It’s half term. It’s raining. The children are hyperactive. Whether there’s DIY to do or you’re working from home this half term, keeping the kids busy while you work can be tricky. Especially when unpredictable autumn rain keeps them from playing outside.
Don’t worry though - from apps to websites to child-friendly films, we’ve gathered our favourite online resources to keep the whole family entertained for hours.
Want to get creative without the mess? These apps are a lifesaver.
PlayART by Tapook
The PlayART app is an excellent way for budding artists to get creative - but it’s educational too. It encourages children to make their own pictures using elements from famous paintings by Van Gogh, Monet and more - introducing them to the world of art in an enjoyable, stimulating and innovative way.
Sago Mini Doodlecast
Doodlecast is a unique drawing app for children with a twist. It captures the entire process of drawing with audio - which can then be played back alongside the finished art and shared with friends and family. It’s a great way for kids to express themselves through drawing while developing conversation skills.
Colour & Draw for Kids
Part drawing app, part digital colouring book - Colour & Draw is based around themed backgrounds, including photos and drawings of dinosaurs, animals, fairies and more. The colouring pages even have voice-over instructions to get children's creative juices flowing.
Just because your young ones are playing with an app or website doesn’t mean they’re not learning. They’ll be having so much fun, they won’t even realise how much they’re taking in.
Your Fantastic Elastic Brain
Perfect for five-year-olds and up, Your Fantastic Elastic Brain is a book app all about - you guessed it - brains. It uses illustration and animation to make complex science simple, with “brain workout” games thrown in to help children cultivate their own amazing minds.
Journeys of Invention
For slightly older children fascinated by technology, there’s no better digital book than Journeys of Invention. This interactive resource brings objects from the Science Museum in London to life, telling their tales and exploring their extraordinary histories. From the Apollo 10 Command Module to Robert Hooke’s 17th century microscope, this spectacular collection is available at your child's fingertips.
Movie marathon anyone?
When faced with a truly grey afternoon, there’s nothing better than wrapping up in blankets, sticking some popcorn in the microwave, and watching something together as a family.
BBC iPlayer Kids
BBC iPlayer is great - but it’s easy for unsupervised kids to end up watching something they shouldn’t be. Say hello to iPlayer Kids, which limits children to shows broadcast on CBeebies and CBBC. The interface is simple, the search is fast, and you can leave the kids to it without worrying what they’re watching.
If your little ones are Disney mad, DisneyLife is the perfect way to keep them entertained. With over 400 movies, TV shows, books and soundtracks to get through, they won’t be stuck for something to watch… ever again.
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