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Let’s Keep Everyone Busy and Happy Whilst at Home

Having to stay indoors indefinitely seems like a daunting task but maybe if we try to turn it into an adventure it will lighten the stress. To try and help you with activities-fun and educational we have put the below together.

RARING2GO! KIDSZONE https://raring2go.co.uk/articles/kids-zone 

RECIPES https://raring2go.co.uk/eat--shop/recipes (remember that baking; weighing ingredients, measuring and reading the recipe counts towards math and reading activities!) Maybe your children can even write out the recipe or make up their own…

HOMEMADE PLAYDOUGH https://raring2go.co.uk/articles/kids-zone/winter-activities/homemade-playdough

EASTER Don’t forget in all the madness we still have Easter to come-check out these CRAFTS and RECIPES

Make Easter Bonnets. You could either decorate a hat you have at home or make a hat from card to then decorate. Use Spring pastel colours, ribbons, feathers, chicks, toys or chocolate eggs.

Make chocolate crispy nests (yummy!) Children love getting messy, being creative in the kitchen, feeling grown up and eating chocolate! So what better way to cover all of these!? Chocolate crispy nests! Melt some chocolate and butter (either slowly in a microwave or in a glass bowl over a pan of boiling water) Make sure an adult helps you! Mix the melted chocolate with either crushed shredded wheat, cornflakes or rice crispies. Divide the mixture into small cake cases. I like to put mini eggs or jelly beans on top of my cakes but you could use a little toy chick or other sweets to represent eggs or chicks. 331a07f7557722af1f0199e7f99d2551.jpgLeave them to set and then share them with your friends and family. Try adding mini marshmallows or raisins to the chocolate mix.

Make Easter cards to give to family and friends. You could make rabbit cards, chick cards or an egg shaped card. Print our template or draw your own Easter picture. Decorate the card using anything you can find in the house. Most of you probably have buttons, ribbons and wrapping paper lying around.

Make paper plate masks of an Easter bunny or chick. Copy or print off our templates and then decorate with pens, paints, feathers or anything else you have.

Easter Egg Hunt-Children of all ages love surprises! Why not hide some eggs (pictures or chocolate) around the house (or garden if the weather is OK), give the children baskets and send them on an egg hunt! If you are using pictures of eggs give a prize to the child who finds the most eggs. (you may want to give the winner an Easter egg-give all of the other children a prize too, but make it slightly different from the winner) For older children think about writing clues on card eggs, chicks and bunnies to lead them to the final prize!

Decorate Eggs-you will need: eggs (not chocolate!), paints (food colouring works well and is safe), paint your egg and let the paint dry. Hold the egg lightly but firmly (so that you don't break it) using a pin make a small hole in one end and a slightly larger hole in the other end. Stick the pin in as far as you can and pierce the yolk. Blow through the small hole until everything has come out of the egg. (Blow the contents into a bowl!) Or you could use soft boiled or hard boiled eggs and decorate the shells before eating them for breakfast!

Egg shaped biscuits-using any simple biscuit recipe(see ours) cut the biscuits into egg shapes and decorate so that it looks like a pretty Easter egg or with ears and whiskers to make to make the Easter bunny!

Make Easter bonnet biscuits

You will need:

  • Biscuit Recipe (click here)
  • Marzipan
  • Coloured icing
  • Icing flowers (you can make these with the icing or buy them)
  • Round biscuit cutter
  • Small flower cutter

A cheat's way is to use a round biscuit (such as a Digestive or Rich Tea) or you can make round biscuits. Once the biscuits have cooled, roll a small piece of marzipan into a ball and squash it slightly. Place this in the middle of the biscuit. Roll out the coloured icing so that it is quite thin and will cover the whole biscuit, gently push the icing down around the marzipan and over the whole biscuit. Use the biscuit cutter you used when making the biscuit and cut the icing so that it covers the whole biscuit. Roll out some more icing and using a small flower cutter cut three flowers for each bonnet. Cut out a thin strip as the ribbon. Use the icing to stick the ribbon around the hat and then place the flowers on.

Fingerprint chicks, bunnies, Easter egg picture (could be used to decorate cards.)-all you need is some paper or card and a small amount of paint. Simple fingerprints can look very effective with a few added extras - have a look at the ones we have done and then give them a go yourself or make up your own.

Easter buckets-If you are going to be taking part in an Easter Egg Hunt this year then you are going to need a basket to carry them all! So why not make an Easter basket or bucket. Find a container-an old ice cream tub, formula milk tin, children's shoe box, small beach bucket. You can then decorate the container with a handle, paint, glue, feathers, craft foam, felt, paper, ribbon and anything else you can find. You could decorate your container to look like a chick or the Easter Bunny or you can simply decorate it as you wish!

