Daily free ideas and activities for families at home during coronavirus
Daily free ideas and activities for families at home during coronavirus
Stuck for ideas or overwhelmed by everything that's out there? We've got tried and tested daily (yes daily!) ideas for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and schoolchildren that are fun, educational and easy to do
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Activities to do TODAY (Day 16)
1. Get a personal Shout Out from Andy and the Odd Socks band!
Andy Day of Andy’s Wild Adventures and the band Andy and the Odd Socks has announced on his Facebookpage and Twitter that he and the band are looking to “spread a little cheer” by organising personal shout outs.
Pics: Andy and The Odd Socks/Facebook
“If you’ve got a birthday party that’s been cancelled, or you want to say well done to someone in your family or you just want to cheer someone up then how about a Shout Out from Andy and the Odd Socks!” Andy explains. “We’ve decided to try and spread a bit of happiness over the next couple of months with our brand new Shout Outs. All you have to do is email the details to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll send you back a video message from Rio, Moxy, Blu, Cousin Mac or me.”
You’ll need to know the name and the age of your child and what the Shout Out is for – to cheer them up, wish Happy Birthday or something else.
You can check out lots of the band’s videos on YouTube – they’re really good fun to sing along to.
We were SO excited when we heard ITV had launched this brilliant campaign to get kids to colour in their logo and share it on social media for a chance for it to be included in a very special version of the logo, featuring artwork from kids across the nation.
To take part, simply download and print out the logo outline, available on the ITV website.
Next, get your child to draw, paint or sketch on the logo (and generally make it look awesome!), take a photo of it and share it on Twitter or Instagramwith the hashtag #ITVKidsCreate and @ITV: if they’re keen to use it, they’ll direct message you.
The competition runs until Sunday 19 April at midnight: good luck!
Yes, there really is such a thing as no-mess finger painting! Check out this ingenious hack on YouTube by Kids Activities using a plastic zip file – and watch your little one have artsy fun without getting paint absolutely everywhere…
Get ready for Easter by seeking out the face paints and turning your little one into a chick! Encourage them to wear a yellow t-shirt and any other yellow clothes they have too and they’re ready to go!
It’s not cheap especially if you only have one Trolls fan in the home, but it could be a popular Easter treat. BAnd if you want to catch the original Trolls movie before watching the sequel, you can buy or rent it on Amazon Prime and Sky Store along with other streaming services.
Free Trolls colouring sheets and singalong video
Print lots of free colouring sheets from Supercolouring and Crayola featuring Trolls characters including Poppy, Branch, Biggie and Mr Dinkles.
Sing and dance along to Can’t Stop The Feeling on YouTube from the original Trolls movie, sung by Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick. Just expect to hear it on repeat!
2. Play music with Myleene Klass and her kids this morning
Pic: Myleene’s Music Klass/YouTube
Your kids can now have music lessons from a popstar with live online classes hosted by singer and broadcaster, Myleene Klass.
With her daughters, Ava and Hero, Myleene hosts her ‘Music Klass’ on Instagram live and YouTube at 10am on Mondays and Fridays.
So far, music lessons from the Hear’Say singer and classical cellist have taught us about rhythms, the difference between major and minor keys, how to turn TV music themes into lullabies and how to ‘colour’ music. Your kids can catch up with them all on Myleene’s ‘Music Klass’ YouTube channel.
You don’t even need a musical instrument to join. Children can simply bang along with a wooden spoon on some cooking pots as a makeshift drum (ear plugs may be required).
Make an instrument for babies and toddlers
Pic: Today’s Parent/YouTube
Create your own colourful homemade maracas for your toddler using this simple video tutorialfrom Today’s Parent. All you need is a plastic bottle, cardboard toilet roll (or just cardboard) and something to fill the shakers with such as buttons, beads or paper clips. Rice and pasta will do just as well – although you may be taking care of these store cupboard essentials!
Fill the bottle a third of the way up, glue the lid on securely and stick on the cardboard handle. Your little music maker will love shaking the maraca and exploring not just sounds but also movement.
3. Brilliant craft you can eat – Create painted toast
Take your toast to the next level with this super simple craft idea shared by mum, Lizzie Amy, in the Facebook group Family Lockdown Tips & Ideas.
Chances are you’ve already got everything you need at home – just grab a cupcake tin (or any small pots you have handy), pour in a dash of milk, add a couple drops of food colouring and mix to create your edible paints.
Psssst: Have you read our Cybex Eezy S review? A little chick told us there’s another keyword hidden on this page!
Activities for Day 14
1. Explore inside the Pyramids and watch the most amazing free-running in Cairo (including camels)
Are your children interested in the Pyramids, the Pharoahs and mummies? Now you can ‘walk’ inside Ancient Egyptian landmarks through amazing 360° virtual tours on this popular VR museum Facebook page Egypt Cradle of Civilisation.
And that’s not all. You can also watch some fast free-running around Cairo from the breathtaking sites to the bustling markets, with a few camels to bounce over along the way.
2. Have a dance party in your living room with Big Fish Little Fish at 2pm today
Pic: Big Fish Little Fish/Facebook
Get your Sunday off to a lively start by raving with Big Fish Little Fish, as they host a live stream for you to dance along to in your living room.
This is something the whole family can get involved with – just head to the Big Fish Little Fish Facebook page at 2pm this afternoon to catch the live stream.
Kids will love the bubbles, confetti and dance moves to follow along to and parents will no doubt recognise a song or two.
Pic: Captain Cookie Crafts/Facebook
Ahead of this afternoon’s live stream, Big Fish Little Fish also posted this fun tutorial of how to make your very own rave crown. All you need is some cardboard and whatever craft supplies you have handy to make this fantastic accessory for your living room rave!
