Play and Learning ideas

Play and learning ideas

Scroll down to see some ideas for a range of ages

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This weeks play ideas

Check back each Monday for our latest ideas and suggested sites to visit.


30th March –  3rd April

You said, we did....

In our consultation we asked you ‘what information you would find useful for us to share?’  Last week we responded to your request for resources to help you share information about the Coronavirus with your children. You can now find these below under ‘Useful links to further ideas and resources’.

Easter Holidays have begun so this week we thought what better than your suggestions for stories and rhymes. Here are a few we have chosen. Click through the slides to view. 

Supporting young children’s behaviour for parents

We are providing FREE access to this module during the COVID – 19 pandemic to support families. With the significant changes to our daily routines parents may be seeing different behaviours from their children. While we can’t offer a magic wand for you, you may find some of the information and strategies helpful.

Under 3’s

Find the teddy!

[email protected] ideas – fun activities using things found easily around the home. Guidance includes benefits and ways to vary to make them easier or more challenging.

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 Parent Club

Parent Club provides access to a wide range of support, guidance, information and ideas for parents. This week we are directing you to their ‘Have fun at home with your baby’ page where you will find a variety of different things to do with your baby indoors.

3 – 6years

The Maths Factor

(created by Carol Vorderman)

This programme is for children aged 4-12 years and provides lots of opportunties for children to develop their maths skills through fun and interactive online tasks and games.


Statement from ‘The Maths Factor’:

“Following the Government’s decision to implement widespread school closures across the UK to minimise the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). We will be making The Maths Factor FREE for everyone (usually about £2 per week) to support childrens’ continued learning at home for the duration of the UK Schools closure period. We want to help you and your child as much as we can.”

7 years and over

Ideas from CALA

Some simple ideas from our Out of School staff including:

  •    Reading challenges
  •    Den building
  •    Puppet Making

Useful links to further ideas and resources

National Literacy Trust

Literacy Trust

Discover Apps to support your child’s language and literacy development.

For ages 0 years to 5 years

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One Parent Families Scotland

One Parent Families Scotland

Activities for kids when you’re social distancing

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Creative Star

Creative Star

Although we may be restricted in some of the ideas for outdoor play, there are many that can be adapted for indoors or in the confines of your own garden.

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Movement and mindfulness for children

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Bump 2 Bairns

Bumps 2 Bairns

Daily activities and ideas to do with 3-5 year olds.

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Play Scotland

Play Scotland – I’m bored!

Ideas to do at home for children.

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BBC Bitesize - TV

Educational Programmes and games for children and young people 3 – 18 from BBC Bitesize.

In response to school closures and the COVID-19 situation Bitesize are: 

‘changing to bring you daily content that supports your education and wellbeing. Stay on track with Bitesize, we’ve got you’

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Junk Modelling - ELC Shetland

The Great Indoors! - Scouts

Some great ideas from the Scouts UK page – especially useful for older children

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Inspired ideas for families and children of all ages

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Nature Ideas - Culbokie Out of School Club

Ideas from Itison

5 tips including free printables, online resources and more for ITISON

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