While many of us, across the world, are self isolating at the moment and for the foreseeable future, it can be hard to stay at home constantly after the first few days or weeks. It can be even harder if you have kids, especially with younger ones.
Children need to keep learning and since most schools, in the countries affected by Covid-19, are now closed, parents need ideas to help their children learn new things but also have fun while doing it.
To help with this we have gathered 30 links to give parents tools for this quarantine time. From apps to websites, from Instagram pages to YouTube channels or even Twitter pages, here are some helpful online tips on games, science, arts and crafts, math, dance, coding, yoga, spelling and many other subjects.
From dancing to coding
- Dance lessons for the little ones with a professional dancer, through videos on her official Instagram page.
- Yoga classes for younger children to do by themselves or with their parents and siblings.
- Music videos for preschoolers to learn new songs.
- Sesame's Street website with a multitude of games, videos, art for parents to give their children.
- A website with crafts, activities, games, recipes, themes, printables and more.
- A webpage with animated storybooks for toddlers.
- Josh Gad, Olaf from Frozen, reads bed night stories to kids, live, every night, in English, at 19:30 ET which is 3:30 am in Finland, but if you scroll down his page you can see the previous videos at any time you wish.
- A learning activities website for children from pre school up to 9th grade.
- To stimulate an interest in science, this website has scientific experiments for kids of different ages.
- Coding learning activities for ages 5 to 7 and in several languages. You can change the language of the website on the bottom left corner.
- Coding activities for ages 8 to 16 that can also be used in different languages. You can select your preferred choice at the bottom of the page.
- A learning Instagram page for kids from ages 2 to 8.
- This is the Instagram page of an app that has movement and mindfulness videos to give kids, of all abilities, academic, physical and social-emotional skills, so they can learn new things and feel happy doing it. The app has paid content but the Instagram page is free.
- Another Instagram page with learning videos for ages 1,5 to 6 years old.
- It's a story-based game where kids have to complete educational quests and create their own characters. Every time they complete a quest they win a prize.
- An Instagram page of the game-based educational website and app. To help kids build their vocabulary, writing, spelling and overall literacy skills, for free on this platform.
- For kids to learn about gardening and plants.
- Monterey Bay Aquarium has a YouTube channel with meditation classes for all ages, where you learn meditation techniques while watching sea creatures move.
- YouTube channel where Dr. Hans Sues, Smithsonian curator of the vertebrate paleontology, answers questions about Dinosaurs, Cats and Humans.
- A free app to learn languages like Finnish, Spanish, Swedish, Italian, for example, but also, for movie and TV shows buffs, of all ages, that want to learn languages like Klingon and High Valyrian.
- The American Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute has live feeds of several different animals that kids can see and learn about.
- The American Kennedy Center For The Arts has free lessons from a prize winning illustrator, Mo Willems, to teach children of different ages how to draw.
- A platform with free math and science games for 3rd to 8th graders.
Museum virtual tours
We have also included links of virtual tours to different museums from around the world.
You can visit whichever one you want through this website, which provides you with over 900 collections worldwide, but we have selected seven of those and included them in this list, as well.
- British Museum virtual tour with plentiful and historically rich exhibitions from around the world.
- New York's Guggenheim Museum virtual tour to see modern and contemporary art.
- Musee Dorsay in Paris, where you can see art pieces that date from 1848 to 1914.
- Seoul’s Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art virtual tour.
- Pergamon Museum in Berlin, full of historical artifacts thousands of years old that you can explore and learn about with your kids in the comfort of your own home.
- Rijksmuseum Amsterdam virtual tour to show your children the Dutch masterpieces, from your couch.
- Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam virtual tour where you and and your young ones can see and learn about this prolific painter's work.