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Let this Google services keep your kids occupied while #stayathome

As most of us still #stayathome during the COVID-19 outbreak, for those families that has kids would most likely wondering how would they spend their time efficiently. As kids are growing up, constant learning will help them on the long run. With that said, there will be definitely some parents will be worried that their kid not learning enough during the period.

Worried not, there are actually numerous Google services which are kid-friendly activities that your kids can have fun with and learn from at the same time. So let’s find out with the list below:

1. YouTube

Learn@Home is a new website launched on 20th March 2020, with learning resources and content for families. From Khan Academy to Sesame Street to code.org, Learn@Home will spotlight content across math, science, history and arts from popular learning channels. Google also have a dedicated section for families with kids under 13, where parents and kids can watch videos together that encourage kids’ creativity, curiosity, playfulness and offline activities. The company also expanded the YouTube Learning destination to serve as another helpful resource featuring high-quality learning content on YouTube. 

Here are some of the top “EduTubers.”

1. Amoeba Sisters

2. Brian McLogan

3. CrashCourse 

4. It’s Okay to Be Smart

5. Khan Academy

6. Melissa Maribel

7. Minutephysics

8. Physics Girl

9. Ted-ED

10. Veritasium

2. YouTube Kids

The YouTube Kids app provides kids under 13 with a safer environment where they can explore their interests and curiosity on their own while giving parents the tools to customize the experience. With more kids at home right now, the app is featuring a range of playlists.  

3. Google Arts & Culture

The Google Arts & Culture app puts the treasures, stories and knowledge of over 2,000 cultural institutions from 80 countries at your fingertips.  

  • Art Projector allows you to transport life-size artworks to wherever you are. Why not see how a Frida Kahlo portrait would look in your kitchen? 
  • Time to meet our ancestors and discover what they saw in their world. The Chauvet cave “Pocket Gallery” brings a cave with 36,000-year-old paintings right to you. 
  • AR Big Bang is an app developed in collaboration with CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. Trigger the Big Bang from the palm of your hand and join Tilda Swinton on an epic journey through the birth and evolution of the universe. 
  • The Art of Colour “Pocket Gallery” opens up a virtual space that playfully adopts colors and geometric shapes to reflect the works of art inside. Walk through this real size gallery as if you were there.

4. Be Internet Awesome

Navigating the internet is an important learning opportunity. Be Internet Awesome teaches kids the fundamentals of digital citizenship and safety so they can explore the online world with confidence.

  • Kids can play their way to being Internet Awesome with Interland, an online adventure that puts the key lessons of digital safety into hands-on practice with four challenging games.

5. Google Earth Voyager

Google Earth Voyager lets kids see the world through a collection of map-based stories. Keep children engaged by taking them on a mission with Google Earth’s detective Carmen Sandiego or teach them new things about the world with fun quizzes.

6. Blockly Games

Blockly Games is a series of educational games that teach programming designed for children who have not had prior experience with computer programming. By the end of these games, players will be ready to use conventional text-based programming languages.

7. Code with Google

Code with Google program helps ensure that every student has access to the collaborative, coding, and technical skills that unlock opportunities in the classroom and beyond. These tools can also prove helpful for parents looking to engage their children while they’re learning from home. Programs include:

  • CS First (9-14-year-olds): A free computer science curriculum that makes coding easy to teach and fun to learn.  You do not need to be part of a CS First class or have a CS First teacher to access the materials (see Accessing CS First without setting up a class section). Click on an activity that interests you and get coding at your own pace.
  • Grasshopper: Learn to code for free with this fun coding app for beginners. Just sign in with your Google account to get started.

8. A day at the Virtual Zoo

Make it a day at the zoo with AR animals in Google Search, which lets you bring brown bears, sharks, and 27 other animals in life-size to your living room. Your kids can see how big or small they are, and how they compare to, say, your couch or house pet. The animals will move around, you can hear their noises, and snap a photo of your kid next to a giant panda.

  • Say you wanted to learn more about a shark. Type “shark” in your Google search on an AR-enabled phone and a knowledge panel will appear. In addition to info like the lifespan, diet, or speed of a shark, you’ll also see a “view in 3D” button.
  • Once tapped, you’ll get a 3D animation of a shark. You can swipe around for a 360 degree view and then choose to see the shark in your surroundings. 
  • A tap on “view in your space” will bring the animal you were looking up into the real world––whether it’s a brown bear taking a stroll through your room or a green sea turtle swimming over the kitchen counter. You can walk around your space and look at the animal from different angles or turn up the sound on your phone to hear distinct noises.

9. Google Artificial Intelligence experiments

Google’s Artificial Intelligence experiments let kids experience AI first hand, playfully. 

  • Learn how to train an AI model with Teachable Machine
  • Keep kids engaged with Quick, Draw!, an AI game where you have to doodle objects and animals and AI has to guess what you’ve drawn. 
  • Try your hands at the ancient art of shadow puppetry, with a little help from AI with ShadowArt

So there you have it with all the Google services that will make sure your kids to learn and have fun at the same time. Most of the services are free thus making it more wallet-friendly to low-income family. But most importantly, even parents can learn a thing or two with their kids from the Google services.

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