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Create a Rainbow out of skittles – it looks amazing. All you need is skittles, water and a plate!

Learn, practice, and perform a magic trick: From the bendable spoon to the floating card trick, learning magic tricks takes practice. But, when magic works, it’s the best.

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Make a Shadow Photo! Don’t forget to research how shadows are made, make shadow puppets or do shadow drawings! Remember you have to work out how to spell out what you are saying. This is an amazing example…

Balloon Volleyball – Set up your court by using a jump rope (or any rope) to divide your yard in two. Use a balloon for the ball and have players alternate serves. The first to 21 is the winner!   

Glow in the Dark Bowling – Pop glow sticks into 10 bottles of water to make bowling pins you can use at night.

Create your own Mini-Golf Course Your garage probably has everything you need for this game — small ball, cardboard clubs, ropes, cans, obstacles and boxes. Arrange everything on your driveway or in your yard to create your very own course.

Create a Pin-Prink Art Design: Pin-prick art is easy for little fingers to create, but still fascinating and complex enough for teenagers, making this a scalable, fun activity for families to try together. Click here for instructions.

Try this LEGO SCAVENGER HUNT! This is such a fun activity for a rainy day, a family game night, or just a boredom buster. Hunt for LEGO® minifigures. All you’ll need to do is print the cards and hide some LEGO® guys!


Get Outdoors

Studies have shown that kids who spend more time outside might be happier and more relaxed. 

Check out our links of things to do in the Great Outdoors


Build a marble run (or ball run): Create the track using cardboard around the house or garden. Make sure it starts high and ends low so gravity can work. Then let the ball go but don’t forget to film the result!! Can you make it quicker? Why not build clever corners or lifts – click here for a great idea

Play Hiking Bingo!! This card makes the whole experience a treasure hunt and gives children a sense of searching for every step on the trail. Good luck! Happy hiking! Click here to download the card.

Make a Paper Boat: See if you can create the perfect design and put it to the test. Does it float? Can it hold anything inside – make paper passengers too! Try this tutorial to create the one in the picture

Learn a Dance Routine together (or challenge them to do it!!): There are dance teachers out there who can break down the routines into step-by-step sequences on YouTube. Try these – some of the most iconic music video moves of all time.. https://takelessons.com/blog/dance-tutorials

Create a play only using shadow puppets: The best thing about shadow puppets is that you can make them from cardboard so design some charactors (goodie/baddie), cut them out and create your own punch and judy! Torch and dark room required for the full effect or maybe a whitewall and the sun!!

Create a Fancy Dress Photo Booth – Paint a backdrop on an old sheet or piece of poster board. Put on dress-up clothes (or raid mum’s closet), and take silly photos in front of the backdrop. Use the photos for thank you cards!

Collect items from outdoors and make a collage: Get leaves, sticks, acorns from woodlands or fields; or sand, shells and seaweed from the beach and bring them home to create fantastic pictures – glue and paint required!!

Camp out in your front room: Make a shelter and spend the night sleeping in a sleeping bag under the “pretend” stars. Marshmellows and camping food also a good idea!


Free Colouring Sheets

Sometimes the best challenge is to calm down and sit still. Dig out all your old colouring books, arm them with pens and pencils and watch them create.

Download loads for free with our Free Colouring Links


Create a picture using a marbled effect: Use this video from the SEN Resource Blog to set up your marbling effect and have fun!! They look amazing when finished!!

Painted Butterflies – With shaped paper, paint one side of a butterfly, and then fold while wet to make perfectly symmetrical coloured wings.

Create some driveway or pavement art! Use your chalk to create fantastically imaginative art ideas. Maybe write a poem on your pavement or good luck message to those walking past..

Stay up late and stargaze: When you don’t have to go to school in the morning, it can be okay to stay up late once in a while. Stretch out and watch the stars. If kids are curious about the night sky, show them how to learn more

Set the clock in the lounge two hours and fifteen minutes ahead. Whenever someone needs to know the time, help them figure it out by subtracting. This is both irritating and brilliant for mental maths!

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Create a Gravel Picture: First design your picture with tape or chalk and then assemble your garden gravel into the shape you have created. It might inspire you to create a bigger Art Attack – who knows!!

