Schools and kindergartens all over the world have been forced to close their doors due to the coronavirus outbreak.
One of the most challenging aspects of the COVID-19 lockdown that billions of parents are living all across the globe is undisputably how to keep kids busy and entertained during the confinement. Especially when one or both parents are required to work from home. It’s not easy at all but it’s somehow still doable. Luckily, more and more companies and platforms are offering their kids friendly streaming services for free.
To help parents keep your children distracted and cheered, we have prepared a non-comprehensive list of all the FREE activities to do at home and ways you can keep your little ones diverted during the quarantine.
Amazon has announced that the company will be offering FREE Prime member benefits without a membership to people around the world so that kids can stream movies, TV shows, cartoons, and learning-related programs during the ongoing health crisis.
The Amazon Original Family and Kids selection will be available worldwide. But, licensed content will vary by country. The selection is already pretty rich in content. However, Amazon will continue negotiating with content partners to widen the selection.
To seize this deal, you need to download the free Prime Video App, available on compatible smart TVs, iOS and Android mobile devices, Fire TV, Fire TV stick, Fire tablets, Apple TV, game consoles, Chromecast or directly through the Prime Video on the web.
Who doesn’t like a good story, told in a warm and expressive voice? Right? Well, Audible has made it public that the service will make public a selection of FREE audiobooks to keep kids entertained amid the closing of schools and daycares.
The selection includes audiobooks for kids and teens of all ages. Bonus points, it’s available worldwide and on several languages, including English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Chinese. Also, no membership, or account needed.
The FREE Audiobooks include Winnie-the-Pooh, Harry Potter, Alice Adventures on Wonderland, Anne of Green Gables, White Fang, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and many more various Audible Originals.
To seize this opportunity, get the app on a mobile device, TV or tablet, or through their website by clicking here.
How about kids’ books read by celebrities to keep your kids entertained and distracted? The Storyline Online Library includes thousands on kids books read by famous people including Oprah Winfrey, Rami Malek, Betty White, Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Kristen Bell, Michelle Yeoh, David Harbour, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, and so on.
The Storyline Online videos are available through the Storyline online app on iOS and Android Devices or their website. you can access them worldwide by clicking here. No membership required.
Sling TV has also made its content available for free to everyone in the US. You can use the dish-owned TV streaming service to watch news and lifestyle channels such as CNN, Foxnews, ABC, Science Channel, DIY Channel, Eurones, and thousands of Kids and Family shows and movies, but not only, without membership or even the need to create an account.
To benefit from the “Stay home & Sling” promotion you can look for The Sling App available for Roku, Amazon or Android devices or via their website.
SpaceRacers offers a multitude of fun and ludic games, science-based lessons, educational videos about space-related topics, coloring pages and more fun yet educational activities made for preschoolers. Perfect for kids who are into science and space.
You can access their website on a smartphone, tablet or computer browser. The website is open worldwide but it’s only available in English.
Preschool- to elementary-aged are in for a real treat. PBS Kids is also offering its kids-friendly content for FREE tot people around the world. Your kids could play games, do artistic activities such as coloring, doodling or watch cartoons and kids TV Shows.
They currently offer over 35 shows to choose from, including Sesame Street, Arthur, Esme & Roy, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, The Odd Squad, and Mister Rogers.
Available on Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, Web browser.
StoryToys has also joined the movement and made its educational preschool apps for kids free to download. Your little one can play educational games featuring LEGO, Disney and more available to download on all Apple, Android or Amazon devices.
The games and books available offer free lessons in Maths, alphabet, Science, coloring, etc…
is your little one curious about what’s up there? NASA got you covered. You can join their NASA Kids’ Club to learn about every one of their missions, the international space station, the space conquest and everything space-related. Of course, it’s content made for kids.
The learning is done through video, pictures, interactive games and more.
Crayola has made public an over 1,100 coloring pages ready to be printed. The coloring pages have a different level of difficulty and themes. So, whatever your kids are into, you will find it in there. Besides, kids can also learn to make crafts, or learn scientific and educational stuff in a fun way.
How about learning how to play guitar? Fender is offering people around the globe a 3-month FREE Online Guittar lessons, but not only! You can also find in there other musical instruments such as acoustic or electric guitars and ukulele. To get started, visit the Fender website through the following link.
Thousands of free vocabulary, grammar, and listening activities, lessons, and educational games to learn a new language or perfect yours. Conjuguemos is available in over 8 languages, including English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Korean and Latin.
Epic! gives parents access to 40,000 different books, videos, and quizzes for kids who are 12 years old or below.
The Epic! app is available on all Apple, Android and Microsoft devices and from any browsers through their website.
How about playing video games while learning and picking up great skills? Minecraft is offering its Education Edition for FREE. It’s basically a game-based learning platform that promotes creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving in an immersive digital environment.
No login or membership required. Available to all Windows, Mac and iPad users.
Folks over at National geographic have put together a collection of kid-friendly content. You can access free educational videos, games, and activities to learn about nature, animals and wildlife preservation.
Cooking can be fun for adults and kids alike. As a response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Raddish is offering kids from all over the world free access to their Cook-along classes meant for kids, recipes and kid-friendly cooking camps.
Amid the Coronavirus outbreak, Azoomee has decided to offer people worldwide all their kids-friendly content, games and shows for FREE. It’s valid for one month and could be provided for longer depending on how the COVID-19 pandemic will evolve.
Hallmark is offering free 3-pack of hallmark greetings cards to people living in the US and Canada. Some of these cards are made by Crayola, and so can be colored and then sent to your loved ones, friends and family members.
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Do you know of any other platforms offering FREE access to games, shows or kids’ activities? Don’t hesitate to share them with us in the comments below so we can include them in this listing.
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Stay safe everyone!