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Sanctuary resources for kids during school closures

With school closures across the UK and Ireland, children will be spending a lot of time at home. We are trying to gather resources which are about sanctuary for ourselves as well as learning about sanctuary for others. Please share any suggested activities via [email protected] and we will add them to this list.


The Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families has a coronavirus page with advice videos for children and young people and parents and carers. They also have a self-help activities section with an A-Z of activities

Cosmic Kids – yoga and mindfulness for kids

Go Noodle – movement and mindfulness videos

Childline Calm Zone has games and activities plus yoga and breathing exercises

Kooth offers online support and counselling to young people and The Mix offers support for under 25s including a phone line, 1 to 1 chat and messenger.

Share a story – have a look at the book lists on our Arts site or visit the International Children’s Digital Library which has free ebooks from around the world in multiple languages. World Book Reader also has made a large range of ebooks free to access.

Museums around the world are offering virtual tours – maybe choose an object and think about its journey through history and across the world

Learn about a different country or culture – make a fact file, create an art project, watch some cooking or music videos to get a sense of that culture eg. Eritrean, Kurdish, Nigerian

The Traces Project has a range of different activities for different age groups, many of which can be done at home eg. the first visual arts activity is to draw pictures of your favourite things eg. favourite food, favourite book etc and then make a portrait of yourself using them as parts of the body and Twinkl offer a range of educational resources including printable worksheets (enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS on the page to access premium content free for one month)

Save the Children Creative Play toolkit

Global Dimension library of resources

April 22nd is Earth Day – there is a bank of resources here

April 29th is International Dance Day – a good opportunity to learn some dances from other cultures or make up one of your own! (some examples here or search YouTube)

Check in on your friends via phone / Whatsapp – a video call can make a big difference to someone’s day

Make a rainbow picture and put it in your window to make your neighbours smile!