More Resources for Parents Facing School Closures


School Closure Resources. A collection of website for parents who are suddenly faced with educating at home due to school closures.

It is only a few days since we published a list of online resources used by the home education community in the North of England and it looks like temporary school closures are happening around the globe.

We reached out to the wider community and collated a list of websites that have free resources and some downloadable material as well.

Where possible I have added the age range for these resources to help parents if they find they have temporary school closures in their area. Again the list is not exhaustive and I recommend that you check them out to see which is a good fit for you and your family.

Free Resource List to use During School Closures 1 – 3

123Homeschool4Me – 200,000+ pages of FREE worksheets and games for Pre-Kindergarten to 8th grade (UK nursery to Year7) Sorted by grade and subject.

3 Boys and a Dog – Lots of interesting ideas and learning resources for Preschool to Grade 5/6 (UK Nursery to Years 4/5)

3 Dinosaurs – Loads of printables, crafts, gross motor and sensory play with tot through 4th grade. With a lot of them free and easy to use! (UK Toddler to Year 3/4)

Free Resource List to use During School Closures A to F

A Dab of Glue Will Do – Learning activities and printables for preschool to grade 6 (UK Nursery to Year 5/6)

Active Littles – Active Littles – Activities for Kids, Early Learning, Printables for Preschool, SAHM life, Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten easy activities

Adventure In A Box – printable educational games and crafts from Kindergarten to Grade 6 (UK Nursery to Year 5)

All Done Monkey – Elementary school age bilingual resources, global Ed, book recommendations ideal for those who are coping with temporary school closures.

Amys Wandering – Free curriculum links US

Artsy-Fartsy Mama – mostly pre/elementary school printables and activities (UK Nursery to Year5/6)

Babies to Bookworms – A wide range of learning activities for a variety of ages.

Barley and Birch – Reative-learning projects from 14th March 2020 everything in the printable shop is free until mid-April 2020

Blessed Beyond A Doubt – A full homeschool curriculum packed full of ideas and things to do!

Brain Power Boy – Homeschool unit studies. STEM/STEAM, and other learning activities geared toward things boys (and girls!) would enjoy. All ages.

Buggy and Buddy – Mostly crafts and hands-on science, free printables.

Busy Moms Do Piano – Free online piano lessons.

Captivating Compass – 65 Ways to have fun at home with your kids plus a guide to Virtual Museum Tours as well!

Castle View Academy – Mainly primary and some middle school info. Oodles of book reviews (particularly multicultural) and older posts have complimenting crafts to go with them. Home Ed curricula reviews from kindergarten/P1 to P7/Grade 6. It’s a mix of North American and UK content (we’re in the UK but use worldwide resources)

Chalk Academy – Activities for kids learning Chinese/English/Korean!

Crafts By Ria – Craft, creative play and printables

Creative Family Fun – A huge range of learning resources, activities and crafts for all ages!

Creative World of Varya – Virtues lessons, craft, sensory play, Montessori and last 3 posts are dedicated to quarantine in China.

Darcy and Brian – Printables, science activities, and crafts for preschool through 3rd grade. (UK Toddler to Year 2/3)

East Coast Mommy Blog – 50 Preschool themes with crafts and activities (UK toddler to Nursery/Reception)

Edventures – Edventures with Kids has fun learning activities for elementary & middle school kids and their families. Lots of hands-on STEM, book activities and nature ideas you can do in your own backyard

Every Day Graces Homeschool – Lots of Charlotte Mason/gentle but rigorous learning tools, tips, and digital curriculum for elementary school and beyond (UK Nursery to Year 6)

Fantastic Fun and Learning – Great ideas and activities to do with kids Preschool to Grade 5 (UK nursery to Year 4)

Fireflies and Mud Pies – Easy kids crafts and activities, including backyard nature/outdoor activities. Every printable on the website and the TPT shop is free.

Free Printable Worksheets for Kids – Printable and worksheets for preschool to first grade (UK Nursery to Reception/Year1)

From ABCs to ACTs lots of activities and downloadable materials from toddler to High School (UK toddler to Year 10)

From Engineer to SAHM – STEM ideas ranging from Mathematics to Science and everything in-between for Elementary school ages (UK Reception to Year 6)

Fun A Day – Preschool through kindergarten, with many of the science/sensory ideas applicable to older kids. Plus literacy, science, sensory, art and so on (UK Toddler to Reception/Year 1)

Fun Learning for Kids 100’s of low prep printable for Preschool- 2nd grade (UK toddler to Year 1)

Fun With Mama – educational activities and printables, science, art , sensory play and more. Great for parents looking at temporary school closures.

