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What an amazing way to celebrate being 7! With a little help from cardboard, sticky tape and balloons...
Here's a 100 things to do indoors!
Don't forget to keep an eye on what's going on in the city. Find out what's happening with our parks, museums, libraries and much more.
We've not tried this out yet but it looks fun to share a movie with friends and family. Join over 10,000,000 people and use Netflix Party to link up with friends and host long distance movie nights and TV watch parties today! Plus it's FREE!
Well, you must all have plenty of these by now - spare loo rolls! Here's what you could do with them with some help from First Media Blossom:
Lots of zoos around the world have set up webacams so here are links to 5 of the best:
Without a hug, how do you know you're still best friends?
The Hug by Eoin McLaughlin and Polly Dunbar
We could all do with a bit of escapism from reality at the minute, so here's a list of digital escape rooms to play with family and friends.
Coronawho? The story of one little girl's experience of life in lockdown by Dr. Claire Standley, Dr. Hannah Smith and Dr. Eleanor Southgate.
We are all painting rocks and hiding them but how about adding googly eyes!
How to make a giant crunchie bar!
Now you know how there is always an odd sock floating about your house, well here's what to do with it - make a sock mask!
This little 6 year old is having fun whilst learning to do maths. What a simple fun idea!
If you enjoyed drawing the giraffe around your hand then try these other simple hand drawings from First Media Blossom:
Get the little ones helping out with folding the washing with this easy hack from Cleverly:
Here's a little guide to the most common birds you might see when you're out and about.
Quad is running a film competition. Children and Young people aged 5 – 18 years old are invited to submit short films or animations between 3-15 mins long. Deadline 31 July.
Parsley Mimblewood is a home-schooled kid who sees herself as something of an expert on “How to NOT go to School”. The story follows her daily whimsical adventures along with her 11 animals and 7 imaginary friends. Each chapter explores an issue that might be weighing on children’s minds at the moment such as missing friends, dealing with emotions and feeling cooped up. Thanks Mr Forde.
Find out how you can make self-raising flour from plain flour, and use substitutes such as almond or coconut flour to make delicious bakes at home from Which?
T-shirt plus finger painting equals another simple rainbow idea!
Little Amber tells us how to measure your feet for new shoes whilst in lockdown.
With many parents and children now homeschooling, RSK’s technical experts are pleased to be able to share their technical knowledge with our next generation of environmental experts. RSK’s latest environmental activity pack, this time aimed at children aged 7-8, is now available to download.
Discover wonderful people and places with Paddington Bear!
Sign up for a monthly direct debit of £8 and as a bear-sized thank you, Paddington will send your child a personalised postcard (and more!) every month. With each pack, they’ll explore a different country with Paddington and learn about the life of a child who lives there.
Do you know your bees from your wasps? Here's a little guide for the garden or balcony.
No paper wasted with this version of noughts and crosses!
Who needs Joe Wicks when we have our very own Derby Active class instructors! Active Derby at Home offers free home workouts, information about health and wellbeing, nutrition and home exercise as well as sharing information with you from our fitness industry partners.
The Green Flag Award for parks and green spaces has launched a social media artwork challenge called #perfectparks. Budding young artists draw or paint the best things they love about parks and green spaces then post it online with the hashtag #perfectparks.
We have all heard of the amazing Captain Tom Moore who is raising millions for the NHS by walking around his garden before his 100th birthday. Join in the fun by making him a birthday and posting it online to this Facebook page. #makeacardfortom
Not all of us have access to a printer but there is still plenty to do online. Twinkl Go! is a website where you can still play games, listen to stories, watch videos as well as educational exercises.
This 11 year old created a lovely momento of these unprecedented times, including a paw print from Sweep the cat!
With cinemas closed, QUAD Cinema Programmer, Adam Marsh, has scoured online and streaming services to share his picks of new, classic, independent and world cinema. Start your 7-day Healthy Cinema Diet with Adam's curated programme today. Read Adam's Blog.
