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Archive - July
Wednesday 1st July
This is the Royal Horticultural Society's thoughtful list of nature activities everyone can do at home. You don't need even need a garden. Contact with the natural world is proven to be important for our wellbeing and the RHS explain that "It can be comforting for children (and big kids like us!) to know that while there’s uncertainty in our lives at the moment, the sun rises every day, and flowers are blooming outside." Why not have a go at one of these simple activities today?
Thursday 2nd July
500 Words is a story-writing competition for kids. This is the 10th year of the competition and children are being asked to respond to the themes and issues emerging from the Black Lives Matter movements across the world with an original story in 500 words or fewer.
DEADLINE is tomorrow, Friday 3rd July at 11.59pm!
Friday 3rd July
Maybe your child is super tidy and their room is always ordered and organised but if they're like mine, maybe you'd like some help getting them to keep things straight. This article has some great advice, along with free printable labels if you want them, for helping your child learn how to have a tidy space. It's simple, realistic and meets the child at their level. Invest a bit of time this weekend and you may never have to nag them about this again!
Monday 6th July
An exciting competition for all children, young people and teachers launched especially to encourage engagement during the Covid-19 crisis and to coincide with the new 100 Black Britons campaign results. Just click on the site and check out the competition rules for your age group from pre-school up. There are great prizes available too for the most creative and innovative entries - you could win a bundle of diversity resources for your school!
The site also has teaching resources for school and home learning to help support the broadening of the curriculum to include the history of people of African and Carribean descent in Britain.
Tuesday 7th July
The Poet Laureate, Cressida Cowell has an exciting Creativity Summer Camp this week with top authors, poets and illustrators contributing sessions. Lots to have a go at including writing tips, illustration lessons, poetry and performance workshop and story sharing from around the world. All free and a different theme each day - maybe make this your #unexpectedhomeschool creativity week!
Wednesday 8th July
Children's mental health charity Place2Be has a great page of wellbeing activities. They have their own Art Room at Home activities which are designed by specialists to address specific aspects of mental wellbeing. Some of these are aimed at primary aged children but there's no age limit for and older children and teens will also enjoy the ideas here -there's even a specific activity for Y6-Y7 transition. Place2Be also provide a number of links to other resources from outside organisations offering wellbeing support with exercise, keeping active, nature activities, books, films, tv and quizzes.
Thursday 9th July
White Rose Maths has helpfully produced a range of work booklets for parents and children to use over the summer or during next year. These booklets can be found on Amazon for the Kindle or downloaded from the website. There are between 5 and 12 booklets for each year from Y1 to Y6 divided into terms and topics.
Friday 10th July
The LIttle Angel Theatre in Islington is a dedicated puppet theatre for children. They produce really magical shows which they have made available for free online while they have to be closed (although do consider giving them a donation if you are able to). They also have a lot of creative activities for 3-11 year olds and stories for all ages read by a number of talented performers on their YouTube channel.
Monday 13th July
Originally set up to support students in her own school, Dilys' blog highlights a different artist each week along with activities designed to inspire pupils' responses. There is interesting and concise information about each artist and the activities are carefully planned without a lot of equipment to ensure accessibility to all children. Her site includes lots of examples of her pupils' work alongside plenty of images from the artist to really give you a flavour of the unique aspects of their work.
Tuesday 14th July
If you and your child would like a straightforward way into learning coding then the Code For Life program developed by Ocado will help you get started. It's totally free, just requires an email sign up. Through a series of challenges it takes the student on a learning journey from simple block coding using Blockly onto Python, the coding language used by large organisations like Google and Nasa. There are two ways to access the program - as a teacher or as an 'independent student'; the second one is what you want if you're a parent homeschooling.
Wednesday 15th July
If you're not sure where to start with mindfulness for children and young people that are out there then this might be the list for you. A thoughtful summary of some of the most useful mindfulness apps for kids and teens by parenting expert Anita Cleare. Social distancing, quarantine, lockdowns etc. will have had an impact on everybody's wellbeing and you can help your young person to deal with their emotions, anxiety and stress by encouraging them to look after their mental health.
