BBC Lessons At Home
To help children learn at home during lockdown 3.0 – and ease the pressures of home schooling on parents –the BBC is providing daily televised lessons for school children of all ages. CBBC currently has a three-hour block of primary school lessons from 9am, covering a range of subjects, while BBC Two is running two hours’ worth of educational programmes for secondary school students every week, which will include Shakespeare plays, science lessons and history shows. The lessons will also be available to watch on demand via BBC iPlayer.
The Little Gym At Home
Joe Wicks isn’t the only one providing PE lessons for kids during lockdown – The Little Gym has over 80 classes for babies and children available on their YouTube channel. Each class has been designed by experts, with the aim of improving children’s cognitive development. The channel also has a range of guides to help children master gymnastics tricks, like forward rolls, handstands and cartwheels, plus playlists for different ages, up to the age of 12.
Mindfulness For Mums By Izzy Judd
Take a few minutes out of each day to relax and unwind with this new book by Izzy Judd. Ideal for maintaining a healthy mind during lockdown, Mindfulness for Mums features a range of soothing exercises to master at home, on your own and with the kids. The book has exercises to try with children of all ages, as well as tips to create a self-care routine and ensure a good night’s sleep.
Maddie Moate Videos
Keep the little ones entertained at home with Maddie Moates’s online videos. The award-winning CBeebies presenter and YouTuber has hundreds of videos for children on her website, with educational clips on everything from science and wildlife, to arts and crafts and cooking. Don’t miss Maddie’s Amazing Animals series for tips on how to look after hedgehogs and an educational exploration of a turtle conversation sanctuary.
Pooky x Maude Smith Children’s Lampshades
London-based artist Maude Smith has collaborated with Pooky to launch a new collection of decorative lampshades for children. There are three playful designs to choose from, all of which feature original drawings by Maude, and are available in a range of sizes. We love the Flappity Bird shade – a lovely design to illuminate a nursery or bedroom.
For stylish and supportive maternity lingerie, Bravado Designs is the brand to know. As well as offering a range of quality essentials for new mums, they’ve recently expanded their Body Silk Seamless collection with a range of colours to suit all skin tones. The nursing bras are available in sizes up to a GG cup – a great option for all mothers.
My Pen Pal By London’s Little Thinkers
London’s Little Thinkers (LLT) is an online community which aims to share educational and engaging ideas for children. Now, in response to the latest lockdown, LLT has announced a new pen pal scheme to support children at home. Through their Instagram page, they will connect children of similar ages with a pen pal, who can then send letters or drawings to each other. To get involved, send them a DM with your child’s age, and they will connect you as soon as possible.
Granny & Co
For unique childrenswear you won’t find on the high street, look to Granny & Co. The Etsy shop makes hand knitted and embroidered jumpers, cardigans, and hats which can be personalised with your child’s name. From pullovers for newborns to sweet cardigans for toddlers, each piece is totally unique and has been made by grannies around the UK. Browse through their Instagram page to see some of the highlights – the personalised jumpers make a lovely gift.
Aden + Anais Baby Bonding Playmat
Play and explore side-by-side with your baby using this new bonding mat by Aden + Anais. With sensory development features, including rattles, tactile elements, removable toys and a sun mirror, the playmat has over 30 developmental benefits to support your baby’s motor and cognitive development. There’s something different to explore on each part of the mat, while the reverse side has a lovely design, ideal for storing away.
Little Cooks Co. Virtual Birthday Box
The new Little Cooks Co. Virtual Birthday Party Box has everything your child needs for an extra special lockdown birthday at home. Each box includes party invitations, eight rocky road baking kits, and a ‘make your own’ chef’s party hat activity. It also contains information on how to join the party, so family and friends can dial in over video call to get in on the action.
La Coqueta x Plant-for-the-Planet
Luxury brand La Coquetta has partnered with Plant-for-the-Planet in a sustainable campaign to plant one million trees in areas of deforestation in Spain and Mexico, over the next four years. To get on board, you can purchase an exclusive face mask, where all proceeds will be donated to the Plant-for-the-Planet charity or share a picture of yourself on Instagram with a leaf over your month, using the caption ‘Stop Talking, Start Planting’.