Whilst Mrs Claus and I continue to stay inside, I have received lots of letters from parents, saying what good boys and girls their children have been over the past couple of months. It’s great to see you’ve been baking cakes, making crafts, playing in the garden, keeping up with your school work and much more. They also shared lots of jolly good ideas for home schooling activities, so we have put together a list of our favourite ones for you to try at home.
Don't forget I would love to hear about what you've been up too, and find out which activity is your favourite, so please do let me know on my Facebook page.
Neil from Surrey suggests Jump Start Jonny
There are lots of different options out there for exercise, such as Joe Wicks’ PE sessions, however my children’s favourite is Jump Start Jonny. Jonny posts a number of videos on his website with the aim of getting kids active whilst having fun. The exercise videos are energetic, short and set to upbeat music - perfect for primary age kids. Jonny himself is a bundle of energy and really gets the kids going - be prepared to shout “Whoopa!”
Rachel from Dorset suggests Cosmic Kids Yoga
Cosmic Kids Yoga is a YouTube yoga class which is a great way to calm your children down and also helps with making them stronger. The instructor, Jamie, makes it fun and ties it in with stories that kids love such as Spider Man and Moana which helps encourage the kids to take part in the sessions. There are so many classes to choose from including the Zen Den, where your children can learn all about mindfulness and the Yoga Disco, where they can have a dance - it’s all great fun.
Gina from Cheshire suggests Nessy.com
My son finds it hard to learn in a formal way, so Nessy.com is great as they have fun games to play which makes learning phonics much more entertaining in a more relaxed way. They regularly post videos and announce free access to their resources on their Facebook page. Their apps, Hairy Letters and Hairy Games, have been a real hit with my son too.
Felix from Yorkshire suggests Wizardingworld.com
This one is for Harry Potter fans! Each week the Wizarding World is publishing a chapter from the first Harry Potter book which is read aloud by a famous face, such as Daniel Radcliffe (aka Harry Potter). Following each chapter there are a series of comprehension questions and writing exercises, disguised as fun challenges where your children earn house points.
Also, why not download our colouring in by languages activity? Your children can choose one of four languages - French, German, Italian or Spanish - and learn how to say the different colours in them.
Ellen from Norfolk suggests The Dad Lab
Sergei Urban aka The Dad Lab, is not a teacher or a scientist but is a Dad to two boys and shares his love of creative play and experiments that he does at home with his own family. He tries to make use of materials that you can find easily at home and they are super fun activities. Over the weeks we’ve learnt about the science of weather, all about density and how to defy gravity.
Sarah from Scotland suggests Raising Dragons
Raising Dragons is run by a Mum (Andrea) to four boys who is passionate about the concept of STEAM subjects – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths. Andrea isn’t a teacher and she doesn't have a huge amount of time to create complex activities for her children, so keeps them simple, fun and educational. We’ve learnt the magic pepper experiment, how to create a tornado in a jar and made a volcano!
Lucie from Hampshire suggests Nature Art
We've been going out on lots of walks and discovering the nature that surrounds where we live. On just a short walk from our house we've seen trees, flowers and listened to the birds singing. We have been collecting what we've found on our walks and making them into nature art, like the picture on the left. My daughter loves it!
Matthew from Wiltshire suggests Draw with Rob
Rob Biddulph is a multi award-winning author and is the official World Book Day Illustrator for 2020. Every Saturday at 10am he posts a ‘Draw with Rob’ video teaching kids how to draw fun characters such as the Eugene the Owl, Superhero Bear and even Sonic the Hedgehog. They’re great fun to do and he keeps them on his website so children can do them as many times as they want.
Liam from Surrey suggests The Maths Factor
The Maths Factor was created by Countdown legend, Carol Vordemon, and it’s an excellent resource to build confidence in kids and make maths more fun. There are a number of online resources, such as videos and interactive games, all taught in an easy to understand way. There's also paper activities too which can be printed out.
Alex from Hampshire suggests Prodigy Game
A popular educational game in our house is the Prodigy Game, my kids can meet up with their friends online and fight monsters by solving maths questions, they love it! It’s great because they’re learning but also keeps them occupied and engaged. Parents can even get access to a dashboard to see how their kids are getting on and set goals for them, incentivising them with rewards.
Why not download our colouring in by maths activity? Your kids can learn to do sums whilst colouring in to reveal our picture.
Chris from Hampshire suggests Growing Vegetables
Planting vegetables and fruit is a great way for kids to learn where they come from. They will be able to watch the plants grow and take part in caring for them. We've started to grow tomatoes and carrots, but runner beans and onions are also a good option as they don't take too long to grow and will help in keeping your children interested.
Andy from Wales suggests Lego Building
We've had a number of family Lego building competitions which has been great fun. We've built Lego houses, Lego cars and even Lego marble runs! Not only is this a fun activity, but you can also make it educational too from counting to making patterns for your children to copy and teaching what symmetry is all about.
And finally, have some fun with traditional board games, they all help with maths, reading, tactics and a host of other life skills. Some popular favourites are childrens monopoly, snakes & ladders and top trumps!