Keeping babies and toddlers entertained is a challenge at the best of times. To help you stay sane, here are some of our top resources for entertaining babies and toddlers without leaving the house.
We will continue to add to our list of resources, so if there’s something you’d like to share with other families, let us know here.
Supporting Family Activity Providers
At Hoop, we work with 15,000+ family activity providers. Most of these are small businesses, often run by parents, who will face a lot of uncertainty over the coming weeks as we practise social distancing.
To help families over this time, lots activity providers have temporarily taken their activities online – we encourage you to show your support by taking part in live streams, watching pre-recorded sessions and sending messages of support to your local favourites.
Below are some of the resources produced to help keep your littlest ones entertained. You can find info about live streams of family activities in the Hoop app.
FOR AGES: UP TO 4YRS+ | WEBSITE | FREE WITH OPTIONAL DONATION
Go Quackers run original and interactive music and movement classes. Expect lots of fun and singing in weekly online classes, now available online. Visit Go Quackers.
Little Imaginations Creative Arts
FOR AGES: 2-4YRS | WEBSITE | £15 PER MONTH
Bring drama (the good kind) to your home with Little Imaginations. Known for magical, imaginative drama for the early years, you can now watch a range of virtual classes on themes from space to dinosaurs to in the garden – all with a prop-making video to go alongside. Visit Little Imaginations.
FOR AGES: 1YRS+ | VIDEO | £22.50 PER MONTH
For over 20 years, across the UK, Rhythm Time has been delivering award-winning classes for the early development of young children through the amazing benefits of music! You can now access all their incredible classes online. Go to Rhythm Time.
Sing and Sign
FOR AGES: UP TO 2YRS | WEBSITE | £25 ONLINE MEMBERSHIP TO ACCESS 250+ VIDEOS
A Sing and Sign online membership is a comprehensive resource to learn Sing and Sign at home. With themed lessons, dictionary, print outs, music videos and interactive games. There’s also 10 weeks of live online classes available. Visit Sing and Sign.
Teddies Music Club
FOR AGES: UP TO 4YRS | WEBSITE | 60 DAY FREE TRIAL, THEN £3.99 PER MONTH
Teddies Music Club Online brings a range of fun lively sessions to your home. With music to sing and dance along to at home, visiting musicians, drawings to colour in and enchanting musical stories. Visit Teddies Music Club.
FOR AGES: 1 – 7YRS | VIDEO | PRICES VARY PER CLASS
Get moving with fun, funky dance and creative movement classes for from family favourite Tot Bop. Now available at home through Tot Bop’s online members area. Visit Top Bop.
FOR AGES: 0 – 5YRS+ | VIDEO | £4 PER CLASS
Zip Zap combines traditional nursery rhymes with upbeat and lively pop songs, which will have children and carers alike bopping along to the funky beats. Classes are now available to access online. Visit Zip Zap.
More Great Resources for Babies and Toddlers
BBC Home Activities
FOR AGES: 0 – 5YRS | WEBSITE | FREE
The BBC’s ‘Tiny Happy People’ resource centre is packed with activities to try that help with your child’s communication skills. Almost any daily activity is a chance to talk, bond and have fun to get started, select the age of your child for some ideas of things to do with your child today. Discover activities.
Magical Music and Movement
FOR AGES: UP TO 4YRS | WEBSITE | 14 DAY FREE TRIAL, THEN £4.99 PER MONTH
Magical Music and Movement provide fun, online classes where you can enjoy songs, dances and activities from your own home. With new sessions that support the Early Year Curriculum released every day. Visit Magical Music and Movement.
FOR AGES: 2 – 6 YRS+ | APP | FREE TRIAL AVAILABLE – IN-APP PURCHASES REQUIRED FOR FULL ACCESS
The Papumba app gives children access to a world of knowledge simply by playing and having fun. They can learn about animals, the alphabet, numbers, music, drawing and much more. Download app
Pinterest Baby Sensory Ideas
FOR AGES: 0 – 2YRS | WEBSITE | FREE
There’s no limit to the inventive ideas to keep babies entertained on Pinterest. Packed with simple ways to engage your baby with everyday household objects, it’s a lifesaver when you’re running out of ideas. Check out baby sensory ideas
FOR AGES: 2YRS+ | VIDEO | FREE
Sing-a-long with all your favourite characters including Elmo, Cookie Monster, Big Bird, Grover, Oscar, Bert & Ernie and more with Sesame Street’s wonderful YouTube channel. Start singing along
FOR AGES: 3YRS+ | VIDEO | FREE
Join the Wiggles and their friends Dorothy the Dinosaur, Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus and Captain Feathersword for a fun sing-alongs at the official Wiggle’s YouTube channel. Go to The Wiggles’ channel
Find more great ways to keep the kids entertained at home here.