What is busythings?

  • Award-winning educational games for ages 3 to 9 and SEN
  • Over 400 games available online for school and home use
  • Played by thousands of schools and parents around the world
  • Also available as apps or on CD-ROM

busythings games promise to educate and entertain young children. Designed primarily for 3 to 9 year olds and SEN children, we have worked closely with both teachers and young children to make sure our games prove popular. All busythings games can be configured to suit different ability levels. Curriculum links from the Early Years Foundation Stage, Letters and Sounds: Principles and Practice of High Quality Phonics, National Curriculum Key Stage 1 and the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence can also be referenced.

Built on over ten years of experience designing educational content for young children, busythings games are trusted by thousands of schools, nurseries and homes across the world. Our games are also available in more than thirty public libraries across Australia.

Play now online by taking out a free trial for home or school use. Alternatively try our apps or CDROMs.
Give your pupils the very best start by using our games at the whiteboard, at the class computer or across your VLE.


Pupils can:

  • Create art and compose music
  • Practise phonics
  • Draw letter shapes (cursive, precursive or print)
  • Learn the letters and their sounds
  • Create labels and captions
  • Practise reading and spelling
  • Play calculating, number and shape games
  • Play puzzle and maze games
  • Experiment with cause and effect
  • Develop mouse skills and computer confidence

Teachers can:

  • Use Letters and Sounds or Jolly Phonics letter sets
  • Choose complete sets or individual letters
  • Create custom phonics worksheets
  • Print ready-made work sheets and activity sheets
  • Print clip art for cutting out and display
  • Configure games to suit different ability levels
  • Reference curriculum links from the Early Years Foundation Stage, the National Curriculum Key stage 1 and the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence
 

Your children will be having so much fun they won’t even realise they are learning!


Children can:

  • Create music and art
  • Practise phonics
  • Draw letter shapes
  • Learn the letters and their sounds
  • Make simple sentences
  • Practise reading and spelling
  • Play calculating, number and shape games
  • Play puzzle and maze games
  • Develop mouse skills and computer confidence

Parents can:

  • Choose Letters and Sounds being learnt at school
  • Make phonics worksheets
  • Print activity sheets
  • Print characters for cutting out and colouring
  • Configure games to support their child's learning
  • Reference curriculum links
 

Play a game!

