20 amazing ideas to keep yourself and your children busy at home during coronavirus outbreak
Staying in doesn't mean that the little ones need to feel bored any time soon.
It's not easy keeping the whole family entertained and now the challenge is made even more difficult as we are advised to stay indoors due to the coronavirus epidemic.
Luckily, there are plenty of entertaining online resources for kids which are both educational and fun.
Here we have made a list of some activities to help keep boredom at bay.
This brilliant online resource ticks all the boxes when it comes to mixing learning with enjoyment.
There's free access to traditional subjects like English, science and maths as well as arts and crafts and even a 'new & trending' section where they can learn about everything like top movies, the solstice and even coronavirus.
Everything needed to learn computer programming the fun way!
Aimed at ages 5+ and broken down into three age groups, this online tool is used by thousands of schools and now parents can get free access. There's everything from beginner puzzles to even coding with Barbie.
If you've got a creative streak - or even if you haven't - then this is another online resource you should check out.
There are classes on literally everything, including making finger puppets, knitting, creating animal hats and fairy wands.
4. Recreate party games
Remember Pin The Tail on the Donkey, Musical Statues and Musical Chairs? They were some of the highlights of our childhood but with more kids now having bowling, trampolining or pamper parties, you can bet they don't often get to enjoy these simple games that we loved.
5. SciShow Kids
Learning about cute, weird, and fun animals is actually science...
Tune into YouTube channel SciShow Kids to learn about the science of animals with Jessi and her friends.
The Brain Scoop is an educational YouTube channel filmed at The Field Museum in Chicago and hosted by Emily Graslie and there are plenty of fascinating things to discover such as how bird vomit helps us understand history and why King Tut had a flat head.
7. Travel the world's museums
Pretend to travel the world by going on a virtual tour of 12 famous museums, from London to New York and Berlin..
8. GEOgraphy Focus
While on the subject of travel, this is a great way to learn more about different countries.
The Philippines, Thailand and Brazil are just some of the far-flung places that you can learn about.
9. Get baking
If you've got some flour and eggs, get baking! There's nothing kids love more than getting flour up to their elbows as they rustle up some cupcakes or make pastry. And, of course, adding the decorations at the end means they can show off their creativity. If you've got pizza bases, you can have a pizza-making session and if you have some pasta pieces going spare they could make some pasta art.
SoulPancake creates smart, uplifting, meaningful, shareable content targeted to the "optimistic millennial".
You can tune in for a pep talk from Kid President, watch kids baking with Grandma and discover what kids really think about each other.
11. Just Dance 2020
If you've got a Nintendo Switch, Wii, Playstation 4 or Xbox One, this game is a must. You basically follow a virtual dance coach as they take you through routines for some of the latest pop tunes. You can play alone or compete with each other and this is a brilliant keep fit work out as well as the best fun you've had since the school disco.
12. All-In-One Homeschool
An awesome free curriculum which features everything from pre-school to Year 12 activities and is something that all those who home-school swear by.
13. Board games
Sick of being online? Dust down the old family board games and while away a few hours over Monopoly, Guess Who and Kerplunk!
14. Other games
If the board games are tucked away in the attic, you can play games that don't need anything - Charades, Hide & Seek and Who Am I? among them.
15. Kids' Learning Tube
A YouTube channel with a mission to educate kids of all ages through original music and animation.
Discover the countries of the world and their flags or find out more about the brilliant workings of the human body.
16. Khan Academy
Sign up to the Khan Academy, a nonprofit organisation with the mission to provide free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.
You can even download daily schedules for children aged four to 18.
Introduce kids to new, exciting ways of learning with the help of fun online games, videos, experiments, puzzles and colouring sheets.
Activities are matched with your child's school year so that they are age-appropriate.
A must for animal lovers as this is a place where you can make new animals, play animal games, solve animal puzzles, take a guided tour, and join a zoo quest.
And if that wasn't enough, you can listen to music performed by animals and watch a dog’s dream.
The online place to discover the magical world of the Dr Seuss books.
Find out more about the stories and characters as well as the experiences for fans around the world.
20. Cool Math 4 Kids
This website pairs maths with games - Grand Prix Multiplication, Alien Addition, Dirt Bike Fractions and Jet Ski Addition have us reaching for our calculators right now.