With many of us changing our plans for the summer holidays, we’re starting to think about how to occupy the kids now that home school will soon be behind us. Here are a few creative activities which are sure to keep the kids happy over the coming weeks, whatever your budget. We might not be able to go away this summer, but with a bit of inspiration, our children’s imaginations can take us anywhere. Enjoy the ride!
Check the websites of your kids’ favourite illustrators as they often post art demonstrations and workshops. Much-loved children’s writer and illustrator Nick Sharratt has some great short drawing videos on his site.
World-leading dance organisation Sadler’s Wells has developed a wonderful series of family dance workshops and there are 10 mini-classes to choose from.
Lots of fantastic kids’ shows have been made available online for a fraction of the price of a family ticket. Why not visit the theatre in your living room with this colourful production of children’s classic The Wind in the Willows. There’s even a free activity pack on the site too.
Get your children learning new language skills with the BBC’s award winning, comprehensive learning programme, MUZZY. They offer French, German, Spanish, Korean, Italian and Chinese.
There are some excellent, free tuition videos on YouTube but if you want to start introducing music to your kids before committing to music lessons, there are heaps of great apps out there for them to try out. How about starting with experts Nancy and Randall Faber and their Piano Adventures Player App?
For those days when you’re really missing getting out and about like in previous holidays- explore this brilliant selection of virtual museum tours for the whole family to enjoy.
Finally – how about signing up to Banjo Robinson? Watch your child’s delight as they start receiving twice-monthly, personalized letters and activities from a magic travelling cat!
Wherever Banjo goes, he sends his little human friends a letter (written with the help of one of our excellent Writers in Residence- celebrated children’s authors Anna Kemp and Sylvia Bishop), a local recipe, a selection of stickers and a colouring-in sheet. He also sends some beautiful blank stationery, to encourage the child to write back. And they do! To add to the magic, this summer we’ve come up with Banjo Robinson’s Holidays at Home, a series of blogs which you and your family can use to bring the magic of worldwide travel to your living rooms. Planning a quick route around the country that your kids want to visit is lots of fun- you can include traditional foods, games, challenges (write a haiku in Japan, or build the
Eiffel Tower from LEGO in France!) And even create your own playlist for the occasion. Subscribe today and receive a FREE starter pack!
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