Lockdown At Home and Online Ideas

Ideas to do at Home

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Escape Rooms For You – Online Family Game 25% OFF

escape rooms for you hull principles office family escape roomEscape Rooms For You have online escape rooms to do during lockdown. There are several adult rooms and one room for children/families to play – Principal’s Office. Mumbler tried the family room and loved it! You are in detention in the headmasters office and have 1 hour to get out! There are puzzles to find and solve to unlock chests and finally unlock the room to escape. We got out, will you?! Ideal for children age 8-13, younger children can do it with more help from parents.

You have a host to explain how to use the room and play, to make sure you can get in ok and can use the controls, they stay with you during the game in case you need any hints or clues. The room is £60 to play but can be played by up to 6 families/screens together making it an ideal event to do for a special occasion such as a child’s birthday party.

Find out more on their website here (adult room info on there currently, info and booking for family room Principal’s Office can be found here), or follow them on facebook here.

Get 25% OFF with Mumbler!! Simply enter the discount code Mumbler at check out to get 25% off and book to play for £45.

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FLS Cottingham – English Course for Adults

FLS cottingham english coursesThis course is designed to help native speakers of English overcome problems they may have with spoken and written English.

It covers punctuation, spelling, grammatical terminology and common errors when writing, for example the use of the apostrophe. Differences between the following pairs of words are discussed: affect and effect, practice and practise, sat and sitting, stationary and stationery, their and there, who’s and whose, your and you’re, it’s and its…and the list goes on.

With many years’ combined teaching experience, Ray Stow and his team aim to provide thoroughly researched and specialist material, tailored to suit individual needs. All generic teaching materials have been written by him and thereafter materials are produced for the specific individual or group.

Ray Stow is a former school Head of Modern Languages Department and Senior Sixth Form Tutor. His company was established over 30 years ago and the English Grammar Course has been delivered successfully to a number of private individuals and companies.

For details contact Ray on 01482 840606 or 07795164843, email info@fls-cottingham.co.uk, or please visit the website here.

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Learn a Language with AT Languages

AT Languages learn french russion or english as a foreign language in Beverley, hull, east yorkshireLearn a language in lockdown! AT Languages are based in Beverley but are delivering all language lessons online currently via Zoom, Skype or Google Meets. We offer French, Russian and English as a foreign language tuition catering for a range of levels from beginner to advanced, children and adults.

Start with a free trial lesson, with no obligation to book a course of lessons.

Highly qualified and experienced tutors teaching on a one-to-one basis or in small groups of up to four people.

The founder of AT languages, Anastasija, is a trained secondary school teacher as well as an English as a Foreign Language tutor. She has successfully taught primary and secondary school children, GCSE French and Russian students, A-level French students, adults in business settings and overseas students coming to study in the UK. She has taught in France and in the UK, one-to-one and in groups and is well-versed in teaching online through Zoom, Skype or Google Meets. She enjoys developing her own teaching resources and establishing a friendly and supportive atmosphere in her lessons, tailored to the level and needs of each of her students.

Contact us on 07949621475, info@atlanguages.co.uk, visit our website here or follow us on facebook here.

Salut et merci! Спасибо и до встречи!

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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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Saramique Studio

The pottery painting studio is closed, but paint at home parcels are available.

Paint pottery at home with Saramique Studio – The online store has click and collect dates now. A great activity for yourself or to order as a gift for a loved one. Contactless collection from the studio, in line with Government guidelines. Stock is subject to availability and changes regularly in line with demand, so even if you are wanting to paint at a later date, do order EARLY (when you order we can pick and secure your items ready for your pick up date).

Clay workshops will be added over the coming week too, so if you would rather make your own ceramics then keep your eyes peeled! Order online now here.

NEW! A range of kits that do not require the return of the equipment or pottery for firing or glazing! These are all inclusive and suitable for all ages. This enables families to imprint their own baby/child’s hand and feet to clay and create lovely hanging keepsakes.  The Clay kits include all the materials and pottery tools needed for the job, and the paints required for decorating afterward. They also include step by step guides and/or video tutorials for people to go at their own pace and learn at home. Full details on their website here.

9 South Lane, Hessle. Full details on their website here. Call 01482 641419 or email enquiries@saramiquestudio.co.uk.

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The Red Owl Co – Pamper Parties at Home

red owl co pamper parties in hull

A great idea for a valentine’s themed activity over February half term!

Pre pandemic I used to hold children’s pamper parties. I have put together a pamper party box so that you can make and do all the things I would do at a party. You can use the box for a birthday or a treat or just something fun to do at home!

