6 screen-free classroom activity ideas for completing at home

A few tips from us on adapting to remote learning...

During this uncertain time, it seems that most teachers (and therefore pupils) are quickly going to have to adapt to remote learning — while spending more time indoors than ever before.

For times when being stuck indoors is feeling difficult, we’ve compiled a list of fun activities that your pupils (or children!) can complete at home — none of which require being sat in front of a screen.

Here are six simple ideas to get you (and your pupils) started…

1. Start a nature diary

What animals can you see outside? Can you hear or see different birds? Are there any pretty flowers that you particularly like? What’s the weather like?

Starting a nature diary will open up so many unanswered questions for your pupils — and the arrival of spring makes it the perfect time to examine the outside world... Even if you're looking at it from your living room!

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2. Get moving

Even though ‘self-isolating’ sounds restrictive, it’s so important that we keep moving over the coming weeks.

Why not make up a 10 minute exercise routine that you and your pupils can do at different periods throughout the day? Or maybe put on your favourite music and make up a dance routine?

You’ll also find some great activity ideas – including Yoga with children – on YouTube. Make it as fun as you like!

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3. Write a short story, inspired by your home environment

Taking inspiration from the environment you’re in, why not task your class with creating a fun, fictional short story.  

You could give them an object to help them i.e. ‘the fridge’ — where they can use their imagination to devise an engaging story.

If you’re struggling for ideas, you could put different objects / story themes into a hat and pick out a new one each time, adding a bit more excitement to your learning each day / week!

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4. Make something

What better time to get creative (and encourage your pupils to do the same)!

Whether it’s drawing, painting, mosaics, sewing or knitting — getting creative can be extremely therapeutic.  

Use this time inside to your advantage and discover new hobbies. And if you’re short on materials at home, why not check out The Great Create for further inspiration!

5. Read (lots)!

Use this time wisely and encourage your students to read as much as possible — but don’t forget to do some personal reading, too.

This is a great way to unwind and help to keep your mind clear. Read outside of the curriculum, read different genres, and find out what you really enjoy. You could even start a book club with your household, or a virtual book club with friends.

6. Create daily ‘positivity’ lists

In times where we might be feeling a little more anxious than usual, writing a positive list will help us evaluate things that make us happy.

What things are you grateful for? What good things happened to you today?

It could even be a list of what you have achieved in the day, which can help you to feel productive.

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