Blurb from the author: A normal working day is hard enough for me and I often have to block hours of my time to focus my attention on certain tasks, otherwise I can't get anywhere. I can't imagine what parents who are WFH and who take care of their toddlers at the same time go through during the MCO.
Fortunately, there are online resources. And
What is even better is that there are free ones.
So we've put together a non-exhaustive list of
Free online resources to keep your kids busy while you work.
They combine entertainment and education
You don't have to worry that your toddler won't get anything valuable
Spend time on one device.
ABCya offers a variety of games categorized by class so you can find the right types for your child's skills.
They have grammar games, number games,
Sample games, games by topic and subject.
A subscription is usually required to use Audible. However, due to the pandemic, they have made a number of audiobooks available free of charge to children who are not currently at school.
Your collection of stories is huge and is coming
in a number of six different languages. The stories can be streamed from a
Desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.
The website's name, CoolMath4Kids, pretty much sums up what it's about.
They have math games on creative subjects
like Grand Prix Multiplication, Alien Addition, Orbit Integers and more. dare
I say that these games are fun even for me, a 22 year old?
4th E-learning for children
E-learning for kids offers games for kids on topics like math, science, environmental, computer, health, and even language art.
The games have fairly detailed stories
behind them that make it easier to understand and relate to things in the real
World that gives children a more holistic understanding of the material.
Funbrain is a platform where children can access games, reading materials, videos and math materials.
Much of their games seem to be more
Entertainment is focused, but you can also teach your children about various
Animals and their anatomy, for example.
6. Highlights kids
Highlights Kids gives kids access to games, jokes, activities, and more, including recipes.
There doesn't seem to be a fixed topic
for what it offers, but it's the kind of website with such a variety of things
Offer that I think you can keep your child entertained for a while
good couple of hours.
7. Liter active
Literary goals help
Children learn how to read well through guided reading, e-picture books,
E-poetry materials and more.
This could be less attractive for some
Children, but if you are a parent with whom your child may need to learn
less distracting material, this could be the place of choice.
8th. Math play time
Math Game Time, another math learning website, also offers interesting themed games to make the normally feared topics of division, multiplication, and more fun.
The games can be found on their web platform,
You can also download some of their mobile games and some math worksheets
get serious on the subject.
9. National Geographic Kids
With a fairly well-established branding, parents can be sure that their children's education at National Geographic Kids will not be misled.
The website offers games, videos and brain boosters about animals and the earth. However, it seems that these are activities aimed at children who can already read and understand what they are reading.
10th PBS kids
PBS Kids offers both videos and games, although I would say that at first glance these activities are more entertainment-oriented than learning a particular subject.
Even so, it's still a great option for learning
Soft skills such as teamwork, building skills, etc.
11. Scholastic Early English
Scholastic Early English offers fun lessons to learn the letters A to Z, and each letter has lessons worth 1 to 2 weeks.
The lessons include the first new learning
Words, story words, reading story sentences, adding "s" for plural forms and a
Sing along to tie everything together.
12. Scholastic learning at home
Scholastic Learn At Home is a website that offers daily projects that children can read, think and grow by providing stories and videos about things like animals and the earth.
The activities are aimed at 4 categories of children (western ones, but can be adapted to our Malaysian ones), e.g. B. Children in pre-K & kindergarten, grades 1 & 2, grades 3-5 and grades 6-9.
13. Science children
Science Kids, another self-explanatory website, is a place where kids can learn about science and technology through games, quizzes, projects, lessons, and videos.
You can also get for later reference
Some project ideas for science fairs here for the reopening of schools.
Seussville is a website that anyone who reads the books (and films) of Dr. Seuss loved as an adult, will certainly love.
It's a place for everything, Dr. Seuss
the same fun you had with your kids through the games back then,
Videos and more on the website. Sorry if I read the site for myself
explore in my spare time.
Starfall teaches children to read phonetics by familiarizing them with their ABCs before learning how to read gradually.
Children can also learn math
Website, and all learning materials come not only in reading form but in songs
16. Storyline online
For something more passive, Storyline Online is the perfect website for it, as it offers videos of celebrities who tell children's books as well as illustrations.
It is an award-winning literacy program for children
Website and a program of the non-profit organization SAG-AFTRA Foundation.
17th Change zoo
With Switch Zoo, children can create new animals, play animal games, solve animal puzzles, take a guided tour and take part in a zoo quest – all online.
For less active, good, activities, children
You can choose to explore the music that animals “list” on the website.
is a platform that offers a variety of games for children in classes K to 5.
They have games about addition, verbs, typing, adjectives and even money
If parents out there want to give their children a financial advantage
One thing the site also offers is
Multiplayer games so you can play with or let your child play
her siblings too.
19th Unite for literacy
You can find one on Unite for Literacy
Plenty of follow-up books that tell while your child is turning the page
read through graphical representations of a book.
These books are not only about animals, friends, family and the earth, but there are also some new additions that teach children what COVID-19 is and teach them how to wash their hands.
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Google itself may be one of the most accessible tools that is entertaining, yet educational.
It is something that has been circulating online and even fascinates adults, so you can be sure that your children will enjoy it too.
When you enter the name of an animal
Google (on your iPhone or Android phone) will display a button that says "Show"
in 3D ”when the search page is loaded.
If you click on it, you can examine the rendering of the animal either as an object or in AR.
Not every animal name calls this function, but you can access this list online to find out what you can google in 3D.
Bottom line: I actually found it surprising how many free and entertaining resources there are for children. I am rightly fascinated by some of them and would like to use them when I have the time. As I said, one thing I'm sure to research is Seussville.
- Read more about what we wrote about the MCO here.