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Tips and Resources

We’ve put together a list of useful online resources designed to provide you with a host of ideas and activities for keeping younger children occupied and entertained at home.  

We will be adding to this list over the coming weeks, so please make sure that you check back regularly for updated content. 

  • The Hungry Little Minds website has lots of of simple and fun activities designed to get children talking. They've created a range of ideas for kids from newborn to five.
  • Check out our page full of free resources and ways to help babies and children to learn to talk.
  • Talking Point gives parents, carers and practitioners the information they need to help children develop their speech, language and communication skills.
  • Early Words Together by the National Literacy Trust helps parents to support their young child's literacy and language development. Their website has a range of free, downloadable resources.
  • Play Scotland predominately promotes play services available in Scotland, however, the website also has a whole host of information on lots of fun play and learning ideas that can be explored at home.
  • The Imagination Tree is a blog run by primary school teacher, Anna, who has specialisms in early years education and art. She’s produced a stay at home survival guide, with a host of crafty and educational ideas for parents with young children.
  • ABC Does is run by an international community of early years practitioners who share ideas on activities to do at home with early years children. Their collection of ideas is there to help parents and carers find fun things to do if they find themselves unexpectedly at home with younger children.
  • Run by the National Literacy Trust, Small Talk helps to guide parents and carers through activities designed to improve reading and language skills. Suitable for those aged 0-5 years.
  • BBC Bitesize have a host of free, learning resources and activities for children in KS1 and 2. Their content and ideas cover a range of different subjects, from Art and Design to Science, Music to Modern Foreign Languages.
  • The National Literacy Trust's Family Zone has content dedicated to children aged 5-8, including audiobooks, reading guides and reading charts.
  • Cosmic Kids Yoga have a YouTube channel which offers mindfulness, yoga and relaxation videos designed specifically for kids aged 3 years and above.
  • Times Table Rockstars offers daily timestable practice.
  • The Imagination Tree
  • Play Scotland
  • BBC Bitesize have a host of free, learning resources and activities for children in KS1 and 2. Their content and ideas cover a range of different subjects, from Art & Design to Science, Music to Modern Foreign Languages.
  • The National Literacy Trust's Family Zone has content dedicated to children aged 9-12, including poetry workshops, online writing masterclasses and audiobooks.
  • BBC Sounds has a huge range of audio content suitable for kids of all ages and interests, available to listen for free.