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Hooray, it’s almost the weekend!

We’re looking forward to sitting in our gardens in the sunshine, enjoying a few too many G&Ts, and spending a bit more time with our families (yes… we are still talking to them despite lockdown!)

At Juicy, some of us have older children (back home right now!), some haven’t embarked on parenthood yet, but we all understand what it’s like having to keep your ‘littlies’ entertained 24/7. So we thought this week we’d round up a selection of activities for your children to enjoy (so you can enjoy your tipple of choice in peace and quiet for a bit!)

We also know that many parents are trying to work from home whilst keeping the children occupied, so with that in mind, we’ve included some educational activities too (particularly now the Easter holidays are over and you’re back to wearing your home-schooling hat again)…

Fun & Games

Plenty of print outs and online quizzes and games to keep the kids entertained here…

Activity Village has a whole host of print out activities – colouring in, word searches, dot to dot, etc!

Yes, the Beano! Lots of quizzes, fun, games and all sorts here.

Games, quizzes, interactive stuff, all rounded off with a bit of learning!

If you haven’t clocked it yet, Google have augmented reality animals as part of their search results! It’s great fun for kids (and big kids) – you can screenshot to take photos with the animals too! Simply search one of the animals (on the list linked) and click “view in 3D” to bring them to life in your home or garden.

Virtual Tours

There are virtual tours available of so many major museums, landmarks and galleries, why not while away an hour or so exploring them…

The British Museum is available to “walk through”, but you can also visit their Museum of the World virtual tour to explore different continents in different times! You could be there for hours!

Ever wanted to look around the Queen’s humble abode? Well, now’s your chance with a virtual tour!

It’s a mysterious site, and a fascinating one to explore with English Heritage.

If your child is studying the Romans,  the Roman Baths might be a good place to “go”

The zoo is always a hit with families during the Easter holidays, so why not bring a zoo to you? Meet the animals at Cincinnati Zoo with live introductions daily at 3pm.

Become a space cadet with your own virtual trip to Mars! NASA’s Curiosity rover has recorded footage of it’s exploration on Mars, and now you can enjoy it from the comfort of your own space shuttle (aka, the sofa).

Get Active

Aside from organising your very own home dance party, there are a number of personalities offering active classes for free online! (Believe us when we say PE with Joe Wicks is actually quite the workout..!)

Joe Wicks runs live PE sessions for kids at 9am, every Monday to Friday (a great workout for all the family, not just your ‘littlies’!)

Strictly Come Dancing star Oti Mabuse is offering free dance lessons online via her YouTube channel. Enjoy!

If your little one is a prima ballerina in training, perhaps The Ballet Coach’s free ballet classes will be more suitable?

Get Outdoors

Well, into your garden or out locally for permitted exercise only!

Wildlife watching

Observe nature from your window or find a nice spot to sit in the garden. Get your children to learn how to recognise different bird songs or track the movement of squirrels, or even get them exploring the world of mini-beasts! You could create a project out of it, and even encourage more wildlife to the garden with a feeder. Simply cut an apple in half, scoop out some of the insides and fill with a mix of peanut butter and seeds.

 

Countryside Classroom

Find a wealth of outside stuff to do (responsibly, please; we’re not encouraging you to visit the countryside right now). Alongside over sixty themed wildlife spotter sheets, they have a lovely introduction to garden wildlife in storybook form.

National Garden Scheme

Find some easy, loosely garden-based family craft activities to enjoy all together! Perfect for a sunny Easter weekend.

Virtual Safari

Ok, it might not be outdoors outdoors, but you could dress up and sit in your garden and make believe… Wild Earth streams live safari drives twice a day from South Africa. The first portion of the afternoon safari is always dedicated to kids and their questions, which they can get answered (with a name check!) live, on air, by the naturalists. (Clare’s been addicted for years!)

Get Crafty

There are so many ideas for craft activities available online; here are just two… (if you want more, head to Pinterest and search until your heart is content!)

A list from Good Housekeeping which it says are easy, DIY, and can mostly be done with everyday items that you have around the house.

Or you could do some junk modelling: Action For Kids will help get you started.

Get Learning

Every day’s a school day! We’ve got a whole bunch of educational resources here for you, so if you’re stuck with the whole home schooling thing, you can find ideas and materials to help.

A great place to find worksheets and lesson plans for home schooling your kids during lock-down.

Cbeebies has plenty to keep even the littlest ones learning.

BBC Bitesize is great – and they’re also starting daily lessons from April 20th! Take off your teaching hat and rejoice!

Maths can be one of the trickier subjects to wrangle if you’re not a numbers person – Whiterose can help you out.

Maths Queen Carol Vorderman has made her online maths tuition free for lockdown. 

Get your kids into science with Winchester Science Centre. Their week by week themes cover different topics in a hands on style.

For online science lessons, Cbeebies presenter Maddie Moate and BBC science journalist Greg Foot are sharing their knowledge on YouTube.

Rachael remembers Konnie Huq from her Blue Peter days, but now she’s presenting science lessons online!

Top up your geography knowledge with the help of presenter Steve Backshall (and no mess involved!)

Round off a home school day with an IT lesson – this YouTube channel will teach your kids all they need to know about coding!

We do hope this round up has given you some inspiration and new ideas to keep your youngsters entertained, and keep your sanity in check! We’ll keep adding to it when we find new ideas, so follow us on social media to keep up to date.

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