Thursday 16th/Friday 17th July
If you're not going anywhere this weekend then check out the Young Artists Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy. 100 artworks chosen from those submitted this year by young people across the country. This is a truly stunning exhibition showcasing young talent and the thoughts, dreams and concerns of the next generation. All free to see and online. You can even vote for your favourite for the People's Choice Award - but be warned, it's a difficult choice!
Monday 20th July
The summer holidays are either here for you already, or very nearly, and whether you're a parent or teacher (or both!) you might be wondering what your young people might like to read over the holidays. The Reader Teacher is a great place to start if you're looking for suggestions for books for your primary aged kids. There are 100 books recommended for each year group displayed by cover - which I think is an excellent idea because this is definitely how I chose books as a kid. If you click a cover it takes you to the Amazon page for that title which means you can read the reviews that other readers have left. Then you can buy from Amazon, from somewhere else or ask your local library if they've got the title. Happy reading!
Tuesday 21st July
I realise school is only just finished but if you'd like a few fun activities to keep your kids maths from slipping over the holidays a few of these will help to avoid the summer slump. Free, fun, short activities to keep brains busy over the long break.
Archive - June
Monday 8th June
Starting today and until 14th June Puffin children's book publishers are inviting you to "join authors, illustrators and real Puffins for a week of events, travel through Puffin’s 80 year history and get oodles of ideas to keep children dreaming after screen-time.
Illustrator in Residence Nick Sharratt will be drawing your dreams all week. Send in your kids' most wild and extraordinary dreams using the hashtag #PuffinDreamer or by email to
PuffinDreamer@penguinrandomhouse.co.uk until Friday 12 June." Check out the Facebook event page and watch with your kids, twice a day at 10.30am and 3.30pm for a 15 - 20-minute video which will include a creative activity you can try at home. The festival will culminate in a live weekend extravaganza at 11am on 13 and 14 June.
Wednesday 10th June
I'm a day late with this but don't let that mean you miss out on this great children's literature festival. Sign in live to talks from favourite children's authors from today to Saturday 14th June or catch up on ones you've missed by clicking 'Watch Again'. Lots of great talks for kids from 3-12(ish). Another great festival adapted to online - thanks Barnes Literature Festival!
Thurs/Fri 11-12th June
Today and tomorrow experiment and have sciencey fun with the East Kent Science Jamboree! There are shows to watch and experiments to have a go at in the first ever Virtual Science Jamboree. It's all free and you can take part wherever you are in the world. Start with the fantastic Air Show this morning and gather your equipment for a series of exciting science activities.
Thursday 4th June
Little Wild Things is a Forest School based in West Oxfordshire encouraging children to get outdoors for play and adventures. "We want children to love being outdoors ... because nature is something that you never grow out of." They have made some lovely YouTube videos with activities you can have a go with in any outside space - park, garden or woods if you're lucky enough to have access to some! Aimed originally at younger children I think your teens could easily have a go at the circus skills! Link is to the YouTube channel and their website is here: Little Wild Things.
Friday 5th June
"CREST is a scheme that inspires young people to think and behave like scientists and engineers." It is an award scheme that stretches from 5 year olds to 16+. There are easy, low-cost activities outlined for children up to about 11 and then the projects become wider and more heavily student designed. Resources are free and there is a small cost if you want to redeem your award and certify your completion. Highly recommended, I've been involved in several of these over the last 20 years and am now running small zoom-based Science Club for four Y5 children.
Saturday 6th June
I haven't posted a recipe for a while and this rainbow fudge looks like a lot of fun for a weekend treat. Also, I love that this is on the STEAM Powered Family - they have a lot of other great projects too! Rainbows are big at the moment - in windows for kids walks, to give thanks for key workers and, this month, to celebrate Pride. As if you ever needed an excuse to make rainbow fudge...
