From around New Zealand:
RNZ Storytime – free stories for Children and Young Adults written by NZ Authors
Goodnight Kiwi and Cat are joined by celebrity storytellers to bring the magic of New Zealand bedtime stories to life
WuHoo Timaru - a place to find fun, free family activities to do in Timaru, maybe you can start with a scavenger hunt
Activities by Penguin Books is a must visit! Download activity packs on Hairy Maclary, Granny McFlitter, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and much more
Fun art activities from our friends at the Aigantighe Art Gallery
Wild Eye Missions – get busy exploring your backyard wilderness
Otago Museum @Home – try these museum-inspired crafts
National Geographic Kids offers games, competitions, a Kids Club and resources to keep kids entertained
Studyladder - Mathematics, English, Science and more; online educational activities for students aged 4 to 12, mapped to the curriculum.
Te Papa online jigsaws – select online jigsaws using taonga from the museum’s collections, where you decide the level of difficulty
KiwiKidsnews - try this student-friendly website where you can get the latest news from New Zealand and around the world. It has some really cool areas to explore
Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand - explore this guide to the country's people, places, history, animals, plants and much more. It contains over 850 stories arranged into sections, and over 3,000 biographies of famous Kiwis from the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography.
Storyline Online sees celebrities read some awesome, illustrated storybooks intended for children aged 4 - 8
Story Time From Space – listen to awesome astronauts on the International Space Station read stories with a ‘space’ theme – find the full list under ‘Story Time Videos’ (and checkout ‘Science Time Videos’ for astronaut demonstrations)
The Gruffalo has fun games, activity sheets, singalongs and much more from Julia Donaldson and Alex Scheffler
The Very Hungry Caterpillar – as read by author, Eric Carle
San Diego Zoo – watch the animals live in their enclosures, or try the games, activities or animal stories on offer
Edinburgh Zoo cams – watch more animals but in a different time zone
Monterey Bay Aquarium – experience the wonder of the ocean with these 10 live cams, from sea otters to African penguins and more
Prodigy makes math fun, the games are so good, the kids hardly realise they are learning, the lessons suit children aged 6 – 14
NASA Kids’ Club offers games and activities kids can independently participate in
Children’s Museum Houston has innovative activities and videos for child-centred learning
Code.org has free computer science classes from kindergarten to high school levels
Tips and Crafts provide creative activities to help caregivers entertain the kids
Overcoming Obstacles offer free life skills tools for parents and teachers to use with children from kindergarten to high school age. There are hundreds of activity-based lessons covering more than 30 critical social and emotional skills, helping children learn to make informed decisions, resolve conflicts, solve problems, respect each other and much more.
National Museum of Natural History in New York is pretty cool (this is where the Night at the Museum movies were filmed), so check out their virtual tours online – by the time you’ve finished you’ll feel like you’ve been to New York, well to the museum anyway!
The Museum of the World – A collaboration between the British Museum and the Google Arts & Culture Lab, this is an interactive experience through time, continents and cultures
GoNoodle gets kids up and moving to fun dance parties, yoga sessions, mindfulness activities and game sessions
CosmicKids Yoga is yoga and mindfulness for ages 3+