Free Resource List to use During School Closures G to J

Go Science Kids – Go Science Kids has loads of fun, hands-on science activities that parents can do with their kids, many using every-day materials that you probably already have at home.

Happily Ever Elephants – Children’s books reviews and tons of book lists on various topics for toddlers to tweens. Books can be checked out digitally from public libraries!

Happiness is Home Made – Printables + homeschool activities for preschool – elementary grades. (UK Toddler to Year 5/6)

Happy Toddler Playtime – Preschool and kindergarten learning activities (UK toddler to Reception)

Hello Moon Pie – 15 fun + easy art ideas that use only stuff you’ve already got for when you’re stuck at home.

Home Bound But Hopeful – Adorable printables to do with you preschoolers and kindergarten children (UK Toddler to Reception/Year 1)

Homeschool Hide Out – List of educational shows to watch on Netflix, YouTube, Amazon and Hulu. This link to the Netflix one is ideal for when there are temporary school closures and you want to watch something away from the newscasts.

Homeschool Preschool – Learning activities and fun things to do for young children.

Homeschool Unit Study Ideas – Great activities and homeschool advice for Elementary ages (UK Year 1-5)

How Wee Learn – Kindergarten ideas and activities, looking especially Mathematics and Literacy (UK Nursery to Reception/Year 1)

Jeddah Mom – daily schedules for mom and children, crafts, hands on kids activities, teaching kids at home and expat life. Many printable activities and charts in a free resource library.

Free Resource List to use During School Closures K – Q

Kara Carrero – 79 silly, educational holidays and activities through May!

Kiddy Charts – Printables, activities and learning and general fun stuff for when you get bored with the kids!

Kid Minds – All these subjects in one convenient bundle. It’s super fun and easy to use for parents who need something quick!

Kid World Citizen – Geography and global education

Kids Craft Room – Printable art and craft activities

Kitchen Counter Chronicles – Activities and learning resources from Toddlers to Teens

Kitchen Table Classroom – Elementary to middle school art lessons (UK Year 1 to Year 8)

Kumarah Yoga – Kids Yoga and Mindfulness activities! New YouTube Channel added too!

Learn Create Love – 100’s of free printable crafts, activities and educational content. For toddler upwards.

Little Bins for Little Hands – Prek-3 Science and STEM with easy supplies and free worksheets (UK Nursery to Year 2/3)

Little Fish – Arts, crafts and simple projects for kids of all ages. Using recycled items/things around the home.

Look! We’re Learning! – PreK through Grade 3: ELA, literacy, math, social studies, science (UK Toddler/Nursery to Year 2)

Mama Smiles – 100’s ideas and activities for preschool upwards (UK Nursery +)

Mama Teaches – Teaching & Homeschooling K-12 in the US (UK Nursery to Year 11/12)

Megan Zeni – K-grade 5 focused on cross-curricular learning outdoors, which might be suitable for a lot of families these next few weeks, especially as Spring planting becomes an option! I have drop down menus for literacy, math, science etc (UK Nursery to Year 5)

Messy Little Monster lots science and craft ideas and activities for toddlers to elementary (UK toddler to Year 5/6)

Miraculove – Indoor Montessori-inspired trays and fine motor/sensory activities for babies and toddlers! Plus a visual sensory activities for toddlers to learn about germs and hygiene!

Mrs Mactivity – Lots of free learning resources for elementary ages (UK Nursery to Year 6)

Multicultural Kids Blogs – Bilingualism and global education.

Normal Life Mom – Mostly toddler/pre-k activities that are easy to throw together! (UK Toddler to Nursery/Reception)

Our Family Code – STEAM activities and ideas with emphasis on coding and technology Pre-K to 8th grade (UK Nursery to Year 7)

Pink Oatmeal – Lots of free gross and fine motor ideas and printables

Planes and Balloons – All free printable for Pre Kindergarten and Kindergarten ages (UK Toddler to Reception)

Preschool Powol Packets – PreK, with some activities up to 3rd grade. Lots of science and STEM, printable activities, and general preschool. (UK Nursery to Year 2)

Free Resource List to use During School Closures R – Z

Raising Dragons – Simple, educational kids activities including STEM and STEAM ideas!

Real Life at Home – 100’s free educational and fun printable as well as crafts and activities preschool to 5th grade (UK toddler to Year 4)

Red Ted Art – Easy kids crafts with everyday items. Red Ted Art have their own Youtube playlist which shows how to make these easy crafts too!