Monday 1st June
This is a fantastic idea for getting everyone moving. Created by Claire Balkind who set up the Facebook group FAMILY LOCKDOWN TIPS & IDEAS. The PDF is free on Facebook and Claire has given permission for me to post it here too. It is one of the ideas from a little book she's published to raise money for Barnardo' children's charity. The book is £1.99, all the proceeds go to Barnardo's and you can buy it here - Family Lockdown Tips & Ideas: 20 Easy and Fun Activities.
Tuesday 2nd June
Sign up to get your free pack and spend June with thousands of other people (me included) taking part in the annual nature challenge, 30 Days Wild! Wildlife Trusts want you to do one wild thing a day throughout the whole month: for your health, wellbeing and for the planet. That’s 30 simple, fun and exciting Random Acts of Wildness.
Wednesday 3rd June
I used to read this as a kid and now my children have a huge pile of copies that they read and reread (many bought second hand). The Beano website is lots of fun with quizzes, jokes and 'boredom busters'. I also just found out that they are giving away a digital 'Golden Beano' every month as a pdf - no sign up necessary. Beano.com is firmly aimed at kids but also includes plenty of sneaky educational content - win win!
Saturday 13th June
I just discovered this awesome free app and website. The website has curated audio tours with pictures of some of the top art galleries and museums in the world. The app has even more exciting features with multiple ways to explore art, artists and galleries including a tool for scanning an artwork and identifying the artist or giving you more information about the piece. As close as you can get to an actual museum tour, or just browse to find out more about what you're interested in from Canaletto to Picasso and the National Gallery in London to the Museum of Street Art in New York.
Monday 15th June
Radioblogging is a daily interactive literacy show; a fantastic and fun resource for families and schools. There are interviews, games, writing challenges and reading support. Children are encouraged to take part and their writing can be published during and after the show. Each day has a focus and real poets and writers present and give input. Kids love its energetic style and there's plenty to get everyone reading and writing for pleasure!
Tuesday 16th June
Blutick is a great tool for supporting your secondary aged students with mathematical concepts. It uses technical analysis to give automatic feedback line-by-line and is really straight forward to use. There are videos to show how to work through problems step-by-step and tests at the end of each session to assess understanding. It can be used by parents at home or by schools to set work and is completely free to everyone until 1st September; but the most of the features that students and parents will find useful are free forever!
Wednesday 17th June
This is a pre-lockdown list but there are lots of great ideas for connecting children with their grandparents which work well at a distance - on a video call, on the phone or by mail. Feeling connected and loved with those outside our households is especially difficult at the moment. Children and older people not familiar especially may find it hard to connect just by chatting so mixing it up with games and activities can be really helpful.
Thursday 18th June
Children are needing to interact with their peers but as lockdowns around the world slowly lift there are still social distancing rules in place. It can be difficult to get children to observe restrictions so parenting expert Anita Cleare has come up with a list of games that are naturally non-contact that kids can play together; apart. There are suggestions for pairs, groups, families and child with adult - so something for everyone!
Friday 19th-Sun 21st June
I've been looking forward to promoting this; it sounds awesome! If you haven't been doing #30DaysWild in June then it's not too late to start, maybe begin your wild journey with the Big Wild Weekend. Check them out on Twitter @30DaysWild and Facebook on the 30DaysWild group.
Monday 22nd June
Listen to poems and stories and be inspired to write your own or explore the texts with the authors. The Children's Bookshow is a charity which encourages a love of books and reading, usually with shows and workshops but just now they are offering great online readings and activities with poets and writers. Right now they have the lovely Valerie Bloom, Jamaican-born poet and novelist reading some of her work and talking about how to work on your own poems.
Tuesday 23rd June
Need some help with supporting your child learning maths at home? National Numeracy has produced a whole website to help called Family Maths Toolkit. It has lots of guidance about how to help your child and what they will be learning in school at their age. They have also provided for free a set of 'Everyday Maths' activities for ages 4-11. If you aren't confident in Maths yourself, the main National Numeracy website has lots of resources to improve your maths too!
