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...


Get reading!

  • 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
  • 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

Try out some new recipes!

Learn a new language!

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!

Life skills

  • 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

Get creative!

  • 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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