StorylineOnline is a YouTube channel where celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Chrissy Metz, Kristen Bell, Wanda Sykes, Sarah Silverman and many more read stories that your children will love. Each video also has moving illustrations from the book to keep your children even more entertained.
Make the most of the screen time by switching from cartoons or sitcoms to something entertaining and educational at the same time.
Here is a list compiled by weareteachers.com
Let’s Play Ireland is a government-led initiative aimed at promoting play for all children living in Ireland during the COVID-19 emergency.
Playing is central to children’s physical, mental, social and emotional health and wellbeing. Children learn through play while developing resilience, flexibility and understanding of their world. Play in families enriches childhood. All children and young people have a right to play.
Play has never been more important, but during this time please follow the HSE advice on physical distancing and wash your hands. For more information go to hse.ie/coronavirus.
Follow this link: https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/lets-play-ireland/
" Keep your feet on the ground and your head in the clouds"
Step outside and look up (before the rain comes). Did you know there is a Facebook page for The Irish Cloud Appreciation Society? "For people who like to look up", they say. Have a look and feel free to send them in your photos.
BBC have a cloud spotting sheet and a guide to help you get to grips with the many types of clouds out there.
Be part of the Love Song Virtual Installation
4 Apr - 1 May 2020
The BIG BANG Festival had to be cancelled so they are creating an online version of the Love Song installation and are asking children aged 6+ to record their own "love songs" at home to be a part of it!
Picture in your mind, 200 heart-shaped recording devices, on which Irish children recorded their own "love songs" in the form of a song, their favourite sound or in some other playful way.
Watch the video below to see last year's Love Song.
Follow this link: https://ark.ie/events/view/virtual-love-song
EPIC - The Irish Emigration Museum, may be closed, but it has a brilliant Virtual Tour for you to try out.
They’ve gathered together some of their favourite stories from the exhibition, and included them in a virtual tour of the museum for you to explore #MuseumFromHome.
Follow this Link: https://dublin.epicchq.com/virtual-tour-epic-the-irish-emigration-museum
One of our parents was asked to write a piece about Hope for the HSE. Hope is certainly something we all need during this difficult time. He has kindly shared it with us and it is well worth the read. Thank you Barry!
What about organising a bug hunt for the kids in the garden? Or if you don’t have a garden, a patio or the local park will work too. Even a virus can’t cancel spring and this is the time of year when all manner of mini-beasts are at their most active. So, set a challenge. How many insects can the kids find and identify, while not touching or otherwise disturbing the tiny creatures? Good places to search are on flowering plants, beneath logs and stones, and amid grassland roots.
To start you could give them a pen and paper to note such details as colour, size and how many legs the bugs have and then send them off (a magnifying glass is extra fun if you have one). Afterwards, go online with them to research the insects’ names and be amazed by how many mini-beasts are sequestered in even the smallest spaces. A useful website for doing this is insectidentification.org.
Download an app to your phone such as Skyview or Starwalk and then, on a clear night, take a look outside. Both good apps especially if you are new to it all. Point your camera at the heavens and Skyview will identify any star, planet or constellation you see. You can even find man-made satellites such as the Hubble telescope or the International Space Station. Touch any of the stars or planets on your screen and you can get further information such as its size and distance from the Earth.
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