Wednesday 24th June
I think sensory experiences improve wellbeing so as well as being inclusive and accessible, this brilliantly assembled list of sensory activities can support happier learning for everyone. It will be especially useful for parents of Early Years children and children with SEN who particularly benefit from sensory stimuli. The list includes oral, auditory, visual and tactile learning ideas along with fine motor and core strength activities. There's a section of Self-Regulation Sensory Ideas For Anxious Children and a separate pages of Scavenger Hunts. If you've never thought of using specifically sensory activities with your children, this is a great place to start, and if you're an old hand then you might find some new ideas or get reminded of some great tricks you'd forgotten.
Thursday 25th - Friday 26th June
Maidstone Museum are posting a brand new activity pretty much every weekday of lockdown. Spike the dinosaur picks an item in the museum, tells you all about it and suggests an activity. Don't let his day glo orange fur and cheery grin encourage you to think that this is just for young kids though, the ideas are good jumping off points for any primary aged child. The information sheets are interesting and accessible for children and activities use minimal equipment and are explained really clearly. In addition to the daily sheets there are 'Takeover Tuesdays' which have a specific theme and colouring sheets of Spike for little ones. A really great resource.
Monday 29th June
A couple involved in the flailing travel industry decided to do something to help others in lockdown and have produced a really fantastic series of travel workbooks for children. There are currently ten, each focusing on a different country with 12-15 pages of info and activities. If you subscribe they'll send you a new one each week. You can currently visit:
Really well designed and completely free! What a generous offering; thanks Joram and Laura!
Tuesday 30th June
Science for One is an amazing resource developed by the Primary Science Teaching Trust. They are publishing a new practical science activity sheet every week which is designed to be done by ONE child using ONE easy to obtain resource (paper, pencils, scissors may also be required). This means they can be done by kids learning at home and by pupils social distancing at school. Each activity is differentiated by age - 5-7, 7-9 and 9-11 which means there are also ideas for children working above or below age related expectations; also children of any age might want to just try them all! Great encouragement for discussion and improving scientific thinking - this is my specialist area!
Archive - May
Friday 1st May
Some much needed, really thoughtful and, importantly, fun(!) activities for mindfulness, reflection and outdoor investigation. Just my kind of thing as they are suitable for all ages, toddler to adult, and are designed to help to slow us down and reduce feelings of being overwhelmed in this difficult time - just what I'm trying to do here!
Saturday 2nd May
On Friday 8th May there will be a Bank Holiday in the UK to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the end of war in Europe. Big celebrations are obviously out but this seems like a good opportunity to come together whilst staying apart. Artventurers have provided a free printable kit of decorations but you might also like to check out the Facebook commuity page The Big Neighbourhood V.E Day 75 Family Festival at Home! and good simple explanation of the celebration for kids is available for free when you sign up with Twinkl.
Monday 4th May
Such a lovely idea and a great resource. Pobble365 provides a picture each day to stimulate creative writing along with simple question and activities suitable for multiple ages. You could do these exercises with all your children together, or there is enough information that older children could work independently.
Tuesday 5th May
A great list of 44 engineering challenges to inspire the next generation from the James Dyson Foundation. Each one comes with a video presented by a real engineer and giving background and information about the challenge. Choose something that excites you and see what you can make - you might invent something completely unique!
Wednesday 6th May
Get experimenting! Sphere Science - a science education consultancy - have released two free booklets of tried and tested experiments for you to do at home with your primary aged children. Download or print off. Click on Activate 1 and Activate 2 in the subtitle of the homepage.
Thursday 28th May
A fantastic way to tour the world and discover places you’d never even heard of before. Take the tutorial to get an idea of the tools you can use but I recommend the Voyager trips to get you started; click on the ships wheel icon to have a look at the tours you could try. Or roll the dice and see where you end up!
