We're a few weeks into the extended holiday and it feels like there's still a long way to go with the kids at home. Whilst parents across the region will be dipping a toe into the unchartered territory of Distance Learning, which will undoubtedly take up a lot of time, here are some activities both educational and fun that you can get your kids involved in when they (and you), need a bit of an escape.
The Dad Lab
A brilliant, science filled, video extravaganza on Facebook, which not only mesmerises the kids but also gives you some ways to keep them occupied. Created by full time Dad, Sergei Urban, he uploads videos of creative play, experiments, easy-to-make crafts and educational toys. TheDadLab was created to share his creative projects at home with as many parents as possible to inspire them to spend more quality time with their kids, and to develop a thirst for knowledge and understanding in curious little minds.
The experiments aren't too difficult either, like the Paper Towel Magic trick which uses the easiest of equipment: paper towels and some colouring pens.
Although it's a teaching resource which most school teachers use, it has some fab ways for parents to understand how to inspire their kids without the little ones knowing they are learning, and from colouring sheets to creative writing, you will find something in their variety of products. Whilst the schools are off they are offering a FREE download of their schools closure packs for all ages up to 18 years old. Grab your free pack here
The Kidzapp team have put together some fab things to get you all through the next few weeks. Head to their page and you'll be able to find some links educational learning, alternative learning and ways to keep the kids active and creative.
The Boy Who Knew Mountains
Not only is this an award winning children’s book about a young boy living alone in the mountains who rescues a girl who is lost, it's website offers a number of free activity sheets for parents to print out including a camel shaped dot-to-dot and colouring pages. You can also find out more about the characters in the book, plus more about the second story, Suhail's Abu Dhabi Adventure, which was published last year.
The wonderful mums of the city who make up Music Monkeys have set up a YouTube channel with songs that the kids can join in with at home. From songs about body parts to train tickets, you and your little ones will be able to sing along whether you've got instruments at home or not.
The Abu Dhabi bakery are offering awesome cookie decorating packs full of all the things you need to create mermaid, football, and animal shaped cookies in your favourite design. They are jam packed with orders so you might have to wait a while, but it will be worth it when the kids are kept busy being creative, and then for a bit longer when they are eating them!
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