Activities for kids

Literally millions* of things to keep kids busy, and not just online but IRL too!

PE with Joe, live daily at 09.00

Dance with Oti, live daily at 11.30


The Body Coach
Free online gym classes for kids and parents, live weekdays at 9am.

Oti Mabuse
Free 30-minute dance classes, live weekdays at 11.30am.

600 or more free full-length workout videos from Daniel and Kelli.


Scouts: Great Indoors
Lots of activities for all ages and genders. Not just for those into scouting – but if you are, and you complete some, be sure to let your leaders know and gain badge credits! Note that the social links are for Scouts Scotland.

James Corden at the National Theatre

Arts, books and entertainment

‘Elevenses’ with David Walliams
Every day at 11am, listen to one of David Walliams’ World’s Worst Children stories. Plays through Soundcloud.

Into Film
Non-profit organisation aimed at giving children and young people aged 5 to 19 the chance to ‘experience film creatively’.  Offers simple, easy and useful activities that young people can complete unaided.

The Louvre
Virtual tours to see amazing works of art.

National Theatre
Showing free performances on its YouTube channel, every Thursday, available for a week. Starts Thursday April 2 with James Corden in ‘One Man, Two Guvnors‘.


Gareth Malone’s Great British Home Chorus
Bringing together voices from around the UK to contribute to an online choir. You have to register to take part.

Myleene’s Music Klass
Online music lessons twice weekly. Access any time from this special YouTube channel (it’s not her usual channel).

Steve Backshall goes on adventures

Maddie Moate explores science

Science and nature

Steve Backshall
Steve is hosting an online wildlife Q&A giving answers on all things wildlife, biology, conservation, geography and exploration. Weekly on Wednesdays at 9.30am.

Edinburgh Zoo
The Edinburgh Zoo (RZSS) Discovery and Learning team have created some great free resources to use at home. Click ‘Learn at home with us today’ for details.

Glasgow Science Centre
Live videos daily at 10am bringing science alive and into people’s homes.

The Royal Institution
For older children, online science lectures on a variety of topics.

San Diego Zoo Kids
Great website for younger children with videos, activities and games. The zoo’s main site is also good at and they even have a GIF collection through Giphy!

Science with Maddie Moate
Award-winning science communicator and CBeebies presenter Maddie talks about science and nature, live weekdays at 11am. 

Woodland Trust
Lots of ideas for activities to do with your children in your own garden or nearby woods.


Naomi Wilkinson discovers stop-motion animation at BBC Teach

Darius Arya visits ancient Rome


Ancient Rome Live
Archaeologist and TV presenter Darius Arya hosts live discussions about ancient Rome.

BBC Teach
Advice for teachers and parents. Thousands of free curriculum-mapped videos, arranged by age group and subject.

Bored Teachers – Resources
The site is all about practical and moral support for educators: its Resources section has fab lists of online resources that parents can use too.

The Maths Factor
For children aged four to 12, maths tutorials from Carol Vorderman.

Oxford Owl
Free online resources for children aged three to 11, to support learning in reading, English and maths. Lots of free resources and tips including free e-books. See ‘Popular topics’ at the foot of the page for advice including struggling readers.

* Please note, this is a completely made-up figure. Fake news, right?