You may not have the time, the budget or the circumstances (hello Covid-19) to fly your kids around the world, but that doesn’t mean they can’t see it. So read on to discover how to explore the world from the comfort of your sofa, from a live stream wildlife webcam to virtual tours of the Vatican.
1. Explore.Org Wildlife Webcam
A great website which lets you watch live wildlife, from elephants on the African plains to grizzly bears in Alaska. After watching, ask your kids to find out about the animals’ natural habitat. What dangers might they face and what can be done to help them? Check all their webcams here.
2. Google Arts & Culture
If you’re yearning for wide open spaces, try exploring national parks in the USA via the Google Arts & Culture tool. This online platform will take you from Utah’s Bryce Canyon to the Hawaii’s volcanoes in the click of a button.
Or, for a hit of culture take a tour around London’s Tate Modern, The Guggenheim in New York or the Uffizi in Florence. Then read on for more of our favourite museums for children in Europe.
3. 360 Vatican Tours
It’s not just natural wonders you can see on screen – your kids can admire cultural masterpieces like the Sistine Chapel with these online 360-degree tours of the Vatican Museums. As they make their way round the rooms, ask your children to discuss what stands out to them and why. And you could even make this into a fun project by asking them to research some facts about the artwork or the ancient buildings. Home schooling at its finest!
4. Aquarium of the Pacific Live Stream
This award winning aquarium in California has several wildlife webcam which let your kids see penguins, sharks and tropical fish in real time. And since the coronavirus lockdown they are also offering a new program of on-demand videos and activities for all ages, including interactive live programs with Aquarium educators.
5. BBC’s Muzzy
And lastly, open up your children’s mind to the world by encouraging them to learn a second language. Research shows the best time to learn a new language is under the age of 10, so make the most of those curious minds. It couldn’t be simpler with BBC’s Muzzy – a series of cartoons developed with the BBC which helps children as young as two master Spanish, French, German and more.
You do have to pay a small subscription charge to watch Muzzy, but at just £3.50 per month we think it’s a great deal.
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