Top tips for keeping the kids entertained during lockdown

For many parents in the UK, working from home is now the norm. But for some, a full time job is also now combined with the extra role as a teacher to their children who are off school.

If you’re stepping up to this role, then firstly – you’re doing amazing! We’ve all had to adapt to these weird times, and if you’re managing to juggle what is essentially two full time jobs, then you’re doing great. Secondly, you may be looking for some extra help to keep the kids entertained, so read on to see what’s out there to give you a helping hand.

Getting breakfast right

Everyone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so why not follow the tips on BBC Good Food’s ‘Kids’ Cooking’ section and make a fun, yet tasty and healthy breakfast to start off on the right foot? We especially love the Easy Banana Pancake recipe – who says it’s just for kids to enjoy?!

Keeping them active

Now, you’re probably looking for something to keep the children entertained whilst you attend to the first emails of the day. Joe Wicks, otherwise known as The Body Coach, can come in handy here. His ‘PE With Joe’ lessons every morning at 9am on YouTube have turned out to be a huge hit across the world. Never has it been easier to keep those little ones fit, healthy and occupied. Don’t be mistaken into thinking the workouts are simple though – give one a go for yourself and you’ll soon realise how tough they can be!

Learning in chunks!

BBC Bitesize has roped in some famous faces to help with its lessons that are set to be added weekly for the next couple of months. The lessons are designed for kids aged three to GCSE level, with the likes of Danny Dyer and David Attenborough taking on the role of teacher for subjects including history and geography. Available on BBC iPlayer and online, these lessons are perfect for keeping children busy and educated at the same time – as well as giving you a chance at getting a conference call in whilst it’s quiet.

Release their inner designer

For creative kids, illustrator, Rob Biddulph has invited children (and parents alike) to #DrawWithRob. Following simple YouTube videos, with only some paper and pens, masterpieces can be created to display on your fridges or in your windows! From racing cars to monkeys and alligators, there’s something for everyone to try their hand at drawing.

Take a walk on the wild(life) side

To get the kids outside, for something other than the daily walk we’ve been permitted, then why not get creative in the garden and build a bug hotel? With adult supervision, get the kids to forage old logs, dry leaves and moss, and they will soon be on their way to making a habitat suitable for frogs, creepy crawlies and dragonflies! Take a look at the RSPB’s advice before you make your own, and then you can sit and wait for your new garden guests to move in!

However you choose to keep the kids entertained during lockdown, remember that there are dozens of different resources online if you’re struggling to think of ideas! When things get back to normal, we can’t wait to see you and your families at The Cornerhouse once again.

In the meantime, stay safe.