www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/10-minute-workouts
Entertainment and Fun
Learn to sew – Looking for an easy way to learn to sew from the comfort of your own home? These free online sewing classes will walk you through the basics at your own pace. Everything from how to sew a straight line to making ruffles and adding elastic and it’s all free. www.crazylittleprojects.com
The Shows Must Go On – the youtube channel bringing you show-tunes, backstage access and full performances from some of the best-loved musicals in history!
Watch a documentary – If you’re in the mood for something a bit more cerebral, there are a few websites that give you access to free documentaries. Whether you’re into sharks, revolutions, or serial killers, you’ll find something interesting to watch during the lockdown. Some great sites include Documentary Tube. Top Documentary Films, and Documentary Heaven.
Bingo – Print your bingo cards at home to play in‑person, or send out links to individual bingo cards to play a virtual bingo game – we even provide a bingo caller! www.myfreebingocards.com
Crayola – Make your world more colourful with printable colouring pages from Crayola. Our free colouring pages for adults and kids, from Star Wars to Mickey Mouse. www.crayola.com
Free online Quizzes – Test your knowledge or improve it on one of our many free online general knowledge quiz questions. www.funquizzes.uk
Fun learning for Kids – Are you looking for free printable activities for kids? These educational printables cover a variety of skills and a variety of levels of ability. www.funlearningforkids.com
Kids Memory Games – print a few sets of cards – enough so that you have two of each picture. Cut them out and laminate, then play matching or memory games with them. www.activityvillage.co.uk/bingo-cards
Oxford Owl – Welcome to our free eBooks collection, developed for children aged 3–11 years old. We are making even more eBooks available here, for the duration of UK school closures, so that your child has more to read. www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page
Fun Science experiments – Check out the free experiments section, full of fascinating hands-on experiments that are a great way to enjoy the world of science. www.sciencekids.co.nz
The Spruce Crafts – free printable activities for kids will keep them happy and content for hours. There are thousands of printables below that are not only fun but also educational. The free printable activities for kids including printable mazes, paper dolls, hidden pictures, connect the dots, colour by numbers, as well as some seasonal printables to keep the kids having fun all year ’round. These printable activities will help your kids with counting, maths, writing, and problem-solving skills while still having a great time. https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/
Free Trivia quizzes – lots of categories, lots of fun https://www.triviaplaza.com/
Word Searches, number puzzles and sudoku to download for Kkids – puzzles for children of all ages and some of the harder ones, even teens will enjoy. These puzzles have so many benefits, yet are simple and fun to solve. https://www.puzzles-to-print.com/
Topmarks – a great website for educational resources https://www.topmarks.co.uk/
Kids Crafts for Creative At-Home Fun – did you know that plastic milk jugs make awesome fairy houses, or that sugar cubes are a fun substitute for Lego bricks? Sometimes we all need a little push to get the creative juices flowing. Here is a mega list of 100 art projects that you can do with your kids in the comfort of your own home. From paper crafts to slime. https://www.mommypoppins.com/
Bitesize – BBC iPlayer and the Red Button – are hosting Bitesize Daily programmes each weekday for learners aged five to 14.Expert teachers have worked with us to create these fun-packed programmes full of learning and inspiration. Each programme will include a combination of core subjects like English, Maths and Science, as well as other subjects such as History, Geography, Music and French. Watch Bitesize Daily on iPlayer.
