Online resources for children
Stories and Songs
Stories, Rhymes and Songs
- Authorfy offers author videos and creative writing challenges for readers 7+
- BookTrust has interactive stories and games on their website, as well as suggested reading, some with BSL signing
- Playmania Sheffield have uploaded a twenty minute Baby Beat (singalong) session on Facebook, with explanations and lyrics for songs on screen
- Children’s author and illustrator, Oliver Jeffers is making videos reading his own books every weekday
- Josh Gad (voice of Olaf from Frozen) is reading children’s books via Twitter every night of Covid quarantine
- World Book Day’s online storytime
- Nursery Rhymes online are available from ASCEL
E-books and E-audiobooks
- Audible are offering free children’s audiobooks in a variety of languages for as long as schools are closed.
- Neil Gaiman’s website for younger readers, with story readings, activity sheets and more
- Jacqueline Wilson’s website, which features games, quizzes, competitions and more
- Hobbycraft has a fantastic selection of craft ideas for children, which cater to a variety of ages and skill levels.
- Easy Peasy and Fun has loads of quick and easy crafts, which are designed to use ordinary household objects and span a wide variety of ages, seasons and occasions.
- Fireflies + Mud Pies hosts a range of crafts, including those aimed at promoting mental wellness, such as glitter jars, and outdoor activities
- Artsy Craftsy Mom is dedicated to improving children’s art and creative skills, and has many themed crafts, as well as more niche sections on cultural folk art
- Parenting Chaos has a variety of activities and crafts, with an emphasis on sensory play and activities to appeal to children on the autism spectrum
- Red Ted Art focuses on cute, quick and easy crafts for children aged 5-12. While the activities are aimed at the parents of these children, the blog owner does encourage older children to take the lead on projects themselves, and also has a YouTube channel of craft videos for kids to follow along with
- Innova Crafts is a YouTube channel with videos on bright, colourful craft and DIY projects, centred around different themes (slime, rainbows, unicorns etc).
- Joe Wicks (The Body Coach) has loads of exercise videos for children. With everything from this playlist of 5-8 minute shake-up videos to his full-length P.E. lessons, there’s bound to be something for you at the home of home workouts!
- Cosmic Kids Youtube channel and app are dedicated to children’s yoga, and whether you’re doing yoga to relax, for some exercise or just for fun, there’s plenty of videos to suit your needs.
- The NHS 10-Minute Shake-Up site has lots of Disney/Pixar themed ideas for games to get kids up and moving.
- Premier League Primary Stars features football-themed activities and videos to help with maths, English, PHSE and PE as well as keeping active while learning.
- Supermovers is a website from the BBC designed to get you moving while learning with song-and-dance-based interactive videos to help with KS1 and KS2 maths, English, PHSE and PE
- Scouts have compiled a series of indoor activities, with everything from crafts to science experiments, games and mindfulness exercises
- Primary Playground has games, printables and educational resources for KS1 and KS2
- Five Minute Mum has game ideas for parents of children aged 1+, including creative writing and maths-related activities
Why not take a look at our list of Learning Resources for parents and teachers too?