Make a Lava Lamp: Create a home made lava lamp with vinegar and bicarbonate of soda!! Click here for the instructions

Fairy House for the Garden – A little glue and a load of lolly sticks will do the trick! Line them up and secure the frame, then decorate! Maybe even used an old plant pot. Hint: Lolly sticks offer infinite possibilities, and craft stores sell boxes of them. Clear glue is great for this activity.

Be completely silent for 10 minutes, then write about the experience: In a world where there are so many distractions, it’s amazing what we notice when we’re silent. 

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Build a Rocket and make it blast off!! This fun science demonstration is easy to do and will definitely impress your kids. Our rocket flew higher than our two story house! Click here for the instructions

Learn Sign Language: Use the internet to find out how to spell your name or say hello and goodbye. Imagine life without any sound. Go to https://www.british-sign.co.uk/bsl-greetings-signs-british-sign-language/ to make a start.


Science Experiments at Home

Make a Lava Lamp, Rainbow in a Class, Secret Letters or Your own Volcano or work out some computer coding…

Check out our Links for Experiments to do at Home


Build an Cardboard Automata: Cardboard Automata are a playful way to explore simple mechanical elements such as cams, levers, and linkages, while creating a moving sculpture. It is rewarding and really cool! Click here for more information.

I'll tell you How to Make GIANT Bubbles with your own homemade bubble wands and solution so that kids and adults alike can enjoy immeasurable outdoor fun.

Make Giant Bubbles: Create you own homemade bubble wands and solution so that kids and adults alike can enjoy immeasurable outdoor fun! Click here for more information

Create a picture or goodwill message for your front window for those walking past. Find a useful phrase for each day to make people feel better. They’ll start to look out for it after a while..

Call a grandparent or older relative: Ask them to teach you the words to a song from their childhood days. This is something that can really help kids learn more about the people in their lives. Will also help Grandparents too (especially if they are isolated).

Search and Find: Go out before your children into your garden/backyard and hide lego people and give them a time limit to find them. Works with duplo and baby shoes just as well. They will also enjoy hiding them for you to find!

Do the IKEA budget challenge: Set yourself and your children a budget and see what you get for your new lounge using the catalogue and a calculator. Children will love the maths of adding it up and calculating what you have left to spend. (other retailers are available!!)

Learn about the great outdoors with great ideas from the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust new home learning pages

Make a paper horse that walks! This has to be seen to be believed. Really simple, really creative and yet mind-blowingly for a piece of paper – it walks by itself. Click here for more details

Learn how to read a map: create a quiz based on the map in front of you. First write some questions then get them to do the same! OS maps are great for this!


Quick Links for Lockdown

Educational Resources  |  Early Years 
Discover New Things  |   Museums 
Live Theatre Productions  |   Craft Ideas 
Baking Ideas   |    Tours of Famous Places    
Music and Dance   |   Reading Resources 
Free Colouring Sheets | Get Outdoors

Home assault course: This sounds really hard work or dangerous but it doesn’t have to be. Getting under chairs, round sofas, over shark infested waters, through deep jungles can all be created with some imagination. If you don’t want to make it competitive – don’t. Maybe let them create the assault course on paper first then see what you can create… Let your imagination run riot..

Build a Rubber Band Car: Using just cardboard, straws, rubber bands, sticks and some glue – you can make a car that moves!! Click Here for instructions

Newspaper Netball: Grab a pile of old newspapers and three bucket/bins stationed at different distances away from your competitors. The aim is to use the newspaper to create a ball and throw it into each bucket/bin against the clock. The clock only stops when there is something in each bucket! Trust me – this is harder than it looks!

Build a fort: Hide the breakables and let the kids use every pillow, blanket and piece of furniture in the living or family room to create a giant fort.  Add a couple of flashlights, a light snack and a few books, and you’ve got a recipe for fun.

Create a Chain Reaction: A chain reaction requires concentration and good thought beforehand and can look spectacular. Try and make one that moves a ball or lasts the length of your hall! Don’t forget to film it!

Build a Bridge: We are challenging you to build a bridge that is 30cm wide – this is called the bridge’s ‘span’ – and a minimum of 15cm high in the centre, that is able to hold 500g – e.g. a bag of sugar or rice – for 10 seconds without collapsing. Sounds too complicated – its not – click here!!


Baking Ideas

Everyone likes to bake cakes and then eat them. Why not try some of these recipes and ideas that we have found on our searches..

