Your Local Online Directory


Support and resources for the Pohutukawa Coast Community


Keeping you up to date with what's happening in the community


Home Schooling and Kids Entertainment Resources​


Resources to help maintain a good mental health​


Local schools recommended websites and applications that have learning materials suitable for students.

Popular online educational websites and applications

List of most popular educational channels on You Tube

Helpful Facebook groups

Resources of free audio and e-books

Popular board and educational online games

More resources and ideas…

Managing stress, excercising, dancing…

Arts and Crafts ideas, experiments, board games, treasure hunts, cooking, building etc…

School recommended resources

A variety of websites that we hope will provide a range of helpful learning activities that support your child’s learning at home.

online classes


BrainPOP is here to help you and your curious learners stay informed and on-track with FREE access during school closures.
Watch award-winning science, technology, history and nature documentaries, worldwide, on-demand and available on multiple devices. Currently 40% off -$2.99/month or $11.99/year (USD)
Learn to code and mod Minecraft with Tynker’s easy-to-learn, visual programming courses. Tynker makes it fun to learn computer programming for 4th through …Free access to premium coding courses during school closures
With our free mobile app or web and a few minutes a day, everyone can Duolingo. Learn 30+ languages online with bite-size lessons based on science.
8000+ video chat classes for K-12 science, art, mindfulness, english, social studies, life skills, and more!
Udemy is an online learning and teaching marketplace with over 100000 courses and 24 million students. Learn programming, marketing, data science and …
Beast Academy is a challenging curriculum for students ages 8‑13. Browse our books, or enroll your student in our new Online Learning Platform. Use code FlattenTheCurve during checkout for $15 off a new Monthly or Yearly subscription. Monthly: $15 (USD) – no commitments. $96/year (USD)

You can learn anything. Expert-created content and resources for every course and level. Always free.

Creativebug offers online video arts and crafts workshops and techniques. Learn how to paint, knit, crochet, sew, screen print, and more.

Discovery Education inspires educators to go beyond traditional learning with award-winning digital content and professional development.

TED-Ed celebrates the ideas of teachers and students around the world. Discover hundreds of animated lessons, create customized lessons, and share your big …TED Ed launched TEDEd@Home – free videos in response to the pandemic.

You tube channels

NZ channel: Husband and wife team who met while working at the Science Museum in London. Emily brought Alan home to New Zealand and Science in a Van was born at the very beginning of 2011. We are based in Auckland but try and travel the country as much as we can visiting schools with our own crazy brand of science shows. We will be LIVE on YouTube EVERYDAY (starting Monday 24 March). We’re committed to doing this for at least two week at 12.45pm (NZ time).
Earth science, life science, Physical Science
Learn about outer space, leading scientific exploration, new technology, earth science basics, & more with science videos & news from Science Channel.
Awesome Animals – SciShow Kids Play all Learning about cute, weird, and fun animals is doing science! Learn about the science of animals with Jessi and her friends!
Nat Geo Kids makes it fun to explore your world with weird, wild, and wacky videos! Videos featuring awesome animals, cool science, funny pets, and more.
FreeSchool is a safe and friendly place to expose children to famous art, classical music, children’s literature, and natural science.
The GEOfocus channel is all about geography! I love geography, maps, flags, culture, languages, and travel. The videos I create for this channel include profiles of countries and regions, descriptions of important landmarks and geographical features (both natural and man-made), and discussion of international issues. Get to know planet Earth and how mankind interacts with it!
The Brain Scoop was created in 2013 to share the work and research of natural history museums with the world.
At SciShow, we’re endlessly curious about what makes the universe tick. If you’re passionate about quenching your curiosity about… everything, you’re in the right place.
Kids Learning Tube began in 2015 as a YouTube channel with a mission to educate kids of all ages through original music and animation.
Like Raspberry Pi, Arduino, Python, Programming, Computer Science, Logic, Electronics, and being geeky and awesome? … Welcome to the Geek Gurl Diaries, where us gurl’s discuss, create, demo and interview all things geek. … Raspberry Pi Tutorials Play all.
Have you ever done a science experiment and wondered “What would this be like if it were HUGE?
SoulPancake was created for the joy spreaders, deep thinkers, and change makers of the internet. Watch to learn more about the videos and series we make!
Counting and number skills for young children. This CBeebies YouTube channel is aimed at adults watching with children and offers a safe environment where CBeebies content is readily accessible with no inappropriate links or adverts. CBeebies is dedicated to delighting and surprising its pre-school audience and it remains the UK’s most watched and most loved channel for the under-sixes.
We upload new art lessons M-F, every week! Follow along with us and learn how to draw plus other fun art lessons for kids.