Activities for Day 13
1. Saturday quiz time
Which countries are these?
The first one’s OK but then it gets harder, so how many countries can you name?
Answers all the way down at the bottom of this article!
2. Join the lions and tigers live today with Big Cat Week Live at Paradise Park
Pic: Paradise Wildlife Park on Facebook
When you can’t go to the zoo – the zoo can come to you! Paradise Wildlife Park will be streaming live on Facebook this morning (and if you miss the live stream you can watch the video on their Facebook page later). Today, the keepers will be spending time feeding and talking about the Park’s majestic white lions.
The last live streaming featured some incredible jaguars.
Pic: Paradise Wildlife Park, Broxbourne on Facebook
Big cat activities with The Tiger Who Came To Tea
If you enjoy this why not continue the big cat theme with some downloadable activities on The Tiger Who Came To Tea official website.
As well as dot to dots, colouring sheets, word search and drawing, there are also beautiful quote cards from Judith Kerr’s much-loved children’s book.
Bongo’s Bingo ‘Live from the Bungalow’ kicks off at 8pm and you can expect some adult-flavoured fun.
Before the lockdown, Bongo’s Bingo were running 50 events a week, which they describe as:
A crazy mix of traditional bingo, dance-offs, rave intervals, audience participation and countless magical moments
Like many, they’ve now moved to holding live online events (on Saturdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays). Last weekend they partnered with LadBible and more than 1 milliion Bingoers tuned in, raising £7K in donations for the UK’s NHS heroes.
All you need to join in is WiFi, a mobile phone and paper.
1. Free live magic fun for toddlers and magic science for homeschoolers
Pic: Dr Zob’s magic science session/Captain Fantastic
There’s a whole party of online homeschooling classes and entertainers popping up right now on Facebook Live and YouTube. Some are good, some are, hmmm, not so good, and some are fantastic – like Captain Fantastic. An established party company who were running 50 parties a week until we all stopped having parties, Captain Fantastic is now throwing brilliant online events.
Today sees a couple of our favourites:
Science and Magic Show for 5-8 year olds featuring Dr Zob (above) – every Friday at 2pm
Daily Toddler group for 2-4 year olds with Paul and George (below) – daily at 10am
Pic: Toddler group with Andy and furry George/Captain Fantastic
These guys are bursting with energy and so are their furry friends! But don’t just take our word for it. One fan said on their Facebook page:
“Very enthusiastic entertainers, lots of different ideas packed into a session and it works online! My 2 year old loved it!”
The best thing is that everything is delivered with a touch of magic, which keeps the kids engaged and excited. Plus during the live stream, the entertainers will namecheck children who are watching.
If you have other things on today, don’t worry. Captain Fantastic runs 4 live shows a day, from Magic and Mindfulness to Cooking and you can rewatch everything on their Facebook video page.
Home chef James Bailey is running a live kids cook-along in the kitchen TODAY at 3pm. He’s making the most delicious chocolate chip cookies that sound tasty and are easy enough for kids to bake along with James on his Suits You Stir Instagram page.
And to get you started, he’s listed out the ingredients so you’re ready to get the kids cooking along.
Plain Paper and Colouring Pens (you’ll see why on the day) ⠀
Saucepan, Glass Bowl (that sits on top of the saucepan), Spatula, Whisk⠀
Greaseproof Paper and Baking Tray⠀
So we know you may not have all of the ingredients but this could still be a fun watch to give you some ideas for when you are able to get everything and baking’s back on!
Pic: I Can Cook/YouTube
For younger kids, why not watch an episode of I Can Cookon YouTube.
3. Use our templates to make an easy Easter Egg basket
Easter is definitely still on, and if you fancy making your own little Easter baskets to put eggs and other gifts in – we’ve got a set of really handy templates that you can print out and within minutes turn into lovely baskets using our step-by-step guide.
For babies and little toddlers – try this Easter basket game…
If you make a few of these baskets, why not use them to play a sorting game? Have some soft toys or other baby-friendly items in different colours and see if your baby can put the different coloured items together in the same basket.
…Or this simple sock sorting game
Pic: Savy Baby on YouTube
We love this homemade game where you cut out simple sock shapes and make a ‘tumble dryer’ out of a cardboard box. In the spirit of Easter, you could use an Easter bonnet and cut out Easter egg shapes and get them to put those in instead!
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Activities for Day 11
1. Join in lambing live today – you may even see a lamb being born!
Pic: Bocketts Farm Park/Facebook
Bockett’s Farm Parkis opening its doors at 10am today for live streaming just as lambing season is in full swing! The farm is hosting a Facebook live at 10am with Farmer Martin in its Animal Discovery barn where you can learn all about the new arrivals.
Farmer Martin shows how they’re taking care of the lambs, how they’re being fed and potentially even lambs being born.
The farm has also been posting other short learning videos on its Facebook page with worksheets to go alongside, starting off with ‘The Life Cycle of a Chicken’.
Make a farmyard cockerel
Pic: DIY Labs/YouTube
Get your kids to have a go at making their own farm animals with this craft tutorial from DIY Hacks. Grab your craft supplies that you have handy (you’ll mainly need coloured card and googly eyes) and follow along to make a rooster, bunny, ducks or a bee hive.
This is a great activity for older kids to get creative with, while younger kids may need help drawing and cutting out the shapes.
Farm fun for toddlers
Sing along to one of the most well-loved nursery rhymes and learn about animal sounds with this animated video from Super Simple Songs.
There are lots of other great versions of ‘Old MacDonald Had a Farm’ on YouTube for your toddler to sing along to, including this one from CBeebies’ lovable clown, Mr Tumble.