Ideas to Occupy Children During Lockdown

Neal Fun https://neal.fun/ A really weird but wonderful site with loads of information to explore.

Top Marks https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button Brilliant for practising maths skills.

French Games https://www.french-games.net/ Learn new French words and practise old ones.

National Geographic Kids https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/ A huge variety of up – to – date information with photos and quizzes about the natural world.

National Gallery https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/must-sees Zoom in on ancient masterpieces.

How Stuff Works https://www.howstuffworks.com/ Vast amounts of information about everything!

Guinness World Records https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/ Watch videos and read about real – life record breakers.

Oxford Owl https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home Stacks of maths and English resources to use at home. Several ebooks to read at home.

Cbeebies https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies Some great learning games, quizzes and several topics to explores.

BBC Bitesize https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/primary Animations, activities and games to support all areas of the curriculum.

Shaun’s Game Academy https://www.shaunsgameacademy.co.uk/ Based on the Shaun the Sheep animated character, this website allows you to design your own game and learn how to code.

British Council https://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/short-stories Listen to and watch dozens of short stories before completing activities about them.

European Space Agency https://www.esa.int/kids/en/home Loads of things to do about space.

Going for walks

Take a bucket or a bag. Fill with:  anything interesting, manmade things, natural things, green things, smooth things, spiky things, etc. You could put the different ideas for what to collect in a ‘hat’ and pick one at random each time you go out.

 

Stick a strip of double sided sticky tape to a bookmark- sized piece of card. Go on the hunt for things to stick on. Can you make a pattern? What won’t stick? What sticks most successfully? You could go large and make a crown another time!

 

Make a nature picture. Look up Andy Goldworthy for some inspiration! Go back the next day to see if it’s still there – take a photo for comparison.

 

Take binoculars/ Magnifying glasses and a notebook – what did you see and where did you see it?

 

Go on a left- right walk. Begin the walk by taking the first left turning, then the next right turning, and so on. For a variation you could take a coin to flip every time you get to a junction – heads for left, tails for right.

 

Take some paper and tape (on a dry day!) and go for a ‘noticing’ walk. Use all of your senses to really notice things – then write a sign for others to notice them too – ‘STOP! This blossom smells amazing – smell it.’ ‘STOP! Have you seen this spiders web?’ ‘LOOK! There are three different colours on this petal – can you spot them?’

 

A dice walk: The dots on the dice are a special code whereby each number represents an instruction. For example: 1 = child chooses which way to go, 2 = parent chooses, 3 = go left 4 = go right 5 = go straight on 6 = turn back. Children could invent their own codes once they have the hang of it!

 

A time travelling walk. Look up old photos of your area. You could choose a selection and plan a route to see them all. When you get to each point on a photo, have a good look to pinpoint the differences. What changes are there? Look for the clothes people were wearing compared to now or the lampposts, TV aerials, neighbouring buildings (or lack of), etc. It would be interesting to have some photos from the town and some of the countryside. Which has changed more?