Friday 29th May
Why ‘go’ to Austria? Why not? A friend put me onto the Austrian Tourist Board’s awesome lockdown-oriented website. You can ‘virtually’ visit 11 interesting attractions from the amazing Giant Ice Caves (in 360o ) to Mozart’s House in Salzburg. There are recipes of Austrian dishes for a taste of the country and some amazingly relaxing videos of beautiful scenery with just the sounds of nature. If I ever get to go on holiday again, it may be here…
Saturday 30th May
The great thing about theatres during lockdown is that you can get close to the real experience of being ‘out’ by actually watching a play staged there. The Globe Theatre is a faithful rebuild of Shakespeare’s actual theatre and while it’s well worth an actual visit for the proper experience, the 360o virtual tour gives you a good idea of what it’s like. Every two weeks they are also releasing a free Shakespeare play recorded at the Globe – this half term it’s A Winter’s Tale – and if there’s a specific play you’d like to see they’re available to buy on GlobePlayer. If you want to introduce younger kids to Shakespeare, The School Run has a good list of resources.
Monday 25th May
Starting off the week with a place you can actually go; your own garden/park/windowsill! Don’t worry if you don’t have a garden, there are plenty of activities here for your indoor garden or daily walk too. All this week you can celebrate the fun that gardens hold for kids. Children, parents, grandparents, schools or garden businesses can find ideas for fun garden projects and activities on this site.
Tuesday 26th May
Think spies, secret service and racing against the clock to save your country. This is the park where, during WWII, the best mathematical brains in Britain came together to decode the enemy’s secret messaging Enigma Machine. It’s a very atmospheric place to visit out of lockdown but this link will give you a pretty good idea of the place with a 360o YouTube tour. It’s only a six minute guided tour but you can look all around you while the guide talks and videos play on the walls of the rooms! Lots more info on the Bletchley Park website.
Wednesday 27th May
Seems a bit cheeky to make my Site of the Day my own site, but today's Half Term place to 'go' is your own Traditional Fair! There almost certainly aren’t any fairs running this half term but you can have your own traditional fair games at home with very little effort. There are lots of opportunities to get really creative with this one but I have made a list of suggestions for games right here on the site (I even made you some signs for easy decorating!). You don't have to set up the whole lot, you might just want to spend all day making a pin the tail on the donkey game (or pin the creeper on the Minecraft house/Hat on the Cat...)
Thursday 21st May
Today is World Meditation Day! Cosmic Kids mindfulness and Peace Out videos are a great way to introduce kids to the idea of looking after their mental wellbeing. The channel is well known for its yoga videos too so check them out here.
Clear your diaries for tomorrow afternoon (Saturday 23rd May) and join in with the RSPB's Wild Sleepout. You don't actually have to camp in the garden, there is an exciting timetable of activities from 4pm-9.30pm, lots of which can be done without even having a garden! Have a 'Wild Time' with some 'Fun After Dark'...
Saturday 23rd May
"We are going to host a FREE 2-day action-packed, fun-filled, VIRTUAL play festival which you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home!
All you need is:
A stable internet connection
A device of choice to watch the streams on (mobile, computer, TV)
The weekend of the 23rd and 24th of May cleared 🙂
Monday 18th May
Any budding geographers out there? The Royal Geographical Society run an annual competition giving "young people the chance to explore the potential that geography holds."
They say:"Although we might all be confined to our homes, and doing #geographyathome, we are asking young people to explore their wider geographical horizons by providing entries to our Young Geographer of the Year competition and explore the geography of:
'The world beyond my window'" Find more details and entry forms by clicking the button below.
Tuesday 19th May
Whether you want to wander in the flowers, get tips on planting or make a seed bomb pinata (which I personally think sounds awesome) there are lots of exciting virtual activities lined up for the famous flower show this week. "The world’s greatest flower show is going digital to bring you an exciting line-up of world-leading designers, plant experts and practical gardening advice – all from the comfort of your home".
