Free Online Resources and Activities to Educate and Entertain the Kids
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.
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!
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 Learning||Suitable For||Details|
|ABCya!||Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 6|
(4 to 12 years)
|Games by subject and theme|
|BBC Learning||3 to 16+ years||Language learning from primary to secondary school and beyond. Updated daily.|
|Early Childhood Development Agency||Pre-Nursery to Kindergarten 2||Home-based Learning Activities and Resources from MOE Kindergartens: E-Bridge Pre-School, My First Skool, MY World, PCF and Skool4Kidz|
|Funbrain||Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten to Grade 8|
(4 to 14 years)
|Games, videos, and books|
|Geniebook||Primary 3 to 6:|
Secondary 1 to 4:
- E Maths
- A Maths
- Science (S1 and S2)
|Online lessons and worksheets (free till 4 May 2020)|
|Khan Academy||4 to 16 years||Free, personalised learning content for:
- Arts & Humanities
- Science & Tech
|Marshall Cavendish Education||CPA Approach for math||Online math curriculum via Math Buddies app (free till 31 May 2020)|
|Seneca||GCSE O-Level or A-Level||Have to pay to access Premium material|
|Scholastic Learn at Home||Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten to Grade 9|
(4 to 15 years)
|Day-to-day projects to read, think, and grow. Updated weekly.|
|Starfall||Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten to Grade 3|
(4 to 9 years)
|Language arts and mathematics|
|TurtleDiary||Kindergarten to Grade 5|
(4 to 11 years)
|Games, puzzles, experiments, colouring sheets and more|
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
- Drawing lessons
basically have fun in a safe environment.
|Crash Course Kids||Educational videos about Primary 5 science|
|Kids Learning Tube||Educational videos spanning from anatomy to geography|
|Mike Likes Science||Educational videos about science|
|Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems||YouTube drawing lessons (~30mins each)|
|National Geographic Kids||Educational videos|
|Sesame Street Workshop: Caring For Each Other||Videos and activities like Cookie Monster's Snack Chat and Elmo's Sing-Along.|
|Seussville||Crafts and activities|
|Science Channel||Find out how things are made, bust myths, and watch outrageous science experiments|
|WildBrain||Cartoons 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
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 & Excursions||Details|
|Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden||Join 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 Trips||Visit amazing places like the tundras, mines, the airport, deserts, and many more|
|Georgia Aquarium||Live cams of sea critters (look out for the whale shark!)|
|Louvre||Online tours of the Louvre in Paris, France|
|Mars||Explore Mars and learn about the Curiosity mission|
|Monterey Bay Aquarium||Live cams of sea critters|
|Museums and Heritage Sites around the world||Panoramic views of famous sites|
|Nature Lab||11 virtual field trips covering coastal rainforests to coral reefs
(~45 minutes each)
|San Diego Zoo||Tour 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.
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.
|Audible||Access to hundreds of audiobooks from tales like Winnie the Pooh to favourites like Harry Potter|
|Cambridge Publishing UK||Access to online editions of their books (free till end of May 2020)|
|Literactive||Guided reading, phonics, and e-Picture books|
|Unite for Literacy||Learn to read with guided reading and e-books|
|FreeChildrenStories||Narrated and read-along children's books, includes original stories|