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Boredom Busters and Learning Resources for Young People

Arts and Design

NHS Cornwall Heroes Competition
Are you aged from 4 to 18-years-old and want to see your work featured in an online gallery that celebrates our NHS heroes!? Just select one of the photos of NHS staff provided with this post to create your masterpiece and let your creativity guide you. Images - Ends 1 June 2020.

Free online pixel art drawing tool

Adobe Spark
Adobe Spark is an online and mobile design app. Easily create stunning social graphics, short videos, and web pages

Use Canva's drag-and-drop feature and layouts to design, share and print business cards, logos, presentations, posters and more. An online graphic design tool.

Skillshare is an online education platform with thousands of free classes taught by the world's best practitioners. Classes range from cooking to sewing, graphic design to landscape photography. 

List of UK Arts Competitions
Some require an entry fee, but many are free.

One Drawing a Day
This blog can inspire you to create a new medium of artwork each day.

Postcards from the Edge Project
Use any medium/materials of your choice and create something or lots of things that best express your experience / feelings / emotions. Take a photo of your work and email as a JPEG to

Join them on facebook live everyday at 11am for a new craft activity.

Online Weekly Embroider a Bee for West Cornwall
Weekly 30 minute + online workshop

Marvel's Spider-Man Artist Will Sliney
Character illustration workshop and challenges

Draw along with Nick Sharratt
The illustrator who creates characters for Jacqueline Wilson

Google Arts&Culture
Explore this area of google with links to high definition artworks and 3D tours. Browse by colour, medium, time, artist...

LoveYourClothes Refashion & Upcycle Tutorials
Dig out that old denim, or those t-shirts you hardly wear anymore - turn them into something new!

Boredom Busters

Headstart Kernow Youth: 140 things to do
Some ideas to keep you busy (there are a few that you might have to research a bit before you try them – let us know how you get on…) How many can you tick off?

Our Corona Diary 
Keep a diary: Write it, draw it, sketch it, paint it, knit it, model it, film it, record it, sing it - whatever, however, just date it and save it. Get inspired by our weekly themes.

Project Quaranzine | The Blurt Foundation
Quaranzine is a space for anyone aged 0-24 to share a ‘zine that they’ve made during lockdown, and to read 'zines that other people have submitted

'Locked In' Escape Room Competition
Do you think you could create the best puzzle for our new escape room? The winner will not only see their puzzle brought to life but will also receive a voucher for themselves and a friend to play the whole new game when the new escape room is up and running.

Online Escape Rooms
We introduce to you the Escape From Home adventures, The Egyptian Escape, A Pirate’s Problem and Global Gateway

Tells you the 'Life Hacks' you never even knew you needed! You’ll find all sorts of clever shortcuts, hidden features, how-to guides, tutorials, and troubleshooting advice to help you get the most out of your apps, software, devices and more.

Harry Potter at Home
Magical craft videos, fun articles, quizzes, puzzles and plenty more. Oh - you can also download the very first book absolutely free.

Fun Palace' Tiny Revolutions
We are sharing practical suggestions, tiny steps anyone can take to connect a little more in their local community or simply pass time creatively in self-isolation. These steps are both online and OFFline – while a great deal of connection is moving online right now, this is not available to everyone and we want Fun Palaces, as ever, to be for anyone who wants to connect.

What Did Hubble See on Your Birthday?
Enter your birth date and month, to see what the Hubble Space Telescope spotted on your birthday!

Create a Family Time Capsule
You are living through history right now!

Word Search Maker
Create a Word Search to share with Family and Friends, this one allows you to do it all online.

Dance, Music and Performing Arts

Free online DJ software
Mix music online for free, no download requried

The Wind in the Willows: Watch the theatre production online for free
As theatres are forced to close their doors, we're making The Wind in the Willows the Musical available to stream online for free. The film was recorded live at the London Palladium in 2017

Royal Opera House
The Royal Opera House launches a programme of free online content for the culturally curious at home

Sir Patrick Stuart is reading Shakespeare
Head over to his twitter to enjoy a new sonnet each day.

Free Full Length Andrew Lloyd Webber Musical 
Every Friday at 7pm, available for 48 hours after it's release.

Miracle Theatre 
Productions FREE to watch online from 7pm on the 1st Monday of each month throughout the Spring and Summer 2020.

Free Broadway Musicals and Plays
Some of these titles are available to stream for free in the UK - just check for the right link underneath.

Release a song with Kevrenna Records - Cornwall Music Education Trust
The label is based totally online and is to support young people who wish to continue to make music during the current situation. They offer free 6 week courses.

English and Reading

Join Cornwall Library Online
Cornwall Library provides members free access to a wide range of online resources. These include electronic books, eAudiobooks, online newspapers and magazines, stream music to your internet device and research information using our online reference library.

Discovering Children's Books at the British Library
Explore centuries of stories, poems and illustrations with Discovering Children's Books. Full of how-to's, fun activities and inspiration.

English Resources for Teens | British Council
Activities, articles and teaching tools specifically designed to enhance the learning of teenage students.

