Lock down is pretty damn hard when you have one, two, three or more children to entertain, regardless of their age. Not being able to spend days out with friends, run to the soft play or playground after lunch, watch a movie at the cinema, have play dates or just go for a random walk make things quite difficult for parents.
If both of you are working from home and expected to actually show results, it all spirals and stress shows in everything you do. I mean, how many drawings can you do? How many paintings? Just how many stories can you read to a toddler? (mine never gets bored and am finding myself running out of voice but not all children are the same). The past week we played Lego so much that I started dreaming of those damn little pieces; the green bit outside is starting to lose its charm specially as the weather turned a bit s…t here in UK and honestly, although II am so grateful for Disney Plus, I don’t really want to plant her in front of the TV so I turn her into a very hyper, annoying little child.
Doing a bit of research we discovered some online free activities for kids all ages. These are actually interactive and educational as well, making their brains work a bit.
Here are few activities with the links and broadcasting hours
9:00 am every Monday to Friday – PE with Joe Wicks http://youtu.be/6v-a_dpwhro
10:00 am – Maths with Carol Vorderman www.themathsfactor.com
10:00 am – Drawing scary monsters with Rob Biddulph http://www.robbiddulph.com/draw-with-rob
11:00 am – English with David Walliams http://www.worldofdavidwalliams.comelevenses
11:30 am – Dance with Oti Mabuse (also, class can be viewed at any time) https://www.youtube.com/user/mosetsanagape?app=desktop
12:00 Lunch – cooking with Jamie Oliver https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLcpoB2VESJme7lSxXEcXyVtFPsMI78lcL
1:00 pm Music with Nyleene Klass https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQh2wgJ5tOrixYBn6jFXsXQ
1:30 pm – Dance with Darcey Bussel https://www.facebook.com/diversedancemix/
2:00 pm – History with Dan Snow (free for thirty days) http://tv.historyhit.com/signup/package
2:00 pm – Storytelling with Ade Adepitan https://www.instagram.com/p/B-HfpMOpKMJ/?utm_source=ig_embeded
2:00 pm – Art with @Arthubldn (Tuesdays and Fridays) https://instagram.com/p/B-HQ4azDcZO/?utm_source=ig_embeded
3:00 pm – Strorytelling with James Mayhew – https://twitter.com/mrjamesmayhew/status/1240927503830695938
6:00 pm Storytelling with Oliver Jeffers https://www.instagram.com/p/B91Zbt_hCIK/?utm_source=ig_embeded
6:00 pm Drawing with Steve Harpster https://www.facebook.com/harptoons/videos/1404978916378140/
These are just few of the activities we found and worth mentioning. Also, another activity we found fun and also healthy is yoga and we love the COSMIC KIDS https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga – designed specially for kids aged 3+, used in schools and homes all over the world
Another activity absolutely amazing for kids, helping them use up that extra energy is also from BeachBody. For a limited amount of time, all their kids workouts are free and can be found by clicking this link https://vimeo.com/showcase/6880106 – this is one close to my heart as I do Beach Body for myself and I know just how amazing these trainers are and just how they love children, introducing them to the world of fitness, teaching them a healthy lifestyle
We haven’t done all online activities presented as but we will try and do a couple every day, combined with puzzles and Lego, painting, letters and numbers, phonics, cooking/baking …. with no TV.
Have you tried any of the above? Do you have other recommendations?