Interactive websites for kids'n'teens
Can't travel at the moment? Check out this amazing website. 360cities is a site full of interactive panoramic photos and videos from around the world with over 2707 images in the collection. You can tap, zoom and spin to explore places around the world in close-up detail.
An educational website that covers all topics for all school aged students. "All resources are free and mapped to the Australian Curriculum, covering English, Maths, Science, Geography, History, The Arts and Technologies, including STEM." Students will find videos, games, educational articles and more. This site covers both Primary and Secondary school.
ABC KIDS Listen is a dedicated radio station and on demand app for kids and their grownups, bought to you by the ABC. You can access music, stories, soothing soundtracks for sleeping and podcasts.
A great site for pre-schoolers where they can enjoy colouring in, craft, nutritious recipes, safe online games and full episodes of Playschool.
"ABCya provides over 400 fun and educational games for K-6”. All activities are designed by educators and parents and are categorised by grade and subject. Topics include multiplication, parts of speech, typing, pattern recognition and more.
For those who love nature, check out Backyard Buddies. It's a free educational site run by the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife. You will find simple tips to transform your backyard into a safe and inviting habitat haven. You can also explore birds, bugs and insects, mammals, frogs, reptiles, plants and big backyard buddies.
The Children's Museum of Manhatten has an engaging interactive site full of activities for you to do together as a family at home. You will find new daily activities uploaded each day.
A digital learning platform for up to 12 year olds. They will learn basic maths such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division by either playing games or reading the theories directly. Free content to enable kids to read, play and learn.
Dav Pilkey at Home
If Dog Man and Captain Underpants are amongst your favourite books, then this site is a must. "Dav Pilkey at home" provides fun with your favourite characters through activities, videos and so much more.
Visit DK Find Out! to learn about dinosaurs, space, animals, nature & more. Fun learning activities for kids with videos, quizzes & galleries.
East Arnhem Live is an online concert series bringing the culture, history and beauty of East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory to audiences across Australia and the world.
J.K.Rowling has launched a new website to keep Harry Potter fans busy during the current COVID-19 period. It's full of "interactive craft videos, fun articles, quizzes, puzzles and plenty more for first time readers, as well as those already familiar with the wizarding world".
Highlights Kids is a companion website to the classic children's magazine, Highlights. It includes games, recipes, crafts and science projects like virtual castle construction, word search, hidden picture and more.
Animals at home [Live] provides 24/7 live feeds and updates. Join every week for a series of keeper talks, meet the keeper and learn more about the animals. There are also special guest appearances and a Snow Leopard Cub cam!
For those students who are interested in space, the NASA website is a must! This site is loaded with STEM activities for all ages.NASA STEM @ Home Resources are divided into the following grades, K-4, 5-8 and 9-12.
Grades K-4 will built it, solve it, launch it, colour it and more. Grades 5-8 will play it, train like an astronaut, built it, watch it, make it and enjoy the night sky. Grades 9-12 will see what it's like to be an astronaut, think like a rocket scientist, enjoy virtual trips, build a model spacecraft, enjoy games, apps and simulations plus loads more!
For children 8+ who find animals, science, nature and history interesting, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS is the website to explore! This website contains amazing graphics and is extremely easy to navigate. Not only will you find a huge amount of interesting information, children will also find educational games, quizzes and competitions.
Needing a little extra for your child while they are learning from home?
NSW DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION has uploaded learning packages for parents and carers.
“Learning packages contain explicit teaching activities with self-guided videos to complement the learning program provided by your child’s school or teacher. Remember the program provided by your child’s school or class teacher is the priority learning program for your child. You can choose one or more learning packages from any of the four streams in literacy/English, numeracy/mathematics, physical activity and more key learning areas. Select your child’s year level and choose one or more of the learning activities that best meet the needs of your child/ren.”
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Science for Kids is a free online science network where you can enjoy and have fun exploring science. The website is packed with articles, worksheets and even a quiz on each section along with cool games and videos.
The Southern Highlands is home to 3000 koalas and we are working with the community to make sure they are surviving and thriving into the future!
This is a great educational website created for children to view stories read aloud by fantastic predominantly Australian and New Zealand storytellers, consisting of comedians, authors, singers, performers and students.
As a bonus there is also a craft activity suggestion for each story.
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Daytime Emmy nominated, Storyline Online, features celebrated actors including Viola Davis, Kristen Bell, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Wanda Sykes, Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Betty White and more reading children’s books to inspire a love of reading in millions of children worldwide.
Would the kids love to visit the zoo? Take a look at Taronga Zoo's website. As both Sydney and Dubbo zoos are currently closed, they are now bringing both beautiful zoos directly to your living room. There is so much to see including animal live cameras, featured videos, latest keeper chats, latest shows, animal antics and more.
The Kid Should See This is a "collection of 4,500+ kid-friendly videos, curated for teachers and parents who want to share smarter, more meaningful media in the classroom and at home." Topics include science, technology, space, animals, nature, food, DIY, music, animation and more.
Are you a Tom Gates fan? Visit "The World of Tom Gates" website for fun activities
Wonderopolis is the place to explore, imagine, laugh, share, create, learn, smile and grow. A great site for curious kids, 7+ years. Start with the wonder of the day, where you will find videos, pictures and fun facts along with a wonder word list. What are you wondering? You can even submit your own question.