Short stories – do you like listening to and reading stories? Reading stories is a great way to improve your vocabulary and we have lots of great stories for you to watch. Watch stories, print activities and post comments! https://www.learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/short-stories
Colouring squared – we offer an extensive library of math colouring pages. From themed content of your favourite characters, Harry Potter, Super Heros, Disney, Nintendo, Fortnite and more. We offer more than a 1,000 free coloring pages. Visit https://www.coloringsquared.com/
Disney Jr – fans of Mickey and friends will love visiting Disney Jr. Educational. Games, colouring pages, and videos are a few of the highlights. The games focus on memory, hand-eye coordination, colour matching and other important skills for developing minds. http://www.disneyjunior.disney.com.au/games
40 Jokes for Kids That Will Keep the Whole Family in Giggles – Is there anything more satisfying than hearing your kids let out a deep belly laugh to one of your jokes? Well, maybe watching them learn to tell their own jokes for kids. The first time my kids started telling jokes, they made little sense, but we all laughed together just the same, because hey, it was funny to them! https://www.mommypoppins.com/
Dot to Dot – free, printable dot to dot worksheets that are fun for kids! Some are easy connected dots worksheets, some difficult worksheets, and very difficult worksheets. Enjoy these free, printable dot to dot worksheets! https://www.activities.raisingourkids.com/connect-dot-to-dot/index-02.html
Kids Treasure Hunts – cut out the pictures to make lots of mini cards and laminate them. Hide them around the house or garden, then give each child or team a list of pictures to find. Some of our newer packs of bingo cards (African Animals, Minibeasts, Sea Creature and Transport) include a ready-made page at the end of the pack that you could print for this. https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/simple-treasure-hunt
Kids Memory Games – We’ve got lots of Free Printable Memory Games to choose from! These matching games are fun to play but also fun to give for little gifts or for birthday party loot bags! http://www.busybeekidsprintables.com/
Homemade Playdough – this super-easy playdough recipe is the perfect way to spend a rainy afternoon inside. It’s quick enough to hold a young child’s attention and you only need a few store cupboard ingredients. Little hands can play with the results straight away, so there’s immediate gratification for all involved! https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/playdough-recipe
Free Jigsaw Puzzles – Thousands of free jigsaw puzzles that will knock your socks off. Puzzle of the Day, full screen puzzles and a whole lot more. https://www.thejigsawpuzzles.com
Daily Jigsaw Puzzles – a new online jigsaw puzzle added daily. Thousands of free jigsaw puzzle games for PCs and tablets, suitable for both kids and adults. We have puzzles for every age and skill level and all are free to play, https://www.dailyjigsawpuzzles.net
Book Trust – storybooks and games – here you can find lots of lovely interactive books to read online or watch with signing. There are classic children’s stories that we think you and your family will love, including Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd to Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson, along with newer favourites such as Chris Haughton’s Oh No, George! and Everybunny Dance! by Ellie Sandall. You can also watch our Storytime playlist on YouTube from the likes of Ore Oduba, Adam Buxton, Fearne Cotton and many more we also have free, fun kids’ games to enjoy online. Whether you want number games, puzzle games, colouring or the Shape Game, you’ll find lots of interactive activities to try. Have fun! https://www.booktrust.org.uk/
Printable Crossword Puzzles – can easily be downloaded whenever you want. https://www.freedailycrosswords.com/
Download Free Sudoku Puzzles – 5 difficulty levels, sudoku for kids, easy ,hard, expert and extreme sudoku puzzles. https://www.sudoku.cool/
Activity Village – In these difficult times, it is important for all of us to do what we can to help. With schools closed all over the world, parents are finding themselves juggling working from home with looking after and entertaining their kids. We are all worried about keeping our families safe, particularly our older loved ones and any members of the family with health problems. Some of us are quarantined or self-isolating too. It’s putting us all under tremendous pressure. We’ve pulled together some of our favourite activities into the bundles you see below – and for the next few weeks at least we are making them free for everyone to download. https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/
Word Search – collection of word search puzzles online, with new ones being added regularly, fun to play, but also educational,many teachers make use of them. Every puzzle is 100% free to play and you can even go old school and print them to enjoy offline later. Plus, if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, why not create your very own with our simple to use Word Search Maker, and then share them with your friends. https://www.thewordsearch.com/
Free Puzzle Games – download free Puzzle games for PC! All Puzzle games are 100% free, no payments, no registration required. https://www.myplaycity.com
Printable hidden pictures are fun for kids! Some are easy hidden pictures and objects, some difficult hidden pictures puzzles and even more difficult printable hidden pictures puzzles. Enjoy these free, printable hidden pictures puzzles for kids! https://www.activities.raisingourkids.com/hidden-pictures/