This does require adult supervision for younger children and you need to provide a few things such as a mixing bowl and a spatula or whisk. Ingredients for chocolate face masks. Boxes are £20. What’s included in the box:

  • Bath bomb ingredients-sodium bicarbonate, citric acid, almond oil, glitter, rose petals, mica powder for colour and moulds. This makes approximately 3-4 bath bombs.
  • Body scrub ingredients-sugar, fragrance oil and almond oil and a tub to keep it in.
  • Nail polish for nail painting.
  • Hand cream for hand massage.
  • Recipe for chocolate face mask.

I also have a bath bomb box. This contains the ingredients for the bath bombs. £9.50.

These boxes can be delivered locally. For info and to order please email littleredowl03@yahoo.co.uk, call 07714695783. Or follow me on Instagram

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The Week Junior FREE Activities Hub

the week junior free activity hubThe Week Junior is an award-winning current affairs magazine for children aged between 8 and 14. It comes through your door weekly and I have been enjoying reading ours with my 9 year old. Full details on that here.

They’ve set up an “Activity hub” with loads of free resources for kids  such as recipes, colouring, activities and games, all of which you can use for free – find them 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.

Or check out this article just about things to do in your garden – short, quick, fun activities as it is cold and wet at the moment and not the time of year to be outside for too long! Read it here.

50 ideas to entertain your kids at home!

During the summer lockdown I put together a list of 50 things to do at home. Some do need good weather but lots can be done if it’s fine or indoors. How many can you do?! Read the article 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.



Back to Ours: Right on Your Sofa

Is it us or is there a bit of autumn in the air…? Time to snuggle down with a hot chocolate, your comfiest PJs and fave teddy to enjoy a whole new season of Back to Ours bedtime stories.

Join us every Monday evening on Facebook where a host of familiar faces will be joining us to tell tall tales, ripping yarns and flights of fancy, Right on your Sofa…

Follow their facebook page here for info about what’s on and when.

Suitable for all the family.


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.  

BBC Lockdown Learning

The BBC are providing a range of educational programs throughout lockdown.

  • Primary – on CBBC every morning Monday to Friday, 9am to 12noon. Schedule varies each day and week and programs are by age group. Watch on iplayer or on their TV channel.
  • Secondary – on BBC2, afternoons, subjects and age groups vary throughout the week.

w/c 11th January 2021. This weeks timetable can be downloaded here.

lockdown learning from the BBC

Beverley – Little Bunny Bakers

Classes restarting April 2021

Baking classes for children aged 3-11 years. We sing, smile and bake in this colourful and friendly class held in a friendly environment in Beverley. Classes last one hour and we make sweet and savoury treats, using step by step instructions for the children to follow, with you at their side.

We adhere to all the required Covid-19 secure requirements.

  • Tuesday 10am and 1.15pm Little Bakers (2.5 to 5 yrs), 4pm Bigger Bakers (4-11 yrs)
  • Friday 9.15am and 11.15am Little Bakers (2.5 to 5 yrs), 3.45pm Bigger Bakers (4 to 11 yrs, perfect for 4 to 7 year olds), 5.15pm Bigger Bakers (4 to 11 yrs)

For more information email Saskia on littlebunnybakers@gmail.com

Children’s Centre Sessions – Online

East Riding Children’s Centre’s have moved a lot of their regular weekly sessions for parents, babies and tots to be online. You can find details of them on the East Riding Council website here. You can also find updates on their facebook page here.

Hull Children’s Centre’s remain open – for the usual sessions such as midwifery, health, fareshare are all ongoing as all the buildings are Covid secure. Us Mums and the Healthy Lifestyle team have a full online offer available now for pregnant and new mums and tots, Early Years online sessions are almost ready. More information on the Hull City Council website here. There is also up to date information on the individual Children’s Centre facebook pages. Us Mums also have regular ‘Feelin Good’ sessions for grown ups as well.

Also on Hull, there are lots of sessions and support online for SEND children, via the Local Offer. Full details on their website here.

Children’s Mental Health Week – Wellbeing Wave

wellbeing wave for childrens mental health weekStarting 1st February 2021, it is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week.

It is easy to get involved! Pop a Wellbeing Wave in your window and let others know you are thinking of them:

  1. Draw around your hand
  2. Decorate
  3. #wellbeingwave
  4. Pop it in the window!

Colouring Sheets

Check out these fab Mumbler colouring sheets to keep your little ones busy. You can download and print each one off by clicking on the purple text –

Under the Sea


Happy Colouring

Dressing Up

Robot Spot the Difference

Robots in Space

Colouring Sheets – Valentines Cards

Something to do over half term week…Print off and colour in these lovely cards and send them to your family for this Valentines Day at home!