"All teachers and children that evaluated the activities were unanimous in their praise for the engaging interface that allows children to work collaboratively, and also individually, through a wide range of online activities."
Bob Usher
Content Manager for LGfL
"Busy Things... is populated with content and characters that are age appropriate for our primary-age pupils with SEN. Busy Things does not seem "babyish" and in fact has some cool-appeal for our older pupils."
Claire Barnes
Assistant Head: Learning Technologies Willow Dene School
"...so simple to use and yet it is so very challenging. It is fantastic value for money and a superb introduction to ICT in the early years."
Rebecca Eyres
Reception Class Teacher, Broad Chalke Primary School
"...a very visually stimulating resource for the children...”
Jonathan Fyne
Foundation Stage teacher and I.C.T. Resources Co-ordinator, Kew Woods Primary School
"Busy Things is switch accessible, great for use with interactive whiteboards or a touch screen, as well as with a mouse."
Claire Barnes
Assistant Head: Learning Technologies Willow Dene School
"...I sincerely recommend the product for children in Nursery through to Year 1."
Justin Chamberlain
Garden International School
"provides a great way of practicing letter recognition, blending and segmenting in a fun way."
Mrs Rigby
Year 1 teacher, Kew Woods Primary
"The art and music games especially have a universal appeal for our students. They are used on touch screens, on regular desktop computers and interactive whiteboards. They are used for teaching concepts, group sessions and for FUN!"
Tom DuCruz
Tree House School
"Busy Things is engaging, fun and motivating."
Claire Barnes
Assistant Head: Learning Technologies, Willow Dene School
"It is so good I can't stop playing it"
Zanzibar, pupil
"The games are extremely appealing to children..."
Justin Chamberlain
Garden International School
"...our pupils enjoy using Busy Things as there are such a range of activities."
Tom DuCruz
Tree House School
"We are massive fans of the software produced by Q&D Multimedia and have recommended it to other schools in the region and our parents."
Jenny Black Foundation Teacher
Tanglin Trust
"The children have really enjoyed generating musical effects and experimenting… The software is also accessible for my children with special needs, who can generate sounds and rhythms by simply clicking on the screen."
Jonathan Fyne
Foundation Stage Teacher, Kew Woods Primary School
"…children can be left to explore until their heart’s content. I like the idea of using this on an interactive whiteboard at child height and just letting a group of children explore, interact and have fun!"
Laurence Keel
Primary Head Teacher, Nursery Equipment magazine
"...the activities are easy to tailor to specific groups needs..."
Justin Chamberlain
Garden International School
"The software is very easy to access... All students can have a go in a group activity and get something meaningful from it."
Tom DuCruz
Tree House School
"For our more able pupils, Busy Things has been used to support work across the curriculum, in Art (mark-making, colour-mixing, design), Science (forces, changing properties of materials) and Mathematics (pattern and symmetry)."
Claire Barnes
Assistant Head: Learning Technologies, Willow Dene School
"The simple buttons and movement between activities has allowed the children to use the software independently."
Jenny Black Foundation Teacher
Tanglin Trust
"It’s educational, easy to navigate, engaging, motivating and challenges our pupils."
Tom DuCruz
Tree House School
"The youngest and least able children loved the graphics and, with support, could access the games. The most able were challenged to listen properly and it provided learning experiences for every child."
Sue Horsfall
Banks Road Infant and Nursery School
"It provides simple and effective illustrations of important concepts and encourages the children to engage with and explore them, which in turn leads to a deeper understanding."
Claire Barnes
Assistant Head: Learning Technologies, Willow Dene School
"… it has helped promote further independent use of ICT in our Foundation Stage classrooms."
Jenny Black Foundation Teacher
Tanglin Trust
"The way that you can set the level of difficulty or allow the game to progress though the levels is a great way to ensure that the right level of challenge is always possible."
Tom DuCruz
Tree House School
"...many of our pupils are keen to explore the activities and tools within Busy Things as they offer such rewarding visually and auditory feedback."
Claire Barnes
Assistant Head: Learning Technologies, Willow Dene School
"...a very powerful package for use in the classroom as it encourages independence in the children."
Jonathan Fyne
Foundation Stage teacher and I.C.T. Resources Co-ordinator, Kew Woods Primary School
"The mix of colours, sounds and effects allows them to experiment with texture, play with colour and create presentations to show to their friends."
Jenny Black Foundation Teacher
Tanglin Trust
"Both my kids love it and I have never seen my son so interested in literacy!!"
Jo Bailey
Parent

busythings.co.uk art gallery

Both subscribers and trial account holders can add art to our gallery.


These art works have been created online by children using some of our creative development activities. Children from different schools and homes can view each other's pictures in the Gallery. Our creative image making activities can also be purchased on our award winning Pretty Things CD-ROM.

Latest news - busythings stickers!



Our reward stickers are now available for order! Using our most popular characters, busythings stickers are glossy, bright and colourful. Pupils and busythings fans will love them! There are seventy circular stickers on a sheet each 25mm in diameter. Each pack contains two sheets.

Quantity:   

*Price may be higher for non-UK countries due to increased shipping costs
*Payment is by credit card only. Schools wishing to request an invoice should order by phone by calling Judi on +44 (0)1332 364963 or email judi@busythings.co.uk
Children can play busythings apps on both iPad and Android tablets and phones!


Our games are gradually being converted to apps for both iPad and Android tablets and phones. We are taking special care to make sure our games work well with a touch screen. New apps will be released regularly throughout 2012. Visit our apps page for the latest news or search for 'busythings' in the App Store or Android Market to find to find them.
If online access is not for you, you can try our games on
CD-ROM.


Many of the busythings games available online can also be bought on CD-ROM. Schools are able to have free trials of our
CD-ROM software. Parents can purchase for home use at a reduced cost. Please visit our
CD-ROMs page to order online.

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