At Mumbler, our main goal is and always has been to make parenting life that little bit easier.
So we’ve come up with some topics to help with homeschooling – full of crafts, facts and fun learning.
There is one themed challenge for each week of term (excluding half term), taking us right up to the summer holidays!
For each topic, we’ve brought together lots of different ideas and resources to keep learning fresh and fun. There’s plenty to choose from, so there’s scope to do a couple of activities each day, pick whichever suits best and adjust according to age/interests. The resources are mainly aimed at early years and primary school children, but there’s no reason the theme can’t be adapted to suit a mixture of ages.
Week 1 – Dinosaurs
Have a go at making your own dinosaur fossils. You will need salt, flour, coffee grounds & water. Click HERE for the CBeebies website instructions.
Do the Dinosaur stomp with GoNoodle! – A catchy, energetic warm up for the day! Click HERE. This tune will get stuck in your head – apologies!
Nina & the Neurons – Cbeebies Radio (17 minutes) Nina asks, how do we know so much about dinosaurs when we’ve never even met one? Listen HERE.
Try a Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure with Tiny the T-Rex HERE
Make a Dinosaurthemed Tuff Tray, or an underbed storage box, or just use a tablecloth if you don’t have a tray. Dig out those dinosaur toys and then get creative making them a dinosaur-friendly environment to play in. See the photo below for our attempt, but utilise whatever you have in the house.
Make a Dinosaur skeleton using sticks (collected on your daily walk) or spaghetti. See the photo below for our attempt.
We can’t visit the Natural History Museum right now but we can search their Dino Directory and learn lots of facts about over 300 different types of dinosaurs.
Frozen Dinosaur Eggs – put a small dinosaur toy in a balloon, fill with water and freeze. Children will love chipping away at the ice and watching it melt to reveal the dinosaur inside. This activity could also be done in the tuff tray or in a washing up bowl to save a bit of mess afterwards!
Help children learn about the different food groups, using pizza as an example. From the pizza base, the tomato sauce, the cheese and whichever toppings they choose, they will learn a lot figuring out which foods are in which groups. Here’s the NHS Eatwell guide for more information about the different food groups and examples in each one.
Food prep: Make a pizza or some pasta. You could make an easy pizza with a pitta bread as the base, or a ready made pizza base. The BBC website has lots of pizza and pasta recipes to choose from.
Arts & Craft with pasta! Lion Faced Spaghetti (see our attempt below), pasta necklaces (just thread onto a piece of string – great for fine motor skills) or pasta flowers (paint/draw the stems and the centre of the flower and then use pasta for the petals).
Tuff Tray – coloured spaghetti! A great sensory activity for the younger ones. Put it in a tuff tray (or on a plastic tray / large waterproof tablecloth) for hours of fun. Add some plastic kitchen toys to add to the experience. To make the coloured spaghetti, cook it as normal, then drain and rinse. Divide up and put into ziplock bags (or food bags / bowls if not available). Use food colouring and a bit of water and mix it well until all the pasta is coated. Rinse off the excess dye (or it will get everywhere!) before allowing children to play.
Make a plasticine or playdoh pizza.
Design & decorate a pizza box. What will your pizza shop be called? What will the logo be like?
Pizza Fractions! Sorry kids, there’s no escaping maths. You could do some graphs/bar charts with a vote of your family’s favourite pizza toppings, or draw some pizza circles and colour in different fractions of the pizza circles. Twinkl has some fraction worksheets, but you could easily make these yourself by drawing and diving circles.
Cutting & Sticking skills. Draw a pizza base and colour it in (or just a paper plate). Then draw a sheet of toppings and cut them out, arrange them onto the pizza and stick them on. We used a paper plate, yellow tissue paper and crayons on plain paper. See our attempt below.
My Little Kitchen – A free BBC online game for younger ones allowing them to practice basic kitchen skills such as chopping, grating and even pizza decorating. Get cooking HERE.
Watch: Ratatoulie – a Disney film to inspire budding little chefs or Cloudy with a chance of meatballs.
Save an empty milk bottle cartoon and have a go at making an Elephant milk bottle craft. Use either tissue paper or coloured paper and get sticking! Stick on or draw some eyes once it’s all dried out.
