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.
Kapa Haka 4 Kids
Every week day at 11am join Matua Whaitiri Poutawa on YouTube for an awesome session of Kapa Haka.
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.
Online taonga jigsaw puzzles
Te Papa have a great collection of online jigsaw puzzles with a Kiwi flavour. You can set the difficulty too!
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.
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.
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.
A live webcam at an African watering hole may be the most amazing thing we’ve seen all lockdown!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Written 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”