Keeping the kids entertained 

As you and your family wake up to the first day without school you may already be wondering what on earth you are going to do to keep the kids entertained for the foreseeable future. At Bishop Ridley, we have put together some of our favourite resources and ideas for keeping the kids entertained. 

First though, you might already be fielding questions about why they are off school? What the coronavirus is? Whether granny and grandpa are going to get sick or even die? Answering these questions can be very difficult. You know your child best and what will answer their queries without worrying them further. But there are some useful resources available including this one from Verona Children’s Museum which explains the coronavirus in child friendly way.  

Remember your children will be picking up on your emotions and anxieties. The church is providing practical support to families in need too, call us on 020 8303 9998 or email info@brchurch.org.uk. You can also send your prayer requests to prayer-requests@brchurch.org.uk. Building prayer time or mindfulness into your day is always a good idea but even more so now. Illustrated Ministry have produced 10 idea for praying with kids, which includes a free colour-in bookmark download. Even better Illustrated Ministry are providing free weekly resources during the covid-19 pandemic. 

Each week, our Sunday Club leaders put together resources to entertain and teach our children about God and the bible. We have asked them to share some of their favourite go to places. 

Ministry to Children: Lots of activities, games and lessons for kids of all ages. 
Trueway Kids: lots of excellent free resources for under 5s including lesson outline, story, games and activities, worksheets, colouring pages, crafts and more.
Sunday School Zone: Free printable children’s Bible activities
DLTK's Crafts for Kids: printable children's crafts, colouring pages, worksheets and activities
TheChristianCottage: Engaging Christian Bible lessons & activities for kids. A small charge for these but worth a browse. 
Pintrest: Soooooo many amazing ideas for keeping the kids entertained. If you’re not signed up, do it now! 
Twinkl: there are various Christian resources available on this secular website and at the moment Twinkl are offering free access with the code UKTWINKLHELPS. 

But there’s more! Our Sunday Club leaders put together resources around the creation story which you can download here:
Creation colouring
Story of creation colouring 
Creation activities

If you don’t have access to a printer at this time please contact the church and we will print out the resources you would like out and deliver them to you.  

What are you planning to do to keep the kids entertained? Are there any other resources you would recommend to other parents?