Staying at Home with kids – ideas to keep them occupied

  • Paper mache modelling – here is a link on how to do it 
  • Making your own play dough
  • Simple treasure hunts around the house or garden
  • Here is a list of 20 suggestions 
  • Online options
    • Home Learning Hub Each day you’ll find a new set of daily activities to get involved with
    • Wildlife with Steve Backshall on Facebook – daily at 9.30 a.m. for answering questions about wildlife, biology, conservation, geography and exploration
    • Check out Bocketts Farm Park Facebook page! They have some amazing videos online for the whole family. You can sit and listen to some educational videos and learn all about different farm animals or why not join some of the farmers whilst they check in on the animals and give them their feed.
    • Visit the animals at Edinburgh Zoo.
    • Search – Science with Maddie Moate onYouTube – weekdays 11.00 a.m..  Maddie and Greg chat about science and nature
    • Dance with Oti Mabuse on Facebook – everyday at 11.30 a.m. but children can view the class at anytime
    • Maths with Carol Voderman free access to her maths website at
    • Music with Myleene Klass on YouTube online music lessons, dubbed Music Klass
    • Storytime with David Walliams – free story everyday at 11.00 a.m. on his website
    • Lego 30 day challenge – free printable challenge chart available to download 
    • Origami projects for all ages
    • Joe Wicks exercise workout for adults and kids
    • Cooking options
    • British Athletics – Kids Colouring Activity Sheets 
    • Free audiobooks  Books include Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s StoneAlice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Secret Garden, Winnie the Pooh and Timeless Tales of Beatrix Potter.
    • Bringing Hogwarts to your home
      This special Harry Potter At Home hub is where you’ll find the latest things to keep you occupied – from activity kits, nifty magical craft videos, fun articles, quizzes, puzzles and more. Cast a banishing charm on boredom and join in the Wizarding World!
    • Home Festival Fun An online community of daily fun activities including workouts, dance lessons for both adults and kids, cooking lessons, arts and crafts and quizzes!
      Help from the Royal Mail click   for keeping the children  busy and to stay connected with friends and families.
      Free Disney Drawing Tutorials: Do you want to draw a snowman? Well, Disney animators will show you how to create Olaf, Elsa and other Frozen favourites as well as 40 more Disney characters from famous animations such as The Lion King, Toy Story, and Snow White, and of course Mickey, Goofy, Donald and the gang. Click to watch the video tutorials with Disney animators – they range from five to 30 minutes. It could be fun to try with family or friends and compare each other’s drawings.