Ideas: for keeping kids busy in lockdown

Courtesy of Coleridge Community College, Cambridge (part of United Learning group of schools)

Top Tip:
Write a letter to someone who is self- isolating. Send a picture or letter to your grandparents, or residents in a care home that are unable to see their families at the moment.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel” Maya Angelou
Draw or paint a picture of something that makes you happy. You could participate in the rainbow movement (@rainbowtrailuk) where people are encouraged to create a rainbow and place in their window to share with their community.
Rainbows are a universal symbol of hope and promise; they’re the prize for weathering the storm. Time and again rainbows assure us that there will be beauty and clarity following times of doubt.
Use the time to learn a new skill such as touch typing. You can learn for free through a course like
“The expert in anything was once a beginner.” Anon
Create a quiz that your family (across the town, country, or world) can participate in together. Use a tool like ‘Skype’ to be able to connect at the same time and participate together, whilst apart.
Life becomes a celebration when friends keep in touch, so let’s celebrate our life by keeping in touch with one another.
We may need to be at home, but we can still travel virtually. Follow the #museumfromhome where museum professors are telling you fascinating facts about museum artefacts. Or, you can visit any of these sites to get a virtual tour of museums (like The Louvre) or famous places (like The Vatican, or Yellowstone National Park)!
“Keep exploring. Keep dreaming. Keep asking why. Don’t settle for what you already know.” Barack Obama
Learn a new language. You can register for free with Duolingo and they have an introduction to lots of languages, including: Italian, German, Japanese, Arabic or Greek!
“To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world.” Chinese proverb
Have you been outside yet today? Create an A-Z photo collage using items you find outside in your garden. For each letter of the alphabet take a photo of something that begins with the letter.
 “Your life is your canvas, create a divine masterpiece.” Anon
Do something kind for someone at home. This is a tough time for everyone – how can you show that you love and appreciate them?
“Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.” Barbara De Angelis
Use a plastic bag and a cup to build a parachute for a toy. How does the size and shape of the parachute affect the time it takes to fall?
“There’s no time to be bored in a world as beautiful as this.” Anon
Listen to a genre of music you wouldn’t usually listen to, like classical, musicals country, reggae or swing.
“Life seems to go on without effort when I am filled with music.” George Eliot


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