Fun Things For Kids to Do While Staying at Home

With everyone staying at home, children are in need of more entertainment than ever! Therefore, we have compiled a list of activities, author & illustrator streams and useful links to other resources.

20 activities

1. Unleash your inner artist and draw each of your family members in a family portrait, not forgetting your lovely pets.

2. Reading stories is so much better when you have a den to read them in, it makes everything feel extra magical. So why not create your perfect hideaway in a corner of the house or garden and snuggle up with a good book.

3. How about a family karaoke session; family-oke? Pick a theme and join forces to sing your hearts out as you form the next best family pop-group. Themes could include musicals, disney, rock and roll…the list is endless! Rock out like the Fletchers

4. Join David Walliams as he goes on a marvellous musical journey of discovery and meets some of the most famous names from the history of music – David Walliams’ Marvellous Musical Podcast. Listen on Apple and Google.

5. Have you got a musical instrument in the house? Why not try composing a piece yourself. You could do this on your own, or as a family, or with your brothers and sisters. Get creative!

6. Maybe you don’t have a music instrument in the house, why not make your own? Check out this link to some cool ways to create your own instruments here.

7. Try mixing up your storytime! Get your guardian to read a story aloud, whilst you reenact it as they’re telling you the tale. You could even try getting the rest of the family involved! If you don’t want to reenact a published story, why not create your own story to act out!

8. If you’re a lover of books like us, you’ll be reading a lot over the next couple of weeks. How about making your own bookmark themed around the book you’re reading. If you’re reading multiple books then you have an excuse to make more!

9. Using old magazines/newspapers/catalogues (check with your guardian that they have finished with them first…) and create a collage picture of something that makes you happy. This could be your family, your pet or maybe your best friends!

10. Love music? Why not choreograph some super moves to go with your favourite song! You could even get your family involved and challenge them to remember all your groovy moves.

11. You can now learn all about the incredibly talented Vincent Van Gough. If you love drawing, painting, or anything artistic, you’ll love this.

12. The Egg, here in Bath, have kindly recorded the wonderful Snow Mouse show, which you can now watch for FREE right here.

13. Ever wished you had a secret language only you and your friends could understand? Well why not try creating your own?

14. How about picking up that book you haven’t read yet, if you find it fun, why not share the plot with a friend. This is a great way to share stories!

15. Everyone loves charades, and here at Bath Festivals we love books and music too! Join your family and play a books and music themed game of charades.

16. World Book Day was on the 5th March, but who’s to say we can’t create our own World Book Day at home; how about Home Book Day! Dress up as your favourite book character and theme the days activities around those books.

17. Ever wondered what your parents read when they were growing up? Now’s the time to find out! Hear about all the wonderful stories they loved as little ones, they may even read you some of their favourites!

18. Have you ever had a tiger come to tea? Neither have we! BUT, we love Judith Kerr’s story so much we thought it would be fun to make tea for The Tiger Who Came to Tea.

19. Everyone loves a treasure hunt, so why not create a map of your home and hide small items around it. Mark each piece of hidden treasure on the map, and get your guardian or brothers and sisters to try and find the treasure! You can always do this the other way round with the guardian hiding the treasure too.

20. Paint to your favourite music. Combine the performing and visual arts with one easy activity. As different songs have different tempos and rhythms, try and imagine what the song would look like if it were a painting. You can do this with pens and pencils if you don’t have any paint!

We would love to see all the amazing activities you’ve got involved in, so be sure to take lots of pictures and share them on social media, tagging us along the way! @bathkidslitfest

From Children’s Authors and Illustrators

Social media has never been busier as authors and illustrators dive into video draw alongs, story readings and other fun activities, here are just a few:

Mr B’s Storytime
David Walliams
Draw with Rob Bidulph
Cressida Cowell
Chris Riddell
Ben Rothery
Mo Williems
Oliver Jeffers
Mac Barnett
Sophie Blackall
Stephen Lenton


Where you can find more

So many organisations are putting great content and resources out there to keep kids busy, here are just a few of the places you can find more:

Kids of Bath (@KidsofBath)
Toppsta (@Toppsta)
NASA have lots of interactive activities, as well as the most incredible pictures they have taken – all FREE here  (@NASA)
Oxford Owl
The Literacy Shed (@LiteracyShed)
Woodland Trust (@WoodlandTrust)
Octopus Publishing (@Octopus_Books)
Book Trust Quizzes (@Booktrust)
Free Audible Stories (@AudibleUK)
Culture Whisper  (@CultureWhisper)
The Wind in the Willows
Myleen Klass, music lessons 
Stay At Home Online Literary Fest (@StayatHomefest)
Penguin (@PenguinBooks)
Reading Rockets
Huff Post, activities for the family
Home Start 

Keeping Active

Worried about keeping your children active? Here are some links to videos and activities to keep them moving

9am Joe Wicks P.E
BBC Supermovers
Just Dance

Cosmic Kids Yoga

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