Children's events

Home based activities

We have compiled a list of easy and fun home based activities for children. 

Exercise

NHS Fitness Studio

Exercise videos from the NHS 

One You Home Workouts

10 minute home workout videos, an easy way to help you reach your exercise goals

Super Movers

Curriculum linked videos that help children move while they learn from the BBC.

#ThisisPE

Short videos focusing on PE curriculum Videos will be posted at 1pm on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. All videos can be viewed on this YouTube playlist 

Joe Wicks Online PE Class

Online live PE classes with Joe Wicks

Books and Reading

Merton Libraries eBooks and eAudiobooks

  • From Overdrive:

A large collection of ebooks, emagazines and eaudiobooks for children and teens as well as comics 

National Shelf Service

The National Shelf Service is a new daily YouTube broadcast featuring book recommendations from professional librarians. The broadcast will run Monday to Friday at 11.00am  

Booktrust

Booktrust HomeTime offers ree online books and videos, games, quizzes and more. 

David Walliams Elevenses

Listen to David Walliams’ World’s Worst Children stories, every day at 11am. 

 'Wriggle Giggle Time!'

Online stories by Merton based Kiddirama https://www.kiddirama.com/wriggle-giggle-time.html

Polka Theatre

Online storytimes from Polka Theatre 

Learning

Britannica Online

Developed specifically for public libraries, the new Britannica Library provides customers access to three sites in one, with age-appropriate material from the child-friendly database through to the adult learning collection. Available from Merton Libraries. You’ll need your library card to access Britannica.

National Geographic for Kids

Activities, games, competitions and more from National Georgraphic For Kidds 

Woodland Trust Nature Detectives

Simple, nature-based activities you can enjoy together at home or in your garden 

BBC

CBeebies helps pre-school children learn whilst they play fun games, watch clips, sing songs and make things with their favourite CBeebies characters and shows.

CBBC provides a range of activities for children aged 6–12 

BBC Bitesize is a free online study support resource for school age children 

Classroom Secrets

Resource packs for each year group to help students learn from home.

Top Marks

Maths games for children 

Numberblocks

CBeebies numeracy activities for children aged 0-6. 

STEM

A selection of free activities and materials to engage children with science, technology, engineering and maths 

Arts and Crafts

Red Ted Art

Lots of easy crafts for kids. https://www.redtedart.com/

The imagination Tree

Creative arts and crafts activities for kids 

Museums and Art Galleries

Google Arts and Culture

Google Arts and Culture teamed up with over 2500 museums and galleries  to bring virtual tours and online exhibits of some of the most famous museums around the world

SEND: apps and games

Brain Parade

A visual instruction app, including flash cards and picture-choosing games, for children with autism and special needs.

HelpKidzLearn

A collection of games and resources designed for a range of educational needs and stages. It includes provision for school closure.

Sensory App House Ltd

A range of apps are available for pupils with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD) or Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD). All are interactive and many do not require significant coordination abilities. 

Visuals2Go

An all-in-one app created to support people with communication and learning difficulties. For verbal and non-verbal learners.