7 top platforms to keep the kids occupied while you work from home
Working from home….with kids? We hear you (and them!). Now that schools are closed in many countries in Europe – including here in Spain – we’ve been hit with a challenge: what do we do with the kids while we’re working?
Over the past couple of weeks or so a number of people have been commenting in groups online. The topic? Just how hard it is to balance a busy working day with childcare.
So we thought we’d put together a useful list of resources for parents working at home with kids. So, please breathe a sigh of relief and crack open the crayons.
We’ll introduce you to 7 great educational websites and apps that will help you keep the kids occupied!
Working from home with kids? Keep them occupied with these apps and websites
1. Poptropica® For Android and iOS
Poptropica is a free, immersive virtual world for kids aged 6 to 12 years old. It lets children create and customise a Poptropican character and complete quests for prizes, follow stories and play games.
Your little ones will develop their problem-solving skills, solve mysteries and have fun.
See the Poptropica website for more
2. NASA Kids’ Club
Kids driving you up the wall? Well, NASA Kids’ Club will send them into space…for an hour or two, at least.
With games, videos, exploration and STEM activities for kids to do at home, this website is as fun as it is educational.
You’ll find activities for kids of all ages – and they won’t be thinking of lockdown when they watch a rocket take off, watch a livestream of the International space station or colour in their favourite space picture. There are literally hundreds of resources on the website, so put on your space suit and get exploring.
Read more about NASA’s educational standards here.
3. Haktive at Home
Haktive at Home provides lots of fun physical activities to help your kids blow off some steam and get the exercise they need – when they’re stuck inside with you. It is also offering lots of free resources for parents and their kids during the Covid-19 outbreak, so it’s well worth checking out and signing up for updates.
See more on the Haktive at Home website and get your kids to take part in a challenge every day.
4. Activity Village Crafts
Kids love getting their hands dirty, building, creating and colouring in. Head to Activity Village crafts for hundreds of fun and easy ideas to get your kids developing their arts and crafts skills.
Will your living room be tidy? No. But at least you’ll all stay sane.
See more on the Activity Village Crafts website
5. TED [email protected]
Technology, Education, Design – you know all about TED, in fact you probably did your own TEDX speech last year. But did you know there are loads of free educational resources for parents and teachers? And that TED has its own Covid-19 response? Well, now you do.
There are hundreds of resources for parents and kids from elementary school age all the way through to university. Work from home while they get inspired!
6. Varsity Tutors
Varsity Tutors offers “Free tools for better at-home learning” and offers online classes, practice tests, resources for parents and teachers.
Sign up for free, interactive daily live classes – just select your child’s grade to get started: Elementary (K-5), Middle School (6-8) or High School (9-12) – pretty awesome for the lockdown!
See more on the Varsity Tutors website.
7. The Artful Parent
Help your kids get creative and express themselves with the help of The Artful Parent. With painting, drawing, clay, collages and activities for toddlers, they’ll have plenty to do during the day. Also, see these 10 activities you can easily do with your kids at home during lockdown.
Find out more on The Artful Parent website.
Got some ideas to add? Let us know in the comments!