New Ways To Keep The Kids Learning At Home

One wonderful thing to come out of weeks of lockdown is an abundance of fascinating and fun online and at-home learning opportunities for kids.

We’ve brought together some of our favourite picks for you to explore. We hope that these will keep the kids occupied and learning whilst having fun.

Kiwi kids

Kapa Haka 4 Kids

Every week day at 11am join Matua Whaitiri Poutawa on YouTube for an awesome session of Kapa Haka.

Join in the fun

We’re going to the zoo!

Auckland Zoo have created a series of videos showing the habitats of some of their inhabitants. See meerkats, orangutans, otters and more.

Watch the animal cams

Online taonga jigsaw puzzles

Te Papa have a great collection of online jigsaw puzzles with a Kiwi flavour. You can set the difficulty too!

Try an online Te Papa jigsaw

Emergency preparedness

I know, I know – surely we’ve all had enough of emergencies lately?! But it is important for kids to keep up their awareness of what to do in different types of emergencies (including a pandemic). This game was created by New Zealand Civil Defence.

Play What’s the Plan Stan?

Maths, Science, History

Take a virtual field trip

World renowned museums and art galleries are ready to be explored online. Whether you want to visit the Guggenheim in New York, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, or the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City, sit back and be virtually transported there.

See 12 famous museums and art galleries

Take a virtual tour of The Louvre in Paris

Avoid the crowds at the Sistine Chapel

An afternoon at the museum

The National Museum of Natural History in Washing DC is one of the most famous museums in the world. Their virtual tours are just like being there.

Virtual tours of The National Musuem of Natural History

Africa live!

A live webcam at an African watering hole may be the most amazing thing we’ve seen all lockdown!

Tune in to the African Animals Water Hole live feed

Music and the arts

Learn to draw with Disney

Is there a better way to learn how to draw cartoon characters than with the best in the business? Disney Parks offers YouTube instructions on how to draw your favourite Disney characters like Tinkerbell, Olaf, Winnie the Pooh, Stitch, and more.

Disney’s How-To Draw series

Shakespeare from your couch

The Globe Theatre in London may have closed its doors for the lockdown but they are streaming Shakespeare’s plays for everyone to watch.

Check out which Shakespeare play is coming up next

A sonnet a day

Poetry lovers will adore the fact that they can listen to a “sonnet a day” from none other than Patrick Stewart! Gott alove the internet!

Poetry read by Patrick Stewart

Postmodern Juicebox

Postmodern Jukebox have a huge following around the world. They have created a musical educational series for parents with young children called Postmodern Juicebox. Watch the episodes with Tim the Tambourine Guy, Clara, and special guests.

Get musical with Postmodern Juicebox

What online or at-home learning resources have you found?

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her world julieWritten by Julie Scanlon

Julie is Editor for Kidspot NZ and our MVP. Her hobbies include laughing uncontrollably at her own jokes, annoying her family by asking questions about movie plots, and never taking anything too seriously. She speaks a little Spanish and a lot of Yorkshire. 

Favourite motto to live by: “It ain’t nothing but a thing”

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