Rhythms of Play – a creative collection of arts, crafts, activities, and nature play ideas that will keep children from toddlers to teens busy learning and having fun!

Rock Your Homeschool – Lots of free printables & activities with a focus on learning fun, growth mindset, & interest-led learning. Plus resources for moms on patience, mindset, & time management.

Royal Baloo – Lots of printables and activities for math, reading, science, and history. Mostly elementary age (UK Year 1 – Year 6/7)

Science Sparks – Packed full of science experiments for kids of all ages

Sea of Knowledge – Special education, prek-first. Lots of free printable interactive worksheets and hands on centers. Some sensory ideas for toddlers and 3 year olds (UK Toddler/Nursery to Reception/Year 1)

Simple Fun for Kids – Printables up to elementary ages, crafts, art, indoor (and outdoor) activities. (UK Nursery to Year 5/6)

Simple Living. Creative Learning. – Lots of printables and activities through to elementary (UK Nursery to Year 6)

Spanish Mama – free at-home and online resources for Spanish ideal for those facing temporary school closures

STEAM Powered Family – STEAM Activities, Teacher Resources and Children’s Mental Health for all ages

STEAMsational – All sorts of things from Science Experiments to STEM and Technology activities.

Sun Hats and Wellie Boots – ideas for all ages but mainly 2-8yrs

Teach Beside Me – Site is full of education content, homeschooling, hands-on learning in all subjects 

Teaching with Children’s Books – Ideas and activities for children through reading books. Kindergarten to grade 7 (UK Reception to Year 6)

Teaching Without Chairs – 1st grade through high school. Lots of science, STEM, and unit studies (UK Reception to Year 10+)

Teach Me Mommy – Crafts, activities and more from toddler upwards

Teach Your Kids Code – learn basic coding skills many without a screen at home!

Team Cartwright – STEM, Sensory and Learning activities for babies throughout to Kindergarten (UK Nursery/Reception)

The Art Kit – Art ideas for toddlers/preschool/ pre k and older kids could join in as well (UK Toddlers/Nursery to Reception/Year 1)

The Chaos and the Clutter – Free ideas and activities for toddlers to elementary school (UK toddler to Year 5/6)

The Chirping Moms – Lots of crafts, free printables and more!!

The Craft Train – Art, craft, creative play and printable activities for kids

The Educator’s Spin On It – un and easy learning games for kids ages 3 to 8 including reading, writing, math, science, STEM and more!

The Keeper of the Memories – Crafts, activities and printable for toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarten (UK toddler to Reception)

The Natural Homeschool – Ideas and activities, lots of Montessori activities, for Kindergarten to elementary ages. (UK Reception to Year 5/6)

The Preschool Toolbox Blog – Educational and playful activities for kids aged 2-7. Printable discovery calendars (monthly), science, math, kid’s lit, art/crafts, STEM, and STEAM.

There’s Just One Mommy – STEM activities, math/spelling activities and crafts for kids k-6 grade (UK Nursery to Year 5)

The Stem Mum – lots of play based STEM activities you can do at home for kids aged 2-6 years. Plus lots of free educational information for parents.

This Simple Balance – Relaxed homeschooling and educational board games Kindergarten to Grade 5 (UK Nursery/Reception to Year 4/5)

Tree Valley Academy – Elementary age: preschool – Grade 6; Math, Spelling, French, Word Puzzles like Word Searches, Crossword Puzzles, and Word scrambles (UK Toddler/Nursery to Year 5/6)

Tinkerlab – Preschool and elementary art and science projects to support creativity. (UK Nursery to Year 6)

Yes! We Made This! – Free printables for preschoolers and elementary school (learning, crafting, coloring pages etc.)

Your Therapy Source – Loads of free resources here to help children succeed.

You’ve Got This Math – Free resources and printable all to do with mathematics Kindergarten to grade 5 (UK Nursery to Year 4)

These are resources from both home educators/schoolers and parents whose children attend school. We hope the temporary school closures will not last too long but they are great to keep in mind for homework or extra activities outside of school as well.

This list will be updated and is in alphabetical order to make it easy to use.

I would like to take the opportunity in thanking them for their time and generosity in helping me get this article online as soon as we could.

Once again we will put more articles related to school closures and add resources for parents when we can, so watch out for updates!

UPDATED with even more wonderful resources today!

As always, take care.

The Witty Hoots Team

Always interested in writing, reading and learning in general. I love the quirky and unusual! All thoughts are my own!

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