Ideas to do at Home

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Back to Ours: Right on Your Sofa

bedtime stories back to oursBack to Ours usually put on shows and entertainment for families in local community venues during the school half term holidays. However, to help us all while we’re at home, they are doing an online option now!

Most days they will have different shows and stories, simply watch them on their facebook page here. Follow their page for info about what’s on and when.

One for all the sleepy bains – and grown ups! The Back to Ours bedtime stories are back, every Monday from 7pm. Snuggle up together* and let us take you on a few magical adventures, #rightonyoursofa.

*Don’t forget your teddy! Suitable for all the family

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Elements Forest Adventures

elements forest adventuresAre you looking for your own unique adventure at this time? Well, here it is! Hire your very own private woodland for the day at Bainton (YO25) and enjoy time in the great outdoors, relaxing, having a picnic or campfire with friends and family. Bookings for private woodland day hire now being taking again, from now and throughout the summer holidays (although quite a few dates are already taken so you need to be quick).

Undercover picnic benches, an undercover fire circle, compost toilet and tree swing all within 4 acres of magical woodland make this an ideal day out for all the family! Prices:

  • £60 for the day (for up to 10 people) Fri 3rd July.
  • £80 for the day (for up to ten people) for dates for 14th, 15th or 16th July.
  • £100 for the day from 17th July (for up to 10 people) up to 28th August.

We are required to work within the government guidelines with regards families. At this time we are allowed two households or a ‘support bubble’ and one other household. When making any bookings you will be required to confirm some personal details and confirm that your booking is in line with the requirements. We have a Covid-19 risk assessment and are only taking private bookings in order to keep us all safe. Payments to be made online. I will meet the lead person on the day (others to wait in car) to show them the site and facilities and then I will leave you to enjoy your day. Thorough cleaning of high touch areas will take place in between bookings. We are considered a low risk environment due to all facilities being outdoors and the ability to social distance!

Contact to book or for further details on 07817 546075, email or check out their facebook page here.

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Recycling Superheroes with East Riding of Yorkshire Council

recycling heroes east riding councilRecycling Superheroes is a series of activities from ERYC (East Riding of Yorkshire Council) designed to support children with the four R’s: reduce, reuse, repair and recycle.

Can you help ERYC (Eric) and ERYCA (Erica) the bears to reduce, reuse, recycle whilst at home? Look out for our Recycling Superhero with fun reuse and recycling activities to try at home together, such as posters to colour and decorate your bins with.

You can find downloadable pdfs and more info on their webpage here or follow them on facebook here for more ideas.

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The Adventures of Firefighter Jordan – Play Avenue’s New Book

Amanda Carpenter, owner of Play Avenue in Messingham (near Scunthorpe) has written a children’s book, The Adventures of Firefighter Jordan, to give kids a bit of her Play Avenue experience during lockdown. Written for children aged seven and under, this is the first in a series of action and adventure books planned by the author.

“Firefighter Jordan rushes to the rescue of his friends as smoke pours from a theatre window, but things aren’t quite what they seem when he arrives,” explained Amanda. “All the action is there, with full-page colour illustrations, and this is what captures children’s’ imaginations,” she continued. “Younger children will enjoy having the book read to them, but children at the older end of the age range will just as easily read it on their own.”

Order it on Amazon here.

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The Fearless Frog Activity Packs

fearless frogThe Fearless Frog Ltd aims to inspire creativity and imaginations, without fear of getting things wrong.

They have put together some activity packs that are ideal to do at home –

  • Colouring packs
  • Make your own slime packs
  • Sticking stuff packs

Each pack is £4.95 which includes delivery within the HU17 postcode area (Beverley and surrounding villages) on a Friday. Further details are available on their website here, or you can follow them on facebook here.

101 Things to do at Home or in your Garden

I’ve put together a list of things we’re working our way through at my house! Find the full list and details here.

Active East Riding website

East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s new website, Active East Riding, is full of ideas for things that families can do, learn from, and take part in whilst at home. It includes ideas to stay active and info from the museums across the East Riding.

Visit the website here. Follow them on facebook here.




Bat-Tastic’s are a local family business new to the East Hull area providing people with costume characters for home visits, parties and personal video messages. They have a variety of choices from Batman, Batgirl, Sonic and many more to come.

During lockdown they have been doing ‘Walk and Wave’s’ in costumes as well as doing video call and messages and doorstep visits. If you would like a call or visit please call Sarah on 07900170538
message via their facebook page.  

Beverly Puppet Festival (Virtual for 2020)

Beverley Puppet Festival is back for 2020, only virtual! Watch along at home with your little ones.

