Home Learning Ideas

Learning ideas during school closures 2020

Ideas for Babies: Developing fine motor skills

The necessary materials are:

  • an empty cardboard box (cereal box)
  • straws or colored pens,
  • a sharp object like a scissor to make the holes.


  • Make random holes using a scissor in the empty box, use a pen to enlarge the holes.
  • Give the child the box with the pens or straws already placed in the holes.
  • They will try to remove them.  Show them that they can put the pens back in the holes.
  • Let them explore freely always on your supervision. 

Learning Colours

Materials: UNO cards 


First make 4 rows, one with each color,

then, give the child a color card and repeat the name of the color, and encourage  them to put it in the row corresponding to the color.  


Try to do this on different days so they can learn the colors using repetitions. 



We have been lucky to have had some beautiful weather during the first few weeks of the lock down, however as the British weather is so unpredictable it can be difficult to keep the children entertained when stuck indoors!  Below is a link that you can access some brilliant ideas that you can do indoors!

Jemma, an Early Years teacher in the UAE has made these amazing wooden spoon story characters to support some well loved children's stories. Why not try and make these together with your children.

Home Learning Activities

The BBC has launched an education package across TV and online, featuring celebrities and teachers, helping to keep children learning at home and supporting parents.

BBC Bitesize can be accessed here:

Oak National Academy online classroom and resource hub

The sector-led Oak National Academy has launched its online classroom and resource hub. The Academy offers 180 video lessons each week for schools to use, across a broad range of subjects. The lessons cover children in Reception through to Year 10 and are free to use by both teachers and young people.

The Oak National Academy can be accessed here:

The Early Literacy Trust


The Early Literacy Trust have a dedicated Family Zone area with lots of fun activities to share with young children at home.  To access click on the link below:

Easy Activities to do at home:


1.Spider’s web: Turn the hall into a spider’s web: with tape or wool… you have to go through it but without touching it!
2. Foot drawings: Are you able to write your name with your foot or draw a house? You may find you surprise yourself, but you’re guaranteed a giggle in attempting to master the pen with your toes
3. Plant a seed: Take a lentil or chickpea and plant it in some wet cotton. Watch it grow
4. Homemade Puppets: Find some old socks, sew some buttons on them as eyes, and make your own puppet show
5. Hide messages around the house: Take some post-its and hide surprise messages around the house; you’re sure to get a smile out of the person who finds them





This website has a list of 50 YouTube channels for home learning linked to different areas of the curriculum.



Oxford Owl - Register for an account and there are a range of e-books which can be read online for free.


A selection of read along and picture books (and stories for older children) videoed with the permissions of the creators and publishers


For older children, a selection of 'finish the comic' resources and reading comprehension.



Alistair Bryce-Clegg is collecting a variety of 'things to try at home activities'


The Robin Hood MAT in Birmingham has released freely available and editable home learning projects for all years from EYFS - Y6


Twinkl has opened up its premium resources for free while people are in isolation - create an account and use the Offer Code UKTWINKLHELPS


This is Maths website which is offering free things for Nursery upwards.

You can play games with your child using the links below:

1. Music and Singing

i) Online music workshops for children aged 0 to 7 and their bigger people. Stomping In The Woods Video 1: EleMouse! By community musician, by Ruti Lachs:


ii) Uplifting sing-a-long every morning with Rebecca Deniff from Music Tots, Whitby – both live streamed and recorded for you to listen / sing-a-long to with your little ones afterwards:


iii) Made with Music – providing a virtual early years class every Thursday using story books, props, favourite songs and more, with musicians Kathryn and her family:


iv) Concerteenies with Music in the Round presenter, Polly Ives. This live music series for babies, toddlers and their grown-ups which usually takes place in various theatres in the Midlands is now freely available online:

2.   Art, Design, Materials and Mixed Media

i) Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, brings their stunning Galleries Day to the world’s living rooms, online for the first time, with 300+ artists available to view, many with 360 degree views within the gallery spaces:


ii) A myriad of amazing resources from experienced art teacher, Sarah Crowther, with great ideas on photography, drawing, mark making, painting and art lesson ideas for your home or school:


iii) Creativity for Wellbeing by arts facilitator Richard Potter – many arts activities, either easy or more challenging, to help you explore (almost) every art or craft form under the sun – perfect for creative families:


iv) Teacher Tom, who spoke at an Earlyarts conference a few years back, writes a super daily blog on the many creative and educational activities his children taught him when he ran his preschool. Here’s a few ideas on the subject of art:


3.   Dance and Movement


i) Dance artist, Jo Cone, is facilitating superb weekly family dance sessions that can easily be done in the home with nothing more than a blanket and a pair of socks… or ten! Join in here:


ii) Sadlers Wells will be offering a programme of full-length dance performances and workshops online over the coming weeks, for you to enjoy at home: or some fabulous family workshops for you to join in with together:


iii) ‘We Belong’ by dance artist, Takeshi Matsumoto, is a contemporary dance film made with and for stateless children in Thailand, exploring their sense of belonging, identity and growth:


4.   Museums


i) Creativity at Home – one beautiful activity to do EVERY week from the Glucksman contemporary art museum in Cork, Ireland, based on their collections:


ii) A fabulous messy-drawing activity book from The National Portrait Gallery, featuring portraits of famous thinkers and doers of our time, for embellishing with your own creations:


iii) Kids in Museums have put together some of the fun digital activities that you can enjoy from home:


iv) How do you turn a series of dusty collections into the ‘most joyful museum in the world’? Find out how many top museums have redesigned their programmes, inspired by the things that most excite and engage young children:


5.   Story and Theatre


i) The Scottish book trust bring you the online experience of the Long Nose Puppet’s adaptation of Polly Dunbar’s beautiful book, Arthur’s Dream Boat: Plus you can get creative with LNP’s education pack, courtesy of Z-Arts here:


ii) Alive & Kicking’s education packs are now freely available for all to enjoy: Passwords:

  • The Museum Of Untold Stories: moustail – Years 1 to 6

  • Gawain: greenbelt – Years 5 to 6

  • Granny’s Underground Garden: worzlum – Years 3 to 4

  • The Princess Who Couldn’t Play: Leonora – Years Reception, 1 and 2

  • A Genie Comes To School: opensesame – Years 1 to 2

  • Crowheart: briganti – Years 3 to 4


 iii) Traveling Light Theatre, in partnership with The Egg, bring you their beautiful early years performance of The Snow Mouse – a magical journey into the winter woods as a young boy and his mousey friend tumble, slide, laugh and explore the snowy wonderland together:


iv) Treehouse Theatre specialise in interactive performances and workshops. With a love of history and great story-telling, why not enjoy their beautifully read bedtime stories, bringing famous tales alive in your imagination:


v) And, for a bit of adult sanity… Enjoy four amazing live performances by outstanding actors at the National Theatre, including Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous Treasure Island, every Thursday in April. PLUS NT are also opening up their world class collection of educational performances for pupils at home: