Learning Together

A selection of websites, printables, project ideas, places to visit and other resources that come in very handy when you're learning together at home.

Dorman Museum, Middlesbrough


When the Dorman Museum was first built in 1908 it housed a natural sciences collection. This has since expanded to include ethnographic, archaelogical and local history displays. Currently the museum is hosting an Ancient Egyptian exhibition which is due to end in November 2010.

Walk Like An Egyptian!

The Dorman Museum is one of my favourite local museums to take the children to. We travel by bus to Middlesbrough town centre and then walk along Linthorpe Road to the museum, which takes approximately 30 minutes with a stroller and a 4 year old in tow.

Looking Something Up!

The Dorman Museum is situated next to Albert Park which is very convenient when the weather is nice. We have developed a little habit of going around the museum in the morning, having a picnic in the park and then staying there to play for the afternoon.

The fossil collection

The Dorman Museum website contains 8 permanent collections which are arranged over two floors. All are accessible by strollers and wheelchairs. The museum has several hands on exhibits and activity stations which engage younger children and keep their interest.

Millie On The Loose In The Dorman Museum

The museum is currently free and is open 6 days a week (closed Mondays). There are printable resources and activity sheets on the website, plus a couple of themed WW2 games that can be played online.

Evacuee Game 

Plane Spotting 

Posted by OneProudMomma at Tuesday, July 27, 2010 6:36 AM


Free Online Puzzle Generator


Puzzlemaker is a free puzzle generation tool for teachers, students and parents. Create and print customized word search, criss-cross, math puzzles, and more — using your own word lists. This is a useful tool as it can be used to help reinforce keywords for any subject.


Posted by OneProudMomma at Wednesday, July 21, 2010 7:05 AM


The Train Trail


The Train Trail is 10 uniquely different attractions set within the North East of England. Some of the attractions are free, others are not. When it was first introduced you were given a "passport" which was stamped at each of the attractions when you visited them, at the end of the trail you received a reward. Unfortunately I do not know if they are still doing this.

The ten attractions are the Stephenson Museum, Monkwearmouth Station Museum, Beamish, Tanfield Railway, Weardale Museum, Museum Of Hartlepool, Locomotion, Kirkleatham Museum, Darlington Railway Centre & Museum and Preston Hall.

There is an education pack which you can download from the Education Groups link, as well as activity sheets.

Visit The Train Trail Website By Clicking Here

Posted by OneProudMomma at Sunday, July 18, 2010 7:51 AM


America By Air


America By Air 

"Explore the history of commercial air travel in this online companion to National Air And Space Museum's new exhibit. Navigate your way along an early airmail route. Make a newsreel about the first around-the-world flight by scheduled airlines. See if you would have qualified to be a stewardess in the 1950s. And much more! "

Posted by OneProudMomma at Sunday, May 16, 2010 5:17 PM
Edited on: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 9:17 AM


Design A Satellite


Design A Satellite with the people of Littleton is a simulation game which challenges children to design a satellite that will send TV signals to places far across the country. Central to the design process is exploring the ways that high technologies are the products of human ingenuity—and that Littleton, Colorado is a community rich in such inventive people.

Posted by OneProudMomma at Sunday, May 16, 2010 5:02 PM
Edited on: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 9:15 AM


Forces Of Flight


Forces Of Flight 

"Just how do airplanes stay up in the air? This whimsical interactive explores the four forces of flight by putting you in the designer's seat. Build a hybrid aircraft by selecting wings, fuselage and other components from 100 years of flight, then see what happens to your aircraft (and your poor test pilot). Does it go faster, slower, higher or lower? Experiment with lift, drag, thrust and weight to reach your target speed and altitude. Then compare those forces with the forces of flight in space!"

