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.

Hampta Pass Trek – Reality Check

Crossing a water stream

Is it easy? Is it suitable for first time trekkers? This is the reality check from the Hampta Pass Trek. My view, my experience and my long time dream come true moment! Quick, top 10 noteworthy points from the trek in The Himalayas.

Ease of the trek:

Many sources we checked with indicated that this is a very easy trek. This list includes a few websites [of the companies] that organize treks, few people who have been on treks before, etc. Either we were too excited to listen to, or may be we were never told so, but the truth is: it’s not an easy trek. Well, easiest of all the treks in The Himalayas, but not an easy one in general.

There were more than few instances when we were thankful that the initially plannedĀ 12+ group didn’t make it. For the three of us who could make it, our ego was our strength (Shiva- Well said!). If you have to do it, what other options do you have, other than doing it?? Unless you have that passion for adventure, there are fair chances that you will get pissed off and be mad at everything and everyone around!

If somebody is keeping score: You need prior experience to enjoy this trek. It’s not a cake walk. It’s rock walk!