Home Isolation learning and entertainment for Children

Posted 23rd Mar
Learning from home

Now schools and in particular Nurseries/childcare are out for our little ones I know some of us would like to keep them in either a routine or at least keep them interested/skilled in areas they had learnt at childcare.

Some of us are now at home and some of us continue to work either in the office or from home.

I'm Happy to add and evolve this post as we hear more. But this post currently is tailered towards those with younger children. There may be some inspiration within though!

Disclaimer Note: Its never good to rely on screen time alone so where possible following social distancing rules get out for a walk, bike ride or time in the garden. I have included some ideas to entertain and educate.

Books – Activity Learning packs

Seek out your local Usborne book supplier
Facebook - Annalee's Books - Independent Usborne Organiser
She is here to help with activity packs and learning packs during this time

Pop her a message with the age of the child, interests and what they are learning and she will send over some recommendations for you..
Also offering free delivery to anyone self-isolating, Cheaper postage to the rest of us.

Orchard toys games and packs
Lots of games puzzles and things to do from Orchard Toys.
We own and love the bus game and spotty dogs for our little ones

Audio books
Stream dozens of kids audiobooks for free (e.g Winnie-the-Pooh/Beatrix Potter) during the school closures (No membership required)

Buy a load of coloured paper from B&M, Range, The works or online at Amazon for cutting, sticking and painting etc. Can also use home recycling such as cardboard for “junk modelling”

Board Games
Snakes & Ladders – Great for numbers and learning that sometimes you have to go backwards to achieve your goals
As a household we really love Top trumps as it is great for teaching numbers. Did you know that sets are made here in St Austell!
New games UNO Jurassic park and blink are only £2.99 at the moment at the following page bargainmax.co.uk/typ…tml

Free piano training. Usually takes 6 months to a year to complete, Full access to all of HomeSchoolPiano Level 1 until September 1st, 2020
HSP is great for both kids and adults. Anyone who is new to the piano, or improvisation will benefit from HomeSchoolPiano


Joe Wickes Weekdays on Youtube
Starting on Monday every weekday at 9AM on his youtube channel

Iplayer educational

Do you know
Maddie Moate who does “Do you know” on CBeebies a great programme where they tell you how things work. She is looking at doing a regular online session with her husband Greg Foot. Mondays at 11AM


Her TV shows are educational and still great for the kids and often interesting for the adults.
All episodes are on iplayer:

Amazing Machines
3PM everyday on CBeebies is “Amazing machines” with Katie or Grace where they will drive really cool vehicles.
For those that would prefer to watch on iplayer

Lots of Apps available
With the current situation a lot of learning resources are free online some that im interested in trying are below

Letterland learning apps are free normally £1.19 now free
‘As of today, we have made all Letterland apps on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store free for a limited time, so that there are digital resources available for parents to access immediately.’
Google Android Store - play.google.com/sto…_GB

Apple store - https://www.hotukdeals.com/visit/threaddesc/3424609/16353157

Little Mouses Encycclopedia App
Usually 4.99 – Now free
Join the Little Mouse in her journey to explore the fascinating world of nature! Together you will learn about countless species of animals and plants in their natural habitats while feasting your eyes on a set of charmingly painted forests, waters and gardens.

- discover over 160 species of animals and plants in 4 different habitats
Google Store - https://www.hotukdeals.com/visit/threaddesc/3423355/16351270

Apple Store - https://www.hotukdeals.com/visit/threaddesc/3423355/16351271

Learning resources including Home schooling blogs for some inspiration

Get instant access to English, maths and science resources. Powered by the world’s leading AI teaching and learning platform, The resources are suitable for Years 3-11 and aligned to the national curriculum. usually £49 a year


Blogs for inspiration
A Cornish mum is based locally and here is a page from her blog sharing some home schooling ideas

Disney subscription
A year subscription to all Disney films!
£49.99 for today only 23/03/20 before reverting to £59.99


Disney – Imagineering Engineering
Imagineering in a Box is a series of interactive lessons in theme park design and engineering, designed to give a behind-the-scenes peek into Imagineering’s development process. It combines 32 videos of actual Imagineers, real-world case studies, and lots of interactive activities to give you the opportunity to dream and design your very own theme park experience!

With so many families at home together right now, we thought this would be an especially useful time to share this program with you. It’s available to all and completely free.

Today, we are so excited to share with learners of all ages the unique ways that science, technology, engineering, and math can be combined with creativity and design to create larger-than-life entertainment for millions all around the world.

And maybe, we’ll be helping the Imagineers of tomorrow to get their first start.


Some other resources in the images provided by Wadebridge Primary School

Good luck
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great post, cheers op
Thanks for this, its appreciated..
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