Best design and technology home schooling resources
Best for hands-on STEM activities
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) home learning teaching resources for 5-11 years old (Key Stage 1 and 2) from the Institution of Engineering and Technology, including lesson plans, handouts and videos.
From investigaing wheels and axels to making rain, constructing your own doorbell or understanding the principles of aerospace engineering, we love this collection of fun, free and engaging activities.
Best for creative technology projects
Mouse Create is a learning platform for STEM and creative computing. In Mouse Open Projects children can choose projects to work on at home and they won't need an account, guidance from an adult or teacher or any materials (hurrah!).
Each project has a lesson plan and step-by-step instructions, so they can just get started – they could learn the basics of stop motion animation, create a GIF in 8-Bit art style, design a mobile app or explore the world through the eyes of a designer.
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Best for learning-packed recycling
Turn recycling materials into at-home engineering projects with the Smallpeice Trust's [email protected] weekly design challenge. Will your child tackle the Rubber Band Car Challenge, the Paddle Boat Challenge or the Parachute Challenge first?
Each of the [email protected] Challenges are presented in step-by-step videos; share your creations with other budding engineers using the hashtag #EngineeringAtHome.
Best for learning through play (and with LEGO)
Six Bricks is a collection of short activities using sets of six LEGO® DUPLO® bricks (or ordinary-sized bricks), to help children boost their creative construction skills.
From building "tricky towers" to recreating patterns and constructing bridge structures, there are lots of design suggestions and simple games and tasks for Reception and KS1 children to have a go at.
Fancy building a whole city made of bricks (or cardboard)? #StoryCity is a collaboratively constructed and imagined city that kids all over the world will be encouraged to share the building of.
Best for a library of engineering-inspired activities
There’s a huge range of family-friendly engineering-inspired activities to choose from on the Neon website.
Why not make some Frankensnakes, design and build a helicopter using only paper and paperclips, use a drinking straw to pierce through a raw potato or make a bubble inside a bubble inside a bubble with sugar and soap? All the activities can be done at home or outdoors (some will need adult supervision).
Best for curriculum-mapped technology learning
Tech We Can is a set of free lesson plans designed to be taught by teachers in the classroom but now available to parents and carers for teaching at home.
The structured, fun learning packs are all about technology careers and seeing the use of technology in everyday lives and are mapped to the National Curriculum. Whether you need resources that are Low Tech (if you have access to the internet but no tablets), Mid Tech (if you have an iPad purchased more than 3 years ago) or Full Tech (f you have access to an iPad or tablet purchased in the last 3 years), watch the introductory video for parents for advice on how to use the resources with your child.
Best for graphic design
Find out more about coin design with the informative Art and Design - Coins in the Classroom resource from the Royal Mint (you can have a go at designing your own 50p, too). From reverse design facts to royal heraldry and heraldic shields information, there's loads to learn from the coins in your purse!
Best for step-by-step DIY projects
KiwiCo makes science and art subscription "crates", but their free KiwiCo At-Home Resources for Kids (and their grownups) offer free weekly community challenges, easy projects for different ages and abilities, downloadable STEAM activities and some really impressive DIYs to try at home.
Melted crayon art, a mini trampoline, a tick-tock timer and a pendulum wave toy are just a few of the step-by-step projects to choose from. Have fun!
Best technology and engineering playlist
Find out how industry and science work together to take an idea from first design to finished product, available to buy, in a Fun Kids Radio and Shark partnership animation series about product development. The videos see a brother and sister, Jack and Holly, learning the process of what it takes to make and sell a vacuum cleaner for the Fun Kids’ website.
Each of the ten videos aims to teach kids a new lesson about industry, whether that’s learning about prototypes, product development, price and promotion or retailing. There are loads more clips to watch in the Technology & Engineering for Kids playlist, too.