Having children at home, being separated physically from their friends and having their regular routines disrupted can be incredibly challenging. Finding new ways of keeping them entertained is not always easy.

My children have always been encouraged to “spend less on screen time, and more active time”. They have grown up watching me create your individualised Momentoes castings, so they enjoy making things of their own. In my last blog, I shared with you some pictures of the Easter crafts we were going to create as a family. But, even the craftiest of children sometimes just want to sit down, relax and watch something.

Thank goodness for the internet and the vast number of free virtual experiences children can access at the moment. From webcams of animals in zoos around the world to recordings of famous theatre productions and children’s authors reading aloud their own stories, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

The Momentoes castings team have created a list of some of the activities that they are going to try out during the next few weeks. Let us know on our Facebook page if you have found other fun things to share.

  1. NZ National Geographic For Kids – Explore the world of science and nature with this New Zealand version of the world-renowned natural history magazine. https://www.natgeokids.com/nz/
  2. The Starfall Education Foundation is an American not for profit organisation specialising in online activities for children of pre-school and early primary school ages. https://www.starfall.com/h/
  3. Learn a Zumba routine with children from Lithuania. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymigWt5TOV8
  4. Radio New Zealand (RNZ) has compiled an impressive collection of free children’s audiobooks. All have been written and produced in New Zealand for pre-schoolers, kids and young adults. https://storytime.rnz.co.nz/
  5. Fabo Story – A New Zealand and Australian competition for stories written by children 13 years and younger. https://fabostory.wordpress.com/about-fabo/
  6. Te Reo Māori – Learn Te Reo with free resources from Te Whanake http://www.tewhanake.maori.nz/
  7. David Walliams– Listen to best-selling children’s author David Walliams read his own stories. https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses
  8. Zoo Live Cams – Check out what animals around the world are doing on these webcams from explore. https://explore.org/livecams
  9. Access Mars – Explore Mars with NASA’s curiosity rover. https://accessmars.withgoogle.com/
  10. British Museum online – Explore the British Museum online with their interactive tool to take you through the ages and collections. https://britishmuseum.withgoogle.com/