Free Web Resources and Activities for Children
Free Web Resources and Activities for Children
Lots of our favourite authors, illustrators and book publishers are doing FREE, fun and creative stuff for children at the moment!
Check out the links below to help keep you and your family busy.
Relive your childhood and Draw with Don Conroy:
Don Controy shows kids how to drawn on his YouTube Channel. You can find more details on his website. https://donconroy.com/
#ImagineNation via Children’s Books Ireland @KidsBooksIrel ☘️
A beautiful 24 page playbook will be landing with families all over Ireland this week, delivered free by An Post @Postvox. If you weren’t one of the lucky ones, don’t despair- the entire playbook can be downloaded free from their website:
This Saturday 11th April, a version of the #ImagineNation playbook will be included in @IrishTimes - for thousands of families all over Ireland to enjoy.
Authors & Illustrators: 📖
Draw with Alan @AlNolan #DrawWithAlan
YOU'RE INVITED! To @SarahCrossan's last event as Laureate na nÓg on #PoetryDayIRL in partnership with @riverbankarts. #WeAreThePoets
Check out a new story read a loud by author Kes Gray- everyday on his new YouTube channel!
Watch author @judi_curtin read from 'Eva and the Hidden Diary' published by @OBrienPress for the Spring Into Storytime series of virtual storytimes. 📖
More authors & info: https://www.weareteachers.com/virtual-author-activities/
Free Educational activities via Microsoft: 👩🏻💻 👨💻
From ages 3-12 years.
Futa Fata for #ScéalAnLae ☘️
FREE as gaeilge school resources:
Special Educational Needs
The National Council for Special Education is providing online resources for children and young people with Special Educational Needs who are at home as a result of the schools’ closure. The resources are designed to assist parents, teachers and students in special schools, special class placements and mainstream classes.
Stay at Home Storytime with Oliver Jeffers
Join @DubrayBooks for daily YouTube story sessions ☘️
3pm daily on Youtube for our first ever #StoryFestatHome!
Creative writing: ✍️ ✏️
https://www.sarahwebb.info/ for #CreativeBursts
Jam-packed with free author and illustrator masterclasses for children, workshops and school online resources.
We Love Books is jam-packed with author interviews, writing tips, reviews and stories written by listeners, We Love Books is a journey down the rabbit hole into the wonderful world of kids books. You can listen to the Podcast on RTÉ, Spotify, or Apple .
Interview with @PaddyDonnelly
@MuirNiChiobhain popped up reading our Scúnc Agus Smúirín book on @RTEToday yesterday! Lovely shout out for @futafata. Check out their Facebook page for storytime every day at 11am: https://www.facebook.com/futafata/
Children’s books podcasts: 🎧
Press Play: 8 of the Best Kids’ Lit Podcasts
Children’s mental health resources:
Via @ruth_concannon https://ruthconcannon.wordpress.com/useful-respurces/
The Happy Newspaper
A great resource for some good news, this link allows you to print out your own newspaper. With so many serious and unpleasant stories in the news this will help you to allow children to take control of the media, or even record the happy moments of their own day.
If your children are struggling with anxiety or mental health during this stressful time, Louise Shanagher has amazing resources, books and techniques based around mindfulness and mental health for children.
The Calm App
If your child is having trouble sleeping or is not a big reader, the Calm App provides magical Sleep Stories to help lull little ones to sleep or calm busy minds.
Ruby’s Worry – A great book and resource pack for managing worries.
When Sadness Comes to Call/When Happiness Begins – Resources for Eva Eland’s touching picture books dealing with emotions.
Me and My Fear – Resource pack, poster and activity kit regarding coping with fear.
Printable Activities: 🎨 ✏️
David O’Connell– Perfect for comic book loving kids.
Birgitta Sif: Colourful picture book printables including a scavenger hunt.
Sarah McIntyre – Printable activities based on ALL of her books
Daisy Hirst – The make your own book option is a particular favourite!
Damien Quinn – For sporty kids, this is an amazing printable GAA colouring book.
Peter Bunzl – A really comprehensive education pack based around the Cogheart series.
Colouring sheets & activities: 🎨 ✏️
Free COVID-19 TIME CAPSULE work sheets: 🎨 ✏️
Free books: 📚 📖
From Publisher Nosy Crow @NosyCrow
A free information for children explaining the coronavirus, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, with expert input by @GrahamMedley
Download these FREE for your child to help them understand what survival states look like in the school/college environment and what they can do to help ground them and subsequently improve their learning.
For the tweens & older teens: 📚
A round up of new young-adult titles:
Middle Grade Matters is a program that provides book recommendations and resources to help kids ages 8+ navigate tough situations.
YA Literature podcasts: 🎧
YA Fiction podcasts: 🎧
Irish poetry podcast: 🎧
A new online series connecting you with your favourite authors, including @richardosman, @MarianKeyes, @MelissaHemsley + @CCriadoPerez. Tune in Tuesdays at 5pm for an insight into their homes, books + minds
Harper Collins: 🐣 🐇
Happy Easter with publisher Harper Collins!
Lots of free downloadable activities, resources and audio-stories 🐣 🌼
RTÉ Home School Hub: ☘️
Catch up on RTÉ player:
Library Home-schooling resources: ☘️
An excellent link for all things education from our friends over in Monaghan Library.
From special needs to graded readers to coding- it’s all there. 📲
Free ROI online learning & teaching resources available for junior infants to 18+ years of age
For free Irish membership- enter code IRLTWINKLEHELPS at the checkout