Stuck at home? Here are some free things to keep kids (and parents) entertained, learning, and creative

At Kano we’ve been asked by parents and teachers for any help we can give during this period of school closures, and self-isolating. The good news is we've opened up a ton of activities, projects, challenges, videos, school curriculum and other stuff, ready for you to make, learn, and play with for free. And they will all stay open until we’re all back to school. No Kano Kit needed. It’s all online. So you can connect, collaborate, and get creative with people all over the world, who are also stuck at home.

I have listed all the things you can now do for free below. But, I also have a few ideas for activities you could try yourself. Once you’ve learnt some basic coding concepts with our challenges and simple steps, there is endless creative fun to be had. Anyone can make!

I’ve added a ton of links to  creations for inspiration. If there is a link below, it’s probably worth clicking on to see what wonders it leads to. We’d love to see what you make. Please share to @TeamKano on Twitter or TeamKano on Instagram.

1. Kano Club is now open for everyone

We’ve unlocked all of our exclusive club projects, tools, and videos for you, to make being stuck at home more fun. There will also be new challenges and videos every two weeks. All the projects are self-led so you can get on with managing work, home, meals, toilet paper allowance, and all the other amazing things you do.

You can find all our club projects here: world.kano.me Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the Kano Club challenges.

Club is still in its early stages, but we hope you like it.

https://world.kano.me/challenges

2. Draw with friends on Artopia

An open Kano Club, also means free access to Artopia – our new collaborative drawing tool. Draw live with friends (who are also stuck in their own homes) over the internet. Use the password kano-club to enter, and get drawing.
https://beta.artopia.app/?accesskey=kano-club

https://beta.artopia.app/?accesskey=kano-club

3. At Home Learning Pack

We've opened up 8 lessons from our Creative Curriculum for free, and brought it together in a simple PDF pack. It is aligned to UK and US educational standards, and there are worksheets, lesson structures, answer sheets, and paper towers. Sorry, we’re not big enough to give all of it away for free just yet. But here are some lessons that could be spread out over a couple of weeks.

Download the PDF here: https://kano-email-assets.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/EDU+curriculum/KanoEDU-CreativeCurriculum-CORONA-031920.pdf

Instead of using a Kano PC, you can do all of it online using the links art.kano.me and world.kano.me to access Make Art and Kano Code.

4. Make Art coding challenges

Start simple, follow the steps, code a sun, a flag, a funny face. Work up to making complex geometric patterns. You can also remix any challenge to give it your own twist. https://art.kano.me/challenges

You can also draw whatever you like in the playground at https://art.kano.me/playground

5. Kano Code challenges

Learn to make animations, paint brushes, games, and patterns. Follow the simple steps, and remix any challenge to make something new. Learn about loops, variables, logic, and more. https://world.kano.me/challenges

Or start with a blank canvas at https://world.kano.me/editor

https://world.kano.me/profile/creations/touch-paint

https://world.kano.me/creations/u/hicksVALIDUSERNAME/creations/city-generator

6. Kano Code blocks explained

A simple document that explains all of the code blocks in Kano Code. Tricky things like variables, loops, and logic. So you can go on and make even more with https://world.kano.me/editor

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bFsvB0Mphz85oV14ur5O2gr94XoD4cSBUfEaFZN0KCU/edit

7. Our Personal Development Series in now free

There are a series of 37 free online videos that take you through workshops, critical thinking, coding, and other interesting concepts like Machine Learning.

Watch them all here https://kano.me/us/education/other-resources

https://kano.me/us/education/other-resources

8. Free Harry Potter challenges

Make magic with Harry Potter, fantastic beasts, and your mouse. No wand needed. (There are also some more free Harry Potter projects at the bottom of this article)

Go here for the challenges: https://hoc-2018.kano.me/challenges/home

And here's a little video taking you through what you can do.


9. Make Pong challenges

Make your own versions of Pong — giant super-fast balls, multi-colored backgrounds, fireballs, tiny paddles, all with simple code blocks.

http://pong.kano.me

10. Kano World Staff Picks

There are thousands of creations on Kano World. https://world.kano.me/explore Share, collaborate, make, and play with people all around the world, who are also stuck at home.

Because you can play with everyone’s code, as a teacher/parent, you can use any creation as part of your own class project. See how people have made interesting creations about perspective, space, coordinates, geometry, patterns, or bowls of pasta.

Check out Staff Picks for some of the best. Then simply click on the Remix button to open up the code. You can play with the code, then share your own version of that creation to the community. There’s endless fun, loads to learn, and creative mischief to be had.

Here are some cool creations I liked. Click on the links to play with the code.

https://world.kano.me/explore/character-design-01-lightning_1021546

https://world.kano.me/creations/u/holographicleah/creations/bus-seat-generator_1017832

https://world.kano.me/creations/u/hicksVALIDUSERNAME/creations/drawing-machine-v2

https://world.kano.me/explore/learn-coordinations_1021197

https://world.kano.me/explore/perspective_1022499

https://world.kano.me/profile/creations/how-much-food_1017702

https://world.kano.me/profile/creations/junkyard-mouse_1018956

11. Code your own flag

Why not try creating the flag of any country you love. Or why not create your own family flag, ready to print out and hang up.

