With us all spending more time at home and taking a break from school, we’ve put together some of our favourite ways for kids to keep learning and stay curious.

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 by the providers who list on Hoop to help keep your family learning. You can find info about live streams of family activities in the Hoop app.

Go Kid Music

FOR AGES: 4-10YRS | PRE-RECORDED CLASSES | £6 / MONTH
Go Kid Music‘s Online Club helps kids learn catchy age-appropriate songs. Songs are fun and educational, and kids will learn signing and Makaton too. New content added each week. View Go Kid Music.

Lab Tots

FOR AGES: 3-8YRS | VIDEO 
Lab Tots specialises in delivering unique and fun learning experiences to pre-school age kids – and now they are online! Little ones can watch along and do at home. Watch Lab Tots. 

Nano Spanish Club

FOR AGES: 1-7YRS | PRE-RECORDED CLASSES | £5 / CLASS
Nano Spanish Club provides guided language learning for ages 1-5 (stage 1) and 5-7 (stage 2). Little ones can look at pictures and hear the words, sing songs, do activities and join in with interactive videos. View Nano Spanish Club.

More Great Ways to Learn at Home

We’ve put together even more resources for helping you and your kids keep fit at home. Missing your faves? Let us know here.

BBC Bitesize

FOR AGES: 3YRS+ | WEBSITE | FREE
Schools closed? BBC Bitesize is here to help, with hundreds of virtual lessons to be delivered daily over the next 14 weeks.  Lessons are created with teachers and other educational experts and feature a mix of videos, animations, practice activities, quizzes and games. Expect famous faces like Sir David Attenborough (geography), Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero (Spanish), Danny Dyer (history), Professor Brian Cox (science), Liam Payne (music and reading) and more, alongside qualified teachers. Visit BBC Bitesize. 

BBC Earth Kids

FOR AGES: 6YRS+ | WEBSITE | FREE
BBC Earth Kids brings you fun facts, amazing creatures and loads of cool info about our planet, as well as the best clips from the BBC’s natural history programmes picked out for the most curious explorers. Visit BBC Earth Kids.

Ben Fogle’s Adventure Class

FOR AGES: 5YRS+ | VIDEO | FREE
Tune in with broadcaster and adventurer @benfogle on weekdays at 4pm to ask questions and learn about our world – from Everest to swimming with crocodiles to rowing the Atlantic. Watch Adventure Class (currently only available live.)

BrainPOP

FOR AGES: 5YRS+ | WEBSITE | FREE DURING SCHOOL CLOSURES
BrainPOP is here to help little learners stay informed during school closures. With short animated movies, quizzes and fun interactive activities covering the subjects of science, social studies, English, maths, and engineering and technology. View BrainPOP.

British Museum Online

FOR AGES: 5YRS+ | WEBSITE | FREE
Explore the British Museum‘s exhibits from around the world without leaving your home. Learn about the history and culture of different objects from ancient Egypt, the Roman Empire and more. Visit the British Museum Online.

Climate Kids NASA

FOR AGES: 7YRS+ | WEBSITE | FREE
Produced by the Earth Science Communications Team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, Climate Kids has a range of articles, videos, games and real-world activities where kids can learn about weather, climate, water, energy and more. Visit Climate Kids.

Code.org

FOR AGES: 4YRS+ | WEBSITE | FREE
Code.org is packed with engaging tutorials for all ages and levels, from introductory to move advanced. Code a dance party, write your own games and learn principles of computer science. Visit Code.org.

Cool Math 4 Kids

FOR AGES: UP TO 12YRS | WEBSITE | FREE
Designed to make maths enjoyable, CoolMath4Kids is full of games, lessons, quizzes and brain teasers. Choose from Alien Addition, Demolition Division, Meteor Multiplication and more. Visit CoolMath4Kids.

Crash Course Kids

FOR AGES: 10YRS+ | VIDEO | FREE
Crash Course Kids produce bi-weekly kid-friendly science videos with clear explanations and cute illustrations, on topics including Earth Science, Physical Science, Biology, Geography, Engineering, and Astronomy. Watch Crash Course Kids.

