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Keeping children entertained at home.

With some nurseries and schools closing again you may have starting thinking of ways to keep your children occupied – when we find ourselves stuck inside, days can become very long!

We have put together some of our favourite resources for you to find some new and fun ideas on keeping your little ones entertained and amused during this time.

Download our printable list of activities here

Have some structure to your day

  1. Children like to know what’s going on and a routine can help them feel more settled, plan a timetable for the day – allow time for snacks and breaks. Include;
  • Morning / afternoon activities – something educational, arts and craft, reading, puzzle and game time.
  • Online resources –
  • Mealtimes
  • Story/reading time
  • TV time
  • Get out for a walk

2. If you can set activities up in the garden – if its cold enough to freeze leave out some water to freeze (even better if you leave toys in it to freeze too). Chalking on the patio or an obstacle course.

3. Plan some exercise in to the day, you can find Joe Wicks and Cosmic yoga on you tube

4. Download our printable list of activities


Online resources

National trust – things to do before your 11 ¾ – Plenty of outdoor activities to do all year round, from watching the sunset to creating some wild art.

Play Hooray – Play is at the heart of everything they do! is here to show you that you don’t need a houseful of expensive toys to entertain young children!

National Literacy Trust – inspire and support children and families to improve their literacy skills

National Geographic Kids  – If your little one’s love exploring, learning and discovering new and exciting things this is a great website to visit.

Little Owl resources – Created for Early Years Professionals by Early Years Professionals

Twinkl – Supporting your children’s learning with Home Learning Packs – printable educational activities and worksheets that cover the whole primary curriculum and an online game area. They have variety or free resources and downloads available as well as an offer when you sign up for membership.

CBBC and CBeebies – CBBC and CBeebies offer a whole range of educational games for children to play at home.

Home Craft Ideas – 50 Fun Activities for Kids Will Keep Them Entertained for Hours.

Learning and Exploring through Play – Helpful bank of resources to keep you busy having fun and learning at home.

Cosmic Kids Yoga – Yoga adventure focuses on yoga, mindfulness, and helpful life lessons.

Orchard Toys worksheets and activities – Activity sheets and downloads.

Crocodiles of the worldCroc school resources.

Chester Zoo materials – Virtual zoo visits and activities.

Science Museum activities – Learning resources for KS1 – 4.

Happy News Resource Pack – A newspaper celebrating positive and happy news.

Barclays Code Playground Live – Interactive classes to make learning to code easier for everyone.


Social Media Links

If you our on Instagram we would recommend following these accounts,

@resources4learning

@play.hooray

@fiveminutemum

@the315teacher – great for older children

@thedadlab

@littleowlsresources


Information

With everything continuing to change daily you can find up to date information here;

NHS – Medical advice, signs and symptons to look for.

Gov.uk – Latest Government advice

Lemonjelly Childcare Solutions