Wednesday 20th May
Is your child between 6 and 18? Would they like to win up to £200 of National Book Tokens? Then they should enter the Puffin and National Book Tokens children's short story competition. Stories on the theme of 'Big Dreams' should be up to 300 words and submitted by 28th May. Six children's authors will judge the entries in 3 age categories. For more information check out the website below...
Thursday 14th May
The famous Hay Literary Festival has a great program lined up for children and young people with talks from lots of everyone's favourite authors about their work. Each day from 18-22 May two primary and two secondary authors will be introduced by Konnie Huq and Jenny Valentine. There are lots of great additional learning resources and activities from colour-in Tom Gates posters (Liz Pichon) to full KS3 lesson plans for Jane Austen (Lucy Worsley) and loads more...
Friday 15th May
My kids have gone wild for this game in the last few days so I promised I'd make it my Site of the Day on Friday. It's been explained to me in detail but basically it's a quest game where you defeat the monsters by getting maths questions correct. The questions get harder as you get better and there are characters and accessories to collect and choose from which is an added attractions for the children! My children reckon it's approximately aimed at Upper KS2/Lower KS3.
Saturday 16th May
Mother Could is a site and Instagram account run by Myriam with Play at Home Activities and Recipes for little ones. You can go to mothercould.com to explore but her best resource is her Instagram feed which has lots of great ideas from playdough recipes to daily schedules for little ones and even how to make a face mask from a disposable nappy/diaper!
Monday 11th May
Want some great suggestions for what your kids and young adults might like to read next? What We Do All Day has lots of incredible book lists for kids of all ages and interests from superhero picture books to chapter books to read aloud to young adult retelling of Jane Austen novels - truly something for everyone.
Tuesday 12th May
A great website to get kids coding. It has a big selection of projects for a number of programming languages and a variety of different hardware. You don't have to have any equipment except a computer to do many of the projects like Scratch and Python. If you do have a BBC Microbit, a Raspberry Pi or even access to a 3D Printer there are projects for these too.
Wednesday 13th May
You might not be able to get out and visit our historic sites, but English Heritage are still here to help you discover the best stories from England’s past. There are videos, crafts, recipes and activities for adults and children to do.
Thursday 7th May
STEM Ambassadors are streaming a series of live sessions today for children and young people aged 7-18. Check out the timetable here...
Friday 8th May
It's the 75th anniversary of VE Day today and English Heritage have loads of resources to help you celebrate including a Lindy Hop dance lesson at midday and a Dance for VE Day band session at 5pm.
Archive - April
Thursday 30th April
Great art ideas with exciting activities for kids from the Tate Gallery website. Games, quizzes, videos, activities and unusual art ideas - chocolate painting anyone...? If you're not sure where to start, or have never visited an art gallery, try Jacqueline Wilson's 3 min introduction to the Tate.
Wednesday 29th April
An article from provide a list of sensible and simple suggestions for lockdown activities with explanations as to how to they might specifically work for people with autism. They have other great articles so check them out.
Tuesday 28th April
Yaz Phillips, a primary school teacher with a specialism in Early Years originally drew up some timetables for her 3 year old to keep him busy in lockdown. She kindly shared the charts and associated activities on social media and loads of people wanted to use them - so many that she's set up a website! They're all free and can be downloaded or printed. Not everyone is a teacher or wants to be too prescriptive so the idea is not that you follow them to the letter but they might help to give you ideas and a structure to your days if you'd like one.
Monday 27th April
The Science Museum has produced a pdf of their Kitchen Science booklet. You can print it out or just read the instructions online. 10 great experiments with clear instructions and equipment that is easy to find around the house.
Sunday 26th April
DK Find Out
Dorling Kindersley are known for a wide range of information books for children but you might not know that they also have a website that you can use like a giant kid-safe encyclopaedia. Called DK Find Out it has information, quizzes and videos aimed at children aged around 4-12.
Saturday 25th April
Today is Anzac Day, a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders "who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations" and "the contribution and suffering of all those who have served".