The DadLab

FOR AGES: 3YRS+ | VIDEO | FREE
The DadLab is your one-stop-shop for fun activities, easy crafts and kids science experiments that any parent can do at home. From experiments with balloons to simple paper crafts, there’s stacks to choose from. Watch the DadLab.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra Kids

FOR AGES: 5YRS+ | WEBSITE | FREE
DSO Kids is packed with resources covering all things musical – from learning about the sounds of the orchestra to practice tips and guides to making your own instruments at home. Visit DSO Kids.

Harry Potter at Home

FOR AGES: 5YRS+ | WEBSITE | FREE
Harry Potter at Home is JK Rowling’s brand-new hub of do-at-home activities. Packed with magical fun, including special contributions from Bloomsbury and Scholastic, nifty magical craft videos (teach your friends how to draw a Niffler!), fun articles, quizzes, puzzles and plenty more for first-time readers, as well as those already familiar with the wizarding world. Visit Harry Potter at Home.

Khan Academy Kids

FOR AGES: 2-7YRS | APP | FREE
Khan Academy Kids is a free, fun educational journey for kids on core subjects like early literacy, reading, writing and maths. With whimsical characters, interactive activities, animated videos and games to catch children’s attention. Available on the Apple App Store, Google Play Store and Amazon Appstore. Get Khan Academy Kids.

Kids Cook With Theo

FOR AGES: 3YRS+ | LIVE VIDEO | FREE
Mondays and Wednesdays at 4pm @theocooks is hosting live cookalongs. It’s simple, store cupboard ingredients with everything you need posted the day before. Learn something new and cook dinner – win win! Watch Kids Cook with Theo.

The Kids Should See This

FOR AGES: 7YRS+ | VIDEO | FREE
TKSST is a collection of 4,300+ kid-friendly videos that are free to watch. With smart videos covering science, technology, engineering, art and maths curated by Rion Nakaya with input from her 9 and 12 year olds. Visit The Kids Should See This.

The Lego Foundation: Six Bricks

FOR AGES: 3YRS+ | AT-HOME ACTIVITY | FREE
Six Bricks is a booklet packed with activities you can easily do at home – all you’ll need are six bricks. Through fun and short activities with sets of LEGO® DUPLO® bricks in six bright colours, kids can practice their memory, movement, creativity and more. View Six Bricks Booklet.

Maddie Moate

FOR AGES: 5YRS+ | VIDEO | FREE
Maddie is the BAFTA-nominated host of CBeebies TV series “Maddie’s Do You Know?”. Her channel is packed with videos about animals, plants, travel and technology designed for kids. #staycurious with Maddie Moate.

Minecraft Educational Content

FOR AGES: 4YRS+ | GAME | FREE UNTIL JUNE 30TH
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.

Mars Curiosity

FOR AGES: 7YRS+ | WEBSITE | FREE
Access the real surface of Mars, recorded by NASA’s Curiosity rover. You’ll learn about key points of interest by clicking the map and highlighted rover parts, move from point to point and travel to different mission sites. Visit Access Mars.

The Maths Factor by Carol Vorderman

FOR AGES: 4-12YRS | WEBSITE | FREE
The Maths Factor is full of enthusiastic lessons with Carol (matched to the national curriculum), fun maths games and rewarding targets for kids to work towards. Even better, it’s free for UK children while the schools are closed! Visit The Maths Factor.

Myleene’s Music Klass

FOR AGES: 4YRS+ | VIDEO | FREE
Join Myleene’s Music Klass to learn basic music concepts, how to clap out rhythms, sing along and stay entertained. Expect a few lessons each week. Watch Myleene’s Music Klass.

National Geographic Kids

FOR AGES: 7YRS+ | VIDEO | FREE
National Geographic Kids online is full of interesting articles written for kids, cool competitions and interactive games. Kids will learn cool facts about nature and culture from around the world. Visit National Geographic Kids website or on their YouTube channel.

NASA: Get to Know the Space Station

FOR AGES: 7YRS+ | WEBSITE | FREE
The International Space Station is a high-flying lab, and NASA is inviting you inside. You can take a tour, meet the crew and even see when the station will fly over your home town – check out the Kids Zone for a few child-friendly games too. Get to know the Space Station.

