Below is a list of useful links to other websites providing lots of fun and creative ways to keep your children occupied.
We will keep adding to it as we find them so please do keep checking back.
If your child would like to send a picture of what they have been up to at home or send a message to us, we would love to hear from them. Please use the email address firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to them.
A local illustrator Emma Lucy has illustrated lots of books for the children’s author, Ruth Whenham. She has also created a wonderful colouring sheet of Chester free to download. This is perfect for both children and parents to spend time together. Head over to her page, she has lots of craft ideas and there is also a link to hobby craft with more colouring sheets. https://www.emmalucyillustration.com/blog/colour-in-chester
The wonderful Mrs King from James class in reception has started a youtube channel. It has some fantastic craft ideas, stories and healthy recipes that the children will love to create. Activities with Mrs King
Axel Scheffler has illustrated a great book for children explaining the Coronavirus. You can download it here : Coronavirus book for children
Julia Donaldson and Axel Schefflerr have reinvented their famous characters observing social distancing. Absolutely brilliant! Social distancing for The Gruffalo and other well loved characters
One of the sites we use a lot at HETTY is Twinkl. They produce the most amazing resources on practically any topic you could imagine and have sections specifically for children in EYFS! They have given free access to parents over the coming weeks by creating an account and using the access code PARENTSTWINKLHELPS https://www.twinkl.co.uk/offer
There is also a section dedicated to home learning https://www.twinkl.co.uk/home-learning-hub
Lots of CBeebies programmes are great for educating little ones too – have a look at:
Nina and the Neurons for all things scientific
I can cook to have fun in the kitchen
Alphablocks to learn about letter sounds
including A parents’ guide to phonics
Numberblocks to learn about numbers
Chester Zoo have lots of resources on line for you to do at home. They even have live streaming of certain animals on their Facebook page (virtual day at the zoo from 10am on 27th March linked from their Facebook page) https://www.chesterzoo.org/schools/resources/
Google ‘Edinburgh Zoo’ to see live webcams set up for favourite animals.
Really great games to help with phonics – http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk
Lots of fun activities from slime to craft ideas and print outs – http://www.thebestideasforkids.com
Brilliant ideas and loads of fun from ‘The Dad Lab’ – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCc_-hy0u9-oKlNdMKHBudcQ
Ideas for different activities to do at home for older children – https://theweekjunior.co.uk/activity-hub
Brilliant ideas for all subjects – interactive games, activities. Sections for all year groups of children including EYFS https://www.topmarks.co.uk/
Printable activity cards for the family to do at home – https://hbc.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Activity-Cards.pdf
Excellent writing and phonics activities for all school year groups including a section specifically for EYFS http://www.theliteracycompany.co.uk/free-resources/
Carol Vorderman’s maths activities https://www.themathsfactor.com/
David Walliams’ story telling https://worldofdavidwalliams.com
PE with Joe Wicks on YouTube live week days at 9am (or whenever you want on his YouTube channel)
Wildlife with Steve Backshall on Facebook every day at 9.30am
Dance with Oti Mabuse on Facebook every day at 11.30am
Music with Myleene Klass on YouTube
Wildlife and birds activities https://www.rspb.org.uk/fun-and-learning/for-kids/
The World Book Day website has lots of ‘stay at home’ resources available here https://www.worldbookday.com/2020/03/book-ideas-hub-brilliant-stay-at-home-ideas-free-resources/