In addition to the Pippa Pop-ins resources you can find on our Curriculum page, please find some fun ideas for you to do at home with your children.
Government Online Educational Resources
To Support Children To Continue Learning At Home
GOV.uk have published a list of online resources that parents, and schools can consider to support children to continue learning at home. The list will be updated over time, and includes a wide range of resources for all ages that schools can consider using as part of their planned curriculum. They say Schools have already been drawing on existing resources and tools they are familiar with to support children to continue learning at home and should continue to do so.
More information can be found here:
The Government have also published specific guidance to support children aged 2-4. They give recommendations for how to help young children learn at home, including keeping a routine, keeping active and advice on television and digital devices. Information can be found about socialising while social distancing, as well as advice on how to support your child's mental health and wellbeing during this time, including talking to your child about coronavirus (COVID-19).
Guidance for supporting children aged 2 to 4 can be found here:
Free outdoor learning ideas
At Muddy Academy, they want to help you keep your children entertained and busy even though outdoor activities may now be limited to your own garden. They have kindly given free access to Muddy Academy, their database of over 150 outdoor learning lesson plans that they are adapting for your garden and indoors.
Muddy Academy have created a “Home Learning” section that focuses on the activities that your children can enjoy indoors or in the garden. They are now working on adapting their lesson plans so that everyone can use them, whether you have access to a garden or not.
Hungry Little Minds:
Activities you can do with your child
Hungry Little Minds is a campaign launched by Department of Education and provides short videos and simple, fun activities that you and your children can do together. Activities are for newborns to children aged 5 and are divided into age bands 0-6 months, 6-12 months, 12-24 months, 2-3 years and 3-5 years. It also provides a list of additional apps and online educational resources for different areas of learning, as well as links to support children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
BBC Tiny Happy People:
Children's Language and Communication Skills
Tiny Happy People can help you develop your child’s language and communication skills, providing ideas and activities that are easy to build into your daily routine. They’re quick and inspiring, and based on expert advice and evidence, to help your child’s development.
In these challenging times HOPE Education have recognised the need for advice and support for not only professionals, but parents and childminders too which is why they have launched their resources for home learning.
All the resources are available at - www.hope-education.co.uk
TTS Early Years Activities Collection
TTS have tried to provide you with a rich and varied range of learning opportunities. They are play based experiences and they fulfil and compliment so many curriculum areas. Play in early years is how children learn and make sense of the world. These are ony guide lines and you can adapt the ideas, as you know your children best and can follow their interests.
Each activity is meant to be cross-curricular, they do not just cover a maths focus, a literacy focus or a science focus. In early years, we take an integrated approach.
At home with kids | Fun ideas to try now!
KIDSORTED have shared their top tips on how to entertain children at home.
Sciencefun.org For entertaining & educational experiments you can do at home, check out Science Fun for Everyone.
National Geographic Kids. Do you dream of becoming an astronaut, engineer or naturalist? Then you’re in the right place!
Science Kids. Home of science and technology for children around the world.
Cooking with children helps develop independence, confidence and organizational skills. Measuring ingredients, following a certain order are great ways to practice maths and reading skills.
A few of our favourite family-friendly recipes are:
Letters to Family: Writing letters to family and friends is an excellent activity, as children love sending and receiving letters in the post. This is a perfect activity to keep in touch with our loved ones.
Start a Journal: It can serve as a lasting memory book for you and your child so grab your pen and paper and have fun creating.
Audiobooks: this is a list of KIDSORTED's Top 10 Tales for various ages:
1. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down by Jeff Kinney
3. Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
4. Ladybird First Favourite Tales: The Complete Audio Collection
5. The Complete Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
6. The Further Tales of Peter Rabbit by Emma Thompson
7. The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery
8. The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy
9. Wind In The Willows by Kenneth Grahame
10. Winnie-The-Pooh by A. A. Milne
(top tip: this can also be done indoors!)
- If you have the luxury of having access to a garden, roll up your sleeves and get outside for fresh air. Dig for worms and find mini-beasts!
- Gardening engages all of the senses while encouraging a love of nature and respect for the environment.
Even if you don't have access to green space, there are plenty of ideas you can do indoors.
The best remedy to beat cabin fever and boost your mood is a bit of Physical Activity.
Luckily, there are also plenty of YouTube based fitness videos available that cater to the entire family.
Crafting is fun and frugal with supplies most households already have at hand.
If you need to restock your supplies, consider these items:
Some fun DIY crafts include:
- Check out the YouTube channel of The London Art Nanny for more inspiration!