facebook resources

This group is for parents homeschooling/home educating in New Zealand – looking for ideas, resources, projects, inspirations…

A educator community to share the good, bad, and ugly about the many teacher resources on the internet.

Public Group: The We Are Worldschoolers Community welcome all who are interested in learning from the world combining experiential learning and cultural exchange. We are more than just a “travel group” OR an “education/homeschool group”. We are a community, whose origins span the globe, representing different nationalities, belief systems, cultures and worldviews. We are a community of learners and adventurers, families of all sizes, people of all ages.

Public Group: Homeschool Science Support is a community designed for Families that science and educating their kids. Our goal is to provide quality resources to families.

Private Group: We love homeschooling with technology! Homeschoolers are the best resource for each other about what works and what doesn’t! Please join us and share your own wealth of knowledge!

Public Group with lots of art and craft ideas.

A group set up for parents who are now homeschooling. This page has lot of teachers on it who I’m sure will answer any questions you may have. This is a place for support, not a place for individual teachers to share their schools plans. Your child’s school should be sending out guidance and in fact your first point of contact should be your child’s school.

audio and e-books

Audible now has free kids & teens books
Library of public domain audio books.

You can listen to the author read the stories online. Robert Munsch writes back to all the kids who write him letters!

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more.

If you need to mix up your bedtime story routine a little bit, the Global Space Education Foundation has just the thing for you: Story Time in Space. 

Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks.

Unite for Literacy provides free digital access to picture books, narrated in many languages.

The program is designed to help early learners develop their reading and comprehension skills through a carefully balanced and progressive reading program. Free e-picture books and e-Poetry

Download eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines or eNewspapers straight to your reading or listening device of choice – without needing to visit the library.

Free resources to support learning at home. Free eBook collection, developed for children aged 3–11 years old. Educational activities and games.
A streaming library of animated children’s storybooks. No ads or in-app purchases. 1 month free trial today!
Scholastic Magazines combine engaging print magazines with powerful digital resources to build knowledge, engagement and skills in every content area.
The Britain’s Got Talent judge tweeted to his followers that one story a day will be available every day for the next 30 days for free.

games to play

Popular board games

Ticket to Ride, Monopoly, Jenga, Battleship, Scrabble, Catan.

Card games: Sushi Go!, UNO, Rummikub, Gin Rummy, Hearts, BS – Cheat, Speed, Indonesian Poker, Phase 10, Sleeping Queens, Harry Potter card battle game, Yahtzee

Games to play over Skype (or other video chat service)

*20 Questions: One person picks a secret word and the others have to ask yes/no answers and figure it out before they use up the 20 questions

*Read My Lips: One person silently says a single word and everyone tries to guess what it is. Write down the guesses and accumulate points for correct answers.

*Would you Rather: Give two ridiculous scenarios and guess what the others would choose between the two. Gather points for each correct answer.

*Storyteller Pass Along: Each person gets one minute to continue the story

*2 Truths & 1 Lie: Tell 3 statements about yourself and see if others can guess which is the lie.

*Last letter: Pick a category and each successive answer begins with the last letter of the previous answer (animals: bird, dog, goat, tortoise)

*Say the Same Thing: Each team says a single word with the goal of saying the same word. Say you start with “sausage” and “home” so the next word needs to relate to both. Maybe they both say “shop” (because a sausage would live in a shop). Game over. But maybe on round 2 one team says “shop” and the other says “fridge”…then for the 3rd word you’ll need to relate both the “shop + fridge”.

*True or False: make a statement and others get points for correctly guessing if it’s T or F

*Movie Lines: Quote a movie and have the others guess which one.

