Activities for kids

With schools, colleges, playgroups and nurseries across the world closed for the foreseeable future, there are lots of parents at home with their little darlings and not many ideas on how to entertain them. If you’re one of them, let us help – here are some tips and suggestions on ways to keep your brood busy (and maybe get you a moment’s peace).

Stay active

Keeping active and healthy is as incredibly important at this time as much as at any other, particularly for youngsters. Here are a few of our team’s top tips for keeping your family active:

  • The Body Coach TV – celebrity fitness Joe Wicks is holding ‘PE lessons’ live on his YouTube channel at 9am on weekdays. They require no kit, can be done in your living room and will provide fun and fitness tips for the whole family.

  • YouTube yoga – lots of yogis and gym teachers are holding online classes to do in your own home. For example, head to Yoga with Adriene’s channel for a selection of resources for all ages.

  • Premier League Primary Stars – As well as a variety of resources for other subjects and topics, the Premier League’s website offers a variety of activities and workouts perfect for youngsters itching to get active.

  • Make an obstacle course – if you’re lucky enough to have some space in your home, why not create a safe obstacle course using everyday objects like cushions and beanbags? You could introduce tasks like star jumps or jogging – exercise, but make it fun!

  • Go outdoors – for those of you with access to gardens, it’s still a great idea to get your children out for some fresh air. Social, or physical distancing, is incredibly important, but you can still head out to get some sunshine!

Get crafty

Having a creative outlet is always important for little ones, but particularly during this stressful and unusual time when all their routines are up in the air. It’s also important to remember that your family can sense stress and pick up on lots of ‘grown up’ conversations, so having something creative and artistic to occupy them is ideal.

  • Set an art project – collect all your paper, pens, pencils and other art supplies and set your family a daily or weekly project. It could be drawing portraits of family members, recreating favourite memories, or even using household objects to create sculptures.

  • Doodle away - American children’s book illustrator Mo Willems is holding online doodle and drawing classes live on his YouTube channel. The classes are at 5pm (1pm US ET) and are perfect for budding artists.

  • Cook up a storm – this is a fantastic time to encourage the whole family to get involved with cooking. As well as being a great opportunity to introduce more life skills and learning about world foods into every day, it’s also a chance to give the normal family cook a bit of a break!

Make learning fun

Of course, even though school is out it’s still important for children to keep developing and enhancing their life skills. Though you should try not to put too much pressure on them (or you as a parent!), there are lots of easy and simple activities to take part in from home that can act as a great substitute for school learning.

  • Reading is key – set aside time each day specifically for reading. It doesn’t have to be strictly ‘academic’ books either, just reading something that your child enjoys and has an interest in is perfect. It can also be a really peaceful and calming respite for the whole family.

  • BBC Bitesize – the beloved family online resource will be invaluable during this time, offering supplementary activities, worksheets and more to go alongside your child’s learning.

  • Access the library from home – lots of local libraries are offering online access to ebooks, audio books and other resources for you to use at home.
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