National Literacy Trust Family Zone

FOR AGES: UP TO 12YRS | WEBSITE | FREE
Split up by age group from birth to 12 years, the National Literacy Trust Family Zone is full of reading and writing resources, audiobooks, videos, competitions and reading challenges. Best of all, it’s completely free! Visit the National Literacy Trust Family Zone.

Outschool

FOR AGES: 3YRS+ | VIDEO | FREE
Outschool provides fun, online learning experiences through live classes. Topics cover everything from arts and music, English, maths and science to life skills and even Harry Potter and Lego! Visit Outschool.

Pinterest Lego Challenges

FOR AGES: 4YRS+ | DO-AT-HOME | FREE
Find stacks of Lego challenges for kids on Pinterest. There’s crazy constructions for all ages – we especially love making lego rainbows for a fun colour and shape activity. View Lego Challenges on Pinterest.

Plazoom

FOR AGES: 5YRS+ | DO-AT-HOME | FREE WORKSHEETS AND COLLECTIONS AVAILABLE, SOME PAID CONTENT
More commonly used by teachers to plan lessons, check out Plazoom’s collection of home learning packs and worksheets for Years 1 – 6. Packs mostly focus on literacy, and fun exercises to promote reading and writing. With lots that’s free to download, with a few paid packs available too. Visit Plazoom.

PQA Virtual Academy

FOR AGES: 3YRS+ | VIDEO | FREE
Missing your usual drama classes? Attend the PQA Virtual Academy instead! Featuring fantastic workshops with practical performing arts activities, including dance, drama, animation and stand-up comedy, as well as bedtime stories and online PQA poppets for younger ones. Visit PQA Virtual Academy.

Science Channel

FOR AGES: 7YRS+ | VIDEO | FREE
The Science Channel on YouTube is full of videos that will interest kids and grown-ups too. Learn about outer space, science basics and watch wacky experiments on MythBusters Jr. Watch the Science Channel.

SciShow Kids

FOR AGES: 5YRS+ | VIDEO | FREE
SciShow Kids explores all the topics that make us ask “why?”. Jessi and her robot rate answer questions and explain science concepts in a fun way for young minds. Watch SciShow Kids.

ScratchJr

FOR AGES: 5 – 7YRS | APP | FREE
With ScratchJr, young kids (ages 5-7) can program their own interactive stories and games. In the process, they learn to solve problems, design projects, and express themselves creatively on the computer. Older kids (8yrs+) or those seeking a challenge might watch to try Scratch to create move advanced puzzles. Get the Scratch app on iOS, Android or Amazon Fire.

Smile and Learn

FOR AGES: 3-12YRS | VIDEO | FREE
Smile and Learn is a channel packed full of educational content. Learn about numbers, letters, geography, history, science, yoga and more with fun characters and cool animations. Also available in Spanish and Portuguese. Watch Smile and Learn.

TED-Ed

FOR AGES: 7YRS+ | VIDEO | FREE
TED-Ed is committed to creating lessons worth sharing. Explore topics like a day in the life of an ancient Roman, how turtle shells evolved and why the Netherlands isn’t under water. Watch TED-Ed.

TurtleDiary

FOR AGES: 4-10YRS | WEBSITE | FREE
TurtleDiary is packed with fun, educational online games for kids – plus videos, experiments, puzzles, colouring sheets, printable worksheets and more. Visit TurtleDiary.

Tynker

FOR AGES: 5YRS+ | WEBSITE | FREE
Tynker is a coding platform for kids, split out into ages 5-7, 7-13 and 13+. Kids can play and create with themed tutorials for all skill levels (starting at never coded at all), take part in coding challenges and make Minecraft mods. Visit Tynker.

Twinkl

FOR AGES: 3YRS+ | WEBSITE | ONE MONTH CURRENTLY FREE, THEN FROM £4.49 PER MONTH
Twinkl have created a series of home learning and school closure packs to help keep kids learning while the schools are closed. With weekly activities by age group, and even a daily plan for those who want a bit more structure, there’s stacks of resources to explore. Visit Twinkl.


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