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How to keep your kids busy during lockdown

We know it can be a challenge to keep the kids entertained during lockdown, so here are five ways you can entertain them between home-schooling sessions...

1. CAN YOU KICK IT?

HYPE Merseyside have launched free online football skills sessions for kids. The sessions, recorded live from Birkenhead Park by FA-qualified coaches, can be seen at 10am and 12.30pm Monday to Friday on their Facebook page. Kids will only need about one meter square to take part and the only equipment they need is a football!

2. PHOTO CHALLENGE

Wirral Libraries are running photo challenge for budding young photographers. Ask your child to take a photograph of an interesting sight they see in their garden or park and then email it to makeitinlibraries@wirral.gov.uk. Wirral Libraries have loads of videos, games and activities to keep kids occupied during lockdown, including stories, quizzes and fun tutorials on how to make your own owl, fish, tiger, frog or panda!

3. ANIMAL MAGIC

Chester Zoo have tonnes of free learning resources and activities for kids. For example, did you know that nocturnal animals have super senses? Kids can test their own with games testing their sight, hearing and touch! The page also has drawing challenges, videos and an interactive zoo map to explore.

4. GET MOVING

Mel’s Morning workout for Kids is a great way for your children to keep fit (Mum’s and Dad’s can join in too of course). The free 20-30 minute session on Invigor8 Facebook live takes place on Mon, Wed and Fri at 9am and don’t worry if you or your children miss a session, they can be found on the Facebook page to watch at a later time.

5. GET CREATIVE

If your kids love art and creating things, Lady Lever Art Gallery have come up with some great ideas to keep them busy, including zine-making, building a boat and face-painting. Visit their website to find out more.

6. VIRTUAL GROUPS FOR PARENTS

Wirral’s Children’s Centres are expanding their support for families and under fives with their new online group class offer for parents or carers and their little ones. Classes include baby babble, baby yoga and specialist support groups for parents to help with children’s learning and development. Contact your local Children’s Centre for more details.