We have created this page full of resources for children to support you during the current Coronavirus Pandemic whether you are a parent at home or you are working in a Childcare Provision or School. All of the featured resources are FREE to access or download. 
To make it easier for you to navigate, we have split the resources into sections as follows and you can navigate straight to a section by clicking on the highlighted name in blue:

  • Coronavirus COVID-19 Resources: A collection of film clips containing songs and stories to help you support your child to understand about the hand washing and social distancing
  • Stories and Books: Includes links to online bedtime stories, a film clip of 'The Smartest Giant in Town' by Julia Donaldson, plus FREE downloadable copies of 'Umar' by David Cahn and 'Tarquin's Tale - Part One' by Littlemagictrain which also includes a resource pack of activities linked to the story
  • Arts, Crafts & Making things: this section has lots of ideas on 'making things' whether it is a picture, a game or a recipe
  • Visit the Zoo! Visit the animals in Edinburgh, San Diego and Houston Zoo courtesy of the Live Feed Webcams installed

Coronavirus COVID-19 Resources
In this section we have collated some clips and a couple of books for you to share with your child/children to explain about the coronavirus, handwashing and social distancing.

McFly's Tom Fletcher teaching kids about hand washing
Tom posted the following clip to his Instagram account where he demonstrates the importance of hygiene to his two children and his niece.

Action Hands & Amanda's Wash Your Hands Song
Action Hands is a new campaign to teach children about coronavirus and promote positive wellbeing in schools and at home.

Time to Come In, Bear
A Children's Story About Social Distancing
Written by Kim St. Lawrence, Children's Author. Read by Ryan St. Lawrence

Explaining Social Distancing to Children
Produced by KiwiCo

Southampton intensive care nurse, Molly Watts, has created this book to help reduce anxiety in children caused by the Coronavirus outbreak
Click on the image below to download the book

#COVIBOOK by Manuela Molina
Supporting and reassuring children around the world
The book is available in various languages; click on the image to be taken to Manuela's website to access the free download.

Stories and Books
In this section you will find downloadable story books and links to online story telling. Also included is Tarquin's Tale, the innovative new resource from Littlemagictrain which also includes a game, arts and crafts activities and a recipe designed to encourage children to get active and learn about nutrition from an early age. 

'Umar' By David Cahn is about a young Leeds boy who is fascinated with keys, locks and doors and determined to learn to use them!
Click on the image below to download your FREE copy of the book

'The Smartest Giant in Town'
Written by Julia Donaldson & illustrated by Axel Scheffler
Source: Fraser Reads (YouTube Channel)

Littlemagictrain - Tarquin's Tale - Part One
Every parent wants their kids (including Tigers) to be active, healthy, creative and have fun. Now you can combine everything, and it’s as easy as jumping aboard a train. A ‘Littlemagictrain’®.
Gina Bale of the ‘Littlemagictrain’® has joined forces with Juls from EY Matters and Louise from EYTV Food Channel to bring you Tarquin’s Tale, the story of a young tiger who prefers to sit and watch TV while eating unhealthy Tiger snacks instead of going out to play with his friends. The story will follow his journey to get fit, healthy and active and accompanying each instalment, will be a range of activities including craft, games, physical and cooking activities to engage the children, support their learning about healthy food options and encourage them to get moving.

For future episodes of Tarquin's Tale, sign up to the Littlemagictrain newsletter from the link below: 

Story Time with Team Dads Rock (You Tube) - 'Shark in The Park!'
Timothy Pope has a brand new telescope and he's testing it out at the park. Peep through the die-cut holes in this book to see if you can spy a shark. Is that really a shark?

Click on the image below to access

Story Time with CeeBeebies (YouTube)
Ten in the bed read by Rob Delaney with Makaton
One by one, nine friends roll over and fall out of a boy’s bed with a bang, a thump, or a plop until . . . "I’m cold! I miss you!" the boy says, and back in the bed they all go. In a sturdy board book begging many repeat readings, Penny Dale’s popular rendition of this childhood song is as warm and toasty as a feather bed
Click on the image of the book below to access

Bedtime Stories
A collection of bedtime stories for you to share with the children. Simply scan the QR code on your device and it opens in YouTube where the story is read by a presenter.

