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We have gathered a selection of ideas and websites for creative activities to do while homeschooling. We hope you enjoy these and we will update this page regularly, so please do check back.


Activities for the week 

Pioneers

We’ve selected some fun learning worksheets that you can do around the topic of ‘Pioneers’! You won’t need a computer to complete these. We picked some ideas that let you explore the theme of pioneers from your own home.

Creative activities:
1) Louise Bourgeois art activity

Music activities:
1) John Cage home composition challenge

World of Work activities:
1) STEM pioneers case studies
2) Starters for STEM

Download here

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Do Try This at Home with the Institute of Physics

We have some fun ideas this week from the Institute of Physics, where you can read some of their Do Try This At Home series, and have a go at 4 physics experiements from home! There's a rocket ballon activity, a wobbly stick competition, and more!

Download here

Need More Ideas? See our other activities here:

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Music

Desert Island Discs
Imagine what your own personal desert island would be like. What music do you want to have there? Play with the other people at home too and check their answers!


Theatre

Year 1-3 Drama Pack
London Bubble Theatre Company have put together an amazing pack of 20 drama activities for Years 1-3, with loads of ideas which can be tried out in your home.
 
The Pet Factor
Do you like putting on shows? This worksheet from the RSPCA gives some fun ideas for putting together your own animal themed performance competition.
 
The Company 3 Coronavirus Time Capsule

The Compact Coronavirus Time Capsule is a set of 25 video-making challenges to help young people stay connected, build resilience and express themselves during lockdown. It can be used with any group of young people aged 11+ and it can be adapted for a wide range of different time-frames, subjects, ability levels and purposes.

Sign up here

 
Anansi and Turtle with Little Angel Theatre

Stories for children by Little Angel Theatre has a great new video, Anansi and Turtle go to dinner: 

 

Tales From the Shed

Chickenshed has some lovely puppet videos for early years and SEN viewers with their Tales from the Shed series, which you can find here

 

Let's Play at Home

The National Theatre have some great ideas on their Let’s Play at Home worksheet for how you can try out  some creative ideas at home.

 

Daily Warm Up

Pegasus Opera Company practitioners, Aga and Amie show us how we can get involved with a quick, active and fun warm up using drama and music to get our minds and bodies ready for the day ahead. View it on YouTube here

 

Act Make Move Create

Fourth Monkey Theatre Ensemble want you to get creative with them and share your work! You can create a piece of art that will go into an exhibition when their theatre reopens.

Find out more here.

 

Dance

Online Live Dance Events Calendar

One Dance UK are devoted to supporting dancers and dance education and performance. They have created a helpful online calendar of everything dance you might like to see, happening in the digital world right now! Visit their easy to use calendar so you can find out at a glance exactly what’s happening when, where and in what categories. You can take a live class online, watch a performance, get tips, and much more!

Visit the calendar here

 

Stream a performance of The Lost Thing from the Royal Opera House

A magical reimagining of Shaun Tan's beautifully illustrated book about a boy who helps a lost thing find its way home. Watch it online here for free.

What is it… and where does it belong? The discovery of something mysterious and out of place is the starting point for this family show. Experience a musical reimagining of Shaun Tan’s beautifully illustrated book about a boy who helps a lost thing find its way home. In this enchanting collaboration between Candoco Dance Company and The Royal Opera, a cast of disabled and non-disabled singers, dancers and musicians, come together to tell a story about how we are all connected.

You can also download the introduction pack to the story and the characters here: Download

 

Online Families Ballet Workshop

Dance Artist Sarah Golightly leads an English National Ballet at Home workshop for children and families, based on the ballet Swan Lake.

Watch the workshop here:

 

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Science / STEAM

STEAM is the abbreviation for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math.

 

Ice Cream and States of Matter

Do some delicious science experimenting by making ice cream in a bag to explore freezing and states of matter

 

STEAM Variety Pack

Download our activity pack with a range of different ideas for the week

 

Do Try This at Home!
We have some fun ideas this week from the Institute of Physics, where you can read some of their Do Try This At Home series, and have a go at 4 physics experiements from home! Make your own Rubber-band guitar, try your hand at creating a 'shrinking' coin, and more.
 

 

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Heritage and Museums

Black Cultural Archives

The Brixton-based Black Cultural Archives have made their collection available online through Google Arts & Culture. Learn about the Black British experieince, historical events such as Windrush or the Notting Hill Carnival, view fantastic art by Black artists and much more.

