Miss Phillips, Head of Leweston Prep, shares her top 10 ideas for things to do with children under 7 throughout lockdown.
1. AFTERNOON BAKING
2. VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
Head off for a virtual tour of the Natural History Museum, complete with their new ‘Fantastic Beasts’ display, a deep dive into the life of a blue whale and a chance to explore Dippy’s skull.
Click here to explore.
3. MAKE PLAYDOUGH
Make a batch of playdough, and give your children some normal kitchen utensils to keep them occupied for hours.
Click here for playdough recipe ideas.
4. BUILD A DEN
Get out into some local woodland and build a den. There are plenty of ideas on The Woodland Trust’s Blog, if you need a little help to get started.
5. SCAVENGER HUNTS
Send the children off on a scavenger hunt around the home. Here is a great one to get you started.
6. VIRTUAL PLANETARIUM SHOW
The Royal Museum in Greenwich run a virtual planetarium show, live at 11am and 12 noon daily, for just £5 per device. You can buy a ticket here.
7. WATCH ‘TANGLED: THE MUSICAL’
Disney have shared their Cruise line theatrical production of ‘Tangled: The Musical’ freely to entertain families at this time. The stunning show is guaranteed to entertain and can be accessed here.
8. HOME SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS
Our friends at Bath Spa University (with whom Leweston Prep enjoy a partnership hosting student teachers) have created a series of simple home science experiments for you to try, from making bubbles within bubbles to an explosion of colour, and a homemade lava lamp.
9. STORY TIME WITH ZOOKEEPERS
ZSL London Zoo have turned their Zookeepers attention away from their normal duties in order to take their turn to entertain the nation. Each Saturday at 6.30pm the Zookeepers share a different story, live from an animal enclosure, reading a story accompanied by the animals to match.
10. FRIDAY NIGHT PIZZAS
Mark the arrival of the weekends, and the successful completion of another week of home learning, with a pizza night. You can make excellent children’s pizzas on a tortilla wrap, with a little passata and cheese, or whip up a simple dough by combining yoghurt and self-raising flour until you reach a good consistency. Alternatively, you can have a kit delivered from ‘Pizza in the Post’ to make it a real occasion.