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Activities & Resources for Kids and Parents 

Lockdown is not easy for families with kids.  Overnight you've had to go from being a parent to a parent AND a teacher! There are lots of resources out there to help you, but  the amount is overwhelming - knowing where to start can be tough!

To help you out, local Shadwell parents have put together their recommended websites and resources:

Coronavirus activity book for kids

A free digital book has been released explaining coronavirus to primary school age children.

With drawings by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler,

the book answers key questions in simple language aimed at five to nine year olds:

  • What is coronavirus?

  • How do you catch coronavirus?

  • What happens if you catch coronavirus?

  • Why are people worried about catching coronavirus?

  • Is there a cure for coronavirus?

  • Why are some places we normally go to closed?

  • What can I do to help?

  • What’s going to happen next?

You can download it HERE

Summer Holidays Activities:

Glamis Adventure Playground is opening for summer!

The Glamis Adventure Playground is a professionally staffed adventure playground in Shadwell with open-access for children aged 6 to 16 years.

Summer Opening Times
(changed for Covid-19)

Monday – 11.30am – 4.30pm

Thursday  – 11.30am – 4.30pm

Tuesday – 11.30am – 4.30pm

Friday – 11.30am – 4.30pm

They are also now operating a pre-booking system with sessions of specific groups of no more than 5 children per bubble.

To book into a session, please fill out this form

For further information email: or visit the website:

Story-telling online

Watch these captivating stories by the Discovery Story Centre:

Little Dragons @ St George-in-the-East

The little dragons at St George's have put together some handy guides for craft activities to try at home with your little ones! Suitable for tots and small children. Click on the image below for the full guide. 










Learning Websites 

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.


This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering free access to parents in light of school closures


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This site is old and no longer updated and yet there's so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision.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.



Learn computer programming skills - fun and free.



Creative computer programming



Tower Hamlets Council have gathered together lots of helpful educational resources for children and young people here:



Ted Ed

All sorts of engaging educational videos


National Geographic Kids

Activities and quizzes for younger kids.

Mystery Science

Free science lessons


The Kids Should See This

Wide range of cool educational videos


Crash Course Kids

As above for a younger audience


Crest Awards

Science awards you can complete from home.


iDEA Awards

Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.


Paw Print Badges

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



All kinds of making.


Cbeebies Radio

Listening activities for the younger ones.


Nature Detectives

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


British Council

Resources for English language learning


Oxford Owl for Home

Lots of free resources for Primary age


Big History Project

Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.


Geography Games

Geography gaming!


Blue Peter Badges

If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.


The Artful Parent

Good, free art activities


Red Ted Art

Easy arts and crafts for little ones


The Imagination Tree

Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.


Toy Theater

Educational online games


DK Find Out

Activities and quizzes

For more ideas, these two articles have some more great links:

Websites specifically for Primary School Children - Games and information for parents - - fun games for the children to play 

Sparklebox - lots of resources to print off and help you support your child at home - Scholastic have created a free learn-from-home site with 20+ days of learning and activities


The government website has a list of education and learning resources for children and young people, including those with SEND

Spotlight has put together a list of educational resources



Other resources & activities

Free stories for kids on audible:

Joe Wicks is doing live PE sessions for kids on his YouTube channel Monday- Friday 9am

Covid-19 Time Capsule (download)

Positivity Board Game (download)

Local Resources: Visit the Idea store

Visit the Idea Store online


  • Over 18,000 audiobooks and Ebooks

  • Over 700 magazines

  • Over 1500 graphic novels and comics

  • Concerts and music documentaries

  • High quality online courses 

  • Films, documentaries, shorts and box-sets

Faith-based resources for kids: Islam



Faith-based resources for kids: Christianity

Craft Ideas 

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Lockdown Learning on BBC Bitesize! Check-out these brilliant home-learning resources for kids of all age, on BBC bitesize:

Home schooling Tips for parents from experts.

  • Do what you can. You don't have to become a teacher. You are a parent and what your child needs most is what parents give best - love and support.

  • Provide a structure to the day - this does not need to be a strict timetable. And for younger children, keep the afternoons free for more fun activities, craft, cooking, PE.

  • If you can, set up a small workstation for your child. Headphones could help for online lessons.

  • If you have a Playstation or Xbox, but not an extra computer, both Microsoft Teams and Google Classroom can be accessed via the consoles.

  • Talking and reading don't need devices - and both are vital skills.

  • Practise the basics, like multiplication tables, playing with money, or imaginative role-play.

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