Healthy and Mindful Ways to Entertain the Kids at Home During Easter

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Happy Easter! It seems the longer we all stay home with our children the more creative we all are becoming. To help the kids stay healthy and entertained, we’re sharing these fun and healthy activities to do over the Easter period and beyond, whilst encouraging them to stay mindful, calm, deal with anxiety and a new routine.

Easter Origami animals from @makerist_com

Over on their blog, they show you how to make some cute origami animals for Easter! This simple craft only requires a few supplies and will keep your little ones busy!

Makerist.com is your digital DIY platform! We support and connect the creative community around sewing, knitting and crafting. We bring together a large network of designers, teachers, bloggers and craft enthusiasts and we make DIY accessible, simple and fun! Also, if you search for “Easter Origami” on YouTube or Pinterest, you’ll fine lots like this.

Easter egg decorations from leftover fabric

Check out this simple tutorial on how to make these Easter egg decorations. They’re perfect to make with kids to keep them occupied and creative . This project is also a great way to use up leftover pieces of fabric you have at home.

Flora Animals from @keepcalm.create

Watch their instagram TV video by @kellyoliverphotography who teaches you how to make animals from flora.

You will need to forage your gardens for whatever you can find…leaves, sticks, acorns, herbs, flowers etc. You will also need scissors, pva glue, paper or card.

Easter inspired doodles from @doodledents

New and unique – a mindful, creative and rewarding way of doing art. Invented by a six year old girl, Violet, and brought to life by her father. Produced locally in Hampshire, using natural and renewable FSC certified material whilst being 100% recyclable and biodegradable.

Launched in September 2019, receiving exceptional feedback from parents, grandparents, carers, schools and the children themselves. Proving particularly popular to help parents and inspire children during these unsettling times and staying indoors.

Read the full story of how Doodle Dents came about, plus visit the online store to see the range and purchase direct.

Online Family Yoga with YogaTonic UK

YogaTonic UK gives you access to 15 live streamed classes per week. The kids yoga classes take place every Monday and Wednesday at 3pm.

Our video library has high quality filmed classes which covers styles Vinyasa Flow, Hatha and Yin yoga with varying degrees of strength. Classes suitable for all levels unless specified otherwise. We are a family team taking turns at leading classes.

Draw a Rabbit Kids Art Class with @lizasnyderart

Follow Liz on Instagram for more kids art lessons.

Mindfulness with @connecting_mindfulness

Start the day the mindful way with a morning mantra to help little ones find stillness, confidence, and joy in the present moment. Beginning the day in a grumpy mood is so hard to shake isn’t it?! You feel it, your kids feel it, we all feel it! What if you woke up with your own mantra of peace, of love. Here is an example which you can say softly with your children each morning:

I am safe.
I am loved.
I will be kind today.
I believe in my self.
I choose to be happy.
I will try not to give up.

Taking the time to tell your child ‘good job’ is so important. They care so much about what you think of them, children are naturally eager to please. Focus on the good behaviours, it makes everyone feel better! Helping build children’s emotional toolbox for a calmer life. Find more tools on their Instagram account.

No Bake Vegan energy bites from Hanna Sillitoe

Endless Snack Requests

Anybody else struggling with the endless snack requests whilst home schooling?! Grace & Freya are my friend Rachels awesome kids. Todays lesson was drama (can you tell?!) Snack-tastic superstars! The full recipe for the Energy Bites is on my blog (link in comments) Tag a parent who's dealing with home school dramas this week!

Posted by Hanna Sillitoe on Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Check out skin healing expert, Hanna Sillitoe’s instagram and Facebook page for some awesome free recipe content with easy how to’s. We love her No Bake Vegan energy bites for kids. Hands up if the kids have asked for snacks at least fifty times today?!

It’s a simple one the little ones can join in with. And you can adapt many of the ingredients to what you have in the cupboard.

Make Bunny Pancakes

You can buy or make the pancakes from scratch, then get creative with fruits, whipped cream and marshmallows. The kids will love these!

Educational Activities from @booknooknyc

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At home learning subscription for ages 1-7. A weekly at-home literacy series. BRANCHED by Book Nook is an at-home literacy series delivered to your inbox on a weekly basis. Each instalment has been curated by a team of educators for individual age groups to ensure your child is completing lessons within the appropriate tier. These theme-based packets include a digital storytime, book lists, art ideas, enrichment exercises, and more to make for a full week of learning. You will also be given email access to our teachers who will be present to answer any questions you may have.

BRANCHED is separated into three age groups: 1 to 3 years old, 3 to 5 years old, and 5 to 7 years old. Four week subscriptions are available for $30 and a new instalment will be emailed to you every Monday.

An amazing opportunity to keep your little one engaged at home with educational activities, worksheets, stories, and more! Open to families all over the world!

