How can you offer fun and interactive activities to your children during the summer holidays? How can you have days out without leaving the house if you are shielding at home? Our friends from the charity Sky Badger have kindly provided these ideas in this wonderful guest post.
During the global pandemic we got used to staying at home, following Joe Wicks and wishing we could get to the end! Attempting to improve our language with Holly and cooking like a demon with Jamie.
Now however, we are in limbo between being safe to go out and try to do more normal activities and being scared that we may bump into an infected cat!
Is taking the kids on a virtual safari to Woburn enough and how can we use that experience to encourage other activities for the next fortnight? (Although fortnite is probably what half of our kids are upstairs playing!)
Wanting to bring summer fun activities to you during the holidays and making sure we are safe is going to be a challenge, but we will certainly try to include some great ideas to keep those little heads, hands and feet busy leaving you time at the end of the day to enjoy a glass of vino in the garden.
NASA Virtual Tour
NASA are still offering virtual tours of one of their hangars, wind tunnels, lunar operations and zero G as well as lots of amazing videos and photos of equipment used to research our universe. When this is over, I’m pretty sure you can re-purpose some of those Amazon boxes into a lunar module!
The Museum of The World
This one is one of my favourites, The British Museum and Google have created an amazing historical tour all at your fingertips leaving you wanting to do more research or even dress as a caveman or woman for the day.
BBC Bring the Noise
Stories with Mr Tumble
Who doesn’t love Mr Tumble! Here he incorporates Makaton with his unique style to create fun and easy to follow stories.
Camping at home
I love camping and not being able to go has made our summer feel a bit flat, especially as we live in a flat…no garden!
Why not set up camp in the living room? You can recreate those lovely trips by having dinner under a sheet of stars or sharing stories by torchlight and snuggling down in your sleeping bag on the sofa cushions. Seriously though it’s not too hard to do and great fun.
My mum used to drape a sheet or two over two dining chairs on our little patch of grass and my friends who lived a few doors down and I would raid the dressing up box and spend all day playing in and out of the camp with our favourite toys and being brought our meals outside. It also helps that the loo isn’t far away too!
I wish I had a photo of the amazing wigwam my dad made us out of some wood and hessian sacks which we painted with all kinds of native american images.
There are some great ideas on Pintrest for indoor camping if you’re lacking in inspiration.
I’ve also found this great blog about indoor camping and camping at home, a great way to explore nature in the garden, view nocturnal visitors…especially badgers, or set up a makeshift bird table and bath to view the flying visitors during dawn chorus. Fun games of cricket, rounders or hide and seek are always great at home and don’t need lots of space.
Finally, if your summer isn’t complete without a trip to the zoo or a safari park then Newquay Zoo has created a virtual tour including some of their most loved species that you can see at home and they regularly add more each day, you can see many webcams dotted around the zoo, even Meerkat feeding time! There are also heaps of fun fact sheets and activities to download and print.
For more fun but safe ideas check out Sky Badger’s stuck at home guide.
Have fun, we will keep adding more and more throughout the summer to help keep you happy and busy!
Kim, Team Sky Badger
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