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Fun and helpful resources for children and young people
Lots of these are fun, leisure activities to keep kids occupied, but are also great learning resources and prompts for home-schooling too!
This year's Summer Reading Challenge has gone Digital!
We will miss seeing you all in the libraries this year but there's still lots of fun and silliness planned!
To take part head over to www.sillysquad.org.uk from 5th June, sign up and find loads of silly, fun and exciting activities to keep you entertained and reading over summer. There will be videos, games quizzes and downloadable activities galore. We have lots of brilliant, funny and free ebooks and audiobooks to read over summer. Visit Borrowbox to pick your books today.
We've put together some fun drama-based activities for you to try at home! Click on the link below to open and see how many of the activities you can complete.
Natural History Museum
Can't get out far to explore nature? The team at the Natural History Museum have pulled together some great ideas and activities for Dino fans, creative inventors and intrepid explorers.
Empathy Day Family Activities Pack
With Empathy Day fast approaching on 9 June, count down the days with a set of fun activities for the whole family in this brand new Family Activities Pack.
Nosy Crow have put together lots of activities, resources, free Nosy Crow books and other content which will help keep your families happy. Axel Scheffler has illustrated a digital book for primary school age children, free for anyone to read on screen or print out, about the Coronavirus and the measures taken to control it.
Cambridge University Press
Cambridge University Press have created a collection of free worksheets, digital resources, tips and support to help during the Coronavirus outbreak. Whether you are looking for primary or secondary materials, they have something for all ages.
Mantra Lingua: Dual Language e-books
Mantra Lingua are helping households where the Home Language is not English. They have one of the largest libraries of dual language eBooks in the world. Each book is read aloud in English and your Home Language. There are folk tales, myths, stories of multi-cultural life here in the UK and reference books. Each book has a video and a set of activities to help build children's English language skills. The library covers reading ages from 3 to 15 years.
Does your child struggle to read due to dyslexia or visual stress? Are they reluctant to engage with books or read for pleasure? Barrington Stoke work with the best writers and illustrators to publish super-readable, accessible books that help every child experience the joy of reading. They have shared free resources, reading guides, author talks and much more to support during school and library closures.
Oxford University Press
OUP have lots of advice and activities to help your child continue building the skills and knowledge they need while schools and libraries are closed. We'll be making more resources available over the coming weeks, so keep checking back.
Home is Where the Art Is
A creative curriculum for kids! Each week five new art activities families can do at home are uploaded from the National Galleries Scotland, inspired by works from their collection.
A great resource that allows kids to explore the collections, learn about different art movements and artists, ideas for activities to try at home and fun quizzes to do online!
Museum at Home
Learn about history as you explore the National Museum of Scotland's collections at home. There's lots of different activities and online games that you can do to bring the collections to life.
Thank You NHS Poster
One of Britain's leading artists, Sir Michael Craig-Martin, has designed a poster to colour in and display as an appreciative show of support for the work of NHS staff. A great creative and mindful activity for children (and adults too!)
Produced by Young Scot, there's lots of information and advice to help young people with their emotional wellbeing, especially during lockdown. You can also access a range of activities and projects to do at home, including crafts, games, quizzes and learning resources.