Shropshire Council

Children’s events and activities

Andersen Press

Barrington Stoke


Chicken House

Child’s Play

Little Tiger

Nosy Crow

Otter Barry




Libraries from home

An online resource to showcase the fantastic remote services that libraries are delivering to people across the country. The website pulls together some of the excellent rhyme times, story times and Lego clubs to keep children engaged and support early literacy and creative thinking. It also promotes activities to keep adults connected through online library readings and book discussion groups. It supports national literacy and creative events that have now moved online including World Book Night, Get Creative festival and the Summer Reading Challenge.

Book Festivals

With the cancellation of physical book festivals many are moving online. In addition to The Big Book Weekend event (which BBC Arts is supporting), the Lockdown Litfest has also been launched. The Hay Festival is also bolstering its online presence and has now published Episode 1 of their podcast, featuring Stephen Fry and Philippe Sands.

National Shelf Service

A new daily YouTube broadcast featuring book recommendations from professional librarians. Focusing on helping children and families discover new, diverse reading experiences, the broadcast will run Monday to Friday at 11.00am each day at

The National Shelf Service will feature one librarian and one book recommendation each day. The books will focus on great reading experiences for children and young people, with an emphasis on helping them to discover and enjoy diverse characters and authors from diverse backgrounds. The selected titles will be available to borrow as e-books from local libraries via their websites.

Useful Websites

A non-exhaustive list that might help those affected by school closures due to coronavirus, compiled by home educators. 

Curriculum Visions

Real Teacher Support in every home covering EYFS to KS4 students

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.

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This site is old and no longer updated and yet there's so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision.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

Ted Ed

All sorts of engaging educational videos

National Geographic Kids

Activities and quizzes for younger kids.


Learn languages for free. Web or app.

Mystery Science

Free science lessons

The Kids Should See This

Wide range of cool educational videos

Crash Course

You Tube videos on many subjects

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.

Prodigy Maths

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

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