Free Online Resources and Activities to Educate and Entertain the Kids
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Free Online Resources and Activities to Educate and Entertain the Kids

Kenneth Fong
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Since we’re all stuck at home during this Circuit Breaker Period.

It’s been especially trying for my friends who have kids at home.

While there are some who enjoy spending more time with their young ones.

There are some who’ve got tonnes of work to do and meetings to attend.

And their si gina (Hokkien: damn kids) are slowly (but surely) driving them crazy.

SpongeBob and Patrick Playing With Seaweed Moustaches
Source: SpongeBob SquarePants | Giphy

Whether you’re looking for wholesome options, which can educate and entertain the rugrats.

Or activities to keep them occupied while you get work out of the way.

Here’s a compilation of free online resources and activities to educate and entertain the si gina, erm… I mean, kids at home.

Note: please remember to regulate their screen time too!

Online Learning

ABCya! Screenshot
Source: ABCya!

I know.

I know.

A lot of these resources are American, but hey, they’ve been doing home-schooling since forever.

So you know that the resources are pretty good.

I’ve listed options from Pre-Kindergarten (4 years old) to A-Levels (18 years old).

Online LearningSuitable ForDetails
ABCya!Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 6
(4 to 12 years)
Games by subject and theme
BBC Learning3 to 16+ yearsLanguage learning from primary to secondary school and beyond. Updated daily.
Early Childhood Development AgencyPre-Nursery to Kindergarten 2Home-based Learning Activities and Resources from MOE Kindergartens: E-Bridge Pre-School, My First Skool, MY World, PCF and Skool4Kidz
FunbrainPre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten to Grade 8
(4 to 14 years)
Games, videos, and books
GeniebookPrimary 3 to 6:
- English
- Math
- Science

Secondary 1 to 4:
- E Maths
- A Maths
- Science (S1 and S2)
Online lessons and worksheets (free till 4 May 2020)
Khan Academy4 to 16 yearsFree, personalised learning content for:
- Arts & Humanities
- Math
- Science & Tech
Marshall Cavendish EducationCPA Approach for mathOnline math curriculum via Math Buddies app (free till 31 May 2020)
SenecaGCSE O-Level or A-LevelHave to pay to access Premium material
Scholastic Learn at HomePre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten to Grade 9
(4 to 15 years)
Day-to-day projects to read, think, and grow. Updated weekly.
StarfallPre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten to Grade 3
(4 to 9 years)
Language arts and mathematics
TurtleDiaryKindergarten to Grade 5
(4 to 11 years)
Games, puzzles, experiments, colouring sheets and more

Online Activities

Sesame Street Cookie Monster Snack Chat
Source: Sesame Street

The internet is a scary place.

So if you want to give your kids a break, here’s a list of curated resources where they can do online activities like:

  • Crafts and activities
  • Cartoons
  • Drawing lessons

basically have fun in a safe environment.

Online ActivitiesDetails
Crash Course KidsEducational videos about Primary 5 science
Kids Learning TubeEducational videos spanning from anatomy to geography
Mike Likes ScienceEducational videos about science
Lunch Doodles with Mo WillemsYouTube drawing lessons (~30mins each)
National Geographic KidsEducational videos
Sesame Street Workshop: Caring For Each OtherVideos and activities like Cookie Monster's Snack Chat and Elmo's Sing-Along
SeussvilleCrafts and activities
SwitchZooAnimal-related games
Science ChannelFind out how things are made, bust myths, and watch outrageous science experiments
WildBrainCartoons for kids like Curious George and Pete The Cat

P.S.: I personally enjoy Cookie Monster’s Snack Chat very much (it’s a good break from work, especially when you’re getting a midday snack)

Virtual Field Trips & Excursions

Monterey Bay Aquarium Screenshot
Source: Monterey Bay Aquarium

If your kids are getting antsy, maybe a trip to the zoo or aquarium might distract them for a bit.

And while you can’t physically visit these places right now…

The internet and cameras basically allow us to visit almost anywhere in the world from the comfort of our homes.

Virtual Field Trips & ExcursionsDetails
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical GardenJoin the zookeepers for a Home Safari video (the Facebook Live happens at 3am, so... just watch the recording lah ah) every day where they will highlight one of their animals and there's also an activity which you can do from home
Discovery Education Virtual Field TripsVisit amazing places like the tundras, mines, the airport, deserts, and many more
Georgia AquariumLive cams of sea critters (look out for the whale shark!)
LouvreOnline tours of the Louvre in Paris, France
MarsExplore Mars and learn about the Curiosity mission
Monterey Bay AquariumLive cams of sea critters
Museums and Heritage Sites around the worldPanoramic views of famous sites
Nature Lab11 virtual field trips covering coastal rainforests to coral reefs
(~45 minutes each)
San Diego ZooTour the zoo virtually and learn about exotic animals like armadillos and blue-tongued skinks
Virtual Farm Tours (in Canada)Tour Canadian farms with which grow and produce pigs, cows, apples, eggs, and many more

And if you need a break from work, it’s really calming to just watch the jellyfish drift and pulse.

Story Time

Amazon Audible Little Listeners Screenshot
Source: Audible

For kids who love storytime, here’s a list of resources with narrated stories and read-alongs to keep them entertained.

If they’re a little older and appreciate fiction, Audible has plenty of classics like Harry Potter.

Just give them some headphones, and maybe even the physical copy of the novel to follow along, and let English actor Stephen Fry work his magic.

Story-TimeDetails
AudibleAccess to hundreds of audiobooks from tales like Winnie the Pooh to favourites like Harry Potter
Cambridge Publishing UKAccess to online editions of their books (free till end of May 2020)
LiteractiveGuided reading, phonics, and e-Picture books
Unite for LiteracyLearn to read with guided reading and e-books
FreeChildrenStoriesNarrated and read-along children's books, includes original stories

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