*Boggle (need letter cubes or Scrabble/ Bananagram tiles): Pick 12 letters and see who can make the most original words using only those letters within a 30-60 seconds of time

*Going on a Picnic: Memory game where each person adds an item in alphabetical order but repeats all the previous answers: I’m going on a picnic and I’m going to bring an apple, the next person says I’m bringing an apple and butter, etc

*Battleship on paper: Make a grid A-J and 1-10. Boats are 2, 3, 3, 4 and 5 units long. Use colored markers to mark a hit/miss

by Rachel Hissong Carlson

FREE download on Amazon: Explore nature as a wild animal and raise a family in the wilderness in Wildcraft, a new RPG adventure set in a huge 3D landscape!

Private Facebook Group: Calling all Worldschooling gaming kids! This is a safe space where our Worldschooling kids can play video games with other kids whether they are playing on PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox, or any other gaming platform.
More than 300 free map quiz games in 36 languages Learn geography the easy way!

Free timed quizzes on all kinds of topics from Countries of the world to the Periodic table.

List of thinking games by grade.

At Starfall, children have fun while they learn – specializing in reading, phonics & math – educational games, movies, books, songs, and more for children kindergarten and primary school age children.

Educational games for grades PreK through 6 that will keep kids engaged and having fun. Topics include math, reading, typing, just-for-fun logic games…

FunBrain is the #1 site for online educational games for kids of all ages. (math, grammar, science, spelling, history).

SplashLearn is an award winning math learning program used by more than 30 Million kids for fun math practice.

Educational games and videos from Curious George, Wild Kratts and other PBS KIDS shows!

The place for children of all ages to play games and discover new jokes, surveys, answers to science questions, and fun crafts and recipes from Highlights.

Math and Games for Kids, Teachers and Parents. Math lessons and fun games for kindergarten to sixth grade, plus quizzes, brain teasers and more.

Math Game Time offers free math games, worksheets, homework help & videos for teachers, parents & children. Start enjoying cool, fun math games online ..

Science Kids is the home of science & technology on the Internet for children around the world.

At Switch Zoo you can make new animals, play animal games, build a biome, learn about animals, and hear animal music.

Seussville, the home of all things Dr. Seuss. Games, resources etc.

Play educational kids games, computer games, printable worksheets and learning games online at Learn and play Free Games for Kids Online!

In the event that your school is closed for an extended period of time as a result of recent events, we’ve put together a collection of digital games that students can play at home. Students can click on any game and start playing!

If you are a parent or teacher, you can learn how to share these or any digital game on the Breakout EDU Platform by clicking here.

Interactive games for all primary levels

Free educational games – Math and Literacy. Age 5-11.

Very fun adventure game, similar to Pokemon. Children must answer Math questions to progress. Suitable for all primary ages.Younger children will need help to register and get started.

Other resources

Scholastic Learn at Home provides 20 days’ worth of active learning journeys designed to reinforce and sustain educational opportunities for those students who are unable to attend school.

Ideas for online and offline science activities. Ages 5-11. Enhance your science teaching and get your pupils thinking like scientists! Start your Explorify journey – it’s free! Enter your email. Sign up free.

Pretend to travel the world and go on a virtual tour of these 12 famous museums.

A complete, free online Christian homeschool curriculum for your family and mine

You are now leaving the National Geographic kids website. Come back soon for more updates, games, and videos! Continue. Video Player is loading.

E-learning for kids is a non-profit organization providing free, fun, curriculum based quality primary education to all children world wide. The foundation was launched in the USA in 2004 and in the Netherlands in 2007.

List of ideas and valuable resources.
Learn about the science behind the current exploration of the solar system in this free class. Use principles from physics, chemistry, biology, and geology to understand the latest from Mars, comprehend the outer solar system, ponder planets outside our solar system, and search for habitability in our neighborhood and beyond. This course is generally taught at an advanced level assuming a prior knowledge of undergraduate math and physics, but the majority of the concepts and lectures can be understood without these prerequisites. The quizzes and final exam are designed to make you think critically about the material you have learned rather than to simply make you memorize facts. The class is expected to be challenging but rewarding.
Practice computing/coding: Bee-Bot app lets pupils work either individually or in a group on iPad.
The Kid Should See This: Educational videos for curious kids of all ages, a free resource for parents & teachers. Science, art, nature, animals, & more.
.. science experiments that you can do at home. A candle made out of a nut? A soap-powered boat? A chicken in a cup? It’s all possible on Kitchen Science.

