Parenting experts tell Femail the best ways to take care of children at home


With schools across the UK closing indefinitely from this afternoon, parents are faced with having to entertain their children at home for weeks. 

While many will have school work to keep them occupied, it will not keep them busy for the whole day – and certainly not at weekends. 

Fortunately parenting experts, bloggers and creative mothers and fathers have taken to social media to share their top tips on how to keep little ones active, entertained and curious while at home during coronavirus self-isolation. 

The tips range from ones that can be done online, like exploring NASA‘s amazing database of space images, to craft projects like a ‘daily schedule clock’ and science experiments like the ‘storm in a teacup’ created by Scouts.  

FEMAIL has also found a number of groups, social media accounts, media companies and public organisations that are offering parents vital resources for free during this difficult time. 

1. Create a schedule clock

Plan the day:  Creative mother and Instagram blogger Kirsty, of today.our.children , shared the idea for creating this amazing ‘daily rhythm calendar’ to help give structure to days spent at home. The clock is made from cardboard and coloured-in clothes pegs, as seen above

Interactive: Clothes pegs are then coloured and labelled with the tasks/weather conditions/days of the week and are clipped onto the side of the clock as needed

Interactive: Clothes pegs are then coloured and labelled with the tasks/weather conditions/days of the week and are clipped onto the side of the clock as needed

Creative mother and Instagram blogger Kirsty, of today.our.children, shared the idea…

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