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Fun activities to keep the kids occupied

Ideas to keep the kids occupied with an educational twist!

Great for those learning at home or who like structure in their

days. From fun science activities to supporting your family’s

health and wellbeing… there is a wide range to entertain!  

To help set you up for the day ahead, check out ChillPanda,

a fun and engaging mindfulness app that provides simple

guided meditation for children. Recommended by NHS.


Click on the play button below to watch the video.

Start off your day the right way. Go for a walk, do some yoga,

do a workout in the house, go for a run… whatever you feel

would help you to get energised for your day.

Exercise – PE with Joe

PE With Joe is back!! Joe Wicks has decided to continue delivering

his hugely popular PE classes, 3 mornings a week live on YouTube,

encouraging children and young people to keep active during

the current lockdown. These are all free to access on YouTube.


Click on the image above to see his YouTube channel and get

started with some previous workouts.

Dance – Diverse Dance Mix with Darcey Bussell

FREE 30 minute dance fitness Diverse Dance Mix class every

Friday morning on Facebook, delivered by Darcey Bussell

and her team, giving children a short active boost before the

afternoon ahead. Movement to music makes children come

alive and changes the way they feel. With the DDMIX program,

kids get an exciting and diverse learning experience that is

physical, aerobic and high time on task.


Click on the image above to check out their Facebook page

and warm up with some of their past videos.

Home Learning – Catcote Futures Home Pack

Practical ideas for your children to continue with their

learning while at home. This pack is full of ideas and

split into six areas: Education & Employment, Friends,

Relationships & Community, Independent Living,

Good Health, Communication & Calculation.


Click on the image above to access the pack.

Home Learning – 100+ Indoor Activities

If you’re looking for easy and low cost indoor activities for

kids – we have a list of over 100 ideas for you! From simple

activities to fun crafts that can keep kids busy during school

breaks or on a rainy day. You can even cross off each one

as you do them!

Let Their Creativity Flow

By nature, children are naturally creative.

They love painting and making things.

So encourage them to let their creativity

flow.


Click on the image above for some

great ideas from the PGCE students

at Stranmillis University.

Fun activities to do at home

From makeshift sensory areas to milk carton houses, mini

world cup competitions to obstacle courses, check out our

list of really cool fun, easy activities to do at home.


Share your favourite activities with us on our Facebook page.

Home Learning – 100 challenge ideas for home learners

Perfect for filling up those #homeschooling lesson plans,

check out these challenges and see how many you can

complete. From English to Science, PE to Music, there are

plenty of challenges to keep your young students occupied.


Click on the image above to get started.

Learning Through Play

From building and construction play to memory games,

imaginative role play to flashcards, check out our ‘learning

through play’ section for toys and resources for your child.


Click on the image above to see our range of sensory toys

and resources.

Home Learning – Twinkl free printable resources

for home learning

Here you will find everything you could need to help your

children with their home learning, ahead of returning to school.

This pack is full of printable worksheets activities and games to

make learning fun, from Foundation Stage to Key Stage 2 and

covering Mathematics and Numeracy, Language and Literacy,

The Arts and more.


Once you click on the image above, you will be able to

access their website and you can select the relevant

printable resources for your young students.


The Arts – Draw With Rob

Draw with Rob is back!! This interactive drawing class by the

award winning author and illustrator Rob Biddulph is here for

everyone to enjoy while at home. A new episode will be live

on Facebook every Saturday morning at 10am, while 2 old

episodes will be shown on Tuesday and Thursday morning

at 10am. All you need is a piece of paper, a pencil and half an

hour or so. There are also lots of fun competitions to get

involved in.



Click on the image above to access his Facebook page and

get started. You can also check out his old episodes by

clicking here.

Foodie Heaven

It’s amazing what you can concoct with a little rummaging

around your kitchen cupboards. You won’t find the recipes in

Rachel, Jamie or Delia’s cookbooks but throw in a handful of

rice and pasta, a dash of bright paint, a couple of jam jars or

bits of string and you have a recipe for successful learning.


Click on the image above to see these really cool recipes

from the PGCE students at Stranmillis University.

