Self Isolation

Get Help! With These Services to Help Entertain Your Kids During Self Isolation

If it feels like they have been home for eternity, and everyone is climbing the walls, but even going outside feels strange, it might be time to get some professional help. If you could use a little assistance entertaining the kids during self-isolation, check out our roundup of mostly local businesses providing education, creative ideas and entertainment for all ages.

1.Sing and Sign

Developed with the help of Speech and Language Professionals, Sing and Sign is based on the idea that babies use all kinds of signs and gestures as a natural part of learning to talk. Encouraging your baby with extra signs like milk, more, change nappy or tired will help your baby communicate. It’s also a great way to bond and singing to your baby is good for your own anxiety levels. You can access Sing and Sign’s Home’ streamed class resource so you can book your place on their Summer term for online classes. The online content will involve 30 mins each themed week, which you can enjoy with your baby as a ‘home class’ and will remain available all week to dip into again if you fancy. You’ll also be able to meet other parents virtually through their Facebook group.

https://www.singandsign.co.uk/

£40 for a 10 week term

2.Toy House

An East End kids institution, Toy House has been helping families play together for over 30 years. They’re not letting the self-isolation lockdown get in the way of helping families. With educational ideas posted to their Facebook page regularly and all for free, it is worth paying a visit to see what they’re getting up to!

https://www.facebook.com/toyhouselondon/

Self isolation crafts

3.Poplar Union

Family Art Club happens every Tuesday with Poplar Union. Art Teacher Paolo puts out a Facebook Live video tutorial making something magical out of bits you’ll have at home. Last week was a castle and the week before was a puppet!  There are different themes each week and if you send a photo of your creation Poplar Union will display it in their online gallery!

https://www.facebook.com/poplarunion/

4. Cosmic Yoga

If Joe Wicks is a bit intense for you or the kids (those squats are killer on your glutes!) Try Cosmic Yoga. Staying active is imperative for kids during self-isolation and Cosmic Yoga’s narrated stories and poses are perfect for capturing little imaginations. She is literally out of this world and provides a great introduction to yoga for little ones. Each of the sessions finishes with a lovely few minutes of mindfulness to help your kids grow their EQ too.

https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

Self isolation music classes

5. Strings Club

From a daily blog to inspire you to online music lessons in groups or 1 to 1, the Strings Club provides both entertainment and education. Children can receive tuition in guitar, violin or ukulele or join in with a group music session without a musical instrument. They’ll learn about rhythm and have fun along with other children their age. Music lessons are a great way to help develop early maths so if you’re worried about the schoolwork they are missing during self-isolation this is a great way to enhance their learning.

https://www.thestringsclub.org/plenty-of-activities-and-online-sessions-to-support-you/

6. Feel Theatre

Feel theatre has some great daily inspiration for projects kids can do with a little help from mum or dad. They are also working on a sensory home show for children with complex needs this summer so stay tuned for more info.

https://www.facebook.com/FEELTheatreCompany/

7. Halfmoon Theatre

The Halfmoon Theatre is offering families access to some of their content online. A selection of recent much-loved productions for young people will be made available for free, for everyone. With productions for all ages starting from as young as 2 years old! Every Wednesday a new production for young people will be made available online along with some behind the scenes interviews and information. Co-productions for your little ones are Tangled Feet’s Butterflies (ages 3-8) and Need a Little Help (ages 2-7).

https://www.halfmoon.org.uk/live/

self isolation ballet

8. Teddy Bears Picnic

While it’s unlikely any of us will be going out in the woods for any surprises today, you can still enjoy this ballet for kids. Perfect for inspiring little ballerinas and ballerinos ages 8 and under. This performance is really sweet and can be enjoyed anytime from the comfort of your own home.

