School Holiday helpful links

We have all had to adapt somehow, maybe working from home or having the kids home doing online school work….but now with the school holidays what can the kids do at home to pass the time?

Take a look at these useful links, there is something there hopefully for everyone.

Virtual Tours

Google Earth. All sorts of incredible learning here https://www.google.com/earth

Australian National Maritime Museum
https://www.sea.museum/discover/apps-and-games

Visit museums. Google Arts and Culture partnered with over 2,500 museums and galleries around the world to offer virtual tours of their spaces. Some of the options include New York’s Museum of Modern Art and Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum https://artsandculture.google.com/partner

The Louvre, based in Paris, is also offering its own virtual tour online for free https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne

Explore the surface of Mars on the Curiosity Rover https://accessmars.withgoogle.com/

The British Museum- located in the heart of London allows virtual visitors to tour the Great Court and discover the ancient Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies https://britishmuseum.withgoogle.com/

Type in any city, state, or country to view an archive of historical photographs and other documents. It’s a unique way to help children learn about history http://www.whatwasthere.com/

Webcams from around the world https://worldcam.eu/

Legoland https://www.legoland.dk/en/accommodation/hotel-legoland/virtual-tour/

Virtual Tours of Space

Mars https://accessmars.withgoogle.com/

Moon https://moon.nasa.gov/resources/168/tour-of-the-moon-4k/

Sun https://amazingsciencefacts.com/virtual-tour-to-the-sun/

International Space station https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/suni_iss_tour.html

Zoos – Webcam

Taronga Zoo https://en.boardgamearena.com/

Melbourne Zoo also has live webcams https://www.zoo.org.au/animal-house

Live video of the National Zoo and Smithsonian Learning Lab https://www.si.edu/kids

The San Diego Zoo has a live webcam for animals https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/live-cams

Panda cam at Atlanta Zoo https://zooatlanta.org/panda-cam/ Edinburgh Zoo Cam https://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/webcams

Books and Reading

Children’s books read by famous people https://www.storylineonline.net/

Young Explorers is a magazine designed specifically for young children. Children can listen to the magazine being read to them as they follow along with the highlighted text https://ngexplorer.cengage.com/ngyoungexplorer/index.html

Projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing 
https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/…/learnathome.html

Listen to astronauts read stories from space
 https://storytimefromspace.com/library/

Arts and Craft

Mo Willems, the author of ‘Don’t let the Pigeon Stay up Late’ is uploading daily drawing lessons https://youtu.be/MjaYnyCJDdU

Crafts and activities https://www.allkidsnetwork.com/

Fun games, recipes, crafts, activities https://www.highlightskids.com/

Help children learn to appreciate the arts by providing them with the opportunity to play games, conduct investigations, and explore different forms of art https://artsology.com/

Carson Ellis’ Art Club- Carson Ellis, author and illustrator will be posting art assignments on her Instagram page every weekday morning. If you want to share them, you can use the hashtag #quarantineartclub. She’ll also provide individual hashtags for each exercise so everyone can see each other’s work https://instagram.com/carsonellis?igshid=1urg2g0rg5r4b

Red Tent Art- step by step instructions on art projects including origami, 3D cards, clay pots, etc https://www.youtube.com/user/redtedart

A wonderful detailed way to get kids engaged in the world of art https://www.metmuseum.org/art/online-features/metkids/

Arts and Craft https://www.mybluprint.com

Education

Audible Stories https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

ABC for Kids https://www.abc.net.au/abckids/

ABC Education https://education.abc.net.au/home

Learn to touch type for free https://www.typingclub.com/

Online history classes for all ages preteen through adults https://school.bighistoryproject.com/bhplive

Educational games K-12 https://www.breakoutedu.com/funathome

35,000 pages of online content on the different cultures and countries of the world https://www.countryreports.org/

All sorts of online classes for kids https://outschool.com/#abk7vott3k

Maths as a fun part of your daily family routine http://bedtimemath.org/

Short videos and texts that answer various burning questions for children. There are vocabulary challenges and comprehension questions http://wonderopolis.org/

Learn to code https://www.codecademy.com/

Maths games galore https://gridclub.com/

Lots of science experiments that you can do at home
https://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/

Grammar – Work on the 8 parts of speech https://www.grammaropolis.com/

Scratch teaches students all about coding https://scratch.mit.edu/

ABC- Educational resources https://education.abc.net.au/home#!/home

Boost writing confidence with Storybird http://storybird.com/

Kids numbers http://www.kidsnumbers.com/

Maths Frame http://www.mathsframe.co.uk/default.aspx

Science podcasts to listen to with your kids https://medium.com/…/19-great-science-podcasts-you-can-list…

Coding for 4-10 year olds https://www.kodable.com/

The Kid Should See This https://thekidshouldseethis.com

Learn a language http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/

Electoral System of Australia https://education.aec.gov.au/teacher-resources/

Kids News https://education.aec.gov.au/teacher-resources/

Create interactive avatars to showcase children’s learning- Voki http://www.voki.com/

Tests kids’ geography skills. Using images from Google’s Street View, it puts players down in the middle of the street and asks them to figure out where they are https://www.geoguessr.com/

Short videos about numbers that help kids explore complex math topics and make math more fun https://www.numberphile.com/

Make your own animated videos with Go Animate http://goanimate.com/

Prezi (make your presentations zoom) http://prezi.com/

Create interactive avatars to showcase children’s learning- Voki: http://www.voki.com/

Go Geocatching https://geocaching.com.au

This NASA initiative covers a wide range of topics including weather, climate, atmosphere, water, energy, plants, and animals https://climatekids.nasa.gov/

Think Design explores careers in fashion design, graphic design, interior design, book design, product design, film and theatre, architecture, animation, and environmental design http://www.kidsthinkdesign.org/

For budding Marine Biologists- take a deep dive into ocean life https://ocean.si.edu/

Smart videos for curious minds of all ages https://thekidshouldseethis.com/

Geography with National Geographic https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/

Sesame Street https://www.sesamestreet.org/caring

Exercise

PE with Joe Wicks  – Live PE lessons at 9am Monday to Friday on this YouTube channel for children of all age https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ

Movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts https://www.gonoodle.com/

Kid-friendly workouts — choose from Strength for Kids, Agility for Kids, Flexibility and Balance for Kids, Warm-Up for Kids, Cooldown for Kids, Stand Up and Move for Kids, OR create your own custom kid workout https://app.sworkit.com/collections/kids-workouts

Yoga and mindfulness for kids https://youtu.be/0ImHIWzP49M

Smiling Mind – Free meditation App https://www.smilingmind.com.au/

Music

Music is for everyone https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/Experiments

Lets kids play instruments online. Instruments include the guitar, piano, pan flute, drums, and bongos  https://www.virtualmusicalinstruments.com/

A large selection of fun songs to help teach preschool students https://www.songsforteaching.com/preschoolkindergarten.htm

Language

Learn a language https://www.duolingo.com/

Games

Board Games https://en.boardgamearena.com/

Recipes and Cooking

Illustrated recipes designed to help kids age 2-12 cook. Recipes encourage culinary skills, literacy, maths and science- https://www.nomsterchef.com/nomster-recipe-library

Entertainment

Cirque du Soleil – Cirque Connect Content Hub – released videos online of their shows – www.cirquedusoleil.com/cirqueconnect