Hands-on learning without spending any money

I understand there are challenges of hands-on learning even though there are so many benefits we can get from it. One of the challenges is to fork out money to buy those expensive tools, making them a privilege only to families who can afford them. Believe it or not, with the right way, you can engage your child in hands-on learning without spending so much money.

While you can use toys to inculcate creativity in your children, computer applications and websites can do just the same.


1. Scratch

Scratch enables your children to program their own interactive stories, games, and animations and later, share their creations with Scratch online community.

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2. Khan Academy Computer Programming

Khan Academy Computer Programming allows students to learn Javascript, HTML, CSS, and SQL by practicing and typing the codes.

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3. offers hands-on coding lessons for all ages using different cartoon, children movies, and games.

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4. Code Combat

Code Combat allows players to learn programming (Python, JavaScript, HTML, Game Development, Computer Science) by playing a role playing game.

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5. Code Monkey

CodeMonkey is a fun and educational game environment where students learn to code in a real programming language, no previous experience needed.

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6. Codecademy

Codecademy is an online interactive platform that offers free coding classes in 12 different programming languages including Python, Java, PHP, JavaScript, Ruby, SQL, and Sass, as well as markup languages HTML and CSS.

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7. Made with Code

You can code your creative projects related to eg. fashion, music, design, animation and etc.

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8. Blockly Games

Blockly Games is a series of offline educational games that teach programming. It is designed for children who have not had prior experience with computer programming.

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1. Khan Academy

It offers video tutorials covering different levels of math with quizzes to check your understanding. From simple addition and subtraction to complex calculations such as algebra and calculus.


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2. Udacity

A series of video tutorials and quizzes to learn statistics online provided with great hands-on examples.

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Opportunity to learn Arduino programming and Arduino circuits without having an Arduino. It is a hands-on platform for you to learn and test with Arduino, not having to worry about buying any electronic components

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2. Edx: Circuits and Electronics

It includes a series of video lectures from MIT, exercises and hands-on virtual lab for you to learn more about circuits and electronics.

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1. Duolingo

Duolingo’s adaptive experience has gamified elements to make language learning more fun and effective.

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2. British Council Learn English Kids

British Council Learn English for Kids provide different methods of learning English i.e through songs, games, shorts stories, trick games, word games, and videos.

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Art & Design

1. Skillshare

It is a learning platform with online classes taught by best practitioners in design, photography, writing, craft and etc. There are some free classes and some paid classes.

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2. Tinkercad

Tinkercad is an easy-to-use 3D CAD design tool. Quickly turn your idea into a CAD model for a 3D printer with Tinkercad. You can find design tutorials here.

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3. Canva

Canva makes design simple for everyone. Create designs for Web or print: blog graphics, presentations, Facebook covers, flyers, posters, invitations and so on. You can find design tutorials here.

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4. Pixar in a box

A series of learning tutorials demonstrate how Maths, Science, Engineering, and Arts are a vital part of the magic and wonder of the Pixar film-making process.

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5. 3D Creative Arts

Online video tutorials for children 3-year-old and above to create their own arts & crafts projects using fischer TiP.

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1. Mario Typing

It is an educational game that teaches children to type correctly and faster using Mario.

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2. Dance Mat Typing

It is an introduction to touch typing for children aged 7-11 years. There are four levels, each divided into three stages.

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We want to instill a new perspective to families out there- everyone can experience hands-on learning even when they have the materials such as wooden blocks or building bricks. We should embrace the technology and fully utilise it.

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