Free Activities to Help Keep the Kids Entertained During Lock Down.

With schools closed and a large portion of the world in lock down, these are scary and unprecedented times that we are living in. Even though I don’t have any children myself (My first is due in 4 months!) I can see so many of my friends absolutely smashing it with home-schooling. If you are still struggling for ideas to keep the kids entertained, I have put together a list of things that might help.

PE With Joe

Fitness

Everyday ay 9am

Start you day with this fun work out and get your kids moving. This is perfect for both adults and kids and is getting me through this lockdown. Every day, at 9am live on his YouTube channel.

https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1

Glasgow Science Centre

Science

Every day at 10am

Join them on their YouTube channel or Facebook page at 10am every morning for fun science experiments, some of which you can do at home. From making goo with cornflour, water and food colouring to the fun elephant toothpaste experient, there’s lots to keep them entertained. Check out their website for the full schedule. 

https://www.glasgowsciencecentre.org/gsc-at-home

Western Approaches

History

Wednesdays at 1pm

Underneath the streets of Liverpool lies a World War 2 Bunker that played a vital role in the war effort. They are hosting free live history lessons every week on a Wednesday on their Facebook group and you can catch up on YouTube. View the full lesson plan on their website.

https://liverpoolwarmuseum.co.uk/visiting/isolation-lessons/

The Maths Factor by Carol Vorderman

Maths

Set up in 2010 by Carol Vorderman to help children with maths, The Maths Factor is normally £2 a week to subscribe. However, during the school closures it is FREE! Sign up online to access hundreds of math lessons for 4-11 year olds.

https://www.themathsfactor.com/

Barclays Code Playground

Computer Coding

4 days a week at 10am

Free and live every Monday and Wednesday with live challenges every Tuesday and Thursday at 10am on the Barclays YouTube channel aligned for the national curriculum for KS2. Code Playground teaches children the language of computers in a fun and accessible way. 

https://www.youtube.com/user/barclaysonline/featured

Captain Fantastic

All subjects

Everyday

Offers live educational children’s entertainment on his Facebook group suitable for children up to the age of 11. Check out his website or join his Facebook group for next week’s jam packed schedule. 

https://captain-fantastic.co.uk/live-video/

Audio Books

Free

Amazon’s audio book company Audible have put a selection of their children’s books online for free that can be streamed to a phone, tablet or laptop. Normally you would buy an Audible subscription in order to listen to these gems, but Amazon are making them available for “as long as schools are closed,” so it’s well worth making the most of this offer while you can.

https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

BBC Teach

All Subjects

BBC Teach has an enormous catalogue of videos and resources for all subjects both for Primary and Secondary pupils. It’s all free and worth signing up to their email newsletter or checking out their Facebook page to stay up to date with them.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach

NASA at Home

Space

Do you have a budding Astrophysicist in the family? The NASA at Home hub has loads of fantastic interactive activities for them to enjoy including virtual tours and educational videos. Perfect for children both young and old!

https://www.nasa.gov/nasa-at-home-for-kids-and-families

Buckingham Palace Virtual Tour

History

So, we can’t get out of the house right now but that doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy some of the best tourist attractions. Take a virtual stroll around Buckingham Palace and learn about its stately room and history.https://www.royal.uk/virtual-tours-buckingham-palace

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