A list of free, online, boredom-busting resources!

Click on any of the underlined headings/links below to find out more.

Hello everyone.

I just wanted to say THANK YOU for all of your messages, emails, and comments. It means the world to me to know how many people from all over the world are benefitting from this resource list.

I work for the NHS and run ChatterPack on a voluntary basis in my *spare* (!) time to help share information and resources to those who need it. I won't be around to update this much over the next few weeks, but I promise to do my best as I can see from your messages how much this means. Have fun, explore the world from the safety of your home, and please stay safe.

Huge love to you all 

Claire Ryan 

P.s. You can find my book, ADHD and Me - a guide for children and young people, at the end of this list - please do share the link with others who might be interested, and/or get in touch if you have any questions :) 

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Notices

  • Free, worldwide App connecting isolated people - chat on the phone with others who are isolated at home - Quarantine App

        Virtual tours

        • Future Learn - Explore the architecture and history of Rome, walking around a 3D digital model of the ancient city, with this free online course.
        • Aquarium – Georgia aquarium allowing you to tour under the sea, live cams - otters, sea lions, pirana, jellyfish, etc. 

        Online learning

        • Open Culture - learn 48 different languages online - FREE
        • University of Alabama - Free online archaeology and Egyptology Uni courses (create an account to log on)
        • Open Learn - Free, online courses, Open university 
        • Royal institute - Christmas lectures. A series of lectures presenting scientific subjects to a general audience in an entertaining manner.
        • iDEA - An international programme that helps you develop/demonstrate your digital, enterprise and employability skills for free
        • U3A - Online courses for mature students
        • Blocky games - Games to help beginners learn computer programming skills
        • Scratch - Beginners computer programming games/projects
        • T.K.S.S.T - Smart videos for curious minds of all ages

        Geography, nature, and history

        • Tutorful - Top Geography websites, YouTube videos, and resources 
        • Project Noah – Global site where you can view and share wildlife
        • Seterra - Free world geography, online quizzes 
        • UK parliament  - Politics, history, citizenship, etc. Written for children and young people, but lots of very interesting information, including how laws are made. 

         Music 

        *Check the location/time zones of live-streamed concerts to calculate the UK start time. Time Zone calculator

        • Free Opera  - Dates confirmed until the end of March. Check the website via the link for future dates to be added

        Arts and culture

        • Walter's Museum - houses the highest artistic achievements from nearly every corner of the world. View some of the past, present, and future exhibitions
        • Teaching history - 100 objects from museums across the UK with resources, information and teaching ideas to inspire your students’ interest in history
        • Black history - Telling the story of the black British experience

         Literature online

        • Gutenburg - Download free books, e.g. Shakespear, Edgar Allen Poe, Frankenstein, etc. 
        • Listening books.org - For people with Parkinson's Disease, visual impairment, fibromyalgia, ME/CFS, mental health difficulty or learning difficulty such as Dyslexia, which impacts the ability to read or hold a book
        • Solomon Kingsnorth - Books in PDF, Word and audiobook format - Alice in Wonderland / Wind in the Willows / The Railway Children / The Jungle Book / Peter Pan / Black Beauty
        • Audible - Free for this period - Available in 6 languages

        Learn a new skill or develop a current one!

        • Tai-Chi - the moves and the method - BrightEducation
        • Craft projects - Sew, Knit, Crotchet, quilt, and fun for the family too!

        Miscellaneous & entertainment

        • Expeditions App- Free virtual Reality Augmentation app for all ages, to take virtual trips around the world to hundreds of destinations.
        • Roll20 - Build your own game - or play games with others online
        • Latest free stuff - UK site (if you are outside of the UK, google 'latest free stuff' and add your location)
        • Staying Put: A guide to planning for, arranging and funding care in your own home in old age including how new technology can help improve your lifestyle (£2.99)

        Anxiety/Mental health/loneliness

        • Get Sober - Free, online support for anyone struggling with alcohol addiction and staying sober during this period

        Prayer resources

        *Check the location/time zones of live-streamed masses to calculate the UK start time. Time Zone calculator

          ADHD and Me, by Claire Ryan, ChatterPack. Find out More

          A handbook designed to help children and young people figure out what ADHD means to them as a unique individual.

          Written in an ADHD-friendly format, the book includes tips and strategies to help children, young people and the adults in their lives to better understand their ADHD.

          ADHD and Me is now available as a digital download! Find out more

            Alternative lists of free resources, support, advice, and information for families - please do share the links for these with others/family/friends

              323 comments

              • Thank you so much for this invaluable resource.
                I’m a SENDCo at a secondary school and I’ve sent details of this site to our parents/carers of students with ASD. These students are getting overwhelmed with the amount of work being sent to them and are having major meltdowns. Your recommended sites are allowing them to access learning that they enjoy and they are so much happier.

                bryony allen
              • Great resources especially at this time. Thank you ☺️. I’m going to have ab good look and definitely use these links to my advantage. Living alone is no fun so it will be a great help. I’ll tell others about it too. Take care stay safe and cat on 🤝

                Liz sevil
              • Hi. Great list of resources with loads of fantastic ideas for people to engage with. I represent the WEA, an adult education charity and we have a range of free online resources for people to sign up for. Can we add them to this list please? Thank you.

                Dr. Baylie Hart Clarida
              • Thank you!

                Caroline
              • Can u pls find me a free Chinese learning online course

                Kathryn Chi

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