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