Now that we’re all spending a lot more time at home, our usual routines have been turned upside down. While we’ll all be doing our best to make sure our little ones are keeping active and learning lots, a bit more screen time than usual might be just what we need to get through this difficult time. Here’s our rundown of apps and services that will help keep your kids entertained.
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.
FOR AGES: 3YRS+ | APP | ONE MONTH FREE TRIAL
Bafta nominated Azoomee is an app with all the cool stuff kids love, in one safe place. With hundreds of inspiring TV shows, action-packed games, and creative DIY crafts, your kids can create, learn and grow, Azoomee is a godsend for parents looking for digital content they can trust. Get one month’s free access to Azoomee.
FOR AGES: 2YRS+ | APP | FREE WITH LIMITED CONTENT, IN-APP PURCHASES TO UNLOCK FULL CONTENT
Bing: Watch, Play, Learn is the new go-to place for all things Bing. With episodes of big to watch (no ads!) and 20+ learning games that develop hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills and memory games. Available on the Apple App Store, Google Play Store and Amazon Appstore. More info and download here.
FOR AGES: 1YRS+ | WEBSITE | FREE
Family favourite CBeebies needs no introduction. Kids can play interactive, educational games on the CBeebies website, or catch favourite shows on like Hey Duggee and Bing on the CBeebies iPlayer. Visit CBeebies
CHILD.ORG Treasure Hunts
FOR AGES: 3YRS+ | PRINT OUT
Create your own fun themed treasure hunt around your house with these inspired guides from CHILD.org. Costing £5 each all proceeds support the CHILD.org charity initiatives. Treasure hunts include Harry Potter and Pirate adventures. View treasure hunts
FOR AGES: ALL AGES | VIDEO | £5.99 / MONTH
With an enormous back catalogue of Disney classics and family favourites, Disney+ is here! You can watch on your TV or laptops, phones and tablets – perfect for busy households. Get Disney+.
FOR AGES: ALL AGES | WEBSITE | FREE
Justwatch shows you where you can legally watch movies and TV shows you love. You can keep up to date with new releases from streaming providers (Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, BBC iPlayer and more) and find the best rent/buy deals each day. Visit Justwatch.
FOR AGES: ALL AGES | VIDEO | £5.99 / MONTH
No list would be complete without mentioning Netflix‘s huge library of kid-friendly content. With favourites like PJ Masks and Octonauts, there’s hours of entertainment to be had (plus stacks for you to enjoy too!). Get Netflix.
Minecraft Educational Content
FOR AGES: 4YRS+ | GAME | FREE UNTIL 30TH JUNE
There’s FREE educational content in the Minecraft Marketplace until June 30th. Kids can tour the International Space Station or the inside of the human eye, explore renewable energy, marine biology and more. These worlds include lesson plans like creative writing activities, build challenges, and tricky puzzles. Learn more about free educational Minecraft content.
FOR AGES: UP TO 7YRS | VIDEO | FREE
Netflix Jr. is a YouTube channel where kids can learn, play and sing with their favourite Netflix characters. Storybots videos cover loads of topics, from barnyard animals to what makes aeroplanes fly to what is a virus. Watch Netflix Jr.
FOR AGES: 3YRS+ | WEBSITE | FREE
The PBS Kids website is packed full of free online games featuring popular characters like the Cat in the Hat and Elmo. Kids can make up stories, colour scenes and solve simple puzzles. Note that video streaming is restricted to the US, but games can be played anywhere in the world. Visit PBS Kids.
FOR AGES: 5YRS+ | PODCAST | FREE
Join YouTuber and author Humza Arshad for a podcast series packed with ridiculous facts, unbelievable stories and the silliest jokes! Dive under the sea, explore the world of animals, and explore space. Available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud and YouTube. Listen to the Puffin Podcast.
FOR AGES: 4YRS+ | WEBSITE | FREE
Featuring all your favourite Dr. Seuss characters, Seussville is filled with themed videos and games. Help the Grinch save Christmas or reunite the Green Eggs with the Ham in simple online games. Visit Seussville.
The Shows Must Go On!
FOR AGES: 6YRS+ | VIDEO | FREE
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Shows Must Go On series on YouTube brings you musicals from Lloyd Webber’s back catalogue (think Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and Jesus Christ Superstar) to your home for free. They’re only available for 48 hours from Fridays at 7pm, so make sure you don’t miss out! Watch The Shows Must Go On!
FOR AGES: 2YRS+ | APP | £14.99 / MONTH AS PART OF A FAMILY SUBSCRIPTION
Spotify Kids is an easy and fun way for kids to explore audio, either on their own or with family. Featuring tunes, singalongs and soundtracks handpicked by the Spotify team to be family-friendly. Get Spotify Kids.
The Wind in the Willows Musical
FOR AGES: 6-12YRS+ | VIDEO | FREE
Bring the theatre to your living room for free with Julian Fellowes’ production of The Wind in the Willows. Recorded live in 2017, join Ratty, Badger, Mole and the impulsive Toad on a series of adventures with beautiful design, eye-catching choreography and a glorious score. Watch The Wind in the Willows.
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