We understand that during this time it may be difficult to think of ways to occupy the kids or indeed be ‘the teacher’. Below are a few ideas to keep the kids busy (and keep you sane!).
Fun ActivitiesSpreading Joy
Hundreds of schools across the country are encouraging pupils to draw or paint pictures of rainbows to put up in their windows to spread hope after a trend started online. This is a fun activity for all ages, we would love to see yours!
Why not make some playdoh at home? Use your imagination with colours and smells!
Here's what you need to make your own:
- 2 cups of plain flour
- 1 cup of salt
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1 cup of cold water
Here's what you need to do:
- Mix the flour and salt together in a large mixing bowl.
- Add the cold water, oil and drops of food colouring/scented oils and mix together.
- When your ingredients are well mixed, take them out of your bowl and place your dough onto a flat surface, such as greaseproof paper.
- Knead vigorously for a few minutes until your dough feels like playdough and all of the stickiness has gone.
Watch the animals live at Edinburgh Zoo!
The lovely people over at Edinburgh Zoo have set up webcams in some of the animal enclosures which means that you can watch a livestream of your favourite animals!
There's a panda, penguin, tiger and koala cam to choose from, or, take a turn at watching them all for a little while.
You can find the livestreams here.
Why not use pillows, cushions, blankets and chairs to make a little (or large) den that can provide hours of fun? This is also great if the weather is a bit rainy outside!
Step 1 - Find the perfect spot:
Make sure you choose somewhere inside the house where there is plenty of space to build the den and to fit everyone in.
Step 2 - Choose the structure:
The most important thing is making sure you have a sturdy enough structure because this will create the walls of the den. The backs of chairs and tables usually work well.
Step 3 - Make it extra cosy!
Add some more blankets and cushions to the floor of the den to ensure it's extra comfortable.
If the weather is on your side and you want to make the most of the sunshine, you could also build an outside den!
Have a picnic
Another activity that benefits from some good weather is a picnic in the garden! Why not take mealtime outside?
It's the perfect opportunity for you and the children to get some fresh air and enjoy some tasty food, you could even let them help you prepare it.
Make a toilet roll bird feeder
This is messy fun kids will love to get stuck into. And it will help them learn about the birds in your neighbourhood.
You can make this simple feeder with items you probably already have at home:
Smother a cardboard tube in peanut butter (no added salt and sugar versions are suitable for birds).
Roll it in bird seed and thread some string through the hole.
Tie it up in your garden where birds will feel safe eating.
How many garden birds will you spot?
Home learning and activites
Visit https://www.twinkl.co.uk and sign up for a FREE account.
There are plenty of activities for all ages and live videos to watch - very handy when you’re working as well as looking after the kids!
Free daily resources for children
There are some really great daily resources especially for children that you can access for free on the internet.
The first one is PE with Joe Wicks on YouTube.
This one seems to have proven very popular so far and the virtual PE lesson takes place every week day at 9am. If you happen to miss it, you can visit his channel at anytime and simply watch them back.
Steve Backshall is also offering Wildlife livestreams on Facebook.
Everyday at 9:30am, Steve is answering your questions on wildlife, biology, conservation, geography and exploration!
If you're looking for ways to help your children learn about Science, then you might want to check out Maddie Moate on YouTube.
The Cbeebies presenter is going live every week day at 11am with Greg to chat everything science and nature related! Again, if you miss these you can still watch them back.
If you want to get the kids moving then Strictly Come Dancing star Oti Mabuse is holding live dance classes on Facebook Instagram and Twitter!
The lessons are taking place every day at 11:30am but thanks to the world of technology you can go back and watch these if they don't fit into your daily schedule.
If you're finding it difficult to get your head around some of the maths questions the children are asking you then not to worry!
Carol Voderman is offering free access to her maths website, which is matched to the national cirriculum, meaning you can let Carol to the teaching.
On a different note, if music isn't really your thing then luckily for you Mylene Klass is live streaming her online music classes with the help of her children.
Mylene's Music Klass airs on Instagram and YouTube Monday and Fridays at 10am and Wednesday at 6:30pm for lullabies for the little ones.
And last but not least, another celebrity offering to help parents during this time is David Walliams, who is doing a free audio story everyday at 11am!
All you have to do is log on to his website at 11am everyday and you will find that day's free audio story.
We really hope that this has helped to give you some inspiration of what the children can do whilst they're at home during this time, please let us know if you have any ideas as we would love to share them.