Sesame Street – these are challenging times and your friends at Sesame Street are here to help. Our new hub is filled with videos, playful learning activities, and ways to help families stay physically and mentally healthy. The Sesame Street Muppets are staying home, too, but still connecting with friends online—and each week we’ll post new videos, like Singalong with Elmo or Snack Time with Cookie Monster. Hope to see you there! https://www.sesamestreet.org/
LoveReading4Kids community – free, no catches, no fine print just unconditional book-loving for your children with their favourites saved to their own digital bookshelf. https://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/
Nick Jr – printables, games and other activities your kids will enjoy at NickJr.com. The games allow your children to explore their creativity, play dress-up, learn new music, put together puzzles and work on numbers and shape recognition http://www.nickjr.co.uk/
Learning Games for Kids – the name of the site says it all. Learning Games for Kids is all about games that teach kids almost every subject you can think of. Word, spelling, social studies, brain, science, art, vocabulary, literature and keyboarding games will get your kids started on a learning adventure. https://www.learninggamesforkids.com/
Printable Snakes and Ladders – Use a die and any game pieces you like for this printable board game of snakes and ladders, similar to chutes and ladders. If you land on the bottom of a ladder, go up, but if you land on the head of a snake, go down to the tail. https://www.printableboardgames.net/preview/Snakes_and_Ladders
Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids – It’s learning with a twist. The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids features riddles, puzzles, a question of the day, a timeline of interesting history facts, sky events and weather conditions to track at home with your children. https://www.almanac.com/kids
BBC History for Kids – games, quizzes and fact sheets take kids on a journey through time. Kids can set off on a learning adventure when they walk through ancient history, world history and histories of specific countries on the BBC History for Kids website. https://www.bbc.co.uk/history/forkids/
Paper and Pencil Games – click any printable board game to see a larger version and download it. https://www.printableboardgames.net/category/pencil
Highlights for Kid – the magazine for kids that’s been around for more than 60 years now offers online ways to play, read and craft with your children. Matching games, art activities, animated stories and science experiments are just a few ways kids can learn while having fun on the Highlights for Kids website. https://www.highlightskids.com/
Online Games and Puzzles – If you’re looking for puzzles that tie your brain in knots, problems to solve and clues to unravel, the solution lies right here https://www.myrealgames.com/
Classic Games – Click any printable board game to see a larger version and download it. https://www.printableboardgames.net/category/classic
Codecademy – dedicated specifically to teaching coding. Where other coding sites follow an example/practice session workflow, Codecademy includes a live practice window. This means you can practice coding while still viewing the lesson material. https://www.codecademy.com/
Nature and Zoo websites and cams
Edinburgh Zoo – to watch the daily Panda, Penguin, Tiger, Koala and Rockhopper Penguin Live webcams visit https://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/
National Geographic Kids – watch animal cameras, learn interesting tidbits about animals, see and share photos of nature, learn about different countries and try science experiments on Kids.NationalGeographic.com. These activities don’t even begin to scratch the surface of the National Geographic Kids website. There’s also a “Little Kids” section for the younger explorers in your home. https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/
San Diego Zoo – tune into San Diego’s penguin cam to watch these adorable creatures splashing around in the water and on the shore. Perfect at-home entertain. https://www.zoo.sandiegozoo.org/
Paignton Zoo – watch Flamingos, Sulawesi Crested Macaque and Meerkats, visit https://www.paigntonzoo.org
Folly Farm – Watch sheep, goats and new-born lambs via this adorable live stream. “Our webcam points right down at our farm animals so you’ll never miss a moment as they go about their daily lives. It’s especially exciting when we’ve got new babies,” explains the farm. https://www.folly-farm.co.uk/
Dublin Zoo – enjoy watching their beautiful animals online. The elephant live cam is particularly amazing. https://www.dublinzoo.ie/
Houston Zoo – giraffe cam provides some entertaining footage. Sit comfortably and watch the long-necked creatures chomp on vegetables and enjoy the sunshine. It even enables you to zoom in to the enclosure for a closer look. https://www.houstonzoo.org/
Wildlife Trust Cumbria – camera provides an up-close and personal view of wild badgers every day, live from the beautiful countryside in Cumbria. https://www.cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk/
Kansas City Zoo – King penguins are the star of this live stream over in Kansas. Not sure how to spend your lockdown lunch break? Well, now you do… https://www.kansascityzoo.org/
Atlanta Zoo – visit Atlanta Zoo’s panda cam and you’ll see plenty of the beautiful animals roaming freely. https://www.zooatlanta.org/
African animals – want a glimpse of something a bit more far-flung? This clever live stream, Explore.org, shows African animals in their natural habit for people at home to enjoy.
