Home schooling through the Coronavirus
I know there’s huge debates going on with regards to whether the schools should be shut or kept open during this time, but given the current advice for non-essential contact to be avoided we’ve made the decision to keep Isabelle home from school.
Every parent knows that when you have to stay home with the kids due to illness etc, you start to get cabin fever pretty damn quick and crave getting out of the house more than anything.
Here are a few things that should keep them entertained and you from pulling your hair out. These range from educational recommendations to arts and crafts ideas for all ages.
Arts & Crafts
FREE Printable colouring pages from Crayola.
Lots of great Kids Science Experiments for all ages at Science Sparks.
Hidden Numbers Game.
There are loads of FREE Printables for all ages at Rainy Day Mum as well as loads of play and craft ideas.
Easter Pom Pom Painting.
DIY I-Spy Bottles
Homemade Playdoh – this is our Gingerbread Playdoh Recipe which is really easy and smells yummy.
The Artful Parent has loads of arts and craft projects to do with the kids.
Make a batch of Cloud Dough which is perfect to keep little ones entertained for ages.
Red Ted Art – loads of easy to make crafts and activities.
Online & Apps
BBC Learning has a whole load of stuff including revision tips and bite sized learning for all ages.
Scratch – you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations and share your creations with others in the online community.
Toy Theater – Educational games for pre-school and primary aged children.
Khan Academy offer a range of free learning resources which kids can do at thy so own pace and level.
Future Learn has a whole range of courses which are free unless you want the certificates.
Duolingo– learn a new language for free. Online and app based.
Edinburgh Zoo have live cams on some of their animals which they might be interested to watch.
DK Find Out – loads of educational fun facts, videos and games.
Blockly is a great programme that can be downloaded or played online for computer science based fun.
Ted Ed – all sorts of educational fun videos.
National Geographic Kids has loads of educational fun games and resources.
Mystery Science – fun to watch and easy to complete step by step science experiments that can be completed with things you have at home.
Crash Course Kids – a fun selection of science based videos for kids.
Crest Awards – Challenging and thought provoking real-world STEM projects for young people of all ages.
iDEA – The Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award, known as iDEA is an international programme that helps you develop digital, enterprise and employability skills for free. Through our series of online challenges, you can win career-enhancing badges, unlock new opportunities and, ultimately, gain industry-recognised Awards that help you stand out from the crowd.
Tinkercad – Tinkercad is a free, easy-to-use app for 3D design, electronics, and coding. It’s used by teachers, kids, hobbyists, and designers to imagine, design, and make anything!
Oxford Owl – has loads of great Reading, English and Maths resources for primary aged kids.