Home Economics – Jamie, Keep Cooking and Carry On

Watch as Jamie Oliver helps boys and girls around the whole

country to create some delicious meals to have for lunch and

dinner time.


Click on the image above to check out all of the episodes.

Home Learning – CBBC & BBC2

BBC Bitesize will be publishing daily online lessons for all ages.

On TV, there will be three hours of primary school programming

on CBBC between 09:00 and 12.00 every weekday, and two

hours for secondary pupils on BBC Two between 13:00 and 15:00.


Click on the images above to find out more.

For primary and secondary pupils in Scotland.

Click here to access the dedicated programming on BBC

Scotland from 10:00, every weekday for about two hours.

For children studying in Welsh.

Click here to access the bilingual support on the BBC Bitesize

website, with activities to support home learning. Go to the

“change language” button and select the Welsh language

to access it.

For pupils in Northern Ireland.

Click here to go to the “Learning from home” section of the

BBC Northern Ireland website to find more information to

help their studies.

World around us – Nature & Science. Maddie Moate


Packed with videos about animals, plants, travel and

technology, there’s always something new to learn and

explore with Maddie, host of “Maddie’s Do You Know?”

on CBeebies. Perfect for helping your young students

to learn more about the world around them.


Click on the play button above to watch one of their episodes.

An Inquisitive Nature

You might be confined to the house but the garden is a great

source for natural play and creativity ideas, from a senses

walk to leaf cutting.


Click on the image above for some fantastic outdoor ideas

and activities from the PGCE students at Stranmillis University.

Science Made Simple

Science made simple isn’t rocket science.

But it can ignite an inquisitive mind and

there are lots of very simple, playful

experiments that will amaze, fascinate

and help your children learn some basic

science fundamentals.


Click on the image above to see these

experiments from the PGCE students

at Stranmillis University.

The World Around Us

Help your children find out more

about the world around us with

these interactive activities from the

PGCE students at Stranmillis University.


Click on the image above to find out more.


Reading – The World of David Walliams

Click on the image above to catch up on past audio stories

by David Walliams and let him transport you to a magical

fantasy world.

Figure it Out

Look around you. We are surrounded by numbers.

With a little bit of imagination, you can create a

whole host of activities to help your child’s numeracy

development. So go figure it out with some fun

number play.


Click on the image above for some great examples to

get you going from the PGCE students at

Stranmillis University.

Audible stories: Free audiobooks for kids

A fantastic initiative by Audible to support children and

young people while at home. Right now, kids everywhere

can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories,

including titles across eight different languages, that will

help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.

All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone

or tablet.


Click on the image above to start listening.

A-Z Of Literacy

Bring a little bit of creativity and play

to helping your child learn their ABCs;

and their D-Zzz’s with these great

activities from the PGCE students at

Stranmillis University.

Wellbeing – Kids Mindfulness with Bressie

In these unprecedentedly stressful times, Niall Breslin’s latest

bi-daily podcast is helping everyone to ‘Wake Up’ and log into

their day by clearing the head before engaging with the chaos

of the modern world, while also helping to ‘Wind Down’ in the

evening by re-framing and settling the mind.

Available on Spotify, click on the image above to listen to

past meditations.

Wellbeing – Cosmic Kids Yoga

Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation for kids. Interactive

adventures which build strength, balance and confidence –

and get kids into yoga and mindfulness early!


Click on the play button above to learn more about

the benefits of Cosmic Kids.

Health And Wellbeing

It’s vital in these challenging times that, as well as

looking after our children’s educational development,

we also look after their health and wellbeing and

social development (even if remotely).


Click on the image above to check out these great

activities to help take care of your health and wellbeing

from the PGCE students at Stranmillis University.

CBeebies Celebrities Bedtime Stories

Earlier this year, lots of famous faces – from Tom Hardy to

Jessica Ennis-Hill and Maxine Peake to Tim Peake – came

together each night on CBeebies as part of the Bedtime Hour

to read collection of bedtime stories to the nation’s children.

The stories are always available to watch again on CBeebies

iPlayer.


Click on the image above to listen to them with your kids

at bedtime.

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