35 online resources for children – Real Life Mum

We are in uncertain times, and I have to say it makes the planner inside me rather unsettled.

With a 7 week old and a busy 4 year old, all this mummy wants to do is protect them. My eldest gets sick so often because of school and yesterday my husband and I decided that we would keep him home until this passes.

It’s day two of self distancing and I want to make this next month count, because it’s my last month of Maternity leave, and precious time to bond with my boys together, who knows when I will get this opportunity again?

The first thing is to get my days planned out so to avoid the chaos and anxiety. My first thoughts are for my busy body 4 year old, as my newborn is basically just drinking on demand and sleeping.

I found this useful time table on Instagram from Jessica McHale Photography and I thought it would be a brilliant idea to get some order going in our day.

Credit:Jessica McHale Photography


Kids are going to be out of school for a month or possibly longer and there 35 online sites (some free) to assist with for learning collated from various sources :

1. Vodacom Eschool

Vodacom customers don’t pay for data or content when using Vodacom e-school. There are Easy to follow video lessons developed by expert teachers for grades R-12.

You can study at your own pace. You can Rewind and pause video lessons.

Follow the below link to Register:

2. Telkom has also zero rated a number of educational sites.

3. SABC Education Virtual Academy

SEVA provides an online self help platform for learners. The SEVA platform allows you to download free ebooks via E-Funza.

4.Khan Academy

Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it’s mostly common material.

5.BBC Learning

This site is old and no longer updated and yet there’s so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.


Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).


For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.


Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.


Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.


Creative computer programming

11.Ted Ed

All sorts of engaging educational videos

12.National Geographic Kids

Activities and quizzes for younger kids.


Learn languages for free. Web or app.

14.Mystery Science

Free science lessons

15.The Kids Should See This

The Kid Should See This – Smart videos for curious minds of all ages

Wide range of cool educational videos

16:Crash Course

You Tube videos on many subjects

17.Crash Course Kids

As above for a younger audience

18.Crest Awards

Science awards you can complete from home.

19.iDEA Awards

Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.

20.Paw Print Badges

Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.


All kinds of making and DIY.

22.Prodigy Maths

Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.

23.Cbeebies Radio

Listening activities for the younger ones.

24.Nature Detectives

A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!

25.British Council

Resources for English language learning

26.Oxford Owl for Home

Lots of free resources for Primary school kids.

27.Big History Project

Aimed at Secondary school children. Multi disciplinary activities.

28.Geography Games

Geography gaming!

29.Blue Peter Badges

If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.

30.The Artful Parent

Free art activities

31.Red Ted Art

Easy arts and crafts for little ones

32.The Imagination Tree

Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.

33.Toy Theater

Educational online games

34. DK Find Out

Activities and quizzes


This is more for printouts, and is usually at a fee.Twinl is offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures.



I will be keeping my little one busy with activities and learning from the sites, if you have any additional resources, please pop me a mail on : so I can add it to this list.

Keep safe out there!




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