Visit here

London Canal Museum

This museum is a local favourite. Until they can reopen, the museum staff have put together a family pack based around 12 of their favourite historical objects from the Museum

Download here

International Women's Day Profiles 2020

International Women's Day takes place every March. This year, they shared some profiles of some amazing women from all over the world, such as Malala Yousafzai, Greta Thunberg, Obiageli Ezekwesili and more! Have a look and find a little insight into how they helped change the world for the better.

Read here

Florence Nightingale Bi-centenary 

2020 is the Year of the Nurse and Midwife, in honour of the 200th anniversay of Florence Nightingale's birth.

Who was Florence Nightingale? She is widely seen to be the Mother of Modern Nursing. You can find out more in this video, and then try out the pack from the Florence Nightingale Museum about her life.

Download the Activity pack

 

Museum of London at home

The Museum of London have created a brand new home learning section for families with suggestions for great ways to play and learn at home! #MuseumOfFundon

Visit here

 

Ancient Worlds Activities

In our printable pack about Ancient Worlds, you can find the following activities:

1) Museum of the Order of St John: Colouring St John’s Gate
2) Museum of London Pocket Histories: Life in Roman London
3) The Getty Museum: Make an ancient roof ornament for home
4) Read about careers working with the Ancient World
5) Curate your own museum

Download the pack here

 

Build A Pyramid Game

Can you build a grand pyramid for the king's tomb? Where will you put it? What size will it be? What will you use to build it? And how will you look after your workforce? See if you can succeed in building a pyramid that lasts for thousands of years. This game from the National Museums of Scotland will let you test your skills

Visit the site here

 

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Visual Art, Crafts and Design

Crafts Council: Making at Home

Our partner the Crafts Council supports designers and craftspeople all over the UK. They hold exhibitions and run exciting projects, which you can learn more about here.

While people are at home more, they have gathered dozens of ideas for how to get creative as a maker for young people and all the family.

Here are some exciting activities from their Craft Club for you to do at home, take a look! 

These are just a few of their many ideas. Their At Home Learning page is here, and their very cool Craft Club projects are here.  Have a great time making!

Food Glorious Food

This pack has food related fun for all the family. Download and try some crafts and career related worksheets, with different ideas from writing to drawing to cooking for the whole week

Download Food Glorious Food

When you are finished there, here's a few other ideas to try at home:

House of Illustration activities

The House of Illustration has created six hands-on drawing and art activities with step-by-step instructions and examples. 
Please find the ideas below, ready to download now!

Botanical Illustrations 
Make Your Own Story Tile Game 
Pencil Skills 
Atmospheric Buildings with Stick and Ink 
Expressing Emotion in Pictures 
Painted Collage Creatures

Puppet making by Little Angel

Little Angel have lots of links on their website about how to make puppets. Here are two ideas about making a tortoise and a hare out of leftover egg boxes, or making the characters from the Ugly Duckling out of paper plates:

 
Make Your Own City
The architecture firm Foster + Partners have put together printable templates for families to build their own skyscraper or cities at home.
Use the templates to create your own buildings (or maybe three or four of them!). Colour it and add some detailing to make it extra special.
 
Animal Architecture by RIBA
Do you know what an architect does, or want to find out? Do you like animals? Try this pack from the Royal Institute of British Architects and design an animal home!
 
Become a Pet Photographer
We all love our pets, but do we really know what they get up to? The RSPCA has an activity to help you investigate.
Keeping a photo diary will help you find out what your pet does all day!
 
Firstsite Gallery: Art is Where the Home Is

Stay inspired with Firstsite’s artist created activity packs, featuring contributions from UK artists including Antony Gormley, Sarah Lucas, Gillian Wearing, Idris Khan, Richard Wentworth, Cornelia Parker, Jeremy Deller, Vanley Burke, Mark Wallinger and more. ‘Art is where the home is’ will give you ideas about how to get creative at home. Anyone can have a go – there are no specialist materials required

Download Pack 1 here

Download Pack 2 here

 

Wonder Women Pack

We picked some ideas that let you explore the theme of Wonder Women from your own home. After printing, these do not require a computer to complete.

 

The Hamilton Trust learning packs for Nursery - Key Stage 1

We have two great packs from the Hamilton Trust, a charity working with teachers. These are suitable for Nursery - Key Stage 1 children, and each has 6 activities to help you be creative with art and make believe ideas!

Make Believe Pack Download Activity Pack (PDF)

Art Activities Pack Download Activity Pack (PDF)

 

How to make stained glass window stickers

This short video teaches you how to make stained glass window stickers using PVA and acrylic paint. The video is presented by Janet Caddick and was created for the Walthamstow Virtual Culture project.