Check out our Links for Baking Ideas at Home


Do Yoga: If you have kids then chances are, you’ll have access to YouTube. Check out Cosmic Yoga – the kids love it. They will be familiar with it already as a lot of schools and nurseries will have already introduced it to them. It’s a great way to pass the time, but also get you spending some stress free time with them and the various videos are super fun and friendly.

Build a Recycled Suspension Bridge: The key here is to get tension correct in the wire. The weight of the deck is supported by carefully balanced forces on the two towers. Click here for instructions

Outdoor Hunting: Go out before your children an hour before or the night before and create a list of things for them to spot. Look for clues in your neighbours garden from a distance. Put chocolate in a hidden place and say if they are warmer/colder.

On a big piece of paper, draw a map of your home and neighbourhood. Make sure you put all the important parts of the street on the map. Where is the nearest bus stop? Shop? Fish and Chip Shop? Park? Play Area? Petrol Garage? Grandparents house? Get a local map and make a better version that is just for your family. Maybe even label where all your friends and neighbours live. Get outside and do research first. In addition to understanding how maps work, this activity helps kids define and value their world.

Write and mail a [real] letter to your teacher, classmate or relative. Address the envelope yourself. Learning to write a letter and address an envelope is important even in the age of email. Don’t forget – the thrill of getting a letter in the mail cannot be overestimated.

Explore Sounds by Using household materials to make and play stringed, percussion, and wind instruments. Try out these other ways to make instruments out of household goods.

Drawing for a purpose/theme: Yes its an old suggestion, but its a good one. To keep them interested – Give them a theme and clear a space on a door. Then, tell them you want it filled with beautifully coloured pictures that they can stick up to fill it.

Do the LEGO Maths challenge: 54 challenge cards for primary school age. Each one a maths challenge to build using lego!! Click Here

Make a home made ARCADE game: Do your kids like to do mazes? Do they enjoy designing, building and creating? If your answer is yes – they will love this box lid maze creative design project that incorporates art, engineering and critical thinking! Click here for instructions

Animation Storyboard: Every animated film requires a storyboard so create the greatest movie ever made on a piece of paper. Divide your sheet into 8 parts and create the story in each segment. Maybe even take a picture to make the movie later!!


Craft Ideas

Make cards, paintings, and loads more of great ideas from a variety of sources

Check out our Links for Craft Ideas at Home


Learn Morse Code and use it to communicate with your siblings through walls and floors. It’s pretty fun (and clever) to use Morse Code as a way to keep messages hidden…

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Create a Da Vinci Bridge with Pencils: This needs to be seen to be believed as if done properly it can hold up 3kg using just pencils and loom bands!! Well worth the effort!! Click here for instructions

Water carrying challenge: The aim is to get water from one bucket to another. Sounds simple? now put a hole in the carrying device and place the buckets at either end of the garden. Give them 5 minutes and measure out how much water has made the journey.

If you could have the coolest room ever - what would you put in it?  What would you buy? How big would it all be?  Design a full on list of what you want...  Measure the area and perimeter of the room. This is a math skill everyone needs to know how to do. Bonus points if you do the windows too so they’ll know what size curtains would work! Create a master design like the professionals do including all the things inside. What size is the bed? Where would the games console go? Wardrobe? Colour?  Wall paper?

Go on a Maths Scavenger Hunt: Walking around with a clipboard and a pencil is so much fun! There are three scavenger hunts to print: one for measurement, one for shapes, and one for making comparisons.

Build a structure with a single point that you can balance on your finger. . . or on your nose! Sounds mental but a really interesting challenge!! Click Here for more

Den building: There’s not a kid in the land – big or small – who doesn’t love to build a den. Grab all the pillows, blankets, covers and create a fantastic place to read a brilliant book.


Reading Ideas

Whether its a online book, literacy-themed quiz, or just your favourite characters – these links will help you encourage readers.

Check out our Links for Reading Activities


Play Doh: If you have young kids you will almost certainly own play doh. So, forget about the mess for a couple of hours and let them get their creative juices flowing. Just be sure to set up on a wipeable surface and steer clear of all carpets!

Build a Cardboard Box Ball track: – Here’s a fun STEM challenge – combine cardboard boxes with Hot Wheels track to make a really awesome ball track!  Kids will enjoy this building challenge. Gravity in motion and a great use of a cardboard box!!! Click Here

Start learning a Musical Instrument for real using online guides and Youtube videos!! You’ll be the family Von Trapp in no time!! For music lovers, there is a 21-day free trial to learn an instrument with Prodigies Music or simply play a virtual one by clicking here.

