Free (or low cost) home activities with young people

This is a regular blog feature where we’ll be sharing activities, ideas and tips on how to make the most of self-isolation.

 
The prospect of keeping children busy at home can be a daunting one right now but below are a few fun low cost ideas that you might like to try with your little people.
 
8 simple science experiments you can do at home
Science can be a little intimidating. Whether it's the latest research in quantum mechanics or organic chemistry, sometimes science can make your head spin. But you don't have to be go through 8 years of school or work in a high-tech lab to do science. There are plenty of experiments you can do at home and you might even have a few of the materials just lying around the house. Check this website for few easy ways for you to see science in action   
 
 
Try salt painting!
Salt painting is a fun process art activity to do with kids. It’s easy to set up and the results can be so beautiful! It’s also really fun to watch the watercolors run along the salt as you paint!   
 
Bake a mug cake!
Need a quick chocolate fix? Try making this easy microwave mug cake with store cupboard ingredients. It's even more delicious with a scoop of vanilla ice cream  
 
Do some colouring. Here are some free colouring sheets to download
Welcome to the world of super colouring pages. From your child’s favourite animals, cartoon characters, and sweet treats to cars, airplanes, and spaceships they can find many pages to spark their creativity.  
 
Make a recycled bird feeder
Make a bird feeder from the bottles you would throw away.  
 
Learn how to do origami
This video will show you how to make an easy origami dinosaur. You will also see other videos that show you how to make everything from a dragon to a fox.
 
 
 
Online Puzzles for Children to do a word search, crossword or Sudoku
Go to this website to find lots of different puzzles for children to do   
 
Make a fortune teller!
DIY! Make your own paper fortune teller with this easy tutorial. see below how to tell someone's fortune  
 
Make a glitter jar
This video will show you how to make a glitter jar. This DIY glitter jar is perfect for relaxation and meditation. These work great for kids (and adults) who need to de-stress!  
 
You could even visit a museum...Wait, what?
Doesn’t self-isolation mean we have to stay home? Exactly so! But to visit some of the best museums in the world you no longer have to travel as they offer online virtual tours! ·  
    
British Museum in London
Guggenheim Museum in New York
Musée d’Orsay in Paris
Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam
 
Many more are now accessible online, thanks to Google Street View service.  
 

 

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