Have an Easter picnic-(we can do this indoors!)Use Easter cutters to cut sandwiches into egg shapes or flowers or bunnies. Make some of the Easter biscuits we talked about earlier. You could include Easter themed cupcakes, boiled eggs, hot cross buns, lamb and cous cous salad as well (Recipe HERE)

Cress heads-growing cress gives results so quickly it's great for young children as they don't have de615cae1c770b31a9fe66bdca06179f.jpgto wait weeks to see it grow. Use an empty egg shell and with paint or felt tips put a face on your egg shell. You won't need to draw hair on as your egg is going to grow some! Fill with cotton wool or kitchen roll. Sprinkle with cress seeds and watch your egg person grow hair! When the cress has grown cut it and mix it with crushed hardboiled egg to make eggy sandwiches. Make sure you keep the cotton wool moist but not too wet.

Chalk pictures-try drawing on paper-black paper works great with chalks, on the fence, wall, or patio in the garden (remember to wash it off afterwards!) Try using the chalks after they have been in water for a while.

Make musical instruments-guitar-using an empty cardboard box (a cereal box is good) asking an adult to help you, cut out a hole from the middle of one side of the box. Next use elastic bands to put around the box. When you pluck the elastic bands they will make a sound. If you use thick and thin bands you will get different sounds. Shaker. Use an old clean yoghurt pot, plastic drinks bottle or cardboard tube. You can use almost anything you can find around the house to put inside the shaker-beads, buttons, lentils, rice, pasta etc. Each will make a different noise so if you make lots of different shakers you will be able to make lots of music! If you are using a drinks bottle, simply put a bit of your chosen filling inside and put the lid back on. If you are using a cardboard tube or yoghurt pot you will need some strong paper and an elastic band to cover the hole.

Decorate flower pots and plant flowers-you could use plastic flower pots, but terracotta ones will work better. It is best to use emulsion as this will not wash off if the plant pot is outdoors and it rains. However if the pot is for a house plant then you could use normal paints and even decorate the top rim with a ribbon. you could paint patterns, faces, butterflies, ladybirds or anything else they want. These are a great gift and cheap too!

Design words searches-I used to love doing this! To start you will need a square with smaller squares in it. Using squared paper or draw squares on a piece of lined paper. Next you need to think of words to put in the word search (maybe all on the same topic or just random-its up to you!) Write these words into the puzzle-one letter in each square. The words can be written forwards, backwards or diagonally. When you have put all your words into the puzzle fill in the empty squares with random letters. Now your puzzle is ready for someone to have a go!

Sew a Spring Picture-using material or thick paper or card; draw the outline of the picture. Then carefully and with adult supervision use a needle and thread the stitches around the outline you have drawn. Use different coloured threads for different images to make your picture bright and colourful! The best threads to use are wool, tapestry or cross stitch thread as they are thicker than normal cotton. You are able to buy large blunt needles from sewing and craft shops which are easier and safer for children to use. To make this easier you can draw simpler images and use a hole punch to make the holes for the thread to go through.

HOMEMADE SLIME https://raring2go.co.uk/articles/kids-zone/spring-activities/slime-recipes

OLYMPICS – most activities can be done indoors or in a back garden.

https://raring2go.co.uk/articles/kids-zone/summer-activities/olympics-ideas-for-the-whole-family   

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EVEN MORE GREAT WEBSITES FOR IDEAS AND PRINTABLES

Aspire Active Hub
https://www.aspire-sports.co.uk/aspire-active-hub
lists free activities and resources for parents to use in their homes

BBC School Radio

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/nursery-rhymes-songs-index/zhwdgwx

Roald Dahl: Things To Do Indoors
https://www.roalddahl.com/things-to-do-indoors

Twinkl 
https://www.twinkl.co.uk 
This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures. 

Scholastic
https://resource-bank.scholastic.co.uk/
Some of the reseources on Scholastic are free if you need worksheets to keep the little ones busy and learning.

Kids Activities.com
https://kidsactivitiesblog.com/category/kids-activities/ 

https://kidsactivitiesblog.com/135609/list-of-education-companies-offering-free-subscriptions/?fbclid=IwAR1NI4E6PAhzMy7PYb6VL3VdSyfTLb5U1SoUNIkmhkrdy8_t_B5e1JCqSMk 

The Imagination Tree
https://theimaginationtree.com/stay-at-home-survival-guide/?fbclid=IwAR2uxySuXBL5DTMi0iqXDl3fD4EDNfulliDmCKGLX8vxyasz6fvse9tDCWY 

Reading Eggs FREE Trial 

UMusic 

24/7 at www.umusictv.co.uk and on Sky channel 212, Freesat 161, Freeview 254 everyday 11.00-13.00.
U Music TV is a music video channel that has 0244dc39a1ecff08d9a0716cfbb1a731.jpgbeen made for mums, by mums. It's aim is simple; to provide safe music video content to children from toddlers to teens by showing only age appropriate content. 
Music videos are often explicit and inappropriate for young children. U Music TV gives children the opportunity to enjoy all genres of music without being exposed to damaging, stereotypical and inappropriate images and language. 

