So, the kids are at home and you’re all locked down. What are you going to do?
We can’t suggest events and places to go like we usually do so instead we’ve pulled together these ideas for things to do at home to keep your kids entertained during the Coronavirus shutdown.
There will be blogs packed with ideas for easy activities and games to do at home, links to useful on-line resources and a sprinkling of other fun stuff to keep your children amused at this very difficult time. Some of it will be educational and some of it is just fun. It’s a work in progress – we’ll be updating it all the time so keep checking back here. You can also subscribe to our free weekly newsletter and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
In the meantime … Stay at home . Save lives . Keep yourselves sane . Stay safe!
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Whilst our regular classes are currently suspended our pupils are enjoying online ‘Zoom’ classes with our experienced team of teachers.
Join us from 4.30pm on Friday evenings or 10.30am on Saturday mornings. Classes in dancing, acting and singing for four different age groups every week. Contact us to request a ‘Zoom Invitation’: CFMW@theatretrain.co.uk
Join one of Theatretrain’s local schools of performing arts and enjoy classes in singing, dancing and acting.
Mold – The Daniel Owen Centre – 6.00-8.00pm
Theatretrain Regional Choir – for children from across the region
Chester – The Forum Studio Theatre – 5.00-7.00pm
Theatretrain Drama Plus for Pupils who want to focus on their acting skills
Chester – The Forum Studio Theatre – 4.30-7.30
Chester – Queens Park High School 10-1
Mold- Ysgol Maes Garmon 10-1
Wrexham- Ysgol Morgan Llwyd 10-1
Tinies and Minis classes for 3-5 year olds on Saturday mornings!
TT Minis – One and a half hour introductory classes for 4 and 5 year olds
TT Tinies – “FREE FOR THREES” – Free half hour taster session for three year olds
at Queens Park High School, Chester
and Ysgol Morgan Llwyd, Wrexham
and Ysgol Maes Garmon, Mold
To book a free trial contact Steve Davies on 07809 871600 or e-mail CFMW@theatretrain.co.uk
LIVE ONLINE CLASSES NOW AVAILABLE!
We are excited to now offer our diddi dance classes online! This means you and your little ones can have fun and stay active in the safety of your own home. Classes are action packed, including plenty of dancing, action and counting songs plus we also learn different dance styles too, such as flamenco, rave and hip hop.
Our live classes run on a private Facebook group on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. If you can’t join the live class, don’t worry, all classes are posted when they finish in our group too. This means you can watch classes whenever you like and as many times as you like! We also have new story time live on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, plus we share craft ideas to do with your little ones.
If you would like to join us on a free trial period, please click on the link below.
Inspiring and educational workshops led by Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester’s Master Model Builder, James Windle is running a series on its Facebook page every Tuesday and Thursday at 3pm throughout April.
LEGO enthusiasts can look forward to a range of new builds, each delivered from James’ own personal studio, including how to make a LEGO tortoise, plant pot and flower, bee, a unicorn and dragon!
The builds are suitable for all children over the age of four and, of course, grown-ups! Each build workshop lasts approximately ten minutes with James walking viewers through every step.
Explosive science videos for young people aged 7 – 11.
The Royal Institution is hosting weekly science sessions for parents and carers and their children on Facebook Live, followed by a Q&A.
In the first episode, Jemma is going to demonstrate the difference between physical and chemical changes.
Watch live or on catch up on their Facebook page.
Julia Donaldson launches her first weekly broadcast on Thursday 2nd April at 4pm.
The star illustrator on the first broadcast by ‘Julia Donaldson & Friends’ is Axel Scheffler.
So get the kids together and watch via The Gruffalo’s Facebook page
Experience the magic of camp at home. Right now.
Whether kids are on spring break or enduring a school closure, our online courses with live instruction are the perfect way for them to sharpen their tech skills from the comfort of home.
Choose from Virtual Tech Camps (save $100 with code TOGETHER as long as social distancing is in effect) or Online Private Lessons (your child can bring a sibling or friend to their sessions for free.
Start learning today, from anywhere in the world.
Every day you can watch a new live science show Let’s Go Live with Maddie and Greg.
There’s a different theme each week and a new show is released weekdays at 11am. There will be lots of fun activities to try at home as well tons of interesting info.
Here’s another great way to entertain you children for free – Elevenses with The World Of David Walliams
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!
Just got to the Facebook page and follow today’s link
The Book Trust has put together some playlists and downloads you can use for free to create your own rhymetime fun for little ones. They range from classic nursery rhymes such as Old MacDonald to some new rhymes you and your child may not have heard before. So get singing along now!
On Friday 26th March Chester Zoo hosted a live tour on line. Don’t worry if you missed it, you can still see it on YouTube.
As you can’t come to the zoo right now, the zoo will come to you!
So, break up the boredom of being at home and, for the first time ever, enjoy a whole day of animal antics, live from your sofa! 🙌
They will be featuring many of your favourites…
Red pandas 🐼
Rothschild’s giraffes 🦒
Asian elephants 🐘
Sun bears 🐻
Sumatran tigers 🐅
Humboldt penguins 🐧
Come and join the fun. The animals are waiting…
Kids love growing their own veg! If you are lucky enough to have some outside space, a balcony or even a window box, now would be the perfect time to let your children have a go at growing their own veg. After all you’ve got plenty of time and what better way to give your child something productive to do. And you may really appreciate some lovely fresh veg in a few weeks time.
