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/
- Penguin - Articles, games and activities from Penguin Random House UK
- The Book of Hopes a collection of short stories, poems, essays and pictures with contributions from more than 110 children’s writers and illustrators, including Lauren Child, Anthony Horowitz, Greg James and Chris Smith, Michael Morpurgo, Liz Pichon, Axel Scheffler, Francesca Simon and Jacqueline Wilson.
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
- Get inspiration from Jamie Oliver’s family recipes and some ideas on how to get kids involved in cooking
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!
- PE with Joe Wicks sessions are streamed live on his YouTube channel on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9am
- 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
- 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
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