"I'm boooorrrreeed!" Ideas of things to keep my mind and body active
New ideas to keep you busy
The current Lockdown means all families are being asked to stay at home at all times, unless essential, or for exercise. We all know how challenging this is with children at home. We are aware teachers are providing challenges, work and tasks to keep your children busy, but we have also provided links and ideas for other activities when you would like a break from home learning. There are also many other online suggestions, such as virtual zoos, farms, theatre shows and music gigs. See the ‘Special Needs Support and activities - Activities to try at home’ section of this website, and keep an eye on Sir Francis Hill Facebook page and Twitter page for more of these.
A routine in the house is fantastic way to keep a form of normality and stability for children, some families will prefer a relaxed routine whereas others may prefer a stricter routine. If you would like any advice regarding routines, please get in touch using the contact form.
Lockdown may provide more time for you to play with your child, take part in activities such as painting, colouring, ice smashing, chalk outside, then wash away with water, bubble painting, puppet shows, den making, hide and seek. We love to see photos of home learning and play opportunities on our Facebook page and Twitter page.
Here are some activities to try to keep you mind and body busy and active. Have fun!
Live story telling - Register to access live Story Telling sessions from the Early Years Alliance. Join Kaylee as she reads the classing We're Going on a Bear Hunt. Kaylee will share this much loved story, from her home to yours. There will be song and rhyme, anticipation and excitement! Get ready for some swishing and some swashing, some stumbling and tripping. It is sure to be a beautiful day... we're not scared!
- Activities in different languages to help those families where English is not the first language spoken at home.
- Thinking games - this website has links to a whole host of games designed to improve logical thinking skills
- Art for Kids Hub - this Youtube channel shows you how to draw a variety of things from animals to cartoon characters and even cars
Scavenger hunt ideas
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Make time 2 play - Make time 2 play facebook page, app and website are updated regularly with play activities for kids that encourage imaginative and exploratory play.
Five Minute Mum - Five minute fun activities for busy people to do with little kids.
Play Hooray - Daily play inspiration and ideas you can use at home with your babies and young children. Also on facebook and Instagram
Literacy Trust -a comprehensive web portal for parents as a response to school closures. Ideas and guidance for simple activities that will engage your children at home, while also benefiting their reading, writing and language development.
BBC Bitesize -Beginning Monday 20 April, BBC Bitesize will publish daily online lessons for all ages. We'll also have a new dedicated TV channel full of learning content, podcasts on BBC Sounds and loads of educational video on iPlayer
World of David Walliams -Every day at 11am, you can listen one of David Walliams’ World’s Worst Children stories, so sit down, take a break, and enjoy 20ish minutes of pure fun.
Phoenix Group -Phoenix Education Consultancy operates to improve the lives of children by supporting parents, teachers and policy makers. Pages dedicated to help you with COVID-19 and isolation ideas. Also available on facebook and Twitter.
EYFS Home -We offer a simple, organised programme of activities, advice and support and a much needed community for all those looking after 3-5 year-olds and their siblings.
- Lots of resources and ideas from The Incredible Years - parent, teachers and children training series
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Let's Go Live! with Maddie and Greg. This week we're learning about our BRILLIANT BODIES and in this episode we're exploring our super senses!
Oti Mabuse and Marius Lepure - WICKED kids class
10 more activities to try at home
1. Setting Up a Den in the house or a Camp in the garden – This activity can be useful to create a safe place for children and a place they know they can have some quiet time, such as, reading a book, playing with little people, teddies or puppets. You can ask them to contribute to set it up with you, make decorations, put up lights and a sign. Children will find this fun and different. It can create an imaginative world for the child.
2. Setting Up a Learning Place in the house and Do Learning Together – It is important that children feel they have an allocated space in the house where they can concentrate and focus on learning. It does not have to be a big space and can even be a shared space. It is more about how we use this space and what we do when we are learning. Setting up some ground rules for this will also be helpful. With a schedule, allocate time to learning in short and fruitful bursts, it is more about the quality and the positive experience of learning rather the quantity and speed at which we do these learning tasks. When you are noticing that learning is no longer fruitful, have a short break, a snack, a glass of water, some movement breaks. Family learning can be rich as we can all learn together and share understanding, problem-solving and information.
3. Cooking Together – Cooking is great as it also includes literacy and numeracy tasks, such as, reading recipes or counting and measuring ingredients. Involving children in cooking can be fun and full of joy as they are involved in producing a tangible product at the end. You can also ask the children to finish off the cookies, cake, etc. by decorating them, lots of time can be spent on this.
4. Puzzle, Lego, Visual-Spatial Activities – These activities tend to be calming as the brain focuses on putting things together rather than verbal or emotion demanding tasks. Offering these activities in the house will be of benefit to everyone as it will help all involved to be grounded and calm.
5. Setting Up a Fun Project – It is important to vary activities, like a carousel. Start with one and move on to the next. When activities are designed to promote different areas of development, children will find this more engaging than if it is tapping into the same type of skills so it is important to also have something creative, a fun project you will enjoy doing together. A fun project could be: making a scrapbook of different drawings, paintings, making characters out of modelling clay, picking up leaves from the garden and finding the name of the tree online, taking photographs of wildlife in the garden such as birds, animals, painting rocks with emojis on them, drawing a cartoon strip or writing a collection of short stories, inventing characters and drawing these, so many things that can be done. Some children may like the challenge of a research project.
6. Starting a Collection, Playing Board Games – Stamps, stones, leaves, labels and lots of other things can start collections. Board games, such as snakes and ladders, can be made using templates on the web.
7. Sending Messages, Letters and Postcards to Family and Friends – Keep in touch with your social networks via different communication modes either video call or messaging.
8. Learning a New Skill Together and/or Teaching a New Skill – There are lots of youtube videos nowadays that can teach skills step by step. Learn to say words in a different language, learn how to do sewing, knitting, crochet, slime, scrapbooking, photography, design a webpage together or design cards online.
9. Implementing Routines for Self-care and Mindfulness – It’s ok for all involved to feel this is not a normal situation. It is important to keep communicating, being transparent, responding to questions, presenting the facts as well as not bombarding with facts. Children are curious and like to find out about the world so it is a good opportunity to open their thinking by sharing information, exploring maps, countries. It is also important we are aware of feelings and able to recognise sensations, feelings and actions. Implement some self-care activities together such as doing a calming activity together, reading a book, relaxing, watching a film.
10. Exercising – Don’t forget to move and for the full family to move. You can set up some an obstacle course in the garden for example. This can be done using household items like a skipping rope, bottles, a ball. Like do 10 jumps, 10 skips, 10 hoops in the basketball hoop, knock 3 bottles down, etc. You can set up a challenge and time them going through the course. Walking the dog and playing with an animal can also be part of the routine.