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Every Online Activity To Entertain Your Kids With Throughout The Day

Keep little ones busy while school's out

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With schools closed and lockdown rules in place, parents across the country are facing the same daunting challenge: how to keep children entertained, healthy and educated. Not to mention the fact that many are simultaneously working from home. Thankfully over the past few weeks a number of virtual initiatives have launched to help ease the strain – many of which are totally free. Here are some of the best online activities to keep kids happy and learning during quarantine.

PE with Joe Wicks

 

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Start off the day with one of Joe Wicks’ live PE lessons, which are designed for children and take place every weekday morning. Streamed via YouTube, classes don’t require any specialist equipment or large amounts of space – just tune into The Body Coach TV at 9am and hand over to the pro.

Bitesize Daily

Learn about music with Liam Payne, the oceans with Sir David Attenborough, history with Danny Dyer and much more with the BBC’s new education offering, Bitesize Daily. The recently launched service features 14 weeks of curriculum based learning for children across the UK, with daily lessons available from 9am each weekday. Watch through BBC iPlayer or BBC Red Button.

Dance with Oti Mabuse

Strictly Come Dancing star Oti Mabuse is doing her bit to keep the nation active by running online dance classes with her husband Marius Lepure. These are streamed live via Facebook, Instagram and YouTube – but if you miss them the videos are saved on YouTube. Check out Mabuse’s Instagram for the latest schedule.

Live webcams from zoos

A number of zoos across the UK are streaming live webcam feeds into their animal enclosures. Edinburgh Zoo, for instance, offers a peek at its pandas, penguins, tigers and koala bears, while Dublin Zoo has webcams into its flamingo, giraffe, ostrich and zebra enclosures.

‘The Great Indoors’ by Bear Grylls

Survival expert Bear Grylls has teamed up with the Scout movement to launch a new initiative designed to encourage children to try new activities. The Great Indoors is a collection of 100 activities youngsters can do to tackle boredom during this period of lockdown, including games and craft ideas. Available for free via the Scouts website, each task is designed to have an outcome, such as making origami, learning how to use a camera, and sending postcards to your future self. ‘How to’ sessions will also take place on Facebook Live, led by Scout ambassadors.

Audio books by David Walliams

 

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Every day for the next few weeks, comedian and children’s author David Walliams is releasing a free children’s audio book, selected from his ‘World’s Worst Children’ book series. Catch it on his website at 11am each day.

Cosmic Kids Yoga

Screen time gets healthy with Cosmic Kids Yoga, a YouTube channel featuring yoga, mindfulness and relaxation videos for children aged three and above.

Music with Myleene Klass

 

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Mum-of-three and singer Myleene Klass has instilled a love of music in her own children, and now she hopes to do the same with kids around the country. Her new YouTube channel, Myleene’s Music Klass, offers a series of music lessons, teaching everything from the basics of reading music to how to clap out rhythms. ‘Let me take one lesson off your hands! Curriculum-based and most importantly, fun. There’s no need for instruments or to feel intimidated. Any age, any ability welcome,’ Myleene said on her channel. ‘A few lessons every week – after this you could have some mini Mozarts.’

Family dance workshops by Sadler’s Wells

As part of their Take Part series, Sadler’s Wells has launched online dance workshops, created especially for families with younger children (aged two to six) now unable to go to nursery or school. The workshops are available via the Sadler’s Wells YouTube channel.

Baking with Candice Brown

Former Bake Off winner Candice Brown has been baking since the age of four, and now she’s sharing her expertise with children through digital classes. Creations so far have included shortbread, crumble and soda bread – check out her Instagram for details, including all the ingredients you need.

Games with Sharky & George

Little ones missing playtime with their friends? Tune into one of the live streams from children’s entertaining company Sharky & George. Available via Fever, virtual offerings include a baking session, interactive story time, a family workout and a child-friendly quarantine ‘rave’.

Wildlife with Steve Backshall

 

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Nature presenter Steve Backshall is giving virtual lessons about all things wildlife, streamed via Instagram and Facebook each Wednesday morning at 9.30am. Ahead of each class, viewers – adults or children – are invited to submit their wildlife-related questions here.

Maths with Carol Vorderman

Carol Vorderman is here to help children brush up on their maths skills with The Maths Factor, an educational website featuring a range of videos, short lessons, exercises and games. The website is normally subscription based, but it’s available to use free of charge during the school closure period.

Audible

Audible recently launched Audible stories, offering free access to 200 full length audiobooks for the duration of school closures. This includes titles such as Winnie-the-Pooh, Beatrix Potter and Alice in Wonderland, with books available in six languages.

Nuffield Health’s wellbeing journals

Nuffield Health have created free wellbeing journals for children to download, which provide challenges and activities as well as a space to write down how they’re feeling. Terry Austin, Nuffield Health’s Head of School Wellbeing, says: ‘Helping children take control of some aspects of their daily routines at a time when so much is out of their control can be really beneficial. Completing the activities in the journal can be done as a family activity, can instil some routine into every day and can help parents identify if their children have any needs.’

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