Part Two: Entertain Kids and Grown-Ups

Day two of our ongoing series that highlights the best apps to stay sane during lockdown. You can see our connect and relax picks from yesterday here, but for now it’s on with the show.

Here’s how to entertain your kids and yourselves in these testing times.

Entertain - Kids

Lake - Digital colouring books created by independent illustrators, suitable for kids of all ages.

Color by Disney - More colouring books, with art drawn from Disney and Pixar classics.

Epic! - Get access to more than 35,000 children’s books online.

Sago Mini World - A huge database of kids games designed to promote educational play.

Khan Academy - Free world-class lessons and worksheets, used by teachers around the world to improve basic reading and writing skills.

Papumba Academy - Bright, colourful learning tools for kids aged 2-6.

Twinkl - Primary Resources for KS1-4 and Early Years (EYFS). Now free for the foreseeable future to help home-schooling.

Entertain - Grown-Ups

Netflix Party - Sync playback with your mates and watch all your favourites together. Plus there’s built-in group chat.

Audible - Plenty of titles old and new are now free, as are most children’s stories.

Steam - A huge computer game archive with daily discounts and freebies.

JustWatch - Find out which streaming service has the films and TV episodes you’re looking for. - Not an app, but if you're looking for public domain media, you can find millions of books, songs, TV shows, magazines and more. You can also use the site's ‘Wayback Machine’ to see what websites looked like way back in the day.

And don’t forget: Spotify, Mixcloud, Sky Go, Amazon Prime, iPlayer, All4, Disney+, Acast, Audioboom and many others.