Almost all kids enjoy getting dirty and growing veggies themselves. And once they have grown their own vegetables they are more likely to eat them and they’ll have learned a bit about where food comes from.
So, what do you need for your kids to grow vegetables? More
Does your child love animals?
Chester Zoo have put together over 50 great activities on all things related to animals, science and conservation.
There are craft activities, songs, games, educational resources and more.
To access all these activities for free just visit their website.
Children may be off school now because of the coronavirus but it’s not holiday time. While you probably want to cut them some slack in these stressful times, it’s important to keep them engaged with their education. It will stop them getting bored and make it easier when they eventually go back to school.
If you’re not a trained teacher how can you find the online resources to help your children keep learning? Luckily there are some great education websites available online which you an access today. All these education apps are free to use during the COVID-19 shutdown.
Probably the best known of all the educational resources available online, BBC Bitesize is as professional and easy to use as you’d expect. It’s based on the UK national curriculum and organised by age group and subject matter. You can access it on a pc or on apple or android so handy if your child want to dip in and out on their phone.
The Maths Factor
Created by Carol Vorderman there is usually a small monthly charge but it’s free to use while schools are closed for the coronavirus crisis. It’s aimed at children aged 4 – 12 years and follows the UK national curriculum. It uses daily sessions, fun games and achievable targets to motivate kids to learn maths.
The Khan Academy
Although it’s US-based, much of the science and maths material applies to the UK national curriculum. It’s a non-profit organisation which aims to give a top education free of charge to anyone in the world. The quality of videos and content is high and it’s best suited to older children.
Duolingo is a fun to use free website (though there are some ads) which offers courses in a number of languages including Spanish, French, German and Italian. It uses games and rewards to help you move through levels in a way which will appeal to gaming youngsters.
Quizlet is a very widely used revision tool which allows you to learn in an appealingly simple to way using virtual flashcards. You can create your own online flashcards or use some of the many already created sets on a huge range of topics. Your kids will be still be using Quizlet when this crisis is over and they are back at tests and exams.
Joe Wicks, known as the Body Coach has decided to make himself the country’s P.E. Teacher during the Coronavirus outbreak.
Each weekday he’s launching a new P.E. session for kids. They’re fun and lively and the first one was watched over a million times on the first day!
So you keep your kids fit and healthy during the CV-19 lockdown. Subscribe to P.E. With Joe on YouTube
Now that schools have been closed as a result of the coronavirus, children are going to be spending a lot more time at home wondering what to do. There is only so much time a child can spend reading books, watching videos and playing computer games. It’s not going to be very long at all before they come running to you complaining that they are bored.
Here are some ideas for activities to entertain the kids which cost nothing (or very little), need little advance preparation & don’t make too much mess. More
“I’m bored! What can we do?”
When the weather is bad and you don’t have the money for expensive days out, what can you do to keep kids busy indoors?
Sometimes you need easy ideas for fun things for children to do without any cost, preparation or mess.
Here are some free activities kids can do at home on a rainy day which don’t take hours of planning or clearing up.
The summer holidays are all about getting outdoors and having fun.
So here are eight fun games children can play in the the park or garden to get them running around. All these games are suitable for a range of ages and fun enough to keep your kids active and away from their screens. More
Easter is a time when families get together to enjoy the long weekend and probably eat far too much chocolate!
But you can’t eat chocolate all weekend (really!) so here are some lovely family activities you can do to make some special Easter memories with your children. You never know, you might all enjoy them so much that they turn into family traditions you’ll want to repeat year after year.
Spring is here so it’s the perfect time to let your child get their hands dirty and start growing their own food.
Basic pancake recipe
110g (4 oz) plain flour sifted
2 medium eggs
280 mls (1/2 pint) milk
splash of vegetable oil
Whisk together ingredients till smooth. Pour one ladle-ful into a hot non-stick frying pan. Cook till golden both sides.
7 best quick pancake toppings kids will love:
Does the long school holiday seem to be getting more and more expensive? Don’t worry, we’ve got some great ideas for things your kids can do which won’t cost you money.
Cooking is an important life skill so it’s important to get children excited about trying cooking for themselves. Luckily most kids love food and adore getting sticky so you’re already off to a great start. Plus, kids’ cookery is something you can do with children at home without too much expense or preparation and can be a great way to use up a rainy afternoon.
Learning to cook is not only enjoyable but if your children develop the skills and enthusiasm to cook for themselves from scratch then they’ll be on track to a healthy and cheaper life as they grow up.
Here is Kidsguide’s top ten tips for making cooking fun for kids: More
April Fool’s Day tricks for children.
Hide a strip of bubblewrap between the toilet seat & the bowl so when your victim sits down it goes pop!
Carry an empty mug really carefully with both hands as if it’s over-full. When you get close to your victim pretend to trip so they think they are about to be soaked.
Dissolve some More