Watch tutorial video

 

Funky Flowers of Hope and Thanks (recycled bottle sculpture tutorial)

Kat Hall guides you through how to create colourful, imaginary flower sculptures.  Aimed at children from 7 up or families collaborating together these recycled plastic drinks bottle creations can be made individually or with members of your household. Say a massive thank-you to your teachers by displaying these amazing creations outside your home or by sending them digitally!

Watch tutorial video

 

Carnival!

Key Stages 1 and 2
We’ve selected some fun learning worksheets that you can do with your children around the topic of the Notting Hill Carnival. You won’t need a computer to complete these.
What’s in the pack?

1) Mas band costume tutorial (Craft Council)
2) Carnival mask colouring sheets (UK Centre for Carnival Arts)
3) Read about jobs that make the Notting Hill Carnival happen.
4) Host your own mini-carnival!

Download the Pack here


Film and Digital

Soapbox Online Timetable (13+ years)

Soapbox Youth Hub in Old Street is running a huge range of activities online for young eople age 13 and up. the timetable includes Podcasting, DJing, Make-up tutorials, 3D printing, music production, gaming, and much more. Visit the timetable at the link below, and contact the centre to get the access information for the session you want to try!

Visit timetable

Into Film

Into Film puts film at the heart of children and young people's education. They have gatheres a number of resources for families to use at home. Click the Activity title to download the worksheet.

Director's Mood Board 
Use this mood board template to map out your film ideas.

Visual Storytelling
An activity to help you to develop and perfect your filmmaking skills.

Movie Picture Puzzles
Sort out the visual clues to create a film title. Play on your own or as a group.

Movie Magic - Make a Thaumatrope
Create your own thaumatrope and see how the illusion of moving image in film is created through the persistence of vision.

Hair and Make up Design Template

Templates to help you design hair and make-up for your characters.

 

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Literature / Reading

Alphabet Scavenger Hunt
Can you explore your home to find something for each letter? Play with someone else in your household and see who gets the most objects from the whole alphabet!

 

ESL Activities: British Council

The British Council has created songs, storytelling activities and games to help children learning English as a second language.

Visit the website

 

Hay Festival Schools Programme
Watch authors from Hay Festival Programme for Schools filmed over the last 4 years. There are 70+ fun filled and inspiring events to choose from including Ade Adepitan, David Baddiel, Gemma Cairney, Eoin Colfer, Julian Clary and Andy Stanton.

Visit the online festival

 

Authorfy's 10 Minute Challenges
For a daily dose of creativity and fun, check out Authorfy's '10 Minute Challenges', which are set by bestselling authors and illustrators - a new challenge is added every day!

Try a challenge here

 

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Wellbeing

You may find that your day-to-day life is very different lately. There are many confusing things happening, and sometimes that can feel worrying or stressful. We know it's very important to look after your whole family's health and wellbeing right now, and we have put together some ideas for activities that may help you do this.

Mini Mindfulness Activites

Tangled Feet are a theatre company who create original theatre performances, sometimes inside theatres but often in other public spaces. Tangled Feet have created the Mindfulness Project, which you can see here. The Mindfulness Project is 12 short activities you can do at home, suitable for all ages. If you have acess to YouTube, you can view the videos Tangled Feet have added demonstrating some of these activities here.

Download here

Little Box of Calm

Sometimes it's great to have things you really enjoy to help you feel better. The charity Young Minds have put together a great toolkit on how you can make your own Little Box of Calm for any time things feel overwhelming.

Download here


Say Your Peace
Young People’s Laureate for London Theresa Lola has launched #SayYourPeace, a campaign that encourages young people to use poetry to find peace and solace during the uncertain times the world faces.

Visit here

Five Senses Nature Scavenger Hunt
Use all your senses and explore outside (either on a walk or in a garden) to find as many of the challenges as you can.

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SEND

Sensory Circuit for children with SEND/PMLD:

Children, in particular, those with special needs, often need many breaks throughout their day to help them focus, stay on track, or calm in order to self-regulate. This printable list of activities can be done in 5-15mins chunks several times in the day, especially after long sitting down periods. 

