In lockdown and with limited places to venture beyond their parents' home office, children will need all the help they can get to stay amused during this challenging time — that is, if you want to avoid Crayola-doodled invoices.
From "The Great Indoors" activities with Bear Grylls to story time with David Walliams, here are the best resources to keep up your sleeve over the coming weeks.
P.E. with Joe Wicks
Joe Wicks hosts LIVE workouts aimed at kids on his YouTube channel every day. These workouts are fun, suitable for all ages and even adults can take a break from their desks to get involved.
You can check out all the classes to date here.
Story time with David Walliams
David Walliams, author of the "World's Worst Children" story collection and "The Boy in The Dress," announced on 23rd March that he would be releasing an audio story every day for the next 30 days – all free of charge. You can listen to the daily short stories any time, with each being released at 11.00am from 24th March to 23rd April. Head to The World of David Walliams website for activities, clips, books and more.
Discover The Great Indoors with Bear Grylls
A week stuck at home for children can be "as tough as a week in the mountains," says Survival Instructor, Bear Grylls.
That's why he's helped Scouts make more than 100 free activities, games and craft ideas available on their website so that kids can discover "The Great Indoors" and develop new skills during the coronavirus pandemic.
"Whether you're climbing Everest, or just trying to make it through to bedtime, a little planning and positive spirit will make all the difference," he says.
Each activity aims to build upon a different skill, such as communication or problem-solving.
Check them out here.
Maths Factor with Carole Vorderman
Carole Vorderman's primary maths homework website, The Maths Factor, has helped children develop their confidence in maths since 2010. Now, the resources are available online for free to support childrens' continued learning at home.
Make the most of free maths classes here.
Music Lessons with Myleene Klass
Myleene Klass has also joined the army of familiar faces battling lockdown boredom. The trained classical musician is bringing a series of music lessons called Myleene's Music Klass to YouTube with the help of her two daughters. These classes are guaranteed to liven up any living room.
National Geographic Kids
Head to the National Geographic Kids YouTube channel if your kids are interested in learning about exotic animals, science and more. They can pick and choose their favourite subject at their leisure. Perfect for popping on when that urgent, unexpected work call comes in.
BBC Super Movers
Super Movers is encouraging kids across the UK to get physically active at the same time as learning. You'll be humming the catchy soundtracks for days.
Turtle Diary enables your child to compete in a range of multiplayer educational games to get the best score, such as Maths Tetris and Ninja turtle.
If you have older children, Eton College has also just opened up their online self-study tool to the nation to help secondary school children through self-isolation. EltonX provides future skills courses to students aged 14-20, to help them with public speaking, interview skills, critical thinking, researching and much more.
These fun podcasts could save you if you have an important conference call and need a little peace and quiet.
Imaginative stories for children of all ages.
This podcast is produced by parents for children ages 4-10 and builds upon folktales from around the world. Each episode is 10-20 minutes.
An award-winning science podcast answering fascinating questions about the world.
A podcast answering silly questions every child wants to know the answer to.
An imaginative science-themed audio drama for kids. Perfect for dinosaur and robot-obsessed kids.
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