History of Anzac Day from the New Zealand government
Recipe for Anzac Biscuits
Friday 24th April
City Nature Challenge 2020
Invented by citizen science staff at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (Lila Higgins) and California Academy of Sciences (Alison Young). The City Nature Challenge is an international effort for people to find and document plants and wildlife in cities across the globe. It’s a bioblitz-style competition where cities are in a contest against each other to see who can make the most observations of nature, who can find the most species, and who can engage the most people.
Thursday 23rd April
Shakespeare at the Globe Theatre
Happy Birthday/Deathday to Shakespeare! How about celebrating by watching one of his famous plays? The Globe Theatre is streaming a different play each fortnight during the lockdown, at the moment it's Romeo and Juliet.
Wednesday 22nd March
Left Brain Craft Brain
The fabulous Anne who is Left Brain Craft Brain creates lots of very exciting resources for crafty engineering. Suitable for kids right up to teens her ideas are clearly presented and use everyday materials you will probably have at home.
Tuesday 21st April
Green Box First Aid
Green Box First Aid are offering free online first aid training aimed at children. It's on YouTube and live every Friday - so you've got time to catch up before the next one!
Monday 20th April
BBC Bitesize - Daily Lessons
I know this has been Site of the Day before but BBC Bitesize has just released a huge comprehensive resource with lessons each day for every age group on their website. There is also an accompanying podcast for 10 minutes or so every morning to help you to plan your day.
Sunday 19th April
The Little Gym At Home
The Little Gym is a dedicated children's gymnastics franchise which provides music, movement and fun classes for children 4 months to 12 years. As they can't operate normally at the moment they are providing their expertise in the form of free YouTube classes for their full range of ages.
Saturday 18th April
…was built in the 1870s for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild to display his collections and entertain fashionable guests. The website has excellent resources for visiting from home including a detailed virtual room tours (you can choose to wander in VR too if you have a headset). They also have lots of digital resources for families this Easter including a Myths and Legends Digital Trail, historical recipe ideas and a number of downloadable craft activities.
Friday 17th April
Cinderella at the Mercury Theatre
YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO THE BALL OF THE YEAR WITH CINDERELLA, THE ULTIMATE RAGS-TO-RICHES TALE!
But hurry, the production turns into a pumpkin this Sunday, 19th April, so one to watch this weekend.
Thursday 16th April
Have a wander around the painter Monet’s house in Giverny, NW of Paris. Much of the décor involves quite extraordinary use of colour which I think children, especially, will love!
Wednesday 16th April
Royal Museums Greenwich
Includes the National Maritime Museum, architectural Queen’s House, Royal Observatory and the famous Cutty Sark. The museums are open online with lots of videos and artifacts to explore. Highlights include finding the sea monsters in a 16thC map and the home learning sections which include great activities for ages 3-16.
Tuesday 14th April
If you’d like to feel you’ve gone somewhere even though public transport is out at the moment you could take a relaxing train journey on YouTube. Have it on in the background while you relax, let your toddler ‘drive’ or arrange your furniture like a carriage, pack some snacks and magazines and head off on your trip.
Friday 10th April
A Forest Experience
You may not be able to go for a walk through the real trees at the moment but put this woodland timelapse on your biggest screen and do a year of forest bathing in 3 minutes.
Thursday 9th April
National Museum of the United States Airforce
Explore the oldest and largest military aviation museum in the world, based in Dayton, Ohio.
Wednesday 8th April
Live Animal Webcams
Visit some amazing wildlife on live webcams around the world. This collection of around 100 live webcams includes bees in Germany, eagles nesting in Iowa and Gorillas in the Democratic Republic of Congo. If the animals aren’t making an appearance when you check in you can rewind to see what they were doing earlier…
Tuesday 7th April
Yosemite National Park
This was yesterday's Easter Holiday Calendar place to 'go' - it's a great virtual experience, you can hear the birds and the waterfalls too. Relaxing and educational.
