Keeping children occupied at home
There are lots of things children and families can do whilst staying at home and distancing themselves from family and friends. Here's are a few ideas and suggestions...
- Listen to podcasts or audiobooks (you can access free audiobooks from Gloucestershire Libraries)
- Enjoy storytime and book-themed quizzes on Book Trust's HomeTime hub
- Be a 30 second author, watch videos, listen to stories and have fun with other activities at https://readforgood.org/the-storymaker/
Go on an adventure or start a challenge
- Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust has lots of challenges and activities to help connect families to nature even if we are all stuck at home
- Scouts have launched the Great Indoors Challenge
- Girlguiding has launched #AdventuresAtHome
- Go on a minibeast adventure or become an animal photographer via the RSPCA Animal Welfare Activities page
- Use the Woodland Trust app to identify trees using leaves, bark, twigs, buds, flowers or fruit
Try out some new recipes!
- Change 4 Life has loads of fun ideas to help kids stay healthy.
- BBC Good Food has 67 easy, child-friendly cooking projects to get stuck into
Learn a new language!
- Rosetta Stone has loads of free resources to learn a new language
- Learn French, Spanish, Chinese on the BBC
- Learn how to sign language using a fun online course and resources
Be active from the comfort of your own home!
- Sports England has loads of tips, advice and guidance on how to keep or get active in and around your home
- Change 4 Life 10 minute shake-ups are a great way for the whole family to get active!
- Natwest MoneySense with fun activities, games and resources that help teach children about money and budgeting at home
- LifeSkills, created with Barclays, helps young people get the skills and experiences they need to enter the world of work
Learn how to code and design your own video games
- Learn how to code and put your learning into practice at Codeacademy and code.org
- Learn about video game design and development via Future Learn
- Activity Village has loads of craft activities and resources to pass the time
- See a theatre production from the comfort of your home via The National Theatre
- From colouring to cut and pastes the Tate has lots of activities kids can get involved with
- Explore and get involved with music via Bring the noise
- Create your own music and songs using Chrome Music Lab
- Look at local help links on The Music Works pages