BBC Writers Room
We can only promote opportunities and events which are free for writers to enter and don't ask for payment from writers at any stage. 

Pobble 365
A new image is published each day as a basis for creative writing, also tasks for english language and drawing. 

Obooko Teen and Young Adult Free Ebooks
Obooko has been online since 2010 and was created specifically to make quality English-language books available free of charge to anyone, regardless of means. 

LitFilmFest Lessons
Choose your path towards purposeful and engaging literacy.

World of Stories Teen Audiobooks
#WorldBookDay chosen audiobooks, for free.

Film and Photography

Powerpoints with activities relating to popular films.

Nikon School Online
Aspiring photographers can enjoy these free tutorials from Nikon!

Childnet Film Competition
Invites young people aged 7-18 to take on the challenge of creating a short film. Tell them why you want an internet that allows people to feel free and safe online and how this can be achieved. 3 Categories - Solo, Group and Storyboard.


Easy baking recipes | BBC Food
Try our simple recipes for all your favourite bakes.

Ready Steady Cook
You could host your own version using a selection of random ingredients from your home. Follow the link to see what was made in the episodes of this hit tv show.

5 Ingredient Meals | BBC Food
Delicious and filling dinners that use only five ingredients. You can't get recipes any easier than these!

Food a Fact of Life
Free resources for teaching young people aged 3-16 years about where food comes from, cooking and healthy eating

Cornwall College Professional Cookery & Hospitality
Bringing you regular cook-a-long videos to upskill your home cooking!


Eden Project Resources for Everyone
The Eden Project have created a page dedicated to awesome activities to try at home

History and Geography


Ocean Explorer
Take a journey into the Earth's oceans and discover whether you've got what it takes to become an oceanographer. Explore ocean depths, currents, temperatures and find out more about the future of our oceans.

Marine Traffic around the World
View all of the vessels currently travelling the worlds oceans.

David Attenborough's Great Barrier Reef Tour
Try out this incredible interactive tour of the Great Barrier Reef, led by national treasure David Attenborough!

Flight Radar - Flight Traffic around the World
Flightradar24 is a global flight tracking service that provides you with real-time information about thousands of aircraft around the world.

Geography game: how well do you know the world?
Think you're good at geography? Try this game from The Guardian

Google Earth
Explore the entire world! Live Cameras from around the World is the world's leading philanthropic live nature cam network and documentary film channel.

National Geographic: 130 Years of Exploration
We’ve been making discoveries—and making an impact—for over 130 years. Now you can explore this fascinating history firsthand with a new, interactive timeline that takes you behind the scenes through rare video footage, photos, artifacts, and inside stories.

Virtual Field Trips
Each no-cost Virtual Field Trip comes with a companion guide packed with standards-aligned, hands-on learning activities! You can even visit the Artic Tundra and see the Polar Bears!!


Virtual tours: Buckingham Palace
An iconic building and official residence of The Queen, Buckingham Palace has been the focus of many moments of national celebration

Visit the Great Wall of China 3D Tour
As China's most famous attraction, the Great Wall of China is an essential stop on any trip to China.

Hadrian: The Roamin' Emperor
Can you piece together strands of historical evidence to work out what motivated the Roman Emperor, Hadrian, to travel so extensively?

History - Interactive Content - BBC
Bring history to life with animated maps, movies, games, picture galleries, virtual 3D tours and programme clips. 

Postal Museum Website
Whilst we’re temporarily closed, we’re sharing stories of extraordinary communication from our archives and collections. We’re also gathering the inspiring ways you’re connecting with each other and providing some entertainment inspired by the postal service.

School History Games | KS3, KS4, KS5 Curriculum
Educational history games for teachers, parents, homeschoolers or students. Suitable for KS3 to KS5.

Rome: A Virtual Tour of the Ancient City
Take a guided tour around ancient Rome with expert Dr Matthew Nicholls, using his detailed and award-winning 3D digital model of the city

See a Prehistoric Sea Dragon in 3D
Teleport to the Natural History Museum in London and encounter the prehistoric ‘sea dragon’ Rhomaleosaurus, as it comes back to life before your eyes

The Secret Annex 3D Tour
Take a look around and discover the Secret Annex where Anne Frank hid for more than 2 years during WWII and where she wrote her diary.

Online Courses, All Subjects & Revision

BBC Bitesize
From 20 April, you’ll be able to access regular daily lessons in English and Maths, as well as other core subjects, in an expanded version of our website and also on special programmes broadcast on BBC iPlayer and BBC Red Button.

Seneca GCSE - Alevel
Uses GIFs and Memes to aid learning. Shows you content again in a different format if you struggle the first time. Over 100 courses to choose from.

Future Learn
FutureLearn courses consist of pre-recorded video lectures and readings that you can work through on a weekly schedule or when it's convenient for you. They also have student discussions on every page of the course. Some have online practice quizzes, homework or assignments. Aimed at higher education, but topics may be of interest to a younger audience.

Open Learning - OpenLearn - Open University
Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. A great head start for those already thinking of their future options.