Here are some links for inspiration:

https://world.kano.me/profile/creations/st-lucia-flag_1017681

https://world.kano.me/creations/u/JigoroKano/creations/pride-usa

https://world.kano.me/profile/creations/kurdish-flag-2

12. Play with your computer’s microphone

Now that we’re all in close quarters, with little room to escape, why not play with the microphone part in Kano Code. So much fun can be had from controlling objects with sound, clapping, or your voice. For instance, you can make animals bounce, or trains move faster by shouting.

Click the links below for some inspiration:

https://world.kano.me/profile/creations/microphone-pig

https://world.kano.me/profile/creations/shout-if-you-wanna-go-faster

13. Coding Competitions

Why not hold your own coding competitions, using these tools:
https://world.kano.me/editor
https://art.kano.me/playground

Here are some ideas to get you started. Set a time limit and judge the winning piece or art, animation, or game by how creative it is.

  1. Code the view out of your window
  2. Code your breakfast
  3. Code your own Nasa patch
  4. Code your own dinosaur
  5. Code the Corona Virus
  6. Code your own cartoon character
  7. Code an historic moment
  8. Code your hero
  9. Code your own game
  10. Code evolution

Here are some links for inspiration:

https://world.kano.me/creations/u/pusheenCOOKIE2/creations/breakfast-yummy

https://world.kano.me/explore/blossom-power-puff-girls

https://world.kano.me/explore/germs-spreading

https://world.kano.me/profile/creations/birdy_1018449

https://world.kano.me/creations/u/hicksVALIDUSERNAME/creations/evolution_1023133

14. Make some music

Here are a few creations made by users around the world. Drum machines, music controlled by oscillators, synths you draw, emoji instruments. Open them up, then play with the code. See how they work, and try to make your own musical masterpiece.

Click on the links to play with the code.

https://world.kano.me/profile/creations/random-robot_1019898

https://world.kano.me/profile/creations/synthpaint_1019090

https://world.kano.me/profile/creations/a-drum-machine-you-control_1019030

https://world.kano.me/profile/creations/musical-grid

https://world.kano.me/profile/creations/musical-instrument_1018993

15. Remix some art

Here are just a few pieces of art made by people all around the world. Click on the links to open them up, and play with the code.

https://world.kano.me/creations/u/asal/creations/-_944282

https://world.kano.me/creations/u/hicksVALIDUSERNAME/creations/dusk_944527

https://world.kano.me/creations/u/hicksVALIDUSERNAME/creations/minecraft-island_945065

https://world.kano.me/profile/creations/thumbprint_1019083

16. Remix some games

Here are a few games made by the Kano community. Why not try tweaking the code to make your own game. Then play it with your family at home.

Click on the links to remix the code.

https://world.kano.me/profile/creations/emoji-tennis_1019050

https://world.kano.me/profile/creations/keepy-uppy-game

https://world.kano.me/profile/creations/collect-the-acorns_1019017

https://world.kano.me/profile/creations/color-match-game

17. Code your own pixel character

It’s loads of fun making your own pixel characters. Why not try drawing out your pixel character on graph paper, then code them in Make Art using coloured squares.

Here are some characters I drew for inspiration:

And here’s some pixel art other people have made. Check out their code from the links below the images.

https://world.kano.me/profile/creations/pixel-flavored-ice-cream

https://world.kano.me/profile/creations/pixel-eyeball

https://world.kano.me/profile/creations/pixel-tie-fighter

https://world.kano.me/profile/creations/pixel-batman

18. Some cool profiles

It’s not like us to pick favorites, but here are some awesome profiles on Kano World community. Check out their work, see what they’ve made, try remixing a few things to learn how they do what they do.

https://world.kano.me/profile/holographicLeah

https://world.kano.me/creations/u/ichigoichie

https://world.kano.me/creations/u/hicksVALIDUSERNAME

https://world.kano.me/profile/honeyflower

https://world.kano.me/creations/u/the_G_Kids

https://world.kano.me/creations/u/AlexMaxine

https://world.kano.me/profile/JigoroKano

https://world.kano.me/creations/u/benstraz

https://world.kano.me/creations/u/honeyflower/creations/chihiro-from-spirited-away

https://world.kano.me/profile/creations/food-stamps_1017775

19. Got Terminal?

Here is a video playlist of some things you could do with Terminal on your computer. You don’t have to own a Kano Computer Kit, you should be able to do these any any computer with the Terminal app.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alZm1EUYqlE&list=PLGddqVjX_E2GIaEKlL43R1tYrzqpTfP9i

20. Got a Computer Kit?

Make exploding words in Hack Minecraft.

21. More Harry Potter Coding Kit projects

Here are some extra projects you could try out for the Harry Potter Coding Kit. If you don’t have one, nevermind, download the app here: https://kano.me/app and use your mouse instead of a wand.

Try the links below for the different projects.

https://kanocomputing.ghost.io/project-magical-creatures/

https://kanocomputing.ghost.io/project-watch-out-for-the-whomping-willow/

https://kanocomputing.ghost.io/project-remix-fire/

https://kanocomputing.ghost.io/project-watch-out-for-the-whomping-willow/

https://kanocomputing.ghost.io/project-band-practice/

https://kanocomputing.ghost.io/project-remix-music/

https://kanocomputing.ghost.io/project-midnight-snack-for-ratty/

https://kanocomputing.ghost.io/project-playing-with-potions/

https://kanocomputing.ghost.io/harry-potter-project-death-eater-defeater/

https://kanocomputing.ghost.io/project-halloween-pumpkin-hijinks/

https://kanocomputing.ghost.io/project-tasty-treats/

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