Hi, how are you coping? I go between being frustrated and sad about all the things and people we are missing, to feeling super happy that I get to spend so much time at home with my family. This is certainly a challenge that none of us were expecting, isn't it?
Whatever your work situation, if you are a parent you will undoubtedly be spending a lot more time at home with your children right now, which is not always easy (believe me, I know!)
Thankfully, there are so many resources being shared online to help to entertain our children and keep them learning, active, and most importantly, happy. I thought I would pull some of these together in one place, in case this is useful to anyone. This list is by no means exhaustive as there is sooo much, but if you have found anything else really useful, please share it in the comments so we can all check it out.
- Twinkl Home Learning Hub - wow there are so many useful educational resources here for children of all ages. This is definitely the resource I have used the most!
- BBC Bitesize - really useful videos, step-by-step guides, activities and quizzes, sorted by level and subject.
- Oxford Owl for Home - free resources for Primary age including phonics, spelling and maths activities.
- Audible - huge collection of stories (across 6 languages) available to listen to or stream on your devices for free during library and school closures.
- BookTrust Books and Reading - authors reading their stories and offering tips, advice and story starters for creative writing at home, plus drawing guides by illustrators, online books, games, quizzes and recipes to have a go at.
- https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ has loads of games for practicing maths.
- Crafts Magazine: free access to all the digital edition of the Craft Magazine, spanning from today all the way back to the 1970s. Tips and creative inspirations also provided
- Red Ted Art: easy arts and crafts for younger children. Doing art with the girls is the thing I find the hardest. If we don't have a bit of a plan it just descends into chaos and more mess than I ever plan for! There are some lovely ideas on here.
- The Artful Parent - has more creative ideas of things to do.
- Mystery Science - an American site that has released a set of science lessons that we can use. These are great as they last a bit longer than a lot of the activities I have found!
- https://www.youtube.com/c/chesterzoo/live - in case you missed it, Chester Zoo have been holding virtual tours of the zoo. You can watch on their facebook page or you tube channel. My daughter has loved it so far!
- https://world-geography-games.com/world.html - this site has some great geography games. They are too hard for me though so good luck!
- https://www.duolingo.com/learn - your children (or you) can even learn another language for free with this site.
- https://www.bighistoryproject.com/home - this site contains films about various history topics that your child might find interesting.
- https://scratch.mit.edu/explore/projects/games/ - with Scratch, children can learn to program their own interactive stories, games, and animations, and also view and play what others have created. This might be tricky for some, but there are tutorials available on the site.
- NHS wellbeing support - This is a crucial one. A mood assessment quiz and mental wellbeing audio guides created by the NHS, with advice for adults as well as children.
On top of all of this I am working on putting together a photography challenge for children which will teach them some of the basics, and give them a weekly theme to experiment with, so watch this space!
I hope this helps a bit. Let me know what you think in the comments and please do add your ideas for keeping the children entertained!
Take care and stay safe,