With many children to be kept off school for an indefinite period, you might be worried about how to keep them occupied and stimulated. Here are a few ideas and links, so pick and choose any you think you and your kids might enjoy!
BBC Bitesize – www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize : Brilliant learning resources and games for all ages of children, this site will be specifically updated to assist parents during the current time.
Khan Academy – www.khanacademy.org: Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it’s mostly common material.
Oxford Owl – https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/ : Free e-book library with all the characters your children read at school, plus phonics and maths resources.
Starfall – https://www.starfall.com/h/ : Practice phonics skills with read-along stories
Kids National Geographic – https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/ : Loads of fun facts, ideas and info – great for setting a fact-finding task.
The Exploratorium – https://www.exploratorium.edu/ : Fascinating science facts, experiments and other stuff for older children (8 and up)
Tiny Happy People – https://www.bbc.co.uk/tiny-happy-people : Help develop your young child’s communication skills with activities and play.
ABCYA – https://www.abcya.com/ : Games incorporating maths and reading skills
Google Earth – https://www.google.co.uk/intl/en_uk/earth/ : Explore anywhere in the world from your living room. Kids love seeing their own street from space!
There are loads of lists online if you’re feeling a bit stuck for things to do, a quick Google will bring up more suggestions than you have time for! Some classics are:
- Plant a seed – children love messing with earth, so find a couple of pots and let them plant a seed. You can show them pictures of what it might grow into, and they can look after it as it grows!
- Play Hide-and-Seek
- Make an easy recipe
- Make a movie/write a play
- Camp inside
- Fly a kite
- Do a science experiment
- Draw on the windows with washable markers
- Learn words in a new language
- Build a card house
- Play a board game
- Make pasta jewellery
- Make salt dough
- Decorate an old t-shirt
- Wash the car
- Vacuum the car (seriously, it’s amazing how into cleaning kids can get if you let them be in charge…)
- Chalk the pavement
- Make paper aeroplanes
- Play frisbee
- Make a ‘How-To’ video – this is a great way for kids to practice effective communication, by picking something to explain.
- Make a dream board – help them build a board of their interests, and things they’d love to do in the future. It’s a great way to think through how you go about acheiving
- Have a dance party
- Make a time capsule
- Play charades or ‘guess-what-I’m drawing’ – this is especially good to help younger kids with fine motor and communication skills
Don’t worry if you can’t occupy your kids with a useful educational activity every minute of the day. Do what you can, and don’t beat yourself up about what you can’t – seeing their family pull together and make the best of a difficult situation is a fantastic learning outcome!