Professional art lessons and celebrities reading children’s books — here are 8 educational and free online resources that will keep kids stuck at home entertained amid school closures

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As more and more countries go into lockdown and schools remain closed, new options for keeping kids engaged and entertained at home are essential. MoMo Productions/Getty Images


The Kennedy Centre’s artist-in-residence, Mo Williams, recorded a free 15-episode series called “Lunch Doodles” from his art studio at home to encourage kids to explore their creativity. The series is also accompanied by downloadable drawing activities.

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There are a number of educational YouTube channels that feature quick, fun videos answering kids’ questions about science. Mystery Doug, for example, is a channel operated by a science teacher that grapples with questions like “Do fish sleep?” and “How do batteries work?”

Source: Mystery Doug


Some websites allow kids to continue learning basic skills while out of the classroom. For example, SplashLearn is a free website allowing kids to practice maths through interactive games.

Source: SplashLearn


Museums and zoos are also providing free educational content. The Smithsonian Institute is offering live video streams of the National Zoo, where four cheetah cubs were just born.

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The Smithsonian Institute is also offering an inside peek at the National Portrait Gallery. Its website even includes downloadable colouring sheets.

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Other museums are also hosting virtual visits. The Met in New York City is using 360° technology to create an interactive way to view the exhibits digitally and the Musee d’Orsay in Paris partnered with Google Arts & Culture to craft a walk-through.

Source: The Met 360° Project,Google Arts & Culture


Storyline Online, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s literacy program, features endless videos of celebrities reading popular children’s books, like Rose Byrne reading “The Tale of Peter Rabbit.”

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Some children’s musicians are transitioning from live shows to live streams. A website called Playtime Playlist is constantly updating a schedule featuring a wide variety of performers using different platforms like Facebook Live and Instagram Live.

Source: Playtime Playlist