https://canarywharf.com/arts-events/events/teddy-bears-picnic-spring-summer-2020/?instance_id=

self isolation french language class

9. Kids Lingo

Parlez vous Francais? It’s much much easier to pick up languages when you are young! And children can get started from birth with Kids Lingo! It’s also great for developing lateral thinking, a fancy word for helping children stretch their minds to embrace new concepts. Something that gets harder with age but is very good for curriculum staples like English and Maths. And finally, it is also great to know how to say more than hello and thank you when you visit another country. You can sign them up for French or Spanish video lessons and even dip into some free tasters with Kids Lingo.

https://www.kidslingo.co.uk/live-video/

10. Junior Music School

Junior Music School is organising online weekly activities to turn the time we are living into an opportunity – an opportunity to learn, to have fun, to achieve and to build something instead of just letting this time go by. They are offering violin, guitar, piano and singing tuition online every day of the week and on weekends. They also have a regular Sing-Along on Facebook live (including your children’s favourite songs) which is FREE to join! Parents can join in the fun with music lessons for adults so you can pick up an instrument too!

http://www.juniormusicschool.co.uk/

11. Night Zookeeper

Enjoy 52% off Night Zookeeper’s online creative writing program and give your little one a love for storytelling to last a lifetime. This is a well-established platform that will inspire your little ones to create and share characters and stories.

Find out more here.

12. Baby Sensory

You and baby, baby and you, you and baby, baby and you… time spent with a new baby can be quite slow at the best of times. With no visitors and no mat leave lunches during self-isolation, filling your days together can be tricky. Anna from Baby Sensory can give you ideas for how to stimulate those developing brains and fire up those synapses. Check out their new online sessions.

https://www.babysensory.com/canarywharf/

13. BBBC Family Playrooms

Take part in shaping and creating content for the Family Playrooms activity group. Bromley By Bow Centre are live streaming low tech games and fun for your little ones.  There are challenges to inspire your family and support parents who are homeschooling. With lots of relevant, educational and high-quality links in an online space for parents to support each other. Join your community and get tips and inspiration around play and family life.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2472974169681736/

15. Hartbeeps @ Home

Hartbeeps riotous fun for babies and toddlers has gone online for you to enjoy singing and bonding with your little ones! Stimulate those little brains to aid healthy early years development. Little ones will love learning through music, magic and fun. With something for every child, 0 – 5yrs, every day of the week and an online group to mingle with other mums at https://www.facebook.com/Hartbeepseastlondon/ .

www.hartbeeps.com

16. Shipwrecked

Another fantastic project from Poplar Union! Children in years 3-6 are invited on board a pirate-themed musical that everyone can join in! Originally written to celebrate the 150th anniversary of St. Luke’s School on the Isle of Dogs, the musical is about a group of prisoners stuck on a ship during a storm. Everybody can see it isn’t safe to sail, but a wealthy captain who wants the business insists that the journey goes ahead. Hmmm…ringing any bells? Children will learn all of the songs and then get together at Poplar Union, once it is safe to do so, for a performance with a live band!

17. PlayKX

PlayKX is bringing their free play opportunities for children into your home via the medium of ZOOM. Child-led but facilitated by playworkers, PlayKX uses random objects to create bonkers, wonderful times. Children find resilience in their playing, work out the things that they are trying to understand and find out who they are. To be with other children doing the same thing, even through a screen, is one of the most important things we can do to help children cope with social distancing. Message @playkx on Instagram for a zoom invitation to play. Tell them your child’s name and age and they will help you find the best slot for you.

https://medium.com/@playkx

18. Draw With Rob

When the self-isolation period began, children’s author and illustrator Rob Biddulph realised that lots of people were going to find themselves at home with their children for several weeks/months looking for things to do. So very thoughtfully he decided to post a draw-along video every Tuesday and Thursday at 10am BST that parents could watch with their kids and, hopefully, make some nice pictures. You can watch and share them with anybody and everybody. Rob also would love to see the results and asks you to share your pictures with him on social media using the hashtag #DrawWithRob.

http://www.robbiddulph.com/draw-with-rob