Activities & Resources for Kids 

Lockdown is not easy for families with kids.  Overnight you've had to go from being a parent to a parent AND a teacher! There are lots of resources out there to help you, but  the amount is overwhelming - knowing where to start can be tough!

To help you out, local Shadwell parents have put together their recommended websites and resources:

Coronavirus activity book for kids

A free digital book has been released explaining coronavirus to primary school age children.

With drawings by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler,

the book answers key questions in simple language aimed at five to nine year olds:

  • What is coronavirus?

  • How do you catch coronavirus?

  • What happens if you catch coronavirus?

  • Why are people worried about catching coronavirus?

  • Is there a cure for coronavirus?

  • Why are some places we normally go to closed?

  • What can I do to help?

  • What’s going to happen next?

You can download it HERE

Summer Holidays Activities:

Glamis Adventure Playground is opening for summer!

The Glamis Adventure Playground is a professionally staffed adventure playground in Shadwell with open-access for children aged 6 to 16 years.

Summer Opening Times
(changed for Covid-19)

Monday – 11.30am – 4.30pm

Thursday  – 11.30am – 4.30pm

Tuesday – 11.30am – 4.30pm

Friday – 11.30am – 4.30pm

They are also now operating a pre-booking system with sessions of specific groups of no more than 5 children per bubble.

To book into a session, please fill out this form

For further information email: info@shadwellcommunityproject.org or visit the website: http://shadwellcommunityproject.org/

Story-telling online

Watch these captivating stories by the Discovery Story Centre:

Little Dragons @ St George-in-the-East

The little dragons at St George's have put together some handy guides for craft activities to try at home with your little ones! Suitable for tots and small children. Click on the image below for the full guide. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learning Websites 

Khan Academy

https://www.khanacademy.org

Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it's mostly common material.

Twinkl

https://www.twinkl.co.uk

This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering free access to parents in light of school closures

 

BBC Learning

http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/coursesearch/

This site is old and no longer updated and yet there's so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.

 

Futurelearn

https://www.futurelearn.com

Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).

 

Seneca

https://www.senecalearning.com

For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.

 

Blockly

https://blockly.games

Learn computer programming skills - fun and free.

 

Scratch

https://scratch.mit.edu/explore/projects/games/

Creative computer programming

 

 

Tower Hamlets Council have gathered together lots of helpful educational resources for children and young people here: https://www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/lgnl/health__social_care/health_and_medical_advice/Coronavirus/Schools/Support_with_education_at_home.aspx

 

 

Ted Ed

https://ed.ted.com

All sorts of engaging educational videos

 

National Geographic Kids

https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/

Activities and quizzes for younger kids.

Mystery Science

https://mysteryscience.com

Free science lessons

 

The Kids Should See This

https://thekidshouldseethis.com

Wide range of cool educational videos

 

Crash Course Kids

https://m.youtube.com/user/crashcoursekids

As above for a younger audience

 

Crest Awards

https://www.crestawards.org

Science awards you can complete from home.

 

iDEA Awards

https://idea.org.uk

Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.

 

Paw Print Badges

https://www.pawprintbadges.co.uk

Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.

 

Tinkercad

https://www.tinkercad.com

All kinds of making.

 

Cbeebies Radio

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio

Listening activities for the younger ones.

 

Nature Detectives

https://naturedetectives.woodlandtrust.org.uk/naturedetectives/

A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!

 

British Council

https://www.britishcouncil.org/school-resources/find

Resources for English language learning

 

Oxford Owl for Home

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/

Lots of free resources for Primary age

 

Big History Project

https://www.bighistoryproject.com/home

Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.

 

Geography Games

https://world-geography-games.com/world.html

Geography gaming!

 

Blue Peter Badges

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/joinin/about-blue-peter-badges

If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.

 

The Artful Parent

https://www.facebook.com/artfulparent/

Good, free art activities

 

Red Ted Art

https://www.redtedart.com

Easy arts and crafts for little ones

 

The Imagination Tree

https://theimaginationtree.com

Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.

 

Toy Theater

https://toytheater.com/

Educational online games

 

DK Find Out

https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/?fbclid=IwAR2wJdpSJSeITf4do6aPhff8A3tAktnmpaxqZbkgudD49l71ep8-sjXmrac

Activities and quizzes


For more ideas, these two articles have some more great links:

https://kidsactivitiesblog.com/135609/list-of-education-companies-offering-free-subscriptions/

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/mar/29/learning-apps-for-stir-crazy-kids-while-schools-are-closed

Websites specifically for Primary School Children

https://www.e-learningforkids.org/

http://jollylearning.co.uk/ - Games and information for parents

http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ -

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/literacy/phonics/play/ - fun games for the children to play

http://www.ictgames.com/literacy.html 

http://www.firstschoolyears.com/ 

Sparklebox - lots of resources to print off and help you support your child at home

https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html - Scholastic have created a free learn-from-home site with 20+ days of learning and activities

https://www.ixplor-realms.com/

 

The government website has a list of education and learning resources for children and young people, including those with SEND

Spotlight has put together a list of educational resources

 

 

Other resources & activities

Free stories for kids on audible: https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

Joe Wicks is doing live PE sessions for kids on his YouTube channel Monday- Friday 9am

Covid-19 Time Capsule (download)

Positivity Board Game (download)

Local Resources: Visit the Idea store

Visit the Idea Store online

 

  • Over 18,000 audiobooks and Ebooks

  • Over 700 magazines

  • Over 1500 graphic novels and comics

  • Concerts and music documentaries

  • High quality online courses 

  • Films, documentaries, shorts and box-sets

Faith-based resources for kids: Islam

 

 

Faith-based resources for kids: Christianity

https://parentingforfaith.org/parenting-faith-course-trailer?gclid=Cj0KCQjws_r0BRCwARIsAMxfDRjpjjEhM4Ys6ocgxY8XGIAXvxQ-GyK82iKGnVYV3l1ClMQA8q-vYQ4aApzfEALw_wcB

https://content.scriptureunion.org.uk/lockdown

https://springharvest.org/free-resources-and-home-activities/

Craft Ideas 

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This website exists to coordinate local efforts to support our community, and to identify gaps in provision – however big or small. We also want this to be a place that individuals can be connected up with others at this most challenging of times. 

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St Paul's Shadwell

Darul Ummah Mosque

St Paul's School, Whitechapel 

St George's Estate TRA

St George in the East Church

Oblate Retreat Centre 

Open Table 

Women 100 

E1 Community Church

Centre for Theology and Community 

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