Back 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
Are 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:
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!
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.
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.
They have put together some activity packs that are ideal to do at home –
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.
I’ve put together a list of things we’re working our way through at my house! Find the full list and details here.
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.
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.
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: www.beverleypuppetfestival.com, the dedicated Festival app and via social media @bevpuppetfest.
Check out these fab Mumbler colouring sheets to keep your little ones busy. Print off via the links here –
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!
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.
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 https://www.eastridinglibraries.co.uk/thebigspringreadin/ 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 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 https://www.activeeastriding.co.uk/#under5s-challenges
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.
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 & 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.
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 email@example.com.
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!
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.
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.
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!!
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
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.
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.