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Activities to Keep Children Busy During School Closure

Please find below a list of activities, websites, apps and printables that you may find useful for your child during school closures. 

They are roughly organised according to the age category they are most suited to/by subject.

The list of authors, artists and exercise enthusiasts offering free tutorials and materials is growing every day. Similarly, lots of websites are offering free subscriptions to the their materials. This page is intended to gather all of these resources together.

However, please don't feel under pressure to use any of this. Dip in and out if your child gets bored and choose according to their interests. Happy browsing! 

Plastic Sea Creature Art

We'd love if every student could create a sea creature from plastic over the Easter Holidays.  You can make any type of living thing you'd find under the sea; for example, fish, seaweed, coral, shellfish, sharks, starfish, crabs, seahorses, sea anemones etc.  The list is endless and we know you'll come up with some great ideas.

Your underwater creature can be as simple or elaborate as you like.....the only catch is, it must be made from plastic. 

 

Take a look below for inspiration. If you look carefully, you will identify many of the plastic household items we use every day!

Have fun and we're looking forward to seeing all your ideas exhibited together in the future.

Printables

Click on the images below to download 

(Credits: Non-screen activities you can do at home - medium.com/pobble; 30 Day Lego Challenge - freehomeschooldeals.com; Home Activities - Magic Múinteoir; 2020 Reading Challenge - macaronikid.com; My Book Journal - literacywagoll.com)

The first three are suitable for all ages. The two reading challenges would suit from about 3rd class upwards. 

Websites for all Class Levels

 

RTÉ:

RTÉ has confirmed that it will broadcast over an hour of "school on TV" to support primary school children and their parents at home. The one-hour programme will begin on Monday. It will run from 11-12 Monday to Friday on RTÉ 2, with a shorter "catch-up" segment later in the afternoon. The programme will also be available on the RTÉ Player 

 

 

PE:

 - GoNoodle - a selection of dances, exercises and meditations for all ages.

 - PE With Joe - Joe Wicks 'The Body Coach' will host daily live workouts for children of all ages, starting Monday 23rd March. 

Art: 

 - Calling all Captain Underpants and Dog Man fans!

Starting April 1st, Dav Pilkey will release videos on The Library of Congress website. There will be drawing demonstrations, readings and other fun activities. Check out the news article here for more information. 

 - https://twitter.com/WillSliney - follow #wewilldraw on Twitter for daily drawing challenges from Will Sliney. 

 - https://www.redtedart.com/ - Plenty of arts and crafts ideas suitable for all ages.

 - https://www.kitchentableclassroom.com/ Free art tutorials for all ages.

Music:

 - DabbledooMusic are offering one month free subscription to parents. This is a fantasitc resource for all things music.

English and Maths:

 - John Boyne Short Story Competition - A writing competition for children aged 6-18. 

 - Audible - A selection of stories available for free for the duration of school closures. 

 - https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ - a fantastic resource for Maths and English for all ages. There are fun and engaging games that would be great for revision and comprehension topics for practising English skills. 

 - twinkl.ie/offer - use the code IRLTWINKLHELPS to access every resource for every curriculum subject free for one month. Printables can be downloaded for use at a later time. 

Publishers offering free access to resources: 

 - Edcolearning - This publisher is giving free access to their e-books and digital resources. These would provide pupils with additional material if they wish to supplement the work set by their teacher. Use the following usernames and passwords: 

Primary level: Username - primaryedcobooks, Password - edco2020

Junior Cert: Username - jcedcobooks, Password - edco2020

Leaving Cert: Username - lcedcobooks, Password - edco2020

 - CJFallon - Offering free access to all of their textbooks and online resources, many of which are used by us in school. 

Websites and Apps for Junior Infants to Second Class

CosmicKids - yoga through story

https://makingenglishfun.com/ - Online games, particularly useful from Junior Infants to Second Class.

Teach Your Monster to Read - This app has been made free of charge to download. It teaches phonics, letter recognition and reading. Suitable from Junior Infants to First/Second Class. The computer version is free. 

Gill Education are offering free access to their 'Over the Moon' English Language Programme. All pupil resources from Junior Infants to Second Class are available. 

- Out of the Ark: free songs and music resources 

Websites for Third to Sixth Class

Literacy Shed  - videos and story starters to help children engage in writing and comprehension activities. A range of themes are covered.