Listen to a David Walliams Story: Every day at 11am, you can listen one of David Walliams’ World’s Worst Children stories, so sit down, take a break, and enjoy 20ish minutes of pure fun! ELEVENSES WITH THE WORLD OF DAVID WALLIAMS

Create or download a Scavenger Hunt: Scavenger hunts provide a wealth of opportunities for active fun. Many children, as parents could likely attest to, have a natural urge to explore.. Try this one by clicking here or get some great ideas here: 22 Best Scavenger Hunt Ideas

Using paper, tape, and string, design, build, and test a device that warns you when someone opens a cabinet in the kitchen. Developing ideas that can be helpful for human beings is one of the best skills we can develop in kids.  If you want to dig a little deeper, teach them about engineering design to help them plan and execute.

Design and build puppets that perform a show about a subject at school (Romans, Maths, Famous Book): Thinking about things in new ways drives new learning. It’ll be fun to get puppets teaching, and really nothing helps kids solidify their understanding than teaching someone else.

Learn a new language – one new phrase at a time. Try and learn these 16 must-know words and phrases.

Label your house in another Language: Label up the tv, sofa, kettle, table, bed and other everyday objects in another language. Its amazing how well you will pick them up!

Sit silently for 10 minutes while you write down every sound you hear: When you are done, classify the sounds (high/low pitch, high/low volume, manmade v. naturally occurring, etc.). In this activity, let’s get kids making comparisons.


Take a Tour of the World

Take a tour of some of the most famous places on Earth.. View the world from space, see the snow in Lapland and the inside of Buckingham Palace..

Take a Tour with our QuickLinks


Beat the Mirror: Can you take a selfie in the mirror with a message held up? You will have to write it backwards on the card first!!

Classify twenty everyday objects by shape, size, color, height, mass, and material. Learning how to classify and organize things is a skill that’s helpful for reading, math, science, and history. In other words–everything.

Start a Bear Hunt: Make walks more interesting if everyone puts a teddy bear in their windows, so that families can go on a “bear hunt”. This might also be a good way to do Easter Egg Hunts as well. Maybe you can catch a big one too – but stay 2 metres away!

Plant 20 things around the house in good hiding places and then give them a list to find the first five. If you are organised - why not hide the name of another item inside them so the search continues onward. Make sure there is a good reward at the end but this is absolutely guaranteed to keep them busy for a while as they search through the house. If you want to make it really interesting, make the clues cryptic or descriptive or hide the parts of an old 20 piece jigsaw. (Just remember where you put them!)

Change your TV channel to one in a different language and try to figure out what is happening. Make up your own explanation – always hilarious!

Create a Venn Diagram that compares and contrasts two people connected to you in anyway: Understanding that people who seem very different may have a lot of similarities shifts our perspective and creates room for kindness and understanding.

Play schools: Kids love any role play games and what better one to play while their school is closed than this. Also a good way to keep their brains ticking over, especially if you get them reading and writing as part of the game. Maybe even let them be teacher as you become pupil…?

Movie marathon: Perfect for cold or rainy days. Get everyone in PJs and each select a movie of your choice. Start with the youngest and watch their choice first. Roll out the cosy covers, get the snacks, sit back, relax and enjoy the movies!

Wash the Car: Make sure you cover every part and splash each other a lot on the way! Don’t miss a spot!

Games consoles: There’s no denying it, having an XBox or Playstation is a great way of keeping children amused. But there’s nothing stopping you getting involved. A lot of the games are two player so why not sit down and get gaming!


Quick Links for Lockdown

Educational Resources  |  Early Years 
Discover New Things  |   Museums 
Live Theatre Productions  |   Craft Ideas 
Baking Ideas   |    Tours of Famous Places    
Music and Dance   |   Reading Resources 
Free Colouring Sheets | Get Outdoors

https://www.stemtoyexpert.com/things-to-do-when-kids-are-bored/

https://smartparentadvice.com/great-games-for-kids/

https://www.scouts.org.uk/the-great-indoors/

www.thebestideasforkids.com/indoor-activities-for-kids/

www.weareteachers.com/hands-on-activities-for-families/

https://familyeguide.com/boredom-busters-110-fun-at-home-activities-for-families-kids-2/

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