Choose some fun activities that you can do together with your child or let them try a few on their own. 

We’ve included a handy key showing what kind of digital learning style each activity suits best (e.g. Visual, Logical and Verbal) but why not be adventurous and try something outside of your comfort zone?

 

Make a movie

Windows Movie Maker – create videos and add soundtracks using this software. Available for Windows 7, 8, 8.1, Vista and XP.

iMovie – create videos and add soundtracks.

Visual Creative

Top tip: Why not try...using video clips on your parent's phone to make a montage?

Create an animation

Scratch – this free software lets you programme your own animated stories and games.

Pencil – free software that allows you to create 'traditional' drawn cartoons.

Stop Motion Studio – free from AppStore and Google Play. This is an easy app to get you into movie making.

Visual Creative

Top tip: Why not try...writing a story about your last family day trip?

Design a game

Sploder – a free, simple game design website. Level one games can be created without an account – to create more complex games, an account is needed and must be held by someone 13 or over. Young children will need to do this with a parent or older brother or sister.

Kodu – free software that lets you create games on a PC via a simple visual programming language.

Logical

Top tip: Why not try... creating a game with your grandma or grandpa?

Make a work of art

Squigglefish – a paid for iPad app that allows you to draw fishes on paper and scan them into a virtual aquarium to swim around.

Drawing Pad – gives you a set of drawing and painting tools to create your works of art on tablets. Check pricing from AppStore and Google Play.

 

Visual Creative

Top tip: Why not try... drawing your own take on your dad's favourite painting?

Get snap happy

PicMonkey – get creative with your snaps by adding filters, stickers and various effects! No account needed.

Instagram – social photo sharing app with filters and effects. You need to be 13 to have an account so young children will need to do this with a parent or older brother or sister.

 

Visual Creative Others

Top tip: Why not try... making new photos look old with filters and washes?

Share music

YouTube – may seem like an obvious one but it is the place to catch up on the latest music videos. Remember, you need to be 13 to have a YouTube account but it's OK to watch videos there if you're under 13.

Visual

Top tip: Why not try... finding the song that was Number One when you were born?

Research your family tree

Find my past – find stories about your ancestors by searching collections of original documents. You can sign up for a free 14 day trial (don't forget to cancel before they charge you if you don't want to subscribe).

Ancestry – a family history website, offering members access to 1 billion searchable UK family history records. You can sign up for a free 14 day trial (don't forget to cancel before they charge you if you don't want to subscribe).

Heredis – a place where you can search where your family comes from with over 250 million family trees. Free from AppStore and in development for Android.

Logical Self

Top tip: Why not try... discovering what school your great grandmother went to?

Learn a new skill

Learn a new language – Duolingo helps you learn one of nine European languages for free.

Learn how to play a musical instrument – wikiHow guides take you through choosing an instrument, learning the basics and making music.

Get crafty and learn how to knit – GoodKnitKisses offers a series of videos demonstrating how to cast on, knit on needles, purl and cast off.

Others Creative Verbal

Top tip: Why not try... finding something completely different to learn? Use your imagination!

Write a blog

Kids Blog Club – hosts blogs written by children as well as advice on blogging for children and parents.

Blog Lovin' – browse thousands of blogs, they've got everything and anything you can think of! Lots of inspiration for a family blog.

Self VerbalCreative

Top tip: Why not try... blogging about sharing tech with your family?

Test your knowledge

Squeebles – there is a range of Squeeble apps all designed to test your Maths and English skills, including a Maths Race where two players compete against each other.

Quiz Factor – free, downloadable quizzes to print off and challenge your friends and family with.

Logical

Top tip: Why not try... running a family quiz night?

Make a photobook

Flipagram – use the photos on a phone to create a photo album with a soundtrack (free from the AppStore and Google Play).

Fotor – create photo collages from thousands of templates, using your own photos, to share with your family and friends.

Others VisualCreative

Top tip: Why not try... creating a photobook of your last birthday?

Make a video call

Skype – this free software allows you to make video calls to other people who have the software. For Apple and Android devices.

FaceTime – is the Apple alternative to Skype and provides the same functions.

Others Visual

Top tip: Why not try... setting up your grandparents with Skype and have a chat?

Plan a journey

Google Maps – allows you to find directions to another location by car, public transport or on foot. Directions can be printed out and followed or used like satnav if used on a phone.

Walk It – as the name suggests, it helps you plan journeys on foot and you can choose scenic routes.

Verbal Visual

Top tip: Why not try... planning an alternative route to school?

Find and cook a recipe

BBC Good Food – has a great section on recipes to cook with children.

Let's Get Cooking at Home – an initiative set up by The Children's Food Trust. Lots of recipes, videos and advice and you can create a free account to save your recipes.

Others Creative

Top tip: Why not try... cooking the lunch this weekend?

Play a family game

Head's Up – available from AppStore and Google Play. Digital version of the old favourite 'Who Am I?' brought up to date with the use of mobile phones.

Family Games – all free and can be played without registering.

Words with Friends – free from AppStore and Google Play. Play this Scrabble-like game against friends and family.

Social Chess / Social Checkers (draughts) – free from AppStore and Google Play. Modern versions of classic strategy games.

Verbal OthersVisualLogical

Top tip: Why not try... organising a games afternoon on Sunday?

Try out social networking

Club Penguin – create your own penguin avatar, raise a 'puffle' as a pet and take on challenges in this virtual world. Parents will need to help children create an account.

Moshi Monsters – adopt your own pet monster, play games and collect 'moshlings'. Parents will need to help children create an account.

PopJam – free from the AppStore and Google Play. Described by its creators as 'Instagram for kids' this app allows you to create posts, follow others and comment on posting. Specifically developed for 7 to 12 year olds.

Others Self

Top tip: Why not try... showing your brother or sister round one of these websites?

Make a radio programme

Spreaker – allows you to upload your own creations and share easily with blogs, sites, and social networks. You need to create an account to make a programme and the account holder must be over 13 so young children will need to do this with a parent or older brother or sister.

Others VerbalCreative

Top tip: Why not try... putting together a playlist of your family's favourite songs?