The San Diego Zoo has instructions for a Handy Elephant craft to create on its WEBSITE.
Have the kids take part in the Mumbler Safari Hunt! Hide the animals around the home/garden and they have to hunt them down and tick them on the answer sheet. Tip: Don’t make it too easy if you want to enjoy that whole cup of tea in peace…
Elephant Maths! Elephant addition and subtraction colouring in sheets can be accessed on Twinkl.
Elephants never forget – play a memory game such as Kim’s game. Get a tray and put about 20 small, random objects onto it. Let the players examine the items for a minute, then cover them up and have everyone write down as many items as they can remember. For younger children, maybe just remove an item and have them look at the tray again and see if they can recall the missing item.
Write an acrostic poem all about Elephants. Get those adjectives out! Write it out neatly and decorate the page with elephants pictures.
Junk modelling – Raid the recycling box and make a spaceship, rocket or telescope. Toilet rolls and juice bottles make great rockets!
Design your own planet – Draw a picture and write about your new planet. What will it look like? How will it be different from Earth? Who will live there? What will the weather be like? Let imaginations run wild! Chocolate waterfalls and candyfloss clouds – anything is possible!
Play Space Bingo! Design your own bingo playing cards or use some ready-made ones from Twinkl HERE
Make a space suit for Barbie / Action Man / dolly / teddy (basically who ever is willing!). You could use tinfoil or any spare loo roll (Ha, I know…). Read some NASA facts about spacesuits and spacewalking whilst you make.
Maddie Moate from CBeebies has made some great videos in her recent Space week. Activities include making astronaut food and a fruit salad solar system. Click HERE to watch.
Learn about the phases of the moon whilst eating Oreos (win win!). Separate the Oreos and remove the appropriate amount of filling to recreate the different phases of the moon. Learn more about the phases on the moon with National Geographic Kids.
You could also learn the order of the planets from the sun. My Very Easy Method Just Speeds Up Naming Planets (or come up with another little saying to help you remember the order of the planets). Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto (arguably a dwarf planet now).
Make a planet, or keep the kids really busy and make the solar system! Planets can be made out of plasticine/play doh, paper mache balloons, Christmas baubles, small balloons, foil balls covered in paper, polystyrene balls or a mobile using cardboard circles.
There’s lots of space themed Cosmic Yoga videos to try if you need some wind down time. Click HERE to find some. Examples includes Star Wars, Mike & the Muttnik and Space stories.
Hubble Space Telescope. Find out what view the telescope had on your last birthday. Why not check for the whole family? Click HERE.
The National Railway Museum has some great STEM learning resources on its website, including Rugged Rover, a game from the Science Museum that allows you to design and test your own all-terrain space rover(designed for KS 2 & 3).
Make and launch straw rockets! See our attempt below. Make a rocket on a piece of card, then stick a piece of paper to the back that a straw can fit underneath. Blow to launch!
Visit the NASA website for LIVE views on earth from the International Space Station ISS camera.
Read: Whatever Next!
Watch: Wall.E, Space Chimps, Space Buddies or Star Wars.
Use the internet to find out more about Mexico: – Where is it on a map? – What language do people speak in Mexico? (Learn some simple Spanish words) – What is the capital city? – What currency do they use? (You could do some currency conversion maths)
Draw the Mexican Flag (or print off a version to colour in HERE)
Mexican Foodworksearch – You could then talk about the different meals and ingredients you would need to make them and then maybe make one for tea? There’s some yummy BBC Mexican Food recipes to choose from.
Make and decorate a Day of the Dead mask. You can find lots of examples online or Twinkl has a template to colour in.
Write a postcard from a trip to Mexico.
Make a cactus picture with the mini mumbler’s handprint – a nice isolation memory to keep! See our attempt below.
Design and make a Sombrero hat. This could be done with a paper plate and a plastic cup/bowl, although you can be creative with what you have. Make them as colourful as possible. See our attempt below.
Learn some simple Spanish with Duolingo (a free language learning tool / app)
Listen to some traditional Mexican Music on YouTube and turn it into your daily exercise with a bit of dancing!!
Watch: Disney’s Coco for a great insight into Mexican music and the history of the day of the dead.