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Weekend Extra: Lacking ideas to keep your cooped-up youngsters amused? Metro has a few up its sleeve

In good hands: Learn how to code via music by Lil Nas X PICTURE: REX

Coded message is a free, one-stop shop for getting your kids into coding with well-designed resources for school kids, offering courses, weekly video classes and Hour Of Code tutorials. The fun, hour-long tutorials teach you to design and write code based around Minecraft and Dance Party, featuring music by Katy Perry, Shawn Mendes and Lil Nas X.

Go back in time

Children aged seven to 11 can investigate Ancient Egypt (above), Black History and Ancient Greece on The University of Manchester’s, Children’s University site. Using online quizzes, word searches, jigsaws and games, they can learn about Black British heroes and ancient Olympics, and there are also modules on science, art and design, and languages.

Up their street

For edutainment, it’s hard to beat Sesame Street’s website, with acres of boredom-busting resources. Each week, there are new videos from favourites like Elmo and Cookie Monster, while John Legend, Ne-Yo and Jason Derulo have also dropped by.

Dance yourself dizzy

Every morning at 11.30am, Strictly’s Oti Mabuse is hosting free dance classes for kids via YouTube and Instagram. The 30-minute classes, featuring Oti and her dancer husband Marius Lepure, have themes including The Greatest Showman, Frozen, Shrek and Trolls. If your children haven’t sucked every ounce of energy from your soul, Oti and Marius are also doing adult dance classes. Oti Mabuse Official at

Learn the guitar

Learn to play guitar with award-winning folk artist Laura Marling, who should be touring but is connecting with her fans by hosting Isolation Guitar Tutorials every Thursday and Sunday at 7pm. You can also enjoy her lovely living room — keep an eye out for her plants and knitwear — and she’ll be answering questions, too. Instagram @lauramarling

Kids can get drawing

There’s a huge archive of (free) short, drawing tutorials for kids on My How To Draw’s YouTube page, spanning animals, movie characters, gaming characters, superheroes or cartoon characters. So whether your kids are into dinosaurs, Justin Bieber, Harry Potter, Elsa, Batman or manga, there’s a tutorial to follow. What did parents do before YouTube?

Do not pass go

The board game responsible for family fallouts and tantrums has a new speaking edition, Monopoly Voice Banking, with a voice control speaker (Mr Monopoly) taking charge of banking, including keeping a tally of players’ piles of money. The rules are simpler and Mr Monopoly ensures there’s no more arguing over cash, so it’s possible to actually finish a game in decent time (around an hour) which hopefully, means no one flips the table in a huff. £32,

Appliance of science

The Science Museum has plenty of homelearning activities for kids focused on science, but also covering art and design and maths. Examples include DIY guides to bubble-making, investigating sound frequencies with coat hangers, making ice cream, building a periscope and taking apart old tech to see how it

House of cards

Cards are a good way to keep the hordes amused. Exploding Kittens is a popular card game for kids aged seven and over, which involves kittens, lasers, explosions and goats. And if you don’t know about Uno (above), where you get rid of your cards and force your opponents to pick up the pile, it seems to be as popular with Premier League footballers as children, and could occupy your kids for hours.

The party’s at mine!

Your teens will be glued to their phones anyway, so why not have a virtual party with the Houseparty app? It allows up to eight people to video chat and play games, and is most definitely Gen Z focused. And like an IRL party, you can gatecrash the chats of mutual friends.