Create Your Own World! ⁠

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We are so incredibly pleased to introduce the first issue of new downloadable series Create Your Own World! ⁠ ⁠ Create Your Own World is a project we've created to help kids activate their imaginations, grow their creativity, and find some joy and humor in this challenging time.⁠ ⁠ We see it as an ode to all the dreamers and kiddos with imaginary friends…and also just for any kid who needs some tools to imagine a place where they can feel free, powerful, and safe. ❤️❤️⁠ ⁠ We have launched this series and our companion series ("Explore Your Own World") as a Fundraiser to support urgent medical needs related to the global pandemic. We are so grateful to ALL OF YOU who have supported us on this mission by purchasing and/or sharing this campaign with others. Throughout April we will be continuing to give a dollar of every purchase to the @globalgiving Coronavirus Relief Fund. ⁠ ⁠ This is a partnership project with nature based nonprofit @hikeitbaby. We salute their efforts now and always to help kids stay engaged and creative.⁠ ___⁠ Without further ado, head on over to our link in the bio to get your very first issue of this awesome comic-book style download! 🎉⁠ ⁠ ⁠ #supernatureadventures #creativekids #hikeitbaby

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We are so incredibly pleased to introduce the first issue of new downloadable series. create your own world is a project we’ve created to help kids activate their imaginations, grow their creativity, and find some joy and humour in this challenging time.⁠

We see it as an ode to all the dreamers and kiddos with imaginary friends…and also just for any kid who needs some tools to imagine a place where they can feel free, powerful, and safe.

We have launched this series and our companion series (“explore your own world”) as a fundraiser to support urgent medical needs related to the global pandemic. we are so grateful to all of you who have supported us on this mission by purchasing and/or sharing this campaign with others. throughout April we will be continuing to give a dollar of every purchase to the @globalgiving coronavirus relief fund. ⁠

This is a partnership project with nature based nonprofit @hikeitbaby. We salute their efforts now and always to help kids stay engaged and creative.⁠

Class Bento

If you’re looking for fun indoor activities to enjoy from the comfort of your own home, ClassBento’s brand new live classes online have you sorted! Using a fully interactive live stream, your living room becomes the classroom!

And, with our new ClassBento Box delivered right to your door you can enjoy our live stream classes using all the materials and resources you would if you were in the workshop together. Whether it’s punch needle embroidery, macrame workshop for kids, or exercising in your green thumbs with a kokedama or terrarium workshop, these activities are a surefire way to stave off going stir-crazy when looking for fun things to do at home.

Free Online Mindfulness Classes for Kids 

Mindful Schools is designing these online mindfulness classes for students and adults of all ages. We are aware that many families are away from school and work, and we hope this is a resource that families can enjoy together.

What to Expect:

  • Fun and interactive activities for kids such as mindful eating, movement, and more
  • 30 minutes of mindfulness and a restful break from the busyness of daily life
  • Experienced teachers from the Mindful Schools Training Team

Click here to watch class recordings.

It Takes a Village. Mindful Schools is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and we are relying on the generosity of our community to make this program available. Behind the scenes, there is a whole team that supports Christina, Alan, and our Teachers to design, produce and share these classes for your kids! If you’d like to support Mindful Schools and you have the capacity, please consider what you might spend on enrichment classes for your child and consider a donation to Mindful Schools. Thank you for your support

DIY Sensory bowls 

The girls have been going nuts for these!! Use whatever you already have in your house. Seeds, nuts, lentils, corn kennels… look for different textures and sizes⠀

They each get a syringe, a bowl and a spoon. Lay down a puppy pee pad or even garbage bag with a few paper towels so you can just fold up the mess and chuck it in the garbage when they’re done⠀

I also set out a bowl of ice cubes, 2 measuring cups with coloured water, an old spice container filled with sugar, and a mini spray bottle with coloured water. Voila! They love mixing different ingredients together! ⠀

Easter Egg Painting

Bunny Bunting

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🐰 Bunny Bunting 🐰 We are all gearing up to start our Easter crafts this week. Today I made this easy Bunny bunting with my little one. All you need to do is cut some bunnies out of coloured paper, then let your little one add matching pom-poms or cotton balls at the bottom for the tail. Thread twine through the ears, and your bunting is ready to be put up! 🐰 🐰 The Easter printable pack full of exciting hands-on activities for little ones will be available tomorrow . . . . #thelittlepurplebox #easterkidsactivities #easterfun #easterspecial #kidsactivities #creativekids #preschoolactivities #toddleractivities #shallweplaytoday #kidscrafts #lockdownactivities #craftswithkids #eyfs #eastercrafts #eastercountdown #preschool #preschoolactivities #colourmatching #finemotorskills #earlychildhood #easterplayideas #invitationtocreate #easteractivities #wearethemakers #mumlife #stayathome #kidseaster #parentlife #childhoodunplugged #isolationactivities #londonmum

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You can find more inspiration on Youtube and Instagram and for those of you on Pinterest – we invite you to add your favourite images to our Easter board.

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