Live performances are very different from the medium of film, so this year the emphasis is on what we all can do at home, not on filming finished performances which we would prefer to see live.  We have commissioned three artists’ videos per week to start appearing from Monday May 18th to Sunday July 12th 2020 to inspire and invite people of all ages to participate in a diverse range of puppetry-related activities that can be completed at home. This is the ninth of these events and the theme for 2020  is “Back to Nature”.

All the activities will be free to access, but the Festival have set up a link on their website to allow audience members and other supporters to make donations. Puppet fans can find more information and access the online workshops via the festival website:, the dedicated Festival app and via social media @bevpuppetfest.

Colouring Sheets

Check out these fab Mumbler colouring sheets to keep your little ones busy. Print off via the links here –

Easter colouring 1

Easter colouring 2

Robot colouring 

Craft Animals & People

We’ve been doing lots of craft, here’s a few of the favourite things we’ve made so far –

Loo roll animals
Rabbits, Chicks, Ladybirds, Caterpillars and much more! Wrap the loo roll in paper and stick on various bits to make it real! Don’t forget the googly eyes!


Crazy Creatures! 

  • Fork painting – Think this is my favourite chick, all with the back of a fork…
  • Butterfly – Fold the paper and snip… Drawer the butterfly and starting on the outside of the wings, stick on. Finally add the body and draw on the antennae’s, not forgetting “fluffing” up the folded wings
  • Sheep – Draw a sheep onto a paper plate, stick on the balls of cotton wool and colour the ears and feet plus sticking on the eyes and mouth

Daily Schedule Idea

Here’s an idea of a schedule to use to try and keep some structure and normality in our family lives at this uncertain time. Find a bigger version here.

daily schedule

East Riding Libraries – The Big Spring Read In

From now until 19 July, young East Riding residents are being urged to keep calm and carry on reading, with the Big Spring Read-In. The aim is to encourage children to read every week and submit online reviews.

The Big Spring Read-In is mainly for children aged between 4 and 11 years, but is open to others as well. To take part, the child must be a member of East Riding Libraries, and each week fills in an online review form, to say what they thought about what they have read that week. They simply include their email address and the location of the East Riding Library they usually visit. They can read anything, whether books, eBooks or eAudiobooks. After submitting 5, 10 or 15 reviews, each child will receive a certificate to print at home. Participants are asked to submit one review a week.

Visit to get started. All the details and links are on this page to join the library, find out how to download eBooks and eAudiobooks and how to submit reviews.

East Riding Museums Online Activities for Tots, Children & Families

East Riding Museums have lots of online activities for under 5s and families to do:

NEW activities just released – Boats, Windmills and Beverley Town – are inspired by Goole Museum, Skidby Mill, and Beverley Guildhall and feature ideas for music and signing, craft, role play, sensory experiences, and messy play. Find these ideas at 

Hull Music Service – Daily Music Activities

Hull Music Service are providing daily music activities that they are creating. Each day they release a new video with singing tips, learn the song, an introduction to an instrument and something to make and create at home.

They are also doing Sing for Hull and every Friday at 1.30pm is a singalong with their virtual band.

Find all of their resources and videos on their website

Hull Truck Thetare – Online

Over the coming weeks Hull Truck Theatre will be releasing a programme of great drama and creative activities to keep audiences and communities entertained and inspired whilst we are all at home. On the week commencing Monday 6 April they will begin releasing a stream of engaging and accessible content, all of which can be found on their new webpage here.

Hull Truck Theatre have made all their Education Resource Packs from previous productions available to be downloaded online for use by teachers and home-schooling families. Packs from Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Treasure Island, Oliver Twist, Peter Pan and TWO are available here.

Plus lots more including: Writing Workout with Tom Saunders: Daily tasks for writers of all ages and abilities, 3 Minute Theatre and Screening past productions. Find the full details and story on Mumbler here.

Jeddy Bear & Garys Picnic Activity Book

Jeddy Bear & Gary have produced a free children’s activity book for children to do. The local duo are usually are out on tour with live shows and events for families.

They will be send out a pdf file of the activity book, all they ask is you sign up to their mailing list here. Find out more on their facebook page here.

Junction challenges Goole to Get Creative!

Have you been getting creative during lockdown? Junction, the theatre in the centre of Goole, are looking for 2D artworks to brighten up the poster boards outside the front of the building while they remain closed to the public. Artwork can be made by adults or children, and could be drawn, painted, stitched, written – as long as it’s flat Junction can accept it! Your piece could be related to the lock-down or about something completely different, the only limit is your imagination!

