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Keeping entertained - activities for the home and garden

By Charlotte Carus on 30th April 2020

Have a micro-adventure and camp in your garden, spot birds or trees out on your daily walk, create a bug hotel, bake or find a constellation at a star-gazing night.

Once the lessons are over there is still a lot of time in the day to fill and kids want a break from their studies. We have gathered together a selection of books and ideas for activities to keep you and your children busy whilst we are all unable to travel far from home.

Through June The Wildlife Trust is encouraging us all to do something wild! 30 Days Wild is a nature challenge to do one wild thing a day: study a minibeast or make your own binoculars. There is a brilliant pack to download full of ideas - craft activities, wildlife to spot or you can watch a wild webcam from your front room.  Sign up here wildlifetrusts.org

The Scouts #TheGreatIndoors has an abundance of ideas for actitivites to keep kids busy, from craft and creative fun to adventures indoors.  scouts.org.uk

50 Fantastic Ideas for Supporting Children's Wellbeing by Rebecca Gordine is published by Bloomsbury and is packed full of easy-to-follow activities to calm busy minds and bodies and develop young children's self-esteem through engagement with their senses, nature and the world around them. Here's a taster - a simple guide to yoga for young children. 

The National Trust have lots of suggestions of activities you can do in your back garden with their top 50 things to do before you're 11¾, with ideas for embracing nature in your own back garden. www.nationaltrust.org.uk

For garden inspired crafting ideas visiting The National Garden Scheme website which has easy to follow videos - make a child’s apron, flower bunting or plastic bottle plant pots! ngs.org.uk

And of course, here at LoveReading4Kids we read dozens and dozens of books every month.

Here are a great selection of non-fiction books and activity books that we'd like to bring to your attention. Now is a perfect time to dive into them and give the kids a rest from their screens and their homeschooling. There are tons of adventures to be had whether they have a passion for art, cookery, nature or the stars!

And don't forget to visit our Kids Zone for activity downloads, videos, polls and competitions - we regularly update our content so do keep coming back to check what's new!

Photo by Bernard Hermant on Unsplash - with thanks.

The Treehouse Fun Book 2

The Treehouse Fun Book 2

7+ readers 9+ readers

Author: Andy Griffiths Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/07/2017

Stuff to write! Pictures to draw! Puzzles to solve! And so much more . . . Grab your Treehouse passport and jump into the crazy world of the bestselling Treehouse series by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton. In this activity book, join Andy, Terry and Jill for an adventure like no other as they combine animals, create magical kingdoms, time-travel, solve crosswords, search for words, colour and scribble, spot the difference, find the odd one out, crack codes and so much more!So what are you waiting for? Come on up!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Magical Characters and Places Colouring Book

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Magical Characters and Places Colouring Book

9+ readers 11+ readers

Author: Warner Bros. Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/09/2016

Explore Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in this intricately illustrated black & white gallery of characters and scenes from the film and designs used in its making, which is officially licensed by Warner Bros. Consumer Products.

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