Monday 6th April
Puffin Books Activity Packs
Free activity packs with loads of fun things to do with three different age options.
Sunday 5th April
Lots of ideas for garden based activities for children and young people of all ages plus lesson plans and growing ideas on everything from plants to birds.
Saturday 4th April
The Kid Should See This
A great resources for exciting and interesting videos. They describe it at "an unprecedented collection of over 4,500 kid-friendly videos, curated for teachers and parents who want to share smarter, more meaningful media in the classroom and at home. Selections are grown-up-friendly, too. And thanks to our members, it's free for everyone."
Friday 3rd April
BBC Bitesize has been archived for a while but all the great resources are still on there. They currently have all the resources for Primary to KS4 - tailored to the different curricula in the four countries of the UK, but there are so many brilliant videos, quizzes, and fact files applicable to everyone. You only need a BBC TV licence to access the iPlayer items. From 20th April they are reviving the site to offer daily lessons for all ages so you might want to bookmark it!
Thursday 2nd April
Harry Potter at Home
"We know that everyone is trying to keep safe at home at the moment and so, with J.K. Rowling and our friends at Audible, Bloomsbury, OverDrive, Pottermore Publishing and Scholastic, we are delighted to introduce Harry Potter At Home to help children, parents, carers and teachers add a touch of Harry Potter magic to our new daily lives."
Wednesday 1st April
MathsFrame Free Maths Games
Great free maths games from MathsFrame. If you'd like their worksheets and extra curriculum support you can also register for just £10 for a year.
Site of the Day
Saturday 28th March
The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
This weekend take a virtual wander around the galleries of the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. - especially good for dinosaur lovers. It's like Google Streetview but for a museum, plus you can read all the labels (or just race round after your kids). No need to pack a lunch or negotiate in the shop either!
Site of the Day Thursday 26th March
Scouts - The Great Indoors
A page of ideas from the Scouts for you to do from inside your home. "While we normally love the great outdoors, we’ve pulled together some inspired indoor activity ideas (if we do say so ourselves). Keep your kids learning new skills and having fun (and avoid hearing ‘I’m bored’ every 30 seconds) all in #TheGreatIndoors."
Site of the Day Wed 25 March -
19 Things to do with your kids in isolation
Log in to download. This free mini-book "covers 19 categories of ideas of what to do at home with your children while you are in isolation. The activities are designed to use what you have at home and fit in to your daily life easily."
You may have heard of Joe Wicks and his work outs for adults but you might not know that he's got two great resources for your kids while they're off school and stuck at home - a daily live PE lesson at 9am (London time but you can pick it up later as it's recorded) and also 5 Minute Moves if you just want a quick energise.
Site of the Day Monday 23rd March
Steve Spangler Science
Steve Spangler is my absolutely favourite Science Presenter (and this is my specialist area as I'm one too!). He has a great presentation style and is fun to watch plus he has a huge library of experiments you can do at home with reliable instructions and clear scientific explanations. Exciting science for children from about 5 to 16 plus adults will want to get in on the action.
Site of the Day - Sunday 22nd March Scratch
"Create stories, games and animations and share with others around the world." Scratch is a well known block coding website made by the famous MIT in American. It is free, quite straight forward to use, easy to set up an account and there are lots of suggested projects online. Your child may also be using it in school and have learned a bit about it already. Suitable for children from about 6 to 18.
Site of the Day - Saturday 21st March Wind in the Willows
No one can get the theatre right now but the theatre is coming to you! This weekend why not relax with the family and watch the London West End production of the classic Wind in the Willows? It's free or you can support with a small donation.
Site of the Day Archive - March
Site of the Day - Monday 30th March
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems
Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together. If you post your art to social media, be sure to hashtag it with #MoLunchDoodles!
Site of the Day Sunday 29th March
Five Minute Mum
This is a fabulous website with loads of great ideas for activities with young children. She also gives lots of good advice and you might like to read her blog too.