Mar 26, 2020

10 Free Online Resources for Kids & Parents during COVID-19 Stay Home period

With the current escalating Covid-19 situation in Singapore, I guess bringing the kids out probably isn't a good prospect... especially if you are thinking of heading to the attractions, shopping malls or playgrounds. If you absolutely must head outdoors, then it's best to go somewhere ulu (remote) or nature boardwalks.

But if you are stuck at home with the kids - whether you are working from home or over the weekends - then it will be best for your sanity if you keep them ocuppied with ample activities. Fortunately, because of the worldwide virus outbreak, plenty of companies and organisations have made their resources online for FREE. And trust me when I say there are A LOT TO CHOOSE FROM!


You can just do a simple Google search for 'free online resources for kids' and you will find endless amount of activities and ideas to keep the kids entertained at home - be it homeschooling resources, eAudio Books & eBooks, Math & Science tutorials or music & foreign language lessons.

What I have done is picked a few of the more interesting ones and compiled them into this handy list for you. Hope it helps you and your kids through these challenging times! 🦾

1. TIME FOR KIDS


For 23 years, TIME for Kids has published a weekly magazine for students providing age-appropriate stories kids are excited about, information just for kids that explains the world around them, and high-quality, trusted journalism that teaches news literacy.


And for the rest of this year, TIME for Kids is granting free access to its library of four grade-specific digital editions of TIME for Kids and Your $ financial literacy magazine. Simply sign up with your email address to get your child to start reading!

LINK HERE

2. PIXAR IN A BOX


Always wanted to learn about animation? Now’s your chance! Dive into Pixar in a Box, a free online learning tool for aspiring filmmakers, artists, and more!


Pixar in a Box is a behind-the-scenes look at how Pixar artists do their jobs. You will be able to animate bouncing balls, build a swarm of robots, and make virtual fireworks explode. The subjects you learn in school — math, science, computer science, and humanities — are used every day to create amazing movies at Pixar. It's great for older kids who are fascinated with animation.


LINK HERE

3. audible eAUDIO BOOKS


Kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of eAudio stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. There are books for various ages, from little ones to tweens to teens. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.


LINK HERE

4. NLB eBOOKS


You can borrow eBooks from National Library Board - and more than 3.5 million titles in 4 languages at that! - and download them into your electronic devices. In fact, the kids will be able to search for the books themselves and borrow them effortlessly without having to leave home.


Borrow up to 16 eBooks (including eAudiobooks) which lasts for 21 days each and the beauty of the system is the eBook will automatically expire after that so there are no fines to worry about for overdue items!

LINK HERE

5. CARING FOR EACH OTHER
by Sesame Street


To provide support during this period, Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, is offering a broad variety of free resources to help children and families during the coronavirus pandemic through a new Caring for Each Other initiative.


The resources have been designed to help parents provide comfort and manage anxiety, as well as help with creating routines, fostering playful learning at home, and staying physically and mentally healthy. This marks the beginning of a commitment to support families for the duration of this crisis, with brand new content featuring the Sesame Street Muppets sharing messages of love and kindness, playful learning activities, and virtual play dates launching soon.

LINK HERE

6. CODEMANCER GAME


Originally US$10, the game is now available for FREE! Codemancer brings the mystery of magic and the exhilaration of learning to code together in a fantasy universe that uses spell casting as a way to teach and learn programming skills.


Codemancer’s fantasy universe is filled with rival sorcerers and their minions for players to encounter along their journey. Designed for 6 to 12 year olds as an educational game that teaches the magic behind coding, it is a non-violent, entertaining, and educational game which is accessible to learners at any stage... and can be fun for grownups, too!

Available for download for Windows, iOS, and Android.

LINK HERE

7. SCHOLASTIC LEARN AT HOME


If you prefer to follow a schedule, this will be perfect. Scholastic Learn At Home features day-to-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking and learning. Great for kids from pre-kindergarten to 13-14 year old teens, the site includes daily reading quests as well as virtual video tours!

LINK HERE

8. THE KID SHOULD SEE THIS


TKSST is an unprecedented collection of over 4,500 kid-friendly videos, curated for teachers and parents who want to share smarter, more meaningful media in the classroom and at home. Focusing on science, art, technology, and more, the selections are grown-up-friendly too and it's ALL FREE!

LINK HERE

9. KHAN ACADEMY


Khan Academy is a free resource for students, teachers, and parents. The site offers free lessons in math, science and humanities from kindergarten through the early years of college. Students can use its exercises, quizzes, and instructional videos to learn and master skills... and get immediate feedback and encouragement.


LINK HERE

10. explore LIVE CAMS


Can't travel? No sweat, you can explore the world together with your kids from your home by checking out explore, which has a variety of live cams from seeing hummingbirds up close, to trying to spot gorillas in the wild, to seeing African wildlife, to even the Northern Lights (minus the cold)!

LINK HERE

Or if you prefer museums, you can take virtual tours of these 12 famous museums too.

BONUS!

PLAY MINECRAFT FOR FREE!


The original, classic Minecraft is now playable for FREE. Originally released as part of Minecraft's 10 year celebration, the original 2009 version of Minecraft can be played by everyone. No downloading required; you play on the web browser and you can play with up to nine other people. You can't save the game (since it's on browser) and it only has Creative mode but hey, it's free. So if you have been wanting to check out Minecraft and play together with your child, it's worth to check it out.

LINK HERE



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