Useful Lookdown Resources

As we continue in this uncertain time of the pandemic and home learning has become a part of our daily routine, I have put a list of resources together to help parents with the education of their children. Whether it is art lessons, coding, children’s activities, and games to bedtime stories there is a link for you. Even better, you can visit some of the world-famous museums and tourist sites without the cost and leaving your home. Take virtual tours of some of the world’s famous historical sites at your fingertips.

Art

Draw with Rob – Watch Award-winning book illustrator Rob Biddulph sharing draw-along videos every Tuesday and Thursday on his Twitter feed. @RobBiddulph

Books and authors

Audible has made hundreds of its audiobooks free to help parents looking to entertain their kids.
Divided by age and category, a variety of stories are available to stream including titles across six
languages. www.stories.audible.com/start-listen  

BookTrust Enjoy story time with free online books and videos, play games, win prizes, test your knowledge in book-themed quizzes, or even learn how to draw some of your favourite characters. www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun

Oliver Jeffers  Best-selling author Oliver Jeffers is reading one of his books live on Instagram every day and talking about how he wrote them. Videos of previously read stories are on his website. www.oliverjeffers.com/abookaday  

Picture Book Author Events Online Enjoy live storytelling by children’s authors. www.facebook.com/AuthorEventsOnline  

The School Library Association A collection of SLA resources including up-to-date links for online author events, digital escape rooms, online books and activities. www.sla.org.uk/school-closure-resources  

Storyline Online Children’s stories read by well-known celebrities. www.storylineonline.net

Children Activities and Games

Artful Parent

Provides creative activities to do with your kids at home.  www.facebook.com/artfuIparent

BBC Bitesize  are publishing online lessons daily for all ages. They also have a new dedicated TV channel full of learning content, podcasts on BBC Sounds and loads of interesting videos on iPlayer.  www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize  

BrainPOP  – An educational resource centre covering a variety of subjects and ages globally. Free access during school closures. www.brainpop.com

Busy Toddler  –Forty indoor activities for toddlers. www.busytoddler.com/2020/03/indoor-activities  

CBeebies Radio – Listening activities for the younger ones. www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio

Classroom Secrets  A range of free resources for primary school aged children.  www.kids.classroomsecrets.co.uk  

Colouring books –Downloadable free colouring books from 113 different museums. www.openculture.com/2019/02/download-free-coloring-books-from-113-museums  

Create your own museum  – National Museums Liverpool has launched a special project.

My Home is My Museum, encouraging children aged 4-11 to create their own museum from objects in their home. www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/my-home-my-museum  

Creativebug Offers online video arts and crafts workshops and techniques. Learn how to paint. knit. crochet, sew, screen print, and more. www.creativebug.com

Keeping Early Years Unique  A good digest of materials and ideas for the 0-5s which won’t overwhelm your printer www.keyu.co.uk/new-Iearning-at-home-together  

Lanes for Drains A game you can print at home, Pipes & Ladders is a board game with an educational twist that teaches young people about  fatbergs and plastic pollution. www.lanesfordrains.co.uk/global/news/pipes-and-Iadders-board-game  

Lego games – Lots of videos and activities. www.lego.com/en-gb/kids

Oxford Owl for Home Lots of free resources for primary school age. www.home.oxfordowl.co.uk  

Pobble 365 One free resource every day of the year. With beautiful images and photographs to inspire discussions and activities covering a variety of subjects. www.pobble365.com  

Coding

Blockly Learn computer programming skills – fun and free. www.blockly.games

Code Monster Particularly useful for kids, Code Monster features two adjacent boxes. One displays code, the other shows what the code does. As you play with the code (with some help from a prompt), you learn what each command does. www.crunchzilla.com/code-monster  

Code.org This non-profit foundation’s website is an excellent starting point for coding novices. Be sure to watch the inspirational video on the main page. The current iteration features some of the biggest names in tech talking about how they got started in coding. www.code.org  

Scratch Creative computer programming.  www.scratch.mit.edu/explore/projects/games

Museums and Tourist Sites

Anne Frank House – The Anne Frank House has a fabulous suite of online resources, ‘including a series of gripping dramatized video diaries.  www.annefrank.org/en/museum/web-and-digital

British Museum Search more than four million object records online, take virtual tours and visit the school resources pages which cover all areas of the curriculum from ages 3-18. www.britishmuseum.org

Story time

BBC Sounds – More than 100 short stories and 15 children’s stories are available to listen to for free. www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/category/audiobooks

Virtual tours

Buckingham Palace, London www.royal.uk/virtual-tours-buckingham-palace

Egyptian Pyramids  www.tripsawy.com/virtual-field-trip-pyramids-1259200

Guggenheim, Bilbao  www.guggenheim-bilbao.eus/en  

The Louvre, France . https://www.louvre.fr/en

Machu Picchu, Peru –  www.youvisit.com/tour/machupicchu  

National Archaeological  Museum, Greece  www.namuseum.gr/en

US Holocaust Memorial  Museum https://www.ushmm.org/information/exhibitions/%20online-exhibitions

Women’s History Museum, Virginia  www.womenshistory.org/womens-history/online-exhibits

Palestine Museum  www.palmuseum.org/ehxibitions/virtual-exhibitions

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