Online mathematics teaching resource for schools. Focuses on improving core skills such as addition, subtraction, division, multiplication and more. 60 days free.

Wonderopolis was created by the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) in 2010, and it has become one of the most popular education sites today. Some highlights of the platform include:

  • 2,000+ Wonders of the Day (and counting!), covering a vast range of topics—you’re sure to find something that interests you!
  • We’ve had more than 45 million visitors since the site launched and currently welcome more than one million visitors each month.
  • 65,000+ comments submitted by our users, each with a personal response from Wonderopolis.
  • More than 130,000 Wonder questions submitted by our users in the Wonder Bank. All of our new Wonders of the Day now come from questions from our users.
Instant access to inspirational lesson plans, schemes of work, assessment, interactive activities, resource packs, PowerPoints, teaching ideas at Twinkl!

Mindfulness and keeping active

Short audio sessions to help with mindfulness. Managing stress and anxiety in response to the crisis.
YouTube channel. British teacher has made videos on fitness that can be done in the classrooms.They range from 5-10 minutes of simple excercises that don’t require much room.
Thousands of ‘branecise’, dancing, strength and mindfulness videos. Also on YouTube.

Super Movers is helping children across the UK to get physically active with curriculum linked videos.

Local and world news. Staying connected with current events.

A site for children and teachers to use during the next 4 weeks. Each week day will feature one Te Reo Singalong book, with a video introducing the book, a video of me doing the book with the song, and a video with an activity. A new book will feature each day, and the previous books will remain there for viewing.

No Screen Activities

Comprehensive list of ideas

What to do when there is no school and you are stuck at home? Here are 16 fun things to choose from!

Popular Board Games

Ticket to Ride, Monopoly, Jenga, Battleship, Scrabble, Catan.

Card games: Sushi Go!, UNO, Rummikub, Gin Rummy, Hearts, BS – Cheat, Speed, Indonesian Poker, Phase 10, Sleeping Queens, Harry Potter card battle game, Yahtzee

If you have a Hot Wheels or toy car loving child, you’ll want to check out this round up of over 40 toy car activities! It includes ways to create your own car mats and play areas, all kinds of activities, learning and art you can do with Hot Wheels, and even some ways to make your own toy cars. – ideas for play to support children’s learning


articles, podcasts, Online groups...

Local online groups, informative articles and podcasts.

keeping active

Free yoga, meditation classes etc. to help us deal with thepandemic situation

useful articles, podcasts ...

Join local online groups to stay in touch with people around you.

Podcast: We’re in the middle of one of the greatest tests for parents in modern memory. Tens of millions of us, cooped up in our homes with our kids, as a consequence of the coronavirus. Susan Kaiser Greenland can help. She’s a former corporate attorney who transformed herself into one of the world’s leading experts in meditation for kids, teens, and parents. In this episode, she delivers tons of practical tips for formal and informal meditation practices — for all age groups. She also talks about practices that can help parents not turn on one another in this excruciatingly stressful time.

An article written by a school counselor.

Short audio sessions to help with mindfulness. Managing stress and anxiety in response to the crisis.

Research has shown that spending time outside is good for our bodies and our minds. I’m sure you’ve experienced these benefits: After feeling stressed out or bored indoors, you step outside and your spirits lift. 

Parenting Place: Live events on Facebook – Discussing family life in lockdown. Check out for articles and resources daily.

keeping active

YouTube channel. British teacher has made videos on fitness that can be done in the classrooms.They range from 5-10 minutes of simple excercises that don’t require much room.
Free advise from online fitness and holistic health coach.

An article written by a school counselor.

Super Movers is helping children across the UK to get physically active with curriculum linked videos.
Thousands of ‘branecise’, dancing, strength and mindfulness videos. Also on YouTube.