Children and young people

With so much information available about COVID-19, it can overwhelming. And not just for you but your children, also.

Below, is a child-friendly breakdown of what COVID-19 is and how your children can do their part to keep both themselves and their siblings safe.

Download this short booklet and print it out for your children to read and interact with.

Online activities for families

If you’re struggling to keep your children or teenagers busy and entertained at home – there are lots of new resources online.

The Scout Association is usually known for its outdoor activities but has produced some ideas called The Great Indoors for families in social isolation – aimed at children and young people aged 6 to 18.

From photography and crafts to creating a twig raft or tornado in the house – there’s a range of different ways to bring adventure to the home.

Visit www.scouts.org.uk/thegreatindoors

Celebrity Classrooms

With schools closing and parents having to teach their children at home – a string of celebrities are providing free online classes from PE and maths to dance and cookery.

PE, dance and fitness

The Body Coach Joe Wickes is doing daily PE class workouts at 9am for cooped up kids on his Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6r99N3kXME

Former Strictly Come Dancing judge and professional ballerina, Dame Darcey Bussell, is offering dance workouts through her DDMIX Facebook.

And if families fancy learning the Charleston or Cha Cha Cha, Strictly professional dancer Dianne Buswell has posted dance tutorials on her Instagram which she is doing with her former dance partner Joe Sugg.

Cookery

For children who are happiest in the kitchen, there’s a kids cookalong three times a week with Theo Michaels on his Youtube/Instagram https://www.theocooks.com/kids-cookalong-live/

Older ones can tune in to Jamie Oliver’s Channel 4 show Keep Cooking and Carry On at 5.30pm every weeknight.

Audio stories

David Walliams is releasing a free audio story on his website every day for 30 days and there are lots of free activities/resource packs to download: https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/

Other celebrities are reading stories on a new Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/SAVEWITHSTORIES/?hl=en

Maths

Countdown legend and maths whizz Carol Vorderman has opened up her online maths school for free for the duration of the school closures: https://www.themathsfactor.com/ which are aimed at 4-12s but could help parents too…

Carol Vordemann. Image Channel 4.

Music

Former HearSay pop star Myleene Klass is offering free music lessons on her Youtube channel Myleene’s Music Klass includes teaching youngsters to read music and clap rhythms.

History

You can access Dan Snow’s history documentaries for free for a month on his History Hit streaming service.

Wildlife

Steve Backshall has a live wildlife chat on You Tube, Facebook page and Instagram – from identifying bird song to how he set up a trail cam to discover who was raiding his bins…