The artwork will be displayed in the large film poster boards near to the main entrance, and will be visible to all visitors to Paradise Place. Artwork should be no larger than A3 size in any format. If you would like your name to be displayed alongside your artwork, please include this clearly with your submission. As the boards are outside, artwork may be damaged by the elements whilst on display, for this reason Junction will be unable to return any artwork submitted.

You can drop off physical artworks at Junction Monday-Friday between 10am-2pm or send any digital work to

Mumbler’s Top TV Shows & Films for Families

We’ve been watching a lot more TV than usual! Here are some of our favourites to try if you need some inspiration –

TV Shows: We’ve been watching a lot of iPlayer. Favourites on CBeebies for my 5 year old are –

Apple Tree House, Biggleton, Molly & Mack, Topsy & Tim, Where in the World, Waffle Doggy, Wooly and Tig, Our Family, My First, Andys Wild Worksouts. The Northern Ballets of fairy tales are lovely too, they’re under Cbeebies Presents on the A-Z menu.

She also love Milkshake on Channel5, especially Butterbeans Café and Ben & Holly

Favourites on CBBC for my 5 and 9 year old are –

Danny & Mick (hilarious comedy that I like watching too!), The Worse Witch, Malory Towers. Then more for my 9 year old – Deadly 60, Deadly Dinosaurs with Steve Backshall, Operation Ouch (very educational and has helped with our school topic work!). The David Walliams books that have been made into programs are a big hit too – Mr Stink is on CBBC, we’ve also found Billionaire Boy, Gangsta Granny and Midnight Gang.

Family Films: I’ve found there have been a lot of films on TV that we’ve recorded, Film4 particularly in the daytime have had some good ones and ITV/ITV2. Plus we’ve been ploughing through DVDs. Our favourites have been –

Charlie & the Chocolate Factory (the original), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Matilda, Baby’s Day Out, Home Alone’s, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie, Bee Movie, Tangled, Gnomeo & Juliet, Mr Bean movies, Ratatouille, Moana, Cat in the Hat, Secret Life of Pets, Harry Potter box set and Jurassic Parks (9 year old only, too scary for my 5 year old)…..the list is quite endless! We’re trying to do a family film night a couple of times a week. Do send me in your recommendations!

Outdoors – Walks & Bike Rides for Families

There are lots of outdoor places to go across our area, check out the list of walks & the great outdoors here.

Most are bike/pram friendly and all are in Hull or East Yorks. If you have a favourite place to walk or cycle with your family that’s not already on the list please drop me a line here.

Seeds of Love

For that extra special thoughtful touch, Katie at Seeds of Love creates beautiful seed packets filled with lovely little forget-me-not seeds for £2.95 each. With poems designs for teachers, teaching assistants, nursery leavers and even the lollipop lady!  They really do melt hearts and will bring back warm memories of your child’s sentimental thanks year after year when the flowers come back!

Be sure to take a look at the website here as Katie has some lovely teacher gifts in her ‘Thought-Full’ range too!  The ‘Thank You For Helping Me Grow’ teardrop keyring is our favourite!  And, If you are able to collect, Katie is more than happy to make up a hamper for you containing a mini terracotta pot, personalised chocolate bar and a packet of seeds.

Just send her a message through her facebook page here or email her on for 2020 orders.

Mumbler got these seed packets for teacher gifts last year and they were incredibly well received by my child’s teacher and teaching assistant, both have been back to me since to let me know that they have flowered and how much they appreciated them. As I have been home school teacher since 23rd March I might order some for myself to remember the time I was teacher!!

seeds of love teacher gifts

Thank You Posters

There are 2 lovely posters that you can download for your children to colour in and leave out to thank these essential workers as they come to your house – the Postmen and the Bin Lorry Crew.

(NB – Postman poster is specific to Willerby, just cut that bit off and add your own area!)

You can download them here

Bin Lorry Crew



The Deep – Home Resources

Every MONDAY MORNING at 9am, The Deep will be posting some of their Deep themed resources for you to enjoy at home on The Deep Facebook Page. Resources are both educational and fun, from colouring sheets, to puzzles and informative quiz sheets.

All of the resources from each week can also be found on their website page here. 

the deep home ed resources

Top 10 Rainy Day Ideas

These are my top 10 rainy day ideas. You can read the full article with details of how to do each one on Mumbler here.

  • Wallpaper drawing
  • Junk Modelling
  • Treasure Hunt Around the House
  • Make Your Own Slime
  • Make Your Own Play Dough
  • Baking (Rocky Road Recipe)
  • Lego Challenges
  • Messy Play
  • Home Movie Day
  • Indoor Picnic

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