As many families around the world are currently spending more time indoors than usual, we wanted to share some ideas to help your children (or students) keep learning English from home.
The internet is full of resources to help kids learn and practice English but at times it can be difficult to know where to start looking and which sites you can trust.
These are some of our favorite ideas to keep young learners entertained at home over the next few weeks.
When you’re indoors for a long time, it’s important to do some exercise and keep moving. Remember to be careful though and not push your body too hard. Here are three fun sites in English with exercise ideas for children.
1. P.E with Joe
Joe Wicks is a personal trainer in the UK and everyday at 9am GMT, he offers a thirty-minute live workout for children around the world. It’s a great way to get your heart pumping and all the family can take part.
2. Bookworm Workout
We love this idea from Today’s Parent. Choose a story with a word that’s often repeated. Each time that word comes up, your child has to do something, such as jump or touch their toes. This develops your child’s listening skills. You could also get all the family involved and take turns to read. There are ideas for where to find storybooks further on in the post.
If you’re looking for something a little more relaxing, check out Cosmic Kids Yoga. They have some wonderful videos combining stories and yoga for the youngest members of the family.
Now’s a great opportunity to take up a new hobby or get better at something you already do. These are three fantastic sites where children can develop their skills from home, using English.
On the Draw Every Day with JJK page, you can find 20-minute episodes to get better at drawing. He records the episode live every day at 11am (Pacific Time) and teaches about different aspects of drawing cartoons, such as proportions and speech bubbles.
The BBC Good Food website has lots of great recipes to get your children in the kitchen over the next few weeks (with adult supervision). Try a tasty treat like a rainbow pizza or a delicious dinner such as the vegan Thai green curry.
Always wanted to play the piano but never had a chance to learn? Now’s the perfect opportunity. Children can play online with a virtual piano and watch helpful tutorials from Smart Kids Piano on YouTube.
Whether you had time to pick up some books from the library or not, there are lots of great resources for children’s books online.
1. Graded Readers
If you haven’t already looked at our series of Graded Readers, it’s worth checking it out! With over 480 titles to choose from, there’s sure to be something for every member of the family. Reading together is a wonderful way to pass the time and there are lots of stories that all the family will love, such as The Lion King or 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
A selection of children’s audiobook stories from Audible are available to listen to for free while schools are closed. There are lots of wonderful stories from authors such as A.A. Milne (Winnie the Pooh), Winter Morgan (Quest for the Diamond Sword – A Minecraft Gamer’s Adventure) and Ransom Riggs (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children).
3. Story prompts
Or, why not get your children to write their own stories? ThinkWritten has a list of 300 story ideas to help them get started. Then, they can share their stories: you can take a photo or scan it and send it to their friends.
Doing arts and crafts is a great way to keep your children entertained whilst they’re at home and there are lots of fun projects you can work on together. These sites all give instructions in English, with lots of visual support to help you children.
1. Toilet roll crafts
If you’ve got any cardboard tubes from toilet roll at home, there are hundreds of fantastic crafting ideas to keep your children busy. You can make puppets, gift boxes, a bowling set and more with the fabulous ideas on Red Ted Art.
2. Paper crafts
Your children can make lots of incredible things from a simple sheet of paper. In this blogpost from Fluentu, find ideas for mini-books and pop-up cards; or make an origami Yoda or Pikachu with easy-to-follow instructions from Origami Way.
3. Party Games
There are lots of online tutorials to make games all the family can play together, such as a bean bag toss – this tutorial even gives instructions to make the bean bags. Or how about a game of Twister, using this handy make-your-own tutorial?
We hope you have fun trying out these different ideas together. What other activities are you doing at home? Let us know in the comments.