Download the Sensory Circuit

 

Inclusive Street Dance Workshop (Part 1)
DanceSyndrome is a multi-award winning inclusive dance charity based in Lancashire with a special focus on including everyone, regardless of ability. They provide weekly inclusive dance workshops for people of all ages, with and without disabilities. You can start learning the routine for Dua Lipa's song, Dont Stop Now, and check out many other videos on their YouTube channel:

 

Outdoor / Sport

Five Senses Nature Scavenger Hunt
Use all your senses and explore outside (either on a walk or in a garden) to find as many of the challenges as you can.
 

Texture Hunter Gathering

Take some time to relax and become a #texturehuntergatherer wherever you are. Notice tiny texture details by seeing or feeling them, and capture them however you like - in a photograph, quick sketch or in writing. Can you find interesting textures in nature or in your home? What can you see or feel in your food, clothes, wallpaper...?

Download the activity

 

Sensory Circuit for children with SEND/PMLD:

Children, in particular, those with special needs, often need many breaks throughout their day to help them focus, stay on track, or calm in order to self-regulate. This printable list of activities can be done in 5-15mins chunks several times in the day, especially after long sitting down periods. 

Download the Sensory Circuit

 

The Daily Mile Weekly Worksheet

The Daily Mile from the London Marathon have some a fun sheet of activities to keep you active this week
Find out more here

 

Towel Ping Pong

Sometimes it isn't easy to excercise outside. This Towel Ping Pong Game will let you be active indoors or in a small space.

Download here

 

Superhero Fitness

Fitness Expert Born Barikor and his son Pascal have a 10 minute Superhero Fitness video (as well as their own YouTube channel), which parents and children can do together if they like! 

Watch on Youtube here

 

Cosmic Kids Yoga

Cosmic Kids Yoga has plenty of fantastic videos to get you started. 

This Moana themed 30 minute yoga session is a good first one to try while hearing a story at the same time

If you can’t get enough, in this Trolls yoga video you can follow Poppy along on her adventure and get nice and stretched at the same time 

 

Woodland Trust outdoor activities
We’ve taken these lovely ideas suggested by the Woodland Trust as our inspiration, best suited for younger primary students. You can see the full list here
 
Go on a minibeast hunt
The warmer weather will bring lots of creepy crawlies out. So get your kids out in the fresh air and take a closer look at your local park or garden. You'll soon notice it's teeming with wildlife! Can you find...
a worm after the rain?
a bumblebee looking for nectar
a spotty ladybird exploring the grass
a slimy snail in a dark damp spot
a butterfly basking in the sunshine?
 
Make natural art
Art and crafts will be a popular way to keep kids busy. To mix things up, put the pencils and crayons to one side and look for natural art materials instead. Collect fallen leaves, petals and sticks and use them to make a picture or sculpture. Please make sure you don't pick wildflowers, however, as they are important for wildlife and some are protected by law.
You could even use the objects as 'stampers' or paintbrushes - dipping them in paint and rolling, brushing or stamping them on paper to create interesting patterns and effects.
 
Move like minibeasts
This is a great way to get young children active and help them burn off some excess energy. You can do it outdoors or inside.  Challenge your kids to:
lie on the ground and wriggle like a worm
flap their arms like a butterfly flutters its wings
put their hands on the floor and scuttle about like a spider
do some giant leaps like a cricket
crawl on the floor then curl up into a ball like a woodlouse.
 
Make an animal or forest out of Lego
Many families will have Lego, wooden blocks or other building toys at home. So challenge your kids to make something inspired by nature. You could all work together to make one big scene, like a springtime woodland or a giant tree. Or you could have a contest to see who can build the best minibeast, mammal or bird.
 
Butterfly symmetry art
This craft has the wow factor! All you need is paint and some paper. Simply splodge paint on one half of your paper and fold it in half so the paint spreads on both sides. Carefully open it up to reveal a beautiful butterfly.
It's a great way to teach youngsters about butterflies and how their wings are symmetrical.
Once dry, your butterfly will make a cheerful decoration for your home. Or you could even turn it into a card to send to a grandparent you won't see for a while.
 
Write a story inspired by woods and trees
If your kids love writing, then get those creative juices flowing with a story challenge. Kick things off by giving them the first sentence and encouraging them to write the rest of the story.
You could also jot ideas on scraps of paper, then get kids to choose some at random that they have to incorporate into their story.
 
These could include:
A tree has fallen in the woods
A character has gone missing
An animal is shouting an alarm call
There are some mysterious footprints to follow.
 
When you finish, share the stories you've written. They'll make great bedtime stories too when you've read all the books you have at home.
 
 
 

 

 

We have some fun ideas this week from the Institute of Physics, where you can read some of their Do Try This At Home series, and have a go at 4 physics experiements from home!