With schools in most parts of the country declaring holidays, keeping children engaged at home is a huge challenge. But, you need not fret about anything as we have it covered for you. Here is a list of some  free resources that you can bank on while engaging your children in educational and entertaining pursuits.

Google Arts & Culture

Did you have to cancel your travel plans this summer? If you had promised to take your children to one of the history, science, or art museums, here’s something interesting. This Summer, you can experience some of the best museums from around the world, from the safety and comfort of your home, at the click of a button.

Google Arts & Culture has teamed up with over 2,500 museums and galleries to bring virtual tours and online exhibits. The tour includes the British Museum in London, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the Guggenheim in New York City, and hundreds of more such interesting places. For students interested in history, arts, and culture – this is nothing less than a treasure trove. So please do help your children explore away.

Scholastic

Scholastic is one of the best platforms to keep your child busy amidst the closure. The diverse range of content is sure to keep your child glued for a few hours each day. 

The content on the website is divided into four categories – nursery and kindergarten are clubbed together, grades 1-2 is one group, grades 3-5 another group; grades 6-9 is the fourth group. Each module has various activities, there is access to watching the stories as well. 

The Children’s Post of India

The Children’s Post of India shares challenges for families to perform together. The platform posts 3-4 daily challenges. These vary from questions on traffic rules (Where are you supposed to halt your car at a traffic signal?) to cooking, yoga, word search, and simple life skills like sewing buttons. The idea behind this platform is to create activities that include physical movement, conversations, intellectual stimulation and above all else, engaging with other people. Through this platform, children have learnt to sew buttons, crocheting and so many other things. 

Amar Chitra Katha

Whether it is Tinkle comics or Supandi’s antics, we all grew with them and today, we can relive them with Amar Chitra Katha as the entire catalogue of Amar Chitra Katha and Tinkle titles are available via the ACK and Tinkle apps for free. 

For that, all you need to do is, Log in to Amar Chitra Katha subscription page.

Fill out your details, set a password, agree on the privacy terms and click on ‘Enter’.

For those who wish to subscribe to Tinkle comics, log in to the Tinkle subscription page.

Fill out your details and gain free access.

The Reading Racoons – Discovering Children’s Literature

A robust online community with over 20,000 members, The Reading Racoons is looking to engage children online for which the platform posts one video everyday which includes activities for kids, a book reading session, or even book discussions.The whole idea behind this is to instill the habit of reading in your kids and that’s why they came up with the hashtag- #ThodaReadingCorona.

Smithsonian’s National Zoo

The Smithsonian National Zoo has set up these webcams, which are now open to the public for viewing. These webcams are functional round the clock and one can watch naked mole-rat, lion, elephant, and the panda.

Yes, we have to be indoors, but why not make the most of it and come out learning a new skill or acquiring some knowledge?

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