Parenting Resources for Lockdown

We have found creative ways to keep your kids entertained so you don't have to, and better yet they are all free! All you need is a computer or tablet, and for some, a printer.

Do you have any play ideas your kids have enjoyed this lockdown? Share below, we would love to hear them!


Art for Kids Hub: These videos show you how to draw anything step-by-step. Try a Baby Shark or a Pop-up Icecream!

Word Art: This is an easy-to-use fun art tool where you can create art using words. Just click "Create Now" and start creating! 

word art using I love mum
Created with the Word Art website

Pixel Art: Create pictures using pixels and lots of different tools.

Mini Mad Things: There are some beautiful art projects to get stuck into here. 

Glen Jones Art: Download and print colouring and craft pages like this paua shell.


Smash Boom Best: A fun debate podcast that takes two things that kids love, eg. fairies vs giants, and debates which one is best.

History Storytime: Stories of history told in a fun and engaging way by two children and their Dad.


Hour of Code: This site is amazing for kids who are interested in beginners coding. My son particularly enjoys the "Dance Party" coding. The first hour is free and from then on you can join online classes.

Top Marks: This site has loads of educational resources and games in all subjects. You can choose what year your child is in at school and hit "Go"!

Nano Girl: You can access hundreds of STEM videos with Nano Girl, including easy science projects that you can do at home with everyday materials.

Fun Brain: Play educational games and read books on this site. 

page from Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Read Diary of a Wimpy Kid and lots more at Fun Brain

National Geographic Kids: Read articles, watch videos and play games.

Young Ocean Explorers: Learn about the ocean with fun activities and videos.

Twinkl: This has a huge number of educational resources, many of which your children will be familiar with from school (choose the ones marked "Free Resource").


Go Noodle: Get moving with exercise, dances and songs that the kids will love.

Cosmic Kids: Try yoga for kids with Jaime. You can find all types of kids-themed yoga here. Check out Harry Potter Yoga or Minecraft Yoga (yes it is a thing!).

The Body Coach TV: Joe Wicks takes you through all types of home workouts from beginner to advanced.

Koo Koo Kangaroo: My kids are obsessed with these guys! This song is hilarious, but warning... it will get stuck in your head for the rest of the day...


In New Zealand 0800 WHAT'S UP provides free counselling and resources for your child or teen. 

In Australia, Kids Helpline provides free phone counselling for kids 5 to 25 at 1800 55 1800

Source: Sally Wood - Synergy Health (with help from Oscar Wood, age 8)

What other ideas and resources have you found useful for your kids? Let us know in the comments below.


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