20 of the best live streams for kids

Best live streams for primary home learning
Help your primary-age child stay educated and entertained with our round-up of the best live streams taking place during lockdown.
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With schools closed, now is the perfect time for your child to learn something new. And with brilliant, educational live streams popping up every day, covering everything from phonics to fitness, you don't need to feel guilty about parking your child in front of a screen for half an hour.

We've rounded up some of our favourite live streams for primary school kids. You might also want to consult TeachEm, a directory of video-based educational content and events featuring over 200 live and pre-recorded entries. 

All of these live streams were correct at the time of going to press, but be aware that in this unusual and ever-evolving situation, details may change.

Oti Mabuse Kids’ Class

What is it? A daily dancing lesson from Strictly pro dancer Oti Mabuse, with a weekly theme: Disney movies in week one.

When’s it on? Daily, 11.30am until noon

Where to watch: Facebook Live or YouTube

Ragdolly Annas

What is it? Music, rhyme and high-energy fun for pre-schoolers. You can add your own props such as bubbles, to join with the online classes.

When’s it on? Weekdays, 10.30-11am

Where to watch: Facebook Live or YouTube.

Draw with Ed Vere

What is it? ‘How to draw’ tutorials from picture book author and illustrator, and Born Free Foundation artist in residence, Ed Vere. His first lesson showed how to draw a lion.

When’s it on? Wednesday and Friday at 10am

Where to watch: YouTube

BookTrust Home Time

What is it? A daily story session with some of the nation’s favourite children’s authors, starting with Cressida Cowell reading How to Train your Dragon, a chapter a day. Check BookTrust’s website to keep up to date with what’s on.
 
When’s it on? Weekday lunchtimes
 
Where to watch: YouTube

Mindfulness in Schools Project Sit Together

What is it? Mindfulness meditation sessions for families aimed at building some relaxation into your day. Note that an adult must take part with children.
 
When’s it on? Monday to Friday at 11am, lasting around 20 minutes
 
Where to watch: Join the daily Zoom meeting through MiSP’s website

Cincinnati Zoo Home Safari

What is it? Every day, Cincinnati Zoo introduces one of its amazing animals alongside an activity you can do at home.
 
When’s it on? Every day at 7pm (3pm Eastern Daylight Time) for 15 minutes until 11 April
 
Where to watch: Facebook Live or YouTube

Historians @ Home

What is it? A group of historians give a daily talk, with a Q&A session and an activity for kids to do afterwards. Talks are split by age: 5-11 and 11-18.
 
When’s it on? Various times. Talks last 10 minutes followed by a five-minute question forum
 
Where to watch: via Skype. Visit the website and sign up using the Google form to be put into an age-appropriate session

Gareth Metcalfe Primary Maths

What is it? Online maths lessons with videos to help children master each new concept, followed by a main task – a challenge or short set of questions – to complete individually or with an adult’s support. There will be two new lessons each day: one for Years 3 and 4, and one for Years 5 and 6.
 
When’s it on? Every weekday at 9am.
 
Where to watch: I See Maths on YouTube.

Daily Phonics with Mr Mc

What is it? A daily phonics lesson from Early Years teacher Mr Mc – a finalist in the Inspirational Teacher of the Year award 2019 – with songs, games and lots of interaction.
 
When’s it on?
Every weekday, around 11am
 
Where to watch: YouTube

Hobbycraft Daily Kids’ Craft Club

What is it? Daily craft activities for kids, with a different theme every day, such as rainbows, fairies and nature. Share your child's creations on Facebook and Twitter using #KidsCraftClub.
 
When’s it on?
11am Monday to Saturday
 
Where to watch: Facebook Live and Instagram

English with Holly

What is it? Literacy activities aimed at targeted age groups and with a daily theme, such as Shakespeare, SPAG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) and a weekly Friday Spellathon. There’s also a PDF worksheet to go with each lesson.
 
When’s it on? Weekdays at 11am
 
Where to watch: Facebook Live

Reading Realm

What is it? A daily read-along story time with accompanying resources and activities. Some stories are Makaton signed. Join the Facebook group to share photos of your child’s creations.
 
When’s it on? Weekdays at 11am
 
Where to watch: Facebook Live

Jump Start Jonny

What is it? Insanely energetic fun fitness sessions with party games like Freeze! and Fancy Dress Friday. Comment for shout-outs and suggest ideas for activities on Jump Start Jonny’s Facebook page.
 
When’s it on? Weekdays at 9am until Easter
 
Where to watch: YouTube

Maddie Moate: Stay Curious

What is it? The host of CBeebiesDid You Know? presents a daily nature-based science lesson with activities to do at home, such as planting seeds, bird-spotting and minibeast photography.
 
When’s it on? Daily at 11am
 
Where to watch: YouTube

#GSCAtHome

What is it? The scientists from Glasgow Science Centre release a daily science show demo or experiment for over-sevens, with topics such as Make Your Own Lava Lamp, and Elephant’s Toothpaste.
 
When’s it on? Daily at 10am
 
Where to watch: Facebook Live

Learn Beginners’ British Sign Language (BSL)

What is it? Natasha Lamb and her sister Kelly-Ann – who has a hearing impairment – host live lessons teaching kids the basics of BSL with a daily topic, such as numbers and animals, and a challenge to do at home.
 
When’s it on? Daily at 1pm
 
Where to watch: Facebook Live and YouTube

Ben Fogle Instagram Stories

What is it? The much-loved TV presenter shares gripping tales from his life of adventure, including climbing Everest, rowing across the Atlantic and swimming with crocodiles. He’ll also answer questions posted on Instagram.
 
When’s it on? Daily at 4pm
 
Where to watch: Instagram Stories

PE with Joe

What is it? Joe Wicks, otherwise known as The Body Coach, gets the nation moving every morning with a different ‘PE lesson’ every day. Millions of kids – and parents – are joining in worldwide.
 
When’s it on? Monday to Friday at 9am
 
Where to watch: YouTube

Hopeful Histories

What is it? After-school club leader Hannah uploads videos from her children’s playhouse – now a history classroom – looking at a significant person or group of people from history, such as Emmeline Pankhurst and Jesse Owens.
 
When’s it on? Daily
 
Where to watch: Instagram Stories

Ruth’s Little Kitchen Cook Together

What is it? A twice-weekly cookery class for parents and children to do together, focusing on simple recipes using store cupboard ingredients, with a bit of nutrition and food science thrown in.
 
When’s it on? Monday and Thursday at 10am
 
Where to watch: Instagram Stories