Activities to do at home and online
Learning can take place anywhere including the home and online. Here are resources from our network and all across the world in order to keep you active, learning and entertained! We’ve put these into different categories so you can easily find something new to do. Click on the headings to expand the section.
NOTE: We encourage all children and families to make use of these resources, however only children who are already registered with their local Children's University will be able to collect Children's University stamps for their participation. If you want to find out how to get involved with your local Children’s University, you can find their contact details here. Please be aware that we typically work through schools, so signing up while schools are closed is sadly unlikely.
- If you take part in a Children’s University-branded activity, typically you will find contact details on the document and instructions as to how to collect your stamp. Please follow those instructions.
- If the activity is not a Children’s University validated activity, you’ll need to fill out a reflection form and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
To ensure we are able to offer as many opportunities as possible at this time, we are currently promoting many activities that have not been validated. These are activities that we are promoting in good faith and in the spirit of Children’s University, but we cannot attest to the quality of the learning. By clicking any of the links you acknowledge that you are leaving the Children’s University website.
As these have not been validated, it’s important to note:
- parental supervision is advised when looking at external sites
- in order to earn a Children’s University stamp for taking part in a non-validated activity, you’ll need to fill out a reflection form (Download as a PDF or download in Word) and send it to email@example.com
- Children’s University Trust is not responsible for the content on these external sites
- You can contact us at any time to add to this list or request the removal of links
Children’s University is all about encouraging participation in learning beyond the classroom. At present many of the destinations, clubs and social spaces that we typically signpost people to are not as accessible as they would normally be due to the spread of COVID-19. It’s important to follow official advice and parent / school discretion when deciding whether an activity is suitable. We have provided links to official guidance here.
While the majority of activities we are signposting to are designed to be done alone and at home, there may be some that encourage activities that currently go against Government advice. Please consider this guidance before acting on advice given in the below resources.
Activities to do at home and online
Lockdown After School Club 2021
Every week during lockdown we’ll promote a national worksheet with five suggested activities for the week. These will give you or your child fun ideas for activities that can be done at home. There's one for each day of the week, but you can do as many or as few as you like! Each activity is worth 1 credit.
To get a stamp code for Children’s University Online email firstname.lastname@example.org with evidence - this could be a photograph, video, a work sheet - or a completed reflection sheet.
After School Club weekly challenges
Here are some validated activities and challenges you can download and complete at home
East London February Half Term Challenge - Click here to download
Colchester Museums and Essex Children's University Iron Age Challenge Sheet - Click here to download
Essex Children's University have teamed up with Colchester Museums to create this fantastic set of challenges all linked to the Iron Age.
Here's a great set of challenges from our partners in Essex and Suffolk.
Kindness is so important. Can you do a random act of kindness everyday for a week?
Art gallery Tours - https://secretldn.com/virtual-tours-museums-galleries/
A link to over 30 different art galleries you can look around online
Draw along with Nick Sharratt - http://www.nicksharratt.com/drawing_tips.html
Drawing tips from Nick Sharratt
National Geographic Kids - https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/
Activities and quizzes for younger children
Visit 12 different museums or galleries from your own home
Tours of a number of London Museums
Creative Bug - https://www.youtube.com/user/cbugstudio
Inspiring designers and crafters to bring video workshops right to your screen
LUNCH DOODLES with Mo Willems! - https://www.youtube.com/user/TheKennedyCenter
Well-known illustrator Mo Willems will be doing Lunch Doodles for kids on YouTube
Back to All News #gardengig - Make music at 4pm - https://www.sheffieldmusichub.org/news/gardengig-make-music-at-4pm
We encourage you to hold a #gardengig at 4pm (anyday, everyday if you wish) to bring music and positivity to your community. Whether it be your child or you who plays, we want to lift spirits and keep our students practicing and performing.
The official Neil Gaiman Website for younger Readers - http://www.mousecircus.com/
The official Neil Gaiman Website for younger Readers, read, play games, download printable activities, and watch videos inspired by Neil Gaiman’s books
Red Ted Art - https://www.redtedart.com
Easy arts and crafts for little ones
The Imagination Tree - https://theimaginationtree.com
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest
Pretend to travel the world. Go on a virtual tour of these 12 famous museums
Health Street - https://padlet.com/jgladwin999/z3y2ql69kkpy
Find out more about the roles available in the NHS and how they impact on people
Duolingo - https://www.duolingo.com
Learn languages for free. Web or app.
