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.
Off the Record online groups
Off the Record (OTR) based in Old Market offers mental health support for young people aged 11-25 in Bristol and South Glos.
If you’re looking for stuff to do or feeling a bit agitated by the lockdown they’ve adapted loads of their sessions to run online.
You can now sign up to OTR’s digital groups to help support your wellbeing here: https://buff.ly/2xQJr4k
You can also reach them on 0808 808 9120 (Freephone) or firstname.lastname@example.org Website: https://www.otrbristol.org.uk
Youth Moves based at The Park is still making sure young people in the area are being supported. Visit www.youthmoves.org.uk or contact them on Facebook.
Online activities for young people and families
New online hub for children and young people with Bristol-based creative activities, from an exercise video with Bristol Rovers FC and story read by local actor Joe Sims – to making scones with the city’s Great British Bake Off star Briony Williams. Visit: https://www.wearebristol.co.uk/kids/
Jump Studios based at Knowle West Media Centre is offering free online resources and activities for young people to do at home – from music and coding to design and preparing files for laser-cutting. https://kwmc.org.uk/projects/jumpstudios/
Scout Association’s Great Indoors
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.
Kelly Sheldrick who has been teaching sessions at Filwood Community Centre has recorded a Lockdown Yoga session for families. She also offers weekly online sessions at www.kellysheldrick.com
Free online yoga
In response to the many school closures – Down Dog is offering free access to its online yoga classes until July 1st for all students and teachers (K-12 and college).
To access the free school membership, register your school’s domain by visiting downdogapp.com/schools.
Although the Youth Circus at Filwood Community Centre is on pause – there are some great online activities from Circomedia
If you’re missing your trips to the library with your baby or toddler – Bristol Libraries are now doing live streaming through their Facebook.
Story Time for under fives is at 2pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and you can take part in Baby Bounce and Rhyme on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11am https://www.facebook.com/BristolLibraries/
They also have eight free downloadable activity packs for children https://bit.ly/gu-activity-packs
Visit museums virtually
Bristol museums might be closed but you can still get a dose of culture from home…
You can experience some of their most recent exhibitions from the comfort of your own sofa : view online exhibitions or look at collections ranging from archaeology and history to industry and the natural world: search collections online.
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.
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.
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
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…
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.
You can access Dan Snow’s history documentaries for free for a month on his History Hit streaming service.
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…
My Wild City COVID 19 Survival Pack
Avon Wildlife Trust has a host of activities in its My Wild City Survival Pack – and for many you don’t have to go outside.
Here are some of the ideas for children and families:
- Hundreds of activities for kids interested in nature from The Wildlife Watch
- Lesson plans and resources from RSPB
- Learning resources from Chester Zoo
- Inspired indoor activity ideas from The Scouts
- High quality video resources made by teachers at Off School
- 10 nature activities for kids if you’re self-isolating at home from the Woodland Trust
- Practical ideas about learning and playing outdoors that have been written and/or curated by Juliet Robertson
- Inspirational resources from Sharing Nature
- Free lesson plan, activity ideas and resources from Forestry England
- Lessons on food, farming and the natural environment with Countryside Classroom
- Geography field work resources from Discover the World Education
- Adventures at home with Girlguiding
- Outdoor Lesson Ideas with Learning Through Landscapes
- Get your kids growing with these activities, projects and lesson plans from RHS
- Educational resources from Trees for Cities
- Watch Avon Wildlife Trust’s My Wild Child videos for inspirationMy Wild Child