Get creative! 5 fun at-home classes for kids
Stuck indoors? Internet to the rescue! We've rounded up some of the best digital classes to boost your kids' creativity and keep them engaged.
With the prospect of indefinite home-schooling now dumped in every parents’ lap (pass the wine), you may be stumped with how to structure your days indoors. Never fear, Muddy’s here to help. We’ll have more educational resources and tips on schooling in self-isolation to come, but for now, let’s break up the endless re-runs of Frozen and panic-bought colouring books with something a little different.
Virtual arts and crafts with The Creation Station
Craft kits are a god-send in these scenarios, but if you’re juggling working from home with parenting, then a little extra third-party guidance is always handy. Enter Charlotte from the Bucks/Berks branch of The Creation Station, who is putting together pre-filmed digital craft sessions that allow your mini-mes to create a project with her. You can order a delivered kit for £10 (contactless delivery, naturally) and then set up the video so kids can craft along with Charlotte.
Creative writing with Sarah Webb
Irish children’s author Sarah Webb is proving the pen is mightier than coronavirus with her daily Creative Bursts series, posted in collaboration with the Museum of Literature Ireland. The series includes writing prompts for budding authors aged 9+, as well as some slightly more complex prompts for those aged 11 and over included in the free downloadable PDFs. Plus, all you’ll need is a pen and paper – easy as pie.
Online bake-along with Three Bears Cookery Club
One side effect of kids being at home all day is that they. are. always. hungry. Luckily, these clever classes from Derbyshire-based Three Bears Cookery Club aim to keep little ones entertained and take care of the constant snack conundrum. From Mon 26 Mar, the team will be running live classes two to three times a week over Zoom to help teach junior bakers handy kitchen skills – and you may get a tasty treat out of the bargain, too. Sign up for their mailing list for more info.
Drawing tutorials with Rob Biddulph
Drawing is a go-to indoor activity when it comes to keeping the rabble quiet for five mins, so who better to teach your kids how than official World Book Day Illustrator for 2019 and 2020, Rob Biddulph? In his #DrawWithRob series, the man himself will post a short and sweet tutorial every Tuesday and Thursday at 10am for kids to draw along with. Bonus points if you also pick up a couple of the books so that your artists-in-the-making can spot the characters they’re drawing.
Coding with CodeCamp
Here’s a sneaky trick – instead of worrying about the kids spending their days playing video games, have them build their own instead! To give you a helping hand, the tech whizzes at CodeCamp have made their subscriptions free, which means you can get pre-made lessons plans delivered straight to your inbox. Your littlies will be creating games they can download to their phones before you know it.
Bonus! P.E. classes with Joe Wicks
Okay, we couldn’t stick to just five classes when we heard about this one. Everyone’s fave curly-haired Body Coach has announced that he’ll be live-streaming 30-min P.E. classes every weekday morning at 9am sharp. We’ll be tuning in for, errr, “educational purposes”.