Blockly - https://blockly.games
Learn computer programming skills - fun and free
Tinkercad - https://www.tinkercad.com
Tinkercad is a free, easy-to-use app for 3D design, electronics, and coding
Toy Theatre - https://toytheater.com/
Educational online games
A list of free, online, boredom-busting resources!
Amazing Educational Resources - http://www.amazingeducationalresources.com/
A huge online list of companies and organisations offering free subscriptions and activities
Beast Academy (Math) - https://beastacademy.com/
Online maths resources, including printables
Free science lessons - https://mysteryscience.com
Creative computer programming
Wow Science - https://wowscience.co.uk/
A huge array of primary science activities!
Blue Peter Badges - https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/joinin/about-blue-peter-badges
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box
How to stay active at home
Joe Wicks, The Body Coach - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyCLoPd4VxBvQafyve889qVcPxYEjdSTl
Joe Wicks is hosting P.E. lessons daily at 9am live on YouTube
Oxford Owl for Home - https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/
Lots of free resources for Primary age
Cruise challenge - https://www.childrensuniversity.co.uk/media/1231/cruise-challenge.pdf
This work sheet was created by one of our partner Brownie groups
1000s of free eBooks
All in One Home School - https://allinonehomeschool.com/
This is the awesome free curriculum that we use. Everything from preschool activities to 12th grade is here!
All in One Home School Games - https://allinonehomeschool.com/thinking/
List of thinking games by grade
Scholastic Learn at Home - https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html
Scholastic has created a free learn-from-home site with 20+ days of learning and activities
Khan Academy - https://www.khanacademy.org/
School closed? We’re here for you with free resources to keep everyone learning.
First News Education - https://schools.firstnews.co.uk/remote-learning-resources/
With the worldwide closure of some schools and the potential for more to do so, have you considered your solution for remote learning? For a limited time, we’re offering free, current issues of First News newspaper (PDF edition), Activity Sheets, and an extended 6-week trial of the iHub.
The Open University - https://www.open.edu/openlearn/
The Open University's OpenLearn where all the courses are free. Good for older young people and parents/carers too!
The Kids Should See This - https://thekidshouldseethis.com
Wide range of cool educational videos
Cbeebies Radio - https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio
Listening activities for the younger ones
Crash Course - https://thecrashcourse.com
You Tube videos on many subjects
Crash Course Kids - https://m.youtube.com/user/crashcoursekids
You Tube videos on many subjects
BrainPop - https://www.youtube.com/user/mobytherobot
BrainPOP® creates animated, curricular content
Curiosity Stream - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCd7zlpSjvUuUwsQdqV3LF3w
Thousands of documentary films and series available worldwide on a range of devices. Dive Deep into science, history, technology, nature, health and more.
Discovery Education - https://www.youtube.com/user/DiscoveryEducation
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional development, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are in half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the U.K., and more than 50 countries.
Free School - https://www.youtube.com/user/watchfreeschool
FreeSchool is a safe and friendly place to expose children to famous art, classical music, children's literature, and natural science in an age-appropriate and kid-accessible way.
Free resources for schools
Our partners at the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) have developed off the shelf resources for running extra-curricular clubs for children. Aimed at teachers or other adults looking for support to introduce a science or STEM club to children, PSTT is creating 4 freely accessible club packs.
Each pack provides:
- an overview of how to run the sessions and list of all the resources required (simple, everyday materials) for 8 sessions.
- an activity sheet for each of the 8 sessions, giving the session leader guidance on organising the activities, which will include a practical challenge for the children, key facts/science and ideas for questions and further activities.
- Some packs also contain a fact sheet for children to take home to encourage them to share findings with their families and take their learning further.
Downloadable from the PSTT website - Click here to download
Worksheets for visiting learning destinations
If you're going to any of these Learning Destinations, be sure to take these sheets with you!