Whether it’s during tough times, or just a rainy day, having resources to entertain the kids is always handy. So, we have pulled together some of the best bits we have found for you to enjoy.

A row of coloured pencils, all different lengths

During this time, it’s business as usual for us at Silver Swan. We are busy offering video registrations to large volumes of candidates keen to secure their next role, such as Nannies, Chefs, Housekeepers and Seasonal staff for both Summer and Winter.

Use your time at home wisely and secure your next role ready to start as soon as things return to normal. In particular, we have a large Middle East project interviewing immediately.

To those households who need staff but don’t feel you can recruit at present – you can and should if you want your pick of the best candidates.

We can still be working on your vacancies and getting on with the behind the scenes work so all you have to do is interview candidates via video call ready to meet them when possible.

Please note that come the summer everyone will be looking for staff and the market will be short of candidates, so use this time effectively.

We remain positive about the future providing we put the next few weeks to good use so that your recruitment and job hunting isn’t rushed come the summer. So ready your phones and make sure you hold them as this list can be intense. You can get popsockets from Top 9 Rated to help you keep your phones from slipping while you browse the items below!

Virtual Tours

First up is this excellent piece from Travel + Leisure, which has links to 12 virtual tours of famous museums such as:

The British Museum in London.

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul.

The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

View of the main hall of the British Museum

Virtual Visits

You can visit 13 zoos and aquariums, and all from the comfort of your home. They are:

1. Edinburgh Zoo — UK

Panda, Koala, Penguin and Tiger cams HERE.

2. Marwell Zoo — UK

Flamingo, Penguin, Giraffe and Lemur cams HERE.

3. Dublin Zoo — Ireland

Elephants, Penguins, Giraffes, Rhinos, Ostrich and Zebras cams HERE.

A couple sitting of a bench looking into a huge tank at an aquarium

4. San Diego Zoo — USA

Panda, Penguin, Baboon, Polar Bear, Ape, Koala, Giraffe, Burrowing Owl, Elephant and Tiger cams HERE.

5. Houston Zoo — USA

Giraffe, Gorilla, Chimp, Elephant, Leafcutter Ant and Rhino cams HERE.

6. Living Coast Wild Planet Trust — UK

Penguin cam HERE.

A tiger and her two cubs

7. Paignton Zoo — UK

Meerkat and Sulawesi Crested Macaque cams HERE.

8. Smithsonian’s National Zoo — USA

Naked Mole-Rat, Lion, Giant Panda and Elephant cams HERE.

9. Clearwater Marine Aquarium — USA

Dolphins, Turtles, Pelicans and Otter cams HERE.

10. Reid Park Zoo — USA

Elephant, Lemur, Giraffe, Lion and Bear cams HERE.

11. Chattanooga Zoo — USA

Meerkat, Snow Leopard, Tamarin, & Spotted Genet cams HERE.

12. Monterey Bay Aquarium — USA

Monterey Bay, Sea Otter, Shark, Penguin, Coral Reef, Aviary, Kelp Forest, Jelly, Moon Jelly, & Open Sea cams HERE.

13. Kansas City Zoo — USA

King Penguin, Gentoo Penguin, Polar Bear, & Masai Giraffe cams HERE.

Educational – and all free!

A huge library with white balconies and stairways, set across 5 floors

Audible have said:

For as long as schools are closed, we’re open. Starting today, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.
All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.

BBC Learning

Although this site no longer updated there is still so much available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.


A site targeted at those revising at GCSE or A level and offers tons of free revision content and you can pay to access higher level material.

Khan Academy

If you’re looking for maths and computing learning for all ages, then Khan Academy is a great resource. There are also many other subjects at Secondary School level. This site uses the U.S. grade system but it’s mostly common material.


With 100’s of courses available, you only need to pay if you upgrade which then gives you a certificate in your name.


This offers free taster courses aimed at people considering Open University but everyone can access it. It’s more of an adult level, but some courses, such as nature and environment, could be of interest to young people.

feet books


This is a fun way to learn computer programming skills – giving your kids a good understanding of one of the fastest-growing professions in the world.

Ted Ed

This is a great learning resource for both kids and adults and has all sorts of engaging content, both fun and educational.


A fun way to learn an array of languages, and all for free. It can be accessed on either the web or their app.

Cbeebies Radio

Listening activities for the younger ones, including games, puzzles and radio.

The Kids Should See This

A collection of over 4,000 kid-friendly videos, offering more meaningful media for the classroom or at home.

Black computer screen with programming code lines across it


An easy-to-use app for 3D design, electronics and coding. For teachers, kids, hobbyists and designers to imagine, design and make anything.

Crash Course

YouTube videos on many subjects, like Astronomy to Anatomy and History to Physiology – they claim that ‘with various witty hosts at your service, you won’t even notice you’re getting smarter’.

Crash Course Kids

The above, but for a younger audience.

Blue Peter Badges

There are so many different Blue Peter badges, but this page shows how you could get your hands on one! All you need is a stamp and a nearby post box.

8 different Blue Peter Badges

Making & Doing

A table with various homemade kids crafts

The Artful Parent

10 Activities to do at home with Kids 

Red Ted Art

Cute and easy crafts for kids

The Imagination Tree

Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest

Toy Theater

Educational online games


And if all else fails, we’ve got some great nannies and tutors on our books which could lend a hand and help you out.

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