Dudley Zoo – Watch our Sumatran Tigers, Daseep & Joao or check out our group of Humboldt Penguins in Penguin Bay! https://www.dudleyzoo.org.uk
Marwell Zoo – What’s happening at Marwell Zoo right now? Take a look… https://www.marwell.org.uk
The British Museum’s collection spans over two million years of human history – and it can be explored online. For a virtual visit to the museum visit www.artsandculture.google.com/partner/the-british-museum
Lake District National Park – a series of webcams placed at its most beautiful sights, see live scenes from Windermere, Conniston Water, Derwentwater, Ullswater, Keswick and Skiddaw. visit www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/visiting/webcams-videos-and-photos/webcams
The Natural History Museum – large parts of the famous museum can be discovered, visit www.artsandculture.google.com/partner/natural-history-museum
Brighton’s Royal Pavilion – a virtual tour of four of its rooms, see inside the banqueting room, great kitchen, music room and the usually off-limits red drawing room, you can also listen to an audio guide. To find out more, visit www.brightonmuseums.org.uk/royalpavilion/whattosee/virtual-tour/
The National Gallery – Wherever you are in the world, take a tour of the National Gallery. https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/visiting/virtual-tours
The RAF Museum in London – tours include the Grahame White Watch Office, the historic hangars and Bomber Hall. Visit www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/things-to-see-and-do/virtual-tours.aspx.
Tate Britain – explore the gallery’s collaboration with Google Street View, over 270 items in its collection can be viewed on the site. Visit www.artsandculture.google.com/partner/tate-britain
Hidcote Manor Gardens – a series of outdoor spaces brimming with colourful plants and flowers. Take a 360-degree interactive tour on the National Trust website, you can wander amongst the spaces, don’t forget to turn your sound up and listen to hear birds chirping. Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hidcote/features/hidcote-virtual-tours.
Victoria and Albert Museum – From ancient Chinese ceramics to Alexander McQueen evening dresses, take an incredible journey through 5000 years of human creativity with our online collections. https://www.vam.ac.uk/
Royal Academy of Arts – If you want to brush up on your art skills, The Royal Academy of Arts’ website has an online life drawing tutorial.The anatomy class was originally broadcast in February 2019 and features a male model as well as a miniature horse. To have a go at the class, visit www.royalacademy.org.uk/article/watch-life-drawing-live-anatomy-class. And have some paper and a pencil to hand.
Coursera – is a website that partners with universities and organizations around the world. This brings a wide variety of topics and perspectives to one searchable database.
Coursera is a powerful tool for free online education and includes courses from many top universities, museums and trusts. This gives the site an extremely wide range of in-depth courses. Coursera is extremely useful if you’re looking to study many different topics or want courses from different schools and groups. https://www.coursera.org/
Alison – is a free education site offering certification in some areas. Alison offers courses mainly in business, technology, and health, but also includes language learning courses. It’s a great option if users need certification for their learning as Alison also offers school curriculum courses. https://www.alison.com/
OpenLearn – Open University a world leader in open and distance learning, all OpenLearn courses are free to study. We offer nearly 1000 free courses across 8 different subject areas. https://www.open.edu/openlearn/free-courses
East Sussex College is offering free online courses – adults can use to train or upskill during the lockdown. The college, which has a campus in Kings Drive, is offering the short courses through its online training centre Grasp Learning. Adults, aged 19 and over, are encouraged to gain a new qualification during this difficult time. Grasp Learning is the online training provision from the college and supports individuals and businesses by offering a selection of courses for free. For more information call 030 300 39777 or visit www.grasplearning.co.uk/elearning-short-online-courses
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