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Entertaining kids during self-isolation

If the whole family is self-isolating, it can be hard to keep everyone entertained - especially if some of you are feeling unwell and others are crawling the walls!

There’s a whole host of new, fun resources popping up to support children of all ages and to help parents have a breather! Here are some favourites.

Primary aged children

  • Julia Donaldson and Friends!
    Beloved author of The Gruffalo Julia Donaldson is continuing her weekly broadcast in partnership with Macmillan and Scholastic to entertain families with stories, songs and poems.

  • Stay Safe, Stay Silly Challenges
    Fully Booked Theatre have created a series of fun challenges for children to complete at home from making a recycle-saurus to creating a costume out of paper and a kitchen ballet. 

  • Life Online
    Centre for Life has the Science at Life Home Hub with access to a host of free fun and educational activities kids can try at home, virtual visits, meet the scientist and much more.

  • DIY projects
    DIY.org is a great example of the many websites, platforms and apps kids can use to get creative indoors. It has a huge library of hands-on projects, how-to videos, across a variety of fun courses, from LEGO builds to art projects.

Secondary aged children

  • Paint the Town In Sound
    Check out this virtual exhibition at  Sunderland’s Winter Gardens running until July 2021. There’s also a downloadable family toolkit to accompany the exhibition.

  • New Writing North
    Grab a notebook or laptop and try out New Writing North’s free at home workshops for children aged 12+ covering everything from fiction and poetry to songwriting and theatre. Checkout #writingfromhome on social media for weekly writing prompts. 

  • TED-Ed
    Leading experts from across the globe share their insights, experiences and knowledge on a variety of topics in a series of engaging videos. Students can find a topic they love and delve into learning much more.

  • Oak National Academy
    This is a collection of fantastic video lessons from a wide range of subjects by great teachers, all linked to the National Curriculum.

Family Fun 

  • Earn a Blue Peter badge
    Did you know there are now eight different Blue Peter badges to aim for? As well as gold and silver badges, children can enjoy working towards getting their very own Blue Peter sports badge, music badge and fan club badge for those who know all there is about the show.

  • Virtual field trip
    Explore some of the world’s top museums and art galleries from the comfort of your own home thanks to a variety of free interactive virtual tours:

  • Visit the zoo
    There’s lots to see and discover behind the zoo gates! Enjoy tuning in regularly to see your favourite animals, zookeeper insights and behind-the-scenes updates: 

We will continue to update this information as the situation evolves. Together we can #BeatCovidNE

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