You can download and print off all 4 designs by clicking here.

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 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 https://www.activeeastriding.co.uk/#under5s-challenges 

Family Places and Attractions Open in Lockdown #3

You can find a full list of places that have stayed open for walks and fresh air during the latest lockdown (commencing 5th January 2021) here.

FREE Books for 2 Year Olds in Hull – Dolly Parton Scheme

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a 60 volume set of books beginning with the children’s classic The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Each month a new, carefully selected book will arrive by mail in your child’s name and be delivered to the address listed on the registration form. Best of all it is free and there is no cost or obligation to your family. It is being offered firstly as a pilot to children who are aged 2 years old and live in Hull.

Parents can register their two year old for the scheme via children’s centre, through nurseries and childminders or online here. 

Hull Libraries – Easter Online Free Activities

There’s lots of free online events from Hull libraries this Easter!

  • Monday 29 March: Baby Bounce 1 – 1.30, Street Dance 4 – 4.30
  • Tuesday 30 March: Michelle Robinson Live Storytelling 10.30 -11.00, Cosmic Carol Mars for Beginners 1.30 – 2.30
  • Wednesday 31 March: Calvin Innes How To Draw… 10.30 -11.30
  • Thursday 1 April: Toddler Tunes 10.15 – 10.45, Sam’s Safaris 10.30 -11.00
  • Saturday 3 April: Story Hunt with John Kirk 10-10.30
  • Tuesday 6 April: Grimm & Co 10.30 – 11.30, Michelle Robinson Live Storytelling 1.30 – 2.00
  • Wednesday 7 April: Sam’s Safari’s 1.00 – 2.00
  • Thursday 8 April: Toddler Tunes 10.15 – 10.45, Grimm & Co 10.30 – 11.30, Cosmic Carol Zoom Through Space 1.30 – 2.30
  • Friday 9 April: Calvin Innes How To Draw… 1.00 – 2.00

More fab stuff…
Monday Makes – Join us every Monday at 10am on our YouTube channel for some family friendly craft activities. We’ll release 2 craft activities each Monday over the holidays so you can get creative with a craft you can make with things you’ll find around your home.

  • Monday 29 March – Spring Flowers / Space Rocket
  • Monday 5 April – Spring Garland / Space Helmet Mask

Storytime – Two lovely stories read by Jo, available to watch from Monday 29 March until Sunday 11 April on our YouTube channel during the half-term holiday.

Makerspace – Have a go at making a Bug Hotel or try our Spinning Earth activity to learn about how the Earth’s rotation makes the sun move across the sky – download the Hull Libraries activities booklet to find out how.

Link to book all activities is here.

Hull Truck Theatre – Lockdown Learning

Hull Truck @ Home School is a fantastic FREE creative learning programme which will run throughout the month of February 2021.

We’re really excited to introduce young audiences to drama and theatre making – giving a glimpse into a “behind the scenes” of the creative industry, whilst building on literacy and drama skills. Our specialist programme of work has been designed to engage both primary and secondary school learners.

Find full info and links to access their Create and Play lessons on their website 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.

Leo’s Book Corner – For young readers

Book club for ages 7+ years.
Dedicated private/hidden Facebook page to discuss the book.
Book cost £5-£7. Book delivered with activity, sweets and a bookmark. (postage available at extra cost).
In conjunction with Sallyann’s Usborne, find out more here.
Join in the fun now, this is our first book choice – Oliver Moon and the Potion Commotion

Make a Piping Bottle to Decorate Biscuits

We turned a used plastic bottle into a piping bag to decorate some biscuits! We made the biscuits first as one activity (recipe below) but you could use plain Digestive’s or Rich Tea’s. Next we made our DIY piping bag –

Rinse out a plastic drinks bottle, remove the lid and make a small hole in it (we pushed a nail in with blu-tac behind to push into). Make some icing by mixing icing sugar with a little bit of water and add food colouring. Pour the icing into the bottle and you have a piping bag to create designs on your biscuits.

