Kids need to keep to social distancing right now and can’t get together with friends or extended family so it makes it challenging for a parent/carer to keep the family kids occupied. Here are some ideas:

Featured Resource

Dave the Dog Worried about CoronaVirus

This is a free, kids, online book written by an NHS nurse which aims to address the worry kids may have about CoronaVirus and all the changes it has brought.

 

Fun Activity Resources

 

Educational Resources

Recently Added (on 26/4/2020)

  • Twinkl – Instant access to inspirational lesson plans, schemes of work, assessment, interactive activities, resource packs, PowerPoints, teaching ideas at Twinkl!
  • Phonics Play – A site packed with interactive phonics games, phonics planning, assessment ideas and many teaching ideas and resources to help children to learn to hear ..
  • Zamzar – Free online video converter, audio converter, image converter, eBook converter. No download or account required.
  • EasyPeasy – Fun and games that are proven to help children’s development – from birth to 5 years-old.
  • ExplorifyExplorify is an exciting programme of free activities for primary school teachers. | Spark Curiosity | Develop Thinking Skills | Increase Your Impact.
  • Beebot – Bee-Bot is a simple game for very young children to start to understand programming/coding.
  • Scratch – teaches coding to children ages 8-16 so that kids can create their own computer games, animations, and interactive stories. They can share them with other children around the world and along the way learn the skills of problem solving and thinking systematically. There is a free junior app called ScratchJr which you can download.

 

Physical Exercise

  • 9am daily workouts for kids – Joe Wicks, a PE teacher in schools, leads all in a half hour workout to start the day. Streams on Youtube everyday M – F at 9am for a half hour (go to youtube and search “Joe Wicks”. It’s called “P.E. with Joe”). The exercises are suitable for kids of all ages.

 

Mental Health and CoronaVirus

  • Pray – if you believe in prayer then it is helpful to pray with your child about the anxieties and worries they may have. The Scripture reminds us “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.“(Philippians 4:6) Bedtime and/or dinnertime prayers/songs (see below) are a good routine to remind us of God’s care for His people no matter what is happening (Psalm 23).
  • Dave the Dog is Worried about CoronaVirus by Nurse Dotty – an NHS nurse has written a kids book aimed at preschoolers who are worried about CoronaVirus. This is a free, online, downloadable book you can use and read with your primary-school aged child to explain the CoronaVirus and put their minds at ease.
  • 9am daily workouts for kids – Joe Wicks, a PE teacher in schools, leads all in a half hour workout to start the day. Streams on Youtube everyday M – F at 9am for a half hour (go to youtube and search “Joe Wicks”. It’s called “P.E. with Joe”). The exercises are suitable to kids of all ages.
  • A child psychologist offers some suggestions – A psychologist’s advice on how to help your children deal with the many emotions they may be experiencing now.
  • The one we can turn to when afraid – “Jesus, Strong & Kind”:

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