Today's theme is: Hands (but don't tell the kids yet!)
Hi nannies and parents! Here’s your daily schedule for Thursday. 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 – Washing hands
Use this story to introduce the theme for the day to younger children. This story is quite simple for older children so instead why not start by talking about what they've seen on the news recently? If they're worried about what's happening right now, talk to them about it. Let them know it's okay to be worried, but remind them that the adults in their life are doing lots of different things to protect them. One thing they can do to keep themselves safe is to wash their hand very carefully for 20 seconds. Pick a 20 second song to sing while you wash your hands, or make up your own, and practice washing your hands together following the World Health Organisation guidelines. For a fun and visual way of explaining the importance of hand washing, try out this experiment with the children – all you need is a bowl of water, some pepper and soap.
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 – Finger spelling
Did you know you can speak using your hands? Sign language can help you to communicate with people who cannot hear, either because they're deaf or hard of hearing, if you're underwater or somewhere loud like in a restaurant! Why not learn the alphabet in British Sign Language and practice spelling your name? Once you master that, try learning some phrases.
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 – Writing
If the school have sent home any homework for the children, now's a great time to do that. Otherwise, why not try writing a creative story about a child with super powers in their hands? Maybe your hero has super strength, or shoots webs like Spiderman, or their touch turns things to gold.
2pm – Get active
Remember, children normally have outside play at break and lunch times at school to burn off some energy, so we need to give them opportunities to do this at home too. Use the garden if the family have one. Why not try some yoga to channel your energy?
3pm – Maths
If the school has sent home any homework for the children, now's a great time to do that. Otherwise, for children 7 to 11 years old, try this maths activity all about counting in 5s using hands. For children aged 5 to 7, try showing them up to 20 fingers and thumbs using your hands and theirs, and see if they can write down that number using numerals and words.
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.
30 day Lego calendar – This printable calendar gives you a new Lego challenge every day.