Biscuits – our recipe was a simple one:

  • Melt 50g of butter and 3 tablespoons of golden syrup in the microwave or in a pan on the hob.
  • In a bowl mix 175g self raising flour and 1 tablespoon of sugar (we also added 1 teaspoon of cinnamon as my kids love the taste of it).
  • Pour in the melded butter/syrup and add 2 tablespoons of milk, mix together to form a dough
  • Wrap in clingfilm and chill in the fridge for 15 mins
  • Flour the surface and roll out the dough, cut out your shapes with cutters
  • Bake in the over at 180 degrees C for 8-10 minutes
  • Leave to cool the decorate with icing

Make Your Own Soaps

We’ve made our own soaps as gifts for family and friends! It was super easy and nice to do some craft that was clean and nice to clear up rather than the usual load of glitter, paint and glue on the floor (in fact clearing up also doubled up as cleaning the kitchen!). It’s also gone down very well as a gift as everyone needs to wash their hands more than ever! We got this idea from the CBBC TV show Craft Party so thanks to them for the inspiration.

Take a plain bar of large soap. Grate with a cheese grater into a bowl. Add food colouring, choice of colour is up to you but my daughter chose pink as usual. Add 2-3 tablespoons of water and mix to a paste. Place into biscuit cutters to shape, we did hearts and stars. Pop in the fridge to set and that’s it! We took ours out of the cutters, wrapped in tissue paper and added some ribbon then went out on our scooters to deliver them!

make your own soap

Mess-Free Ideas to Entertain Toddlers at Home

I’ve put a list of ideas for entertaining toddlers at home, especially mess free ones (thanks to my sister and 20 month old nephew for some of these!). Read the full article here

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!

National Marin Aquarium – Home Learning Lessons

Every Friday for the next 7 weeks we’ll be delivering FREE live lessons from our Aquarium via

YouTube. Each week there will be two sessions;
The first ‘Deep Science’ (1pm – 1.20pm) will see our schools team using aquarium exhibits and our AquaLab to explore the science behind the animated ocean exploration TV series ‘The Deep’ on CBBC. Expect fascinating facts and real time experiments, as well as ideas to follow up with at home!
The second will be ‘Mermaid Tales’ (1.30 – 1.45pm) will involve a short story narrated by our resident mermaid, Marina – perfect timing before an afternoon nap, or as a gentle, relaxing start to the afternoon.
Topics and dates
  • 15th Jan – Underwater Volcanoes
  • 22nd Jan – Creature Classification
  • 29th Jan – Nautical Navigation
  • 5th Feb – Ocean Mysteries
  • 12th Feb – Megafauna
  • 19th Feb – Life Cycles
  • 26th Feb – Looking after the Ocean

More info on their website here, where you can also do a virtual tour of the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth.

Outdoors – Walks & Bike Rides for Families

There are lots of outdoor places to go across our area for a Winters walk, from coast to countryside, 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.

Shaving Foam Painting

We tried some shaving foam painting, it was fun and not too messy (as most of the mess was contained on a tray)! Ideal for any age, little ones will enjoy the textures and colours and older children will enjoy making the designs and mixing colours.

  1. Squirt a layer of shaving foam on a tray
  2. Add splodges of paint in different colours and make patterns
  3. Press a sheet of plain paper lightly down on top and leave to dry (they take a long time to dry)

Here’s how ours turned out….

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 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.

The Deep – Home Resources

During the first lockdown The Deep shared resources to do at home which were educational and fun, from colouring sheets, to puzzles and informative quiz sheets. All of the resources can 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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Virtual Dark Skies Festival

north yorks moors dark skies festivals12th – 28th February 2021. The North York Moors National Park along with the Yorkshire Dales and Go Stargazing will be bringing the wonders of the night sky into the your living rooms during this half term for the Dark Skies Festival.

Among the stellar line-up of speakers will be scientists sharing the latest cosmic discoveries and upcoming developments in space including the landing of NASA’s spacecraft on Mars on 18 February. Astronomers will take viewers on stargazing and moonwatching safaris and we’ll encourage you to step outside your front door and look up for your own DIY tour of the night sky.

As the full moon appears in the second week of the virtual Festival, experts will be bringing a live MoonWatch with an informal questions and answers session for those keen to understand more about the lunar landscape. On other evenings you’ll be able to watch wildlife and conservation experts as they share why it’s so important to conserve our night skies and prevent the spread of light pollution particularly to protect wildlife species such as moths and hedgehogs.

Together with photographers sharing top tips on taking great astro images, plenty of early evening sessions aimed at capturing youngsters’ imaginations, we hope the virtual Festival will act as a teaser for when you can once again visit the UK’s largest dark sky reserve area, covering a whopping 3,500 square kilometres of northern England.

The programme will be a mix of free and paid-for events. More details on their website HERE