Arts, Crafts & Making Things
In this section there are some film clips, links and downloads all related to 'making things' whether it is a picture, a game or a recipe. 

Ideas for drawing
Demonstrating how to make some wonderful animal pictures by drawing around your hands; the clip is fast-paced so you may need to watch it more than once and use the 'pause' button!


Highfield Nursery Growing & Learning Together
Highfield Nursery has created this page filled with recipes and ideas for activities for children including links to other websites containing the same. Here are the details of the activities from their page.

  • Easy Bread Recipe
  • Easy Peasy Soup Recipe
  • Flapjack Recipe
  • No Cook Homemade Play Dough Recipe
  • Activities you can try at home (leaflet)

Source: Early Education - Twelve links for supporting home learning: early years and primary

 

Baby Safe Paint Recipe 
Source: MOTHERCOULD.com 
Click on the image below to download a PDF copy of the instructions

Coloured Spaghetti
Source: MOTHERCOULD.com
Click on the image below to download a PDF copy of the instructions

Fizzy Blocks
Source: MOTHERCOULD.com
Click on the image below to download a PDF copy of the instructions

Play Dough
Source: MOTHERCOULD.com
Click on the image below to download a PDF copy of the instructions

Little Shipmates Activities

Little Shipmates Day Nursery, Southampton, have kindly shared their home activity pack with us
Please see, below, the list of contents; click on the name of the activity to download the related PDF instruction sheet.

Ten easy science experiments for kids
Learn how to recreate easy science experiments that can be put together with balloons, baking soda, water, vinegar, straws, string or thin ribbon, old CDs, glass or plastic bottles, and other things from around the house.

Why can't some birds fly? 
Though the common ancestor of all modern birds could fly, many different bird species have independently lost their flight. This animation explores why some birds can't fly and has prompts for thinking and discussion with your child. 
Click on the image below to access the film and notes.

Visit the Zoo!
Watch the animals in Edinburgh, San Diego and Houston Zoos via the live feed webcams set up in various locations in order for you to get up close and personal. 

Edinburgh Zoo 'Pandacam' Live Feed
Watch Yang Guang on the live webcam from Edinburgh Zoo
Click on picture below to access

Edinburgh Zoo 'Tigercam' Live Feed
Watch the Tiger enclosure on the live webcam from Edinburgh Zoo
Click on  picture below to access

Edinburgh Zoo 'Pengiuncam' Live Feed
Watch the Penguins on the live webcam from Edinburgh Zoo
Click on picture below to access

Edinburgh Zoo 'Koalacam' Live Feed
Watch Tanami the Koala Bear on the live webcam from Edinburgh Zoo
Click on picture below to access

San Diego Zoo 'Babooncam' Live Feed
Watch the Baboons on live webcam from San Diego Zoo
Click on  picture below to access

San Diego Zoo 'PolarBearcam' Live Feed
Watch the Polar Bears on the live webcam from San Diego Zoo
Click on picture below to access

San Diego Zoo 'Apecam' Live Feed
Watch the Apes on the live webcam from San Diego Zoo
Click on picture below to access

San Diego Zoo 'Giraffecam' Live Feed
Watch the Giraffes on the live webcam from San Diego Zoo
Click on picture below to access

San Diego Zoo 'Elephantcam' Live Feed
Watch the Elephants on live webcam from San Diego Zoo
Click on  picture below to access

Houston Zoo 'Gorillacam' Live Feed
Watch the Gorillas on the live webcam from Houston Zoo
Click on picture below to access

Houston Zoo 'Rhinocam' Live Feed
Watch the Rhinos on the live webcam from Houston Zoo
Click on picture below to access

Houston Zoo 'Chimpanzeecam' Live Feed
Watch the Chimpanzees on the live webcam from Houston Zoo
Click on picture below to access

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