A list of free, online, boredom-busting resources!
Click on any of the underlined headings/links below to find out more.
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
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 :)
- Register for support if you are a vulnerable person - Government website (England only)
- Free, worldwide App connecting isolated people - chat on the phone with others who are isolated at home - Quarantine App
- Free COVID-19 symptom tracker App - Designed by researchers from Kings College Hospital, London
- Arctic Travel Experts created 'virtual lights over Lapland' tour
- Museums from around the world - Virtual, online tours
Access to 500 Museums & Art Galleries - Free, online
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.
- Virtual farm trips - American dairy association
- Virtual field trips - Created for children, but they look great for adults too!
- Edinburgh Zoo - Live streams: Panda Cam / Tiger Cam / Penguin Cam / Rock Hopper Penguin Cam / Koala Cam
- Chester Zoo - Virtual tours - Via Facebook
- Open Culture - 1,500 free courses from top Universities
- 450 Ivy League courses - you can take online FREE!
- 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
- BBC languages - Learn languages online free
- FrenchTeacher.Net - Free French study packs
- Sociology courses - Free online study
- Creative courses - Free online study
- Cambridge University Press - ALL 700 textbooks are currently available FREE in HTML format
- Cambridge university - Higher education/Undergraduate courses and resources
- Royal institute - Christmas lectures. A series of lectures presenting scientific subjects to a general audience in an entertaining manner.
- Milan Presse - French magazines available to download
- Periodic videos - Science-related YouTube videos
- Infobase databases and video streaming collections - Username: JCS_Distance and Password: learning to access:
- 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
- Online film festival - Resistance in the Rainforest
- Kent Wildlife association - Simple ideas you can do in the garden to help wildlife
- World games - Geography games
- Wild Science - Podcast
- UK parliament - Politics, history, citizenship, etc. Written for children and young people, but lots of very interesting information, including how laws are made.
- Historical association - Learn about 20th Century history
*Check the location/time zones of live-streamed concerts to calculate the UK start time. Time Zone calculator
- Rotterdam Philharmonic musicians team up online to play Beethoven's 9th
- Concerts online - Various concerts held without audiences to stream online for people having to stay at home - list of live streaming concerts
- Free Opera - Dates confirmed until the end of March. Check the website via the link for future dates to be added
- Metropolitan Opera online, nightly streams
- Free classical orchestras - Live streaming performances
- Free Chamber music - Live streaming
- Berlin Philharmonic orchestra - Live streams and performance archive
- Announcements/lists - of worldwide performances being streamed
- Livestream concerts list - artists and bands
- Bands and artists - streaming performances
- Full-length concerts - watch online free
- Celebrities performing on social media
- Facebook Virtual Choir - Duet with a choir online
- Chris Martin (Coldplay) streaming from his home - YouTube
Arts and culture
- J P Brewer - View classic paintings online
- Walter's Museum - houses the highest artistic achievements from nearly every corner of the world. View some of the past, present, and future exhibitions
- Google Arts and culture - Learn something new every day!
- British Museum - Free videos
- BBC Radio 4 - The History of the world - podcasts
- 50 things that made modern economy - Podcasts
- Marquee TV - streaming arts and culture
- Teaching history - 100 objects from museums across the UK with resources, information and teaching ideas to inspire your students’ interest in history
- Exploration of the day - Artistic website connecting people from around the world
- Drama Online - Online theatrical performances
- Black history - Telling the story of the black British experience
- Kindle Unlimited - 2 months free access
- 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
- Read great literature online - Free Ebooks, poetry, classic literature
- Read Free Literature - also includes study guides
- 50,000 free ebooks - arranged by genre
- Open Library Access - Free
- Audible - Free for this period - Available in 6 languages
Learn a new skill or develop a current one!
- Teach yourself to draw - Advice / Where to start? / Drawing tricks! / Sketching-basics / How to get the proportions right - faces / How to draw faces
- Free, 3 months lessons online - Guitar, Fender, Base, Ukulele
- Teach yourself to sing - 14-day free trial
- Teach yourself to dance - Tap dance / Salsa dance / Dance Physique (dance fitness) / Take dance classes with Oti Mabuse - Facebook
- Tai-Chi - the moves and the method - BrightEducation
- Craft projects - Sew, Knit, Crotchet, quilt, and fun for the family too!
- How to grow food at home from food scraps - DIY and crafts
- Improve your memory - Click the link and scroll down for a few free videos in this series
- Learn to touch-type - Free access
Miscellaneous & entertainment
- NASA's complete media library - now available online
- Expeditions App- Free virtual Reality Augmentation app for all ages, to take virtual trips around the world to hundreds of destinations.
- Podcasts - Free to download
- Geopolitics - podcast
- Musicals, shows, and movies
- 10 best Broadway shows to watch online free
- 76 free Musicals and theatre productions streaming online
- Wind in The Willows - How to stream the West End performance free
- National Theatre - Streaming shows on YouTube every Thursday
- Open culture - 1,150 Free movies to watch online
- Jamie Oliver - helps the nation with easy recipes, cooking tips, and ingenious hacks whilst many of us are staying at home. Jamie: Keep Cooking and Carry On starts Monday at 5:30pm on Channel 4
- James Dyson foundation - Challenge cards - how many can you complete?
- Board Game arena - Play board games online free
- 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)
- Holiday Pirates - Updated Coronavirus information on travel
- How to reduce high anxiety now: Thinking about past pleasant memories may help some people with immediate stress (article)
- Autistic Health and Wellbeing - a space for autistic people to share the things that they have found helpful and healing
*Check the location/time zones of live-streamed masses to calculate the UK start time. Time Zone calculator
- Spiritualism - English version
- Spiritualism - Spanish version
- Catholic Mass - streamed online
- Masses from around the world - streamed online
- God stories today - telling the stories of ordinary people - YouTube
- Jehovah's Witnesses - Online readings, videos, bible
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
- Support, advice, and resources for families of children with: speech, language, and communication needs & special educational needs and disabilities