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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 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.

Dance – Diverse Dance Mix with Darcey Bussell


Live streaming every day at 1:30pm on Facebook live, Darcey Bussell and
her team deliver a 10 min shake up, 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.

Dance – Oti Mabuse dance classes

Oti Mabuse dance classes. Subscribe to her YouTube channel
Oti Mabuse Official to try out these daily dance classes with
musicals as their themes. Click on the play button to watch the video.

Exercise – PE with Joe

Joe Wicks created hugely popular PE classes,
encouraging children and young people to keep
active during the Covid-19 lockdown. These
are all free to access on YouTube. Click on the link
above to see his YouTube channel and get
started with some previous workouts.

Home Learning – Catcote Futures Home Pack

Practical ideas for your children to continue with their learning
ahead of returning to school after the summer. This pack is full
of ideas which is 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

Bubble Painting

By nature, children are naturally creative.
They love painting and making things.
So encourage them to let their creativity
flow. Here are 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 an interactive drawing class for everyone to enjoy, with a
new video shared on Facebook every 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.

Music – Myleene’s Music Klass

Join Myleene Klass and her daughters as they share music
lessons for your children to get involved in. Curriculum based
and most importantly, fun. There’s no need for instruments or to
feel intimidated. Any age, any ability welcome. Music helps to look
after our children’s minds and souls, especially at a time when
they need it most. Click on the play button to watch one of her
classes and check out her YouTube channel to watch more of
her music lessons.

Home Economics – Theo Michaels

KidsCookWithTheo, your cooking channel buddy! Constantly
bringing out more video clips of great food being cooked with
step by step guides that you can follow and easily recreate at
home with the kids. Click on the banner above to check out his
Instagram channel for more of his video clips. (Mon/Wed/Fri) at
4.00pm – Home Economics with Theo Michaels on Instagram.
Click on the play button above to learn a great recipe for
blueberry muffins and click subscribe to make sure you don’t
miss out on future classes.

Foodie Heaven

Rainbow Rice

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

Parents – you can use this half hour to talk through the importance
of doing chores with your child. Maybe there’s even one of the chores
above that you could both tick off during this time. Chores help
children to learn valuable life skills and learn about responsibility.
Click on the image above to view our sequencing sticks, a great
tool for helping to teach children about chores and daily routines.

Home Learning – BBC Bitesize

BBC Bitesize will be publishing daily online lessons for all ages. They will
also have a new dedicated TV channel full of learning content, podcasts
on BBC sounds and loads of educational videos on iPlayer. Click on the
image above to find out more.

World around us – Nature with Steve Backshall

When going outside is not an option – ask the experts about the great outdoors
while you stay safe indoors. From habitats to holotypes, parasites to
pademelons, Steve Backshall helps to bring the wild world into your living
room from… his living room! Click on the image above to find out more.

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 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


HOW FAR CAN YOUR ROCKET GO?

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.
Check out these experiments from
the PGCE students at Stranmillis University.

The World Around Us

HPlaydough Animals

Help your children find out more about
the world around us with these
interactive activities from the PGCE
students at Stranmillis University.

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

Park It

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. Below are some great examples to
get you going from the PGCE students at
Stranmillis University.

Reading – Storytime BookTrust NI

S​et your alarm clocks! Tune in to their YouTube channel for Children’s Storytime.
Click on the play button to watch a reading of one of their favourite books.

Imaginative Play – Harry Potter at Home

Bringing the world of Harry Potter into your own home with the latest fun
and games to keep everyone occupied – from special activity kits to articles
and everything else regularly updated to create an ever-evolving collection
of new resources. Click on the image above to listen along with the readings.

A-Z Of Literacy

Alphabet Stones

Bring a little bit of creativity and play to
helping your child learn their ABCs; and
their D-Zees with these great activities from
the PGCE students at Stranmillis University

Videos for fun athletics for children aged 4-11 years old.

Funetics is designed to help all young children aged 4-11 to have
fun whilst getting active, in a safe, fun and nurturing environment:
where they can develop fundamental movement skills and
confidence, along with the opportunity to learn, develop and practice
running, jumping and throwing, to help support them in different
sports in the future. Click on the play button above to
learn more about Funetics.

Wellbeing – Kids Mindfulness with Bressie

Monday 5pm : breathing mindfulness class
Wednesday: 5pm : body scan practise
Friday 5pm : visualisation meditation
Click on the link above to check out Bressie’s Instagram page
and watch his past videos.

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 above 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).
Check out these great activities to help take care of your health
and wellbeing 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 delicious meals to have for dinnertime. Click on the image above to check
out one of his episodes.

CBeebies Celebrities Bedtime Stories

CBeebies Bedtime Stories are shown at 6:50pm every evening as part of
the Bedtime Hour. The story is read by a different celebrity every night.
We’ve had lots of famous faces snuggle down to read to your little ones before
bedtime – from Tom Hardy to Jessica Ennis-Hill and Maxine Peake to Tim
Peake. The stories are always available to watch again on CBeebies iPlayer
for 30 days after being shown on television. Click on the image above to
watch the latest stories.

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