It is a joyous spring day and it feels strange to be allowed out only for a short period each day.
At a time in the year when we would normally be able to enjoy the outdoors, celebrate the arrival of spring and the sunshine, we find ourselves having to stay at home.
Instead, we are focussing on indoor games, activities and virtual experiences, normally reserved for cold snowed-in days or grey rainy weekends. Since schools closed their doors to most children, I have been amazed by the fantastic free online resources for children and young people to help families educate and entertain.
Having my four boys at home, I am extremely grateful for the virtual museum tours, live zoo web cams, online theatre performances, stay at home story times and drawing sessions to name but a few!
These invaluable resources prompted me to think about activities I could contribute. You will see I have created printable pages for children (and adults alike) to download, free of charge, and colour in.
During these challenging times, we have been advised by the government to include time for our children to ‘learn, play and relax’. ‘Colouring in’ covers all three of these. I’ve produced six A4 pages, each with a different animal – wolf, bear, fox, owl, cat and dog.
Their mouths are blank so children can decide how their animal is feeling. For example, will your wolf be happy, sad, grumpy or growling? Younger children could enjoy counting too – How many leaves and circles can you see? How many whiskers does the cat have? And, how many feathers are on the owl?
Have fun colouring in these pages and creating your own picture. I will be working on more activities to share over the coming weeks.
Stay safe, keep well and look after each other.