Sometimes you really love having the kids around. They play nicely. They’re kind, considerate. They tell you they love you. They eat their dinner and do their homework. They’re good kids, really.
The best thing you’ve ever made in fact. They’re part of you and without alternative, the most important thing in your life.
Sadly, none of the above is going to make the next few months easier.
Your children will be close to breaking point.
And it’s hard to blame them.
Who’s not right now?
We’re entering into uncharted territory here. And whether you’re working from home, taking a break, been made redundant or locked yourself in your Doomsday Bunker at the bottom of the garden… you’ll need assistance to get through the next period.
So here’s some help.
Remember Bitesize? If you’re of a certain age you’ll have used Bitesize to get through your GCSEs. Well, it’s still online and free for the masses. No subscription or licence fee necessary either (apart from the stuff on iPlayer).
Just plonk ’em down and turn it on.
A free site with to access hundreds of courses like How to Teach English or Collaborative Working in a Remote Team.
There’s lots here from IT and Computer Science, Healthcare and Medicine and Business and Management. The spectrum’s wide and backed by some major universities.
If you need a certificate in your own name there’s a paid option and you can get your own account from age 14.
Seneca has 2,900,000 students signed up apparently, and label themselves as “the funnest way to learn at KS2, KS3, GCSE & A Level.”
If you have kids revising for GCSE or A levels, Seneca has a myriad of free revision content. They also offer paid access to higher level material.
They say their users learn 2x faster than other sites.
And they have specialist areas for Students, Teachers and Parents.
This is a site with free taster courses and is aimed at those considering Open University. Naturally then it’s a little higher in age group than the options above. But think about it laterally, and you might find some of the material quite fitting.
Like ‘The Science of Alcohol’ for the day after they get into the gin supplies. Or Creative Writing before you set them going on writing you a Best Seller to retire early.
Ever dreamt of your kid becoming the next Steve Jobs? Wondering which app they’ll develop to take them to stardom and you house shopping?
Day dream no longer, friend.
Blockly will teach your kid the basics of programming in free, simple games.
All you need to do is sit back and choose the interior of your new car. Probably.
A site that lets you create stories, games and animations and then share them with the masses. This will be a nice site for anyone with creatively minded kids and is similar in nature to Blockly above.
Oh and if inspiration’s lacking, there’s plenty of pre-built stuff from other users to check out.
We write about TED raaaaaaaather a lot. Because we’re huge fans. And it’s almost universally true, whoever you listen to, there’s something worth knowing.
So first off, if you’re keen on your kids becoming recruiters, or have some more time yourself, check this out.
For the kids, this one’s the winner. It’s basically TED Talks, but at Education level.
Slight warning on this one: the more informed your kids are about the world, the more questions they’re going to have.
So I’d advise only sharing some of these if you’re well versed in the topics they divulge in.
National Geographic however will hopefully answer those questions for you.
One of the best and most famous language tools, Duolingo is a brilliant free tool, for kids, or frankly anyone looking at conversing with more folks from around the globe.
There’s tons of gamification and little lessons disguised by interactive content.
Meaning you (or your kids) will become more au fait with foreign languages, quicker and cheaper. Oh and there’s a mobile app too, which means they can learn… errm… in a different room.
Open and go lessons that’ll inspire your kids to love science.
Plant and animal super powers. Weather watching. Stormy skies. Chemical magic. There’s everything here you could ever want to learn about science.
And the lessons sound so interesting, you might want to re-learn some stuff yourself.
Smart videos for curious minds (of all ages).
I’ve always wondered how mozzarella’s made. I know that’s a weird thing to think, but every time I see it, I wonder how it started life. Well, now I can find out. Because this site has the answer to that, and many other questions.
Learning, but on YouTube.
Right, I reckon if you’re sneaky about this, you can load up YouTube, and start them off on a random video. Then, flick to Crash Course and the kids will think they’re taking time off, but they’re actually learning.
All the while, you’re filling jobs and beavering away in the background.
And Crash Course Kids is exactly the same premise, but for a slightly younger audience. Which means you won’t need to hide your sneaky intentions as much.
Crest describes themselves as “challenging and thought provoking real-world STEM projects for young people of all ages.”
All you have to do is choose a level to go for, and then start learning.
And does it work? Well here’s what one previous user said: “My CREST projects helped me get a place at Bristol University and a placement at AstraZeneca.”
Free mini-courses in subjects like Digital Marketing, Growth Hacking, Research, Colours, e-Safety, VR and loads more.
