Games and activities

Give birdwatching a go!

RobinHaving spent so much time indoors, a lot of us may have forgotten how much fun can be had by engaging with the nature and wildlife around us. Even if you are living in a city and don’t have access to green spaces, or you have limited mobility, you can still take part in birdwatching.

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Remote learning with the BBC

The BBC is making lots of extra educational content available
to help you keep up with their studies during the lockdown.

Find out more about what’s on offer via the link below.

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Our Time Summer puzzles

At Our Time we certainly love puzzles, so we’ve prepared our veryOur Time Summer puzzles image
own word search and crossword as fun challenges that all ages can enjoy!

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Super summer projects

A super summer project to work towards is a fantastic way Reading challenge
to make the holidays memorable, whether you’re developing a skill, creating something amazing or simply meeting a personal goal for your own satisfaction.

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Managing relationships under lockdown

Spending more time at home with your family can be fun,Relationship Banner
but it’s also not unusual for patience to wear thin, leading to upsets or arguments. This isn’t inevitable though. Some of these simple techniques might help to manage family relationships and calmly resolve conflicts should they happen to arise.

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Improve your drawing skills

For any budding sketchers out there, Our Time has gatheredDrawing exercise banner
a collection of fun ways to warm up and develop your drawing abilities.

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Let's talk about racism

In recognition of the need for informed discussion and educationBlack lives matter thumb
on diversity for all ages, we’ve compiled a selection of resources, articles, videos and books to start those conversations.

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Managing worries about school

Whether you’re returning to school or not, it’s not unusual
to have some worries.

To help set your mind at ease and make you feel safe, we’ve collected a variety of good ideas, simple techniques and thoughts aimed at reducing worries, helping you to feel calmer.

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Story Stones

Story stones are fun to make and can be used in a variety ofStory Stones image
storytelling activities or games. Here’s how to make them and use them in a range of fun ways.

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Create an alternative journal

A journal can be much more than a notebook.Journal banner image

Why not try out some of these neat alternatives on how to write, draw or capture what’s going on in your life?

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A free book to colour in or copy from

In line with this week’s resource theme of ‘don’t forget self-care’Colouring book cover
Our Time has prepared a printable colouring book that the entire family can enjoy!

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Design Museum - create and make at home

The Design Museum has developed a series of freeDesign Museum make at home
‘make at home’ activities that young people can try.

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#architecturefromhome from Foster+Partners Architects

Over the next few weeks, Foster+Partners Architectsfoster-partners-children-lockdown-activities-architecture
will be sharing new activities for children whilst at home, away from school.

They are going to include drawing, making, playing, thinking, reading, watching and other activities to keep them entertained

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Free Challenge Cards for young engineers!

Dyson engineers have designed a series
of challenges specifically for children.Dyson Foundation graphic of a bridge

Ideal for home or in the classroom, they encourage inquisitive young minds to get excited about engineering.

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New fun and relaxing things to try

Our Time has prepared a small selection of fun but simple activitiesFun activities alt banner
that all ages will be able to enjoy from home. Never tried these? Great!


Making time management fun

Creating a time organiser chart may not sound super appealing
at first, but it can actuallyIllustration for time chart be extremely fulfilling under lockdown, or anytime! It’s perfect for children and adults too!

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Who are the superheroes in your life?

Superheroes are strong, superheroes are determined,
but most of all superheroes are kind. Our Time has created some suitably heroic activities that young and old can enjoy from their home.


Small acts of kindness

Lockdown measures have been difficult for lots of people to adjust to
– everyone’s daily livesKindness thumb have been affected over the past few months. That’s why empathy, care and kindness are so important in these times. In fact, the Mental Health Foundation has made kindness the theme for Mental Health Awareness Week. 

To help get you inspired, we’ve put together a list of small acts of kindness that can make a difference to the lives of others.


Create puppets and put on a show

A pair of sock puppetsThe best thing about puppets though is that absolutely anyone can create them in their home to bring characters, stories or great designs to life! The possibilities are endless, but to help out, we’ve come up with some great ideas to get you started.


Put your friend’s knowledge to the test

Knowledge test bannerTo keep you entertained (and challenged) we’ve prepared a few knowledge testing games you and a friend could try over the internet or on the phone for fun. You could also adapt many of these for family quiz nights in your own home.


BBC Bitesize

BBC Bitesize is a free online study support resource designed toBBC Bitesize logo
help with learning, revision and homework! It has expanded its
BBC Bitesize website to include lots of videos and classes for all age groups.

They include plenty of 20-minute lessons on a range of topics
including Maths, English, Science and History, and follows the National Curriculum.

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Mindful Monsters Activity Cards

Mindful Monsters cards are activity cards that aim to create a little
bit of funMindful Monsters and laughter with children and young people.

Focusing on 4 key areas, the activity cards aim to boost creativity,
improve concentration, inspire positivity and aid relaxation and
have been designed with the support of a counsellor and psychotherapist.

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Consequences – A hilarious game for everyone

An example of how to play consequences with three players.If you’re looking for something to do with your family during lockdown, the pen and paper game of picture consequences is fantastic fun. It allows anyone of any age to play, unleashing their creativity, creating something totally original and usually ending in lots of laughs!


Snakes and ladders activities for lockdown

Snakes and laddersLooking for something to do during lockdown? Why not print or draw from one of Our Time’s Snakes and ladders activity sheets and challenge your family to a game?


Free activities from Scouts

Scouts logoScouts have created a fantastic list of indoor activities to keep young people occupied at this time. We particularly love the ‘How to be kind to yourself’ page but there are lots of others to try too!


Free activities from Girlguiding

Girlguiding activitiesSimilarly to the Scouts, the team at Girlguiding UK has come up with a range of resources for all ages of things you can do at home including tips for well-being.

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BBC Newsround Nature Quiz

Image of yellow flowers against blue skiesAccording to the team at Newsround, young people find it hard to name British plants and wildlife! Think you know your nature? Try this quiz and let us know how you get on!

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