Art is where the home is – featuring contributions from UK artists, these artist activity packs are full of ideas about how to get creative at home.
Access Art – has many wonderful resources suitable for children, teenagers and parents to use at home during self-isolation.
Tate kids– loads of ideas and access to online galleries, activities, games and quizzes.
Royal Academy family how to – greats family fun art ideas.
Artful parent – a directory of 500+ kids arts and crafts activities, including painting, drawing, scilpture, collage and suncatchers.
BBC Art Ninja – has loads for fun art and craft ideas.
BBC Good Food for children – recipes to make with children.
Philosophy challenges – Spot and Stripe love to argue about juicy questions. In each short video, they ask a question and invite children to continue the debate!
20 sticks of dry spaghetti
1 metre of sellotape
1 metre of string
1 marshmallow (or equivalent 7 gram item)
Of course, if you don’t have one of these items, you can improvise or do without.
Remember to work as a team and to work iteratively (make and test prototypes and allow these to influence your final design). Then, watch the TED talk video below to see how other teams have got on (and which group of people are traditionally the most successful at this task).
For those budding engineers and architects out there, we suggest that after the clock has stopped and you have taken a picture of your final construction (and measured it), you go back to it and try to improve your design further without the pressure of time.
Send in your pictures and the heights of your towers. How high can you get?
As an additional challenge, can you build a bridge 50cm wide to support the weight of a food tin using only drinking straws, tape and string? Investigate different shapes to see which are better at supporting the tin. Use what you have found out to design and create your bridges and test them out.
If you don’t have (or can’t get hold of) straws and string, you could try the stripped back bridge challenge. Using only a single piece of A4 paper (you may use scissors but nothing else), can you create a bridge with the longest possible span between two end points? It should be able to support 8 Lego bricks (or similar). Once you’ve done that, try the tower challenge: how tall is the tallest free-standing tower you can create with the same materials?
Herbie’s drawing challenge
Dear everyone. Over our Easter break Herbie would like you to do a drawing of the people (and animals) that you are staying at home with. He hopes it will be better than this one that Polly did of him! You can use pencils, pens, crayons, paint, collage, whatever you want. Then please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will make a gallery on the school website at the beginning of next term. Have fun.
Love Herbie x
TTS Activity Books – these activity books provide curriculum-focused independent learning resources for the Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key stage 2. With over 40 easy to use and clearly explained tasks which are free to download and print.
BBC Bitesize – a wealth of video links, programmes, quizzes and activities that related to the aspects of the curriculum.
BBC Dance mat typing – children can learn to touch type with this fun resource.
twinkl home learning hub – for new ideas, activities, pack and even live videos , all updated daily.
Classroommagazines.scholastic.com– cross curricular activities for all age groups.
White Rose – the White Rose Maths Team, has prepared a series of five brand new maths lessons for each year group from Years 1-8. Every lesson comes with a short video showing you clearly and simply how to help your child to complete the activity successfully.
Cosmic Kids Yoga – yoga, meditation and relaxation for children (and adults!).
Mind Yeti – free guided mindfulness sessions and videos.
National geographic kids – online magazine.
stay-home-superheroes – therapeutic story for anxious children.
Child friendly explanations of what coronaviruses are – including a social story.
Mental Health Wellbeing -from iHASCO. It lists various different sources of information and recommends a number of ‘apps’ parents may find useful.