Posted by OneProudMomma at Sunday, May 16, 2010 4:57 PM
Edited on: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 9:14 AM


Controlled Flight - 3D Flight Simulator


Controlled Flight is a 3D simulation, where you can take the controls of three aircraft and one spacecraft and try to master the art of moving in three dimensions. Learn how aircraft and spacecraft controls apply physics principles to achieve controlled flight, then tackle a nerve-wracking series of aerobatic and orbital maneuvers!

Posted by OneProudMomma at Sunday, May 16, 2010 4:55 PM
Edited on: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 9:15 AM


Stardust - Be A Spacecraft Engineer


Stardust - Be A Spacecraft Engineer 

"NASA needs your help! As part of an international coalition, it has begun building the International Space Station. But the Space Station is threatened by orbital debris—abandoned satellites, rocket remnants, and many other things.

Can you design a spacecraft to protect the Space Station from this "space junk"?

Your spacecraft will spin off from NASA's "Discovery Program"—an effort to make space exploration "faster, better, and cheaper." Whenever possible, this means adapting one spacecraft to tackle a different mission.

Your mission is to adapt the STARDUST spacecraft for a new mission.

Ready for lift-off?"

Posted by OneProudMomma at Sunday, May 16, 2010 4:39 PM
Edited on: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 8:48 AM


Bridge To Classroom


"Designing and building a bridge to withstand earthquakes is no easy challenge. Explore the science, technology and people involved in the bridge with these interactive learning modules and simulations!"

New Bay Bridge 

Posted by OneProudMomma at Sunday, May 16, 2010 4:36 PM
Edited on: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 9:15 AM


Life In A Diorama


Life In A Diorama allows you to explore what it would be like if you were behind the glass of a museum exhibit! You can learn how and why dioramas were made, or design your very own habitat diorama.

Posted by OneProudMomma at Sunday, May 16, 2010 3:45 PM
Edited on: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 9:12 AM


Architect Studio 3D


"When building a house you must consider two things: the needs of people and the particulars of place. Satisfy these needs and you are an architect."

Architect Studio 3D 

Posted by OneProudMomma at Sunday, May 16, 2010 3:07 PM
Edited on: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 9:16 AM


The Children's Museum Of Indianapolis


The Children's Museum Of Indianapolis website is the offical site for the museum. As well as information about the exhibits there is an online games section.

The games are seperated into three ages ranges Pre-K to 2, 3 to 5 and 6 to 8.

Posted by OneProudMomma at Sunday, May 16, 2010 2:36 PM
Edited on: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 8:47 AM


Building Surpises


Frank Gehry's amazing architectural designs have become world famous. The Building Surprises  site explores a key building in his portfolio—the Weisman Art Museum. Explore the building inside and out. Learn about the design process and other remarkable buildings designed by Gehry.

Posted by OneProudMomma at Sunday, May 16, 2010 2:30 PM
Edited on: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 9:15 AM


BrainPOP - Animated Educational Site For Kids

Founded in 1999, BrainPOP creates animated, curriculum-based content that supports educators and engages students. Our award-winning online resources include BrainPOP, for grades 3 and up; BrainPOP Jr., for grades K-3; and BrainPOP Español. Our newest resource, BrainPOP Educators, features free tips, tools, and best practices by and for our teacher community.

This site is great, even if you're not based in the US! It covers a host of topics divided into the subjects Science, Social Studies, English, Maths, Arts & Music, Health and Technology. Each topic features a movie and related features which can include quiz, activities, experiment, Q&As and timeline. There are free movies available to watch, plus a free trial otherwise you will need to pay to subscribe. Family membership is currently $15 a month for all three sites (BrainPOP, BrainPOP Jr and BrainPOP Espanol).

Click Here To Visit BrainPop

There is now a BrainPOP.co.uk too, subscription costs are £4.99 per month or £49 per year, plus VAT.

Click Here To Visit BrainPop.Co.UK

Posted by OneProudMomma at Wednesday, April 08, 2009 2:31 PM
Edited on: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 9:18 AM