37 ways to keep kids engaged at home

37 Ways to keep kids engaged during this COVID-19 lockdown

During these difficult times across the globe, many kids will be home considering the lockdown of schools – as part of preventing measures to control the spread of Coronavirus – along with offices, businesses, malls, theaters and pretty much any place with large gatherings. Are you thinking of activities for kids at home to keep them engaged?

Here is a list of online resources to help the parents keep kids busy with good stuff. As they tend to learn fast or get bored easily, the large number of options below will help parents to find something that your child likes, and is useful too.

Before we begin the list, here are some free audiobooks for kids – who doesn’t like stories? While the download is in progress, read on…

1. Brain POP

https://www.brainpop.com/

2. Byju’s Learning

https://byjus.com/

Free access to BYJUS learning program until April-end. News link.

3. Curiosity Stream

https://curiositystream.com/

4. Tynker

https://www.tynker.com/

5. Outschool

https://outschool.com/

6. Beast Academy

https://beastacademy.com/

7. Khan Academy

https://www.khanacademy.org/

8. Creative Bug

https://www.creativebug.com/

9. Discovery Education

https://www.discoveryeducation.com/

10. Crash Course Kids on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/user/crashcoursekids

11. Science Channel on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/user/ScienceChannel

12. SciShow Kids on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/user/scishowkids

13. National Geographic Kids

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXVCgDuD_QCkI7gTKU7-tpg

14. Free School on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/user/watchfreeschool

15. GEOgraphy Focus on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8HYERScBt-e0kV0fpe0asg

16. The Brain Scoop on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/user/thebrainscoop

17. SciShow on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/user/scishow

18. Kids Learning Tube on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7EFWpvc1wYuUwrtZ_BLi9A

19. Geek Gurl Diaries on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/user/GeekGurlDiaries

20. Mike Likes Science on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/user/comaniddy

21. Science Max on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbprhISv-0ReKPPyhf7-Dtw

22. SoulPancake on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/user/soulpancake

23. 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.

24. Travel + Leisure

https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours
These 12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours You Can Take on Your Couch (Video)

25. All-in-one Home School

https://allinonehomeschool.com/
This is the awesome free curriculum; everything from preschool activities to 12th grade is here!

List of thinking games by grade: https://allinonehomeschool.com/thinking/

26. Starfall (Free)

https://www.starfall.com/h/

27. FunBrain (Free)

https://www.funbrain.com/

28. SplashLearn

https://www.splashlearn.com/

29. Storyline Online (Free)

https://www.storylineonline.net/

30. PBS Kids

https://pbskids.org/

31. Highlights Kids

https://www.highlightskids.com/

32. National Geographic Kids

https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/

33. Cool math 4 kids

https://www.coolmath4kids.com/

34. Math Game Time

http://www.mathgametime.com/

35. Seuss Ville

https://www.seussville.com/

36. Turtle Diary

https://www.turtlediary.com/

37. e-learning for kids

https://www.e-learningforkids.org/in/home

Do you have any other resources or activities for kids at home you’d like to append to this list? Share in the comments and will be glad to add them to the article.

Yep, I could make her smile!

The other day I met a little girl at the shopkeeper’s. I guess she’s 2 or 3 years old. Dressed like a boy, she was very cute. In fact, because of cold, she was completely packed and I could only see her face. She had her tiny hands in pockets and was waiting for her grandfather (I suppose) to leave. She was getting impatient, may be, the expression on her face told me so. For some reason, I wanted to make her smile.

smileI waved in front of her face and she looked up. I streched my hand and said hello. She removed her hands from the pockets and was hesitant to shake hands. Then I noticed she had a slate pencil each in her hands. She moved both of them into one hand to say hello. I asked her if I can have one. I guess, at first, she didn’t want to give. Then she tried to break one into two pieces. May be she wanted to give only half of it. She couldn’t do it with fingers. So, she tried hitting the wall to break it. No go. Finally, she gave me one complete piece. I smiled and asked “which class?”. She asked me back the same question. I said, “First”. She gave suspicious looks and I thought, she knew I was kidding. But her next question cleared my doubt: “then you should be using pencil, right?”. I said, “yeah, but I lost mine.” She smiled with a don’t-lose-this-now look.

After I was done with my purchase there, I looked around and she was still there. I asked her if she likes to have a chocolate. She wanted one, but then looked at her grandfather for confirmation. He nodded and explained, “Normally, as I told you earlier, no. But, you gave him a slate pencil, right? So, take chocolate if you want one.” She jumped inside, picked one 5 STAR from the stand, smiled again, said, “thank you” and left.

Yep, I could make her smile!

🙂