Earn badges, and gain awards in online classes that can be completed anywhere.
This website’s for embroidered badges of animals and paw prints… hence the rather obvious title. But there’s a free download area here.
With things like colouring-in stencils and quizzes. So may just be something you use for an afternoon ‘on remand’ in the park.
“From mind to design in minutes.”
Tinkercad is a CAD site which lets you tinker in 3D. You can quite literally create anything here. And if your kids are planning on becoming Engineers, they’ll need an understanding of CAD.
Why not start ’em off easy and early?
“The engaging, curriculum-aligned math platform loved by over 50 million students, teachers and admins.”
Now the eagle-eyed amongst you will realise this site’s American by the use of the word Math. Which is of course, just not cricket.
Nonetheless, we’re not here for nitpicking. More counting the nits you can pick and then multiplying by the integer.
If you don’t know, you’ll be wanting some time on this site yourself.
If your kids are the right age for Cbeebies, you’ll find this resource impeccable.
Basically, set them up and leave them be. Maybe make sure to check on them for drinks and snacks and stuff… but other than that, I reckon you’re golden.
First option on this site? Join Peter Rabbit for a Springtime adventure.
Sign. Me. Up. Pal.
It sounds like this site (from the Woodland Trust) was teaching kids to get outside and discover the world around them through trampling down forests and nature. Which normally would’ve been amazing.
So they’ve now taken some of their resources offline. But don’t worry, they’re hosting their educational content online still here.
An official website for finding resources for learning the English language.
This website is more of a guide for parents than anything interactive per se. But you might find the right course for you, or your children to expand that lingo.
Reading, writing, maths, books and kids’ activities for ages 3-8.
If you’ve got kids this age, you’ll probably know Oxford Owl. I haven’t and even I know the logo.
And with a well-known logo comes tried and tested schooling for kids.
Big History examines our past, explains our present, and imagines our future. Journey through nearly 14 billion years of history in this self-guided, six-hour version of Big History.
This is a site aimed at Secondary school age and looks at multi disciplinary activities.
OK, I know this is in an article for kids, but I just played this and I’m hooked.
The time before those first two sentences was 37 minutes. Why? Because I’ve just started playing, thinking I’m fairly decent at Capital Cities and World Map Quizzes… turns out, I’m not.
So I’m going back in. Highly suggest you do too.
And your kids, I guess.
Quite simple this one. Get a Blue Peter Badge.
Why would you?
Good question. There are 8 you can collect in total. And each of them carry different weight around the world. You earn them for things like ‘writing a letter about the environment, nature or conservation’.
Anyone still on Facebook? Oh you are… huh… always surprises me. Anyway… this is the page of some Art legend parent who’s got hundreds, if not thousands of ideas of things to do with kids and… you guessed it… art.
Get on Amazon.
Get a load of supplies.
Laminate the walls, so you protect your new wallpaper and let them HAVE AT IT.
A very similar premise here, but in the form of a website, not a Facebook group.
Called ‘cute and easy crafts for kids’ there’s ideas aplenty for ‘what looks like’ a slightly younger audience.
There’s even a newsletter to sign up to, if you’d like ideas rattled through to your DMs.
“Planning, play and learning ideas for self isolation.”
Check out this Play Materials Supply List. You’ll have literally every item on it. And all of them can be used for play.
And, I guess, eating, in some cases.
Don’t panic buy though. You’re better than that.
This is officially Toy Theater, but I’m petty and it’s late, and I’ve been typing this out for ages, so I’ve changed it for the English readers.
Anyway, this is a site of educational games for kids. So things like getting through a maze or Alphabetical order (to give you an idea on age range).
Your kids are going to have boundless energy, because their kids.
And if you’re stuck at home, there’s only so many times you can suggest ‘Wembley Singles’ or British Bulldog, before someone gets hurt.
Tune into Joe Wicks though and you won’t have to think of new games for them. There’s something for every day of the week.
Yoga’s a phenomenal thing to get your kids into. And this is a YouTube channel with free exercises done to the theme of Disney’s Frozen.
“Join Jaime as we make the epic journey through Arendelle with Elsa and Anna.”
Get your kids active and practicing mindfulness at the same time. Win win.
I’ll try and keep this updated like the Tech one, to give you a hand.
This is obviously quite far removed from usual programming, so for any non-parent recruiters reading, apologies. Surprised you’re still here tbh.
To the parents, give this a week, I guarantee one of you will have found an antivirus.
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