With Halloween approaching and to celebrate the release of Warner Bros. THE WITCHES, based on the much-loved Roald Dahl book and starring Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci, Chris Rock and Anne Hathaway as the terrifying Grand High Witch, we have some spooky downloadable activity sheets available to share with your readers, that are sure keep the kids entertained over the half-term break.
Imagine rolling over to see sunny skies, fluffy clouds, and an ocean breeze from the side of your bed. Beach camping is a one-of-a-kind overnight experience and one that can teach your kids a thing or two about the seaside. Take your kids out for a successful beach camping vacation following these four tips for success.
Pick a Location
You’ve got two coasts completely different coasts to pitch a tent at, now all you need to do is pick your favorite.
West Coast: West coast may be the best coast with its sprawling oceans. Try camping in Bodega Bay, California—a dog-friendly environment that everyone knows and loves.
East Coast: Try the undiscovered camping areas on the Florida Panhandle. You’ll love the warm waters along the Gulf of Mexico.
Create a Packing List
Packing for a beach camping retreat requires some extra foresight. Make sure you include the following beach-specific items in your packing list before you head out to camp at the seaside.
Rainfly or tarp
We get it, for mom and dad, watching the waves, content in beach chairs is probably enough to schedule a beach camping trip. Unfortunately, our little ones typically need more excitement than soaking up the sun all day. Bring some sand castle toys, lawn games, and floaties to keep the kids entertained.
If you’ve ever been in the car for more than two hours, you’ve probably heard the question, “Are we there yet?!”. Usually, the question is accompanied by an angry kick on the back of the seat from an impatient passenger. However, road trips can be great bonding experiences, after all, you’re stuck in the same car with no escape. So, have some fun and know that someone’s eventually going to get bored on the road. And when that happens, it’s essential to come prepared with plenty of entertainment!
Test the steadiness of your drawing hand with this Bumpy Car Doodle Contestprintable. It’s basically Pictionary! but with the added obstacle of road bumps. Make it really competitive by letting the winner control the music for the rest of the trip!
When we first heard that schools were likely to close, the first thing I decided to stock up on to help us prepare for homeschooling was printer paper, and plenty of ink. Forget toilet paper shortages, a printer paper shortage would have been a big problem for us as our printer is such a key tool for homeschooling our four children.
I will share with you a few examples of resources that you can easily print off to help keep the kids entertained and educated until their school lessons are back up and running.
If you are low on ink, you can stock up at Cartridge Save, take a look at the HP Ink Cartridges which last really well, seeing you through all of the school closures.
Vikings are a fun part of history to learn about, and if you have a child in Year 3 or 4 at primary school like I do, then they may be learning about Vikings in school this year. The Viking Adventure activity book from Button Books / GMC Distribution looks like a great way to enhance and solidify their knowledge of vikings in a fun and hands on way.
The book is packed with over 100 different activities and games and includes 4 pages of stickers.
The pages are crammed with all sorts of fun, including puzzles, anagrams, maths, codes, spot the difference, colouring in and other engaging activities. Absorbing and educational, the Viking Adventure Activity Book features beautiful, bright illustrations
that will draw children in and keep them busy. And while they are enjoying the mazes, matching and counting, the
activities are helping them to develop a wide range of skills, including observational, conversational and motor skills. They’ll also find out more about the fascinating world of Vikings along the way.
Here are a few example pages of activities from The Viking Adventure Activity Book
We all need a little help keeping our kids busy during this stay-at-home period, and Bing has plenty to offer to help out families with this. As well as over 100 episodes available on iPlayer, Emmy award-winning and BAFTA nominated family favourite Bing offers pre-school children and families multiple ways to keep busy and entertained during this stay-at-home period. With activity sheets to download and games to play, Bing is helping families who will be spending more time together at home in the coming weeks. My preschooler is a big fan of Bing, so these have come in handy for us and I hope you find them useful too!
Bing Watch, Play, Learn App
This app is great when you want something fun and educational to entertain your little ones. I have been trying it out with my 3 year old, N, and we loved the variety of content – having multiple games, including colouring activities, memory match, dress up games and more, alongside the video content means that there is plenty included to keep it fresh. I also appreciate that there are no adverts, and the app is very easy to use
Sometimes while her older brothers are all doing online schooling on their laptops, my youngest wants to feel like she can join in too so playing a few educational games like these during that time is really nice for her.
Get ready for epic fun and super-sonic action when everyone’s favourite hedgehog races home in the blockbuster hit SONIC THE HEDGEHOG, debuting for Download and Keep on April 10, 2020 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Bringing Sonic the Hedgehog to life in this fun adaptation, it’s easy to understand why this film is a must-watch, and achieved the highest opening weekend of any video game movie adaptation in film history!
Powered with incredible speed, Sonic the Hedgehog (voiced by Ben Schwartz), aka The Blue Blur, embraces his new home on Earth. That is, until he accidentally knocks out the power grid and sparks the attention of super-uncool evil genius Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey). Now it’s super-villain vs. super-sonic in an all-out race across the globe to stop Robotnik from using his unique power for world domination. Sonic teams up with The Donut Lord, aka Sheriff Tom Wachowski (James Marsden), to save the planet in this action-packed hit that’s fun for the whole family.
My kids loved this movie in the cinema, and now to mark the home release, we have some fun Sonic the Hedgehog printable activity sheets to share with you – perfect for keeping the children busy at home.
LearningResources has devised a range of FREE home learning activities for 2-11s to help parents and children prepare to spend more time at home.
Visit the blog to discover activities that will help keep kids learning and engaged through meaningful play. The family-friendly resources include downloadable activity books for maths, science/STEM, language and reading support, animals and geography plus printable worksheets, activity sheets and play-based learning ideas to keep children busy indoors.
For 35 years, the company has been the leader in educational toys and games for children aged 2-11 years and has built up trusted relationships to help meet the needs of teachers, parents, carers and other learning mentors.
There is tonnes available from activity books to print out and fill in, to hands on learning with STEM activity guides and recipe cards. There are ideas to extend the play and learning using Learning Resources products you may already have like the Coding Critters or Playfoam, and lots where you don’t need any special supplies or equipment at all.
We will definitely be using some of these to keep the children busy over the Easter holidays these next couple of weeks, and then to supplement their school learning afterwards while the school closures continue!
For more information visit LearningResources.co.uk or keep in touch over socials, where they are sharing plenty of ideas and inspiration to keep our children happy and learning during this time!
While you’re at home with the family this Easter holidays, why not get creative to keep yourselves busy. Wayfair have a selection of Easter Craft Ideas on their website, including printable colouring pages, cute Easter cards to make, and bunny napkin folding!
Download this collection of three Easter colouring pages, featuring cute little chicks, bunny rabbits and lots of lovely Easter eggs. Colouring is great for keeping the children occupied, and I like to get involved and do one of my own too! Why not stick them in the window when you’re done, to bring a smile to passers by.
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We all need a little help keeping our kids busy during this stay-at-home period, and Bing has plenty to offer to help out families with this. As well as over 100 episodes available on iPlayer, Emmy award-winning and BAFTA nominated family favourite Bing offers pre-school children and families multiple ways to keep busy and entertained during this […]
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