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Toddler Approved
https://www.toddlerapproved.com/2012/05/establishing-quiet-time-when-your-child.html?fbclid=IwAR1F7kC3Bocw-fnQ71IlXpicNFXtakH5ReonlMX6qEc3aXdupPMnAnycm2E 

Mommy Poppins
https://mommypoppins.com/ny-kids/50-indoor-activities-for-a-rainy-day 

Khan Academy 
https://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. 
 
BBC Learning 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/coursesearch/ 
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there's so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer. 
 
Futurelearn 
https://www.futurelearn.com 
Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account). 
 
Seneca 
https://www.senecalearning.com 
For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material. 
 
Openlearn 
https://www.open.edu/openlearn/ 
Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could 1489feb9c8feb2c0727a1422cc776b7c.jpgwell be of interest to young people. 
 
Blockly 
https://blockly.games 
Learn computer programming skills - fun and free. 
 
Scratch 
https://scratch.mit.edu/explore/projects/games/ 
Creative computer programming 
 
Ted Ed 
https://ed.ted.com 
All sorts of engaging educational videos 
 
National Geographic Kids 
https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/ 
Activities and quizzes for younger kids. 
 
Duolingo 
https://www.duolingo.com 
Learn languages for free. Web or app. 
 
Mystery Science 
https://mysteryscience.com 
Free science lessons 
 
The Kids Should See This 
https://thekidshouldseethis.com 
Wide range of cool educational videos 
 
Crash Course 
https://thecrashcourse.com 
You Tube videos on many subjects 
 
Crash Course Kids 
https://m.youtube.com/user/crashcoursekids 
As above for a younger audience 
 
Crest Awards 
https://www.crestawards.org 
Science awards you can complete from home. 
 
iDEA Awards 
https://idea.org.uk 
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online. 
 
Paw Print Badges 
https://www.pawprintbadges.co.uk 
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional. 
 
Tinkercad 
https://www.tinkercad.com 
All kinds of making. 
 
Prodigy Maths 
https://www.prodigygame.com 
Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age. 
 
Cbeebies Radio 
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio 
Listening activities for the younger ones. 
 
Nature Detectives 
https://naturedetectives.woodlandtrust.org.uk/naturedetectives/ 
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location! 
 
British Council 
https://www.britishcouncil.org/school-resources/find 
Resources for English language learning 
 
Oxford Owl for Home 
https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/ 
Lots of free resources for Primary age 
 
Big History Project 
https://www.bighistoryproject.com/home 
Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities. 
 
Geography Games 
https://world-geography-games.com/world.html 
Geography gaming! 
 
Blue Peter Badges 
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/joinin/about-blue-peter-badges 
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box. 
 
The Artful Parent 
https://www.facebook.com/artfulparent/ 
Good, free art activities  
 
Red Ted Art 
https://www.redtedart.com 
Easy arts and crafts for little ones 
 
The Imagination Tree 
https://theimaginationtree.com 
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest. 
 
Toy Theater 
https://toytheater.com/ 
Educational online games 
 
DK Find Out 
https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/?fbclid=IwAR2wJdpSJSeITf4do6aPhff8A3tAktnmpaxqZbkgudD49l71ep8-sjXmrac 
Activities and quizzes 

Cosmic Kids Yoga
https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga
Great online yoga videos for calm time

Dudley Zoo
https://www.dudleyzoo.org.uk/discovery-learning/  

Home Learning Hub
The Hub includes free comprehensive sets of  expert resources and a schedule of webinars to support families with children  currently out-of-school. 
Weekly activity packs include developmentally beneficial ideas for play and games  children can engage with, that support learning and help children stay curious,  creative and engaged during these uncertain times.   
The resources will be released weekly and available for free download from https://www.goodplayguide.com/home-learning-hub.     
The organisation are also offering interactive parent webinars, streamed worldwide.  The first of these - ‘How to help children aged 3-5 thrive during the Coronavirus crisis’  is on Saturday 21st March at 10.30 am GMT and again at 4.00pm GMT.  
The organisation are also offering interactive parent webinars, streamed worldwide.  The first of these 
Webinar topics include:   

  • Helping families thrive during the Coronavirus crisis   
  • How to talk to children about the Coronavirus  
  • Play ideas to entertain children  
  • Balancing screen-time during lockdown  

You can register for the webinars and check out schedules via www.GoodPlayGuide.com 

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