Activities

Math Playground is a website with lots of maths games and activities for children of all ages. You can choose the right age range and the kind of activities you are looking for.

Numberblocks on YouTube has lots of short videos to help younger children with early number work. The videos are very visual and children love them!

This website has challenging and engaging activities. It develops mathematical thinking and problem-solving skills.

English

Big Cat is a fantastic reading programme. They have given free access to all their books online, along with worksheets for each book. The books are colour coded based on their level. Sign in as a teacher and use the following username and password.

Username: parents@harpercollins.co.uk

Password: Parents20!

ImagineNation is a playbook created by ‘ Childrens’ Books Ireland ‘ with An Post. Children can take some time to draw, read, write and create with activities, puzzles, poems and short stories from some of Ireland’s best children’s writers and illustrators.

Creative Bursts are short creative activities, uploaded every day, for children to complete at home. Children’s author Sarah Webb films an online workshop every day. There are great story starters, poetry and a whole range of other activities for children to try at home.

This is a digital library for kids offering access to 40000 of some of the best children’s books of all time. The children can build their own collections, rate what they’ve read and take a quiz after they’ve read a book.

RadioBlogging is a daily online radio show that inspires children’s creative writing and enables them to share their writing with other children all over the world. The radio show is hosted by four expert educators. It is streamed live every morning at 9.30 a.m. on the website – with recorded versions of previous shows also available and a range of resources to support children’s writing.

Keeping Active

Go Noodle is a great website to help children keep moving at home. There are lots of different exercises and workouts for all different tastes – give it a try!

In these surreal times try ‘Cosmic Kids’ which has lots of yoga, mindfulness and relaxation exercises for children.

Already, a firm favourite with parents and children, join Joe Wicks, the Body Coach, who is doing a daily workout for children streamed on Youtube. You can watch live at 9.00 a.m. or catch the recorded version later in the day.

Art

‘I am an artist’ is a great website for exploring your child’s creative side! There are lots of different links and activity ideas for every strand of the Visual Arts curriculum.

Step by step instructions on how to draw or paint beautiful pictures!

Irish

Remember – what is most important is that children enjoy learning Gaeilge. Just watching or listening to Gaeilge is helpful. They (or you) do not need to understand every single word that is being said. You will gain lots of meaning from pictures and sounds.

Séideán Sí is an Irish-language website to support children’s learning of ‘Gaeilge’. At the beginning, you will be asked to ‘Roghnaigh do chanúint’. This means to choose a dialect – there are three different dialects in Ireland. Choose ‘Connachta’. Then choose your child’s class and pick an activity.

Naíonáin Bheaga = Junior Infants

Naíonáin Mhóra = Senior Infants

Rang a hAon = 1st Class

Rang a Dó = 2nd Class

Rang a Trí – Sé = 3rd – 6th Class

Discovery

Find amazing facts about animals, science, history and geography, along with fun competitions and games!

Looking for some science experiments? Look no further! Science Foundation Ireland have a great selection of activities. Just choose the kind of activity you are looking for, gather your materials and off you go!

Digital Learning and Coding

Scratch is a free programming language and online community where children can create their own interactive stories, games, and animations.

Barefoot Computing have some fun online games to help your coding brain!

Find out more about Minecraft with this tutorial.

Click HERE for some ideas of “offline” activities, which you might enjoy.