Derby Active has worked in partnership with Technogym to set up a Derby Active Virtual Gym free to everyone to keep you active during these times. Simply check out Derby Active pages and follow the links to view workouts and set up an account with Mywellness App – where you can log daily activities and link to other fitness apps.
Raising Dragons has the simplest idea for a scavenge hunt - an A-Z hunt!
Artcore have been developing a series of Motivational Mornings and Crafternoons videos. These 'how to’s' provide daily activities for individuals and families to keep healthy, creative and motivated over the coming weeks. Have a look at Artcores YouTube Channel for all the videos.
Roald Dahl site has plenty of things to do indoors and stories read in BSL!
Another great recycling idea, turn your plastic cartons into the perfect garage for your toy cars:
Houseparty, the 'face to face social network', has gained the no.1 spot on the app store after becoming one of the most downloaded apps since social isolation was introduced. National Online Safety has a guide for parents and carers on ‘What every parent should know’. Please remember this app is aged 13 and over.
Best selling children's authour, Michael Rosen has a You Tube channel called Kid's Poems and stories with Michael Rosen. He has teamed up with Beatboxer, SK SHLOMO and even done a version of We're Going on a Bear Hunt like you have never seen or heard it before!
Who knew egg boxes could be so much fun!
Experiment and have fun using whatever is to hand to decorate your cookie dough. Be a smart cookie with these 12 cookie decorating tips!
Did you know you can access the Biff, Chip and Kipper primary learning books online for free? Oxford Owl has plenty of free resources to help you support your little ones.
Who in your house is ready to take on the 30 day LEGO challenge?
The On-line Library of Knowledge has opened its Q-Files offering unlimited access to the site for free until the end of July 2020 to support children learning from home.
Mischa makes a banana pancake! A children's cooking tutorial on how to make a healthy banana pancake.
Any budding scientists in your family? Here’s a fun STEM project – make a paper horse that walks on its own!
With all these fun activities, it's always good to check in on our mental health at this time. Young Minds have created this helpful graphic of questions to chat through with members of your family:
Kids Inspirational created a Facebook club to inspire your children whilst schools are shut!
This is a fun spelling game testing the alpahbet with actions:
A list of free, online, boredom-busting resources! Here are some fantastic links to a huge variety of activities from music, arts and culture to history, geography and learning new skills.
Lots of families have been recommending the Houseparty app especially for your teenagers. They can link up online instantly to play all sorts of games.
Children love to watch things grow so what about planting some seeds? It is great fun and you will be able to eat the produce over the next few months. Seed packets can be bought in most supermarkets along with the compost for the pots. Get inspired:
Seed potatoes are ideal for planting and if you leave some potatoes in the light they will sprout shoots. Plant in a deep pot or a double bin liner, leave the top open, plant the potatoes and watch them grow.
Working from home? Here are 20 activities to keep kids busy!
Looking for a simple way to entertain your mess maker? Water painting is so easy; all you need is a paintbrush and some water to paint indoors or outdoors, on paper or the patio!
It’s always good to check on the health and wellbeing of your kids. Try asking these questions below:
With shopping becoming difficult, here is a wonderful video about regrowing some salad plants and vegetables you can easily do at home.
We’ve all been trying Joe Wicks in the mornings but here are some more celebrity live activities.
Here are top psychologists’ tips for schools, parents and carers dealing with coronavirus school closures.
Have you made your rainbow window? How about this for inspiration!
Mo Willems, a bestselling author and illustrator, will be teaching drawing every weekday in sessions called Lunchtime Doodles!
Staying at home doesn’t have to be a drama but here are 10 drama activities to get you started.
We need to get creative at mealtimes. Here are 4 ways to make pizza.
If you have any sunshine then drawing shadow animals in the garden with the little ones might be fun.
We asked the kids to make an imaginary shopping list for themselves, go onto the internet to find out how much each item costs and then total their bill. We think this counts towards maths homework!
If you’re feeling stressed then read what the World Health Organisation suggests.
To get you started, here is a long list of amazing websites that get used by home educators so there is a mixture and educational and fun things to do.