We've not only created home learning and school closure packs, but have also introduced an offer for all of them to be completely free. 

BBC Educational Programmes Secondary
Programmes covering a range of topics, from languages to science.

RYA Marine Education Online Tutorials
You might not be able to get out on the water, but you can learn about reading nautical charts, tidal curves and bouyancy in preparation!

Personal, Social and Health Education

Blurt Foundation: Coronavirus Helpful Hub
This page is designed to answer questions, provide helpful resources and information, and share ideas for coping with the ever-changing landscape we find ourselves in. We will be continually updating this resource as more information is realised and as the situation changes.

Young People Cornwall's Online Youth Club
Something for everyone - held 7 days a week. Follow the link for the schedule.

The Pantry in Bude 
Monday to Friday at 15:00. Anyone aged 16 to 116! Come join me on Facebook live for a general chit chat, talk about worries, ask any questions you may have etc. The main bulk of it will be to hopefully alleviate some worry, support those who may be isolated and lonely, have some fun, maybe a quiz, bingo, chat about movies/tv/ music/ hobbies and also learning some tips to help with your mental health (such as mindfulness).  Under 16's can join another session held each day at 11:00

TedEd Talks
All sorts of engaging educational videos on a variety of topics.

Random acts of kindness during the Coronavirus outbreak
Learn how kind acts can help you and others during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Drawings, letters of support and well-wishes
Send something lovely to those receiving treatment at Treliske. Please do not post physical copies, instead follow the instructions below.
To submit a letter, either scan a copy of it into your computer or take a picture of it, then send the file as a JPEG attachment to
Their wonderful team will print and laminate all digital letters before distributing to the wards.

Self-Care - Anna Freud Centre
85+ Self care techniques to try at home

Mental Health and Wellbeing Guide by Postive People
Support, advice and activities for children and young people to help during lockdown

Rise Above
We’ve got tips on gaining confidence, blasting anxiety and general life stuff from the people who’ve been there. Remember, we’re in this thing called life together! 

Getting to know You
This well-being workbook is now free to download, thanks to the Blurt Foundation

Breathe KS3-4
Designed to improve mental well-being, 5 literacy lessons guide your class to write, perform and video their explanation of the benefits of mindfulness and then performing a short meditation

Nature Space
Immerse yourself in the most vividly detailed natural spaces on the planet, captured in unbelieveably high-res 3D sound. Naturespace is a free app for iOS and Android.

Hidden Stories
FREE Illustrated Book about Invisible Disabilities

Physical Education PE and Dance

The Body Coach - Youtube
Joe Wicks is going to be providing FREE PE Lessons every weekday from Monday at 9am for all children.

The Ballet Coach - Youtube
English National Ballet School-trained dancer Sarah Du-Feu is streaming lessons on YouTube, suitable from age three to right up to adult.

Religious Education

RE Online
Search our free, great quality teaching resources

Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths


CREST Awards
STEM award to complete at home

Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award 
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.


Science with Professor Brian Cox
A full schedule of upcoming programmes to join in with.

BBC Science Focus
Website covering pretty much any topic you can imagine, content written by leading scientists. You can read the magazine for free by downloading the press reader app and using your library card number.

Free Science Focus education pack: 1.Solar System 2.Dinosaurs
The Science Focus education pack is a new weekly series of worksheets aimed at Key Stage 3 and 4 students.

NASA Website: Space
Explore NASA's online activities, e-books, podcasts and other content. The universe is waiting.

The Slow Mo Guys - YouTube
Lots of things - but in slow motion!

The Kids should see This
Videos for curious minds of all ages


Blockly - Computing
Learn computer programming skills - fun and free.

Maths - BBC Bitesize
Maths learning resources

3D Tours of locations and attractions in Cornwall


The Bright Ideas Challenge SHELL
What will cities look like in 2050? How will they be powered to be vibrant, healthy and clean places to live?
With activities set by the RAF, the Science Museum, FIFA, and more, it’s the perfect place to bring out their inventive side.

LEGO Lesson Plans,  KS3 | KS4
Explore up to 75 lessons with all of the information you need, from materials lists to building instructions. Everything that you need to give a great lesson

STEM Learning
Free resources for home learning. Home to thousands of free-to-access, quality-assured resources to support the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.


An impartial financial education programme that uses real-life experiences to help young people develop good money habits.

Perplex: Classic puzzles, past and present
Get ready to be perplexed... try 8 different puzzles and a whole host of daily #maths and #logic challenges from The Open University and UK Maths Trust with these interactive puzzles


Cornish Seal Sanctuary (OFFICIAL)
Live videos meeting their residents. Sister sanctuary SEA LIFE Trust Beluga Whale Sanctuary are also doing weekly live sessions for you all to enjoy over on their page.

To support families at home and teachers, will be producing interactive lessons, activities and Q&A sessions about wonderful whales and dolphins! To sign up, pop your details in the survey here: and we will send you all further info.

Google's 3D Animals
If you have a smartphone you can google the names of animals and have them come to life in your living room!

Chris Packham
Live springwatch videos.

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