Today's theme is: Farming (but don't tell the kids yet!)
Hi nannies and parents! Here’s your daily schedule for Friday. You don’t have to follow this exactly (or at all if you don’t want to), and the timings are just there as a guide. But we hope it’ll give you some ideas and inspiration – you may need to adapt some of the suggestions depending on the age of the children.
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9am – Get active!
Follow along with this livestream for some fun PE activities to burn off some energy at the beginning of the day.
9.30am – Crafts
If you have a printer, you can print off these 3D animal shapes. Let the children colour them in with crayons, felt tip pens, pencils, pastels or paint. If you have some sticky eyes, why not pop those on too, or make them abstract – go wild with the decorating! Carefully cut them out and stick them together so they're standing up, then see if the children can guess today's theme! What's it like living on a farm? What's the baby name of each animal?
10.30am – Have a morning snack
Prepare a morning snack with the children. Fruit is always a healthy and tasty option. Get the children involved in washing any fruit or veg you prepare, and if it's age appropriate and the parents are happy for you to do so, the children can help you cut up the fruit. Here's a guide on safe cutting techniques to use with primary school aged children.
11am – Writing
If the school have sent home any homework for the children, now's a great time to do that. Otherwise, you could write a song together about the different noises animals on a farm make.
12pm – Have lunch
Prepare a healthy lunch with the children. Again, remember to really get the children involved. Here's a break down of ways children of different ages can help.
1pm – Science
If the school has sent home any homework for the children, now's a great time to get that done. Otherwise, why not talk about the different crops a farmer might grow on their farm to explain where food comes from and the life cycle of crops. What do they need to grow? You could draw out the life cycle onto a poster or even start growing your own plant in the garden! Check out how many fruit and vegetables we need each day to maintain a balanced diet, and explain to the children why it's important we eat a variety of foods.
2pm – Get active
Children need to keep active at home now they're unable to run around the playground with their friends at school. Why don't you pick a favourite song off Spotify or Youtube, and come up with a dance routine! If the weather is nice you could put on your snazziest shoes and practice in the garden.
3pm – Maths
If the school have sent home any homework for the children, now's a great time to do that. Otherwise, you could print off this worksheet and get the children to count how many farm-themed pictures they can find. If you don't have a printer, you could give the children a list of animals and number of each, and get them to draw a map of a farm with the correct number of animals.
3.30pm – Quiet time and afternoon snack
This is when the children would normally be finishing school so they're likely to be tired. A bit of quiet time and a snack is a great way to mark the end of the structured day and signal to the children that their free time is about to start. Why not wind down with a guided meditation?
3.45pm onwards – Do what you would normally do after school
Let the children lead imagination games, play their favourite games, and read their favourite books. Stay connected with others by joining online challenges and prompts.
Draw With Rob – Each day Rob posts a tutorial on Twitter teaching children to illustrate. He encourages children to share their creations.
Emma Scottschild Art Club – Each morning Emma will set a task and then asks families to share their creations at the end of the day.
Listen to a story – For the next 30 days, David Walliams is sharing free audio stories for kids to listen to.
30 day Lego calendar – This printable calendar gives you a new Lego challenge every day.