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If you're looking after children or grandchildren at home, it may be tricky to keep them active and entertained, especially if your family is self-isolating. 

Rainbows #norwoodrainbows, creating some positivity and cheer, have been created and posted in windows throughout our area. Create yours and send us a photo! Read more in our news story here

Lambeth Libraries brings you:
Wriggle and Rhyme live in your home! Songs, stories and rhymes for the under 5s. Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays) (10.30 - 11am) Facebook live everyday @ Facebook/Lambeth Libraries: Wriggle and Rhyme Online. Also a weekly online chat for parents, grandparents, child minders or nannies to develop support networks within a safe space.  Email Tina at tfellows@lambeth.gov.uk for the meeting ID and invite.
Teen Forum: Young people - exchange ideas, discuss your interests and hobbies and share advice with other like-minded teens. You can talk about what’s happening in the world, politics and fads, books and ideas... Join Rachel on Saturday, email her for meeting ID and details  RMcglinchey@lambeth.gov.uk
Code Club: for children aged 9-13 provides step-by-step activity sheets to create games, animations, and websites, learning the key concepts of coding at the same time. Join Abby and Ana on Sunday, email for meeting ID and details:
ARodriguezPanadero@lambeth.gov.uk
Homework help: Lambeth Library staff available to support children and young people with their homework. Contact online with any enquiry with your homework: Ask a Librarian. Monday to Friday 3.30 - 4pm.

The South London Botanical Institute has put together some online resources for parents and teachers to use whilst we are all experiencing lockdown; see their School visits and Families page. All of these resources are to do with plants and fit in nicely with the primary science national curriculum; they are all free to access (donations welcme).

Earthwatch Europe has launched ‘Wild Days’ - a new online indoor/outdoor learning service covering wildlife, food, water, soil, climate and shelter and will feature Earthwatch ambassadors including naturalist and TV presenter, Nick Baker, and Michaela Strachan, presenter of the BBC’s Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Winterwatch programmes. Daily structured activities and video content will be published. This is not a free resource. Cost is £3 a day or £8 for a full week. All of the money raised goes to their charity, Earthwatch Europe, to help continue their work to protect the planet for everyone. 

Explore the wonderful world of cartoons and comics at the Cartoon Museum with their free learning resources.

Are you ready for a challenge? Can you skewer a balloon without popping it? Coat a nail in copper? What happens when you plug a clock into a potato? Download the James Dyson Foundation Challenge Cards to find out more.

The Ramblers have published a useful blog by a member of staff. This describes the changes and activities she's introduced to keep her children happy: Staying active at home with kids

The Tate has posted five arty things to do at home. Make:

  • Marbled paper
  • An op art pot plant
  • A friendship bracelet
  • A chocolate artwork
  • A spin painting.

For those with young children to entertain in the long months ahead a quick visit to YouTube will take you on some amazing virtual rides -

Also take a look at Audible which is making hundreds of titles available for free whilst the schools stay shut to help people cope with self-isolation.  Visit stories.audible.com to begin. Logins and bank details are not required.

event date: 

Monday, May 4, 2020