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Keeping you inspired!

Today we have links to four more wonderful online resources that we can recommend for children and carers alike.

The Book of Hopes

The Book of Hopes: Words and Pictures to Comfort, Inspire and Entertain Children in Lockdown

Edited by Katherine Rundell, with contributions from more than 100 children’s writers and illustrators

Completely free for all children and families, the extraordinary collection of short stories, poems, essays and pictures has contributions from more than 110 children’s writers and illustrators, including Lauren Child, Anthony Horowitz, Greg James and Chris Smith, Michael Morpurgo, Liz Pichon, Axel Scheffler, Francesca Simon and Jacqueline Wilson.

The collection, published by Bloomsbury, is dedicated to the doctors, nurses, carers, porters, cleaners and everyone currently working in hospitals.

The Book of Hopes is currently available to read online only.


The National Geographic site has all sorts of fascinating information. Have a go at one of their quizzes:


Creative at Home with AC Education.  

This is a mini-series of arty ideas to do at home with children and young people to keep hands busy and minds calm during these unprecedented times. Easy to follow, fun to do and using bits and pieces found at home during lockdown, this is a family affair filmed on phones around our kitchen table. So, whether you’re home schooling or simply ready to try something new, get involved and share with us

In this first episode Wish Jar we create a gorgeous wish jar to capture wants and wishes of the whole household ready for when we are out and about once more. Using recycled materials, paint and a bit of sparkle, this easy to do activity will get everyone looking forward to a brighter future.

In the second video, Family Crest we turn the broken crayons at the bottom of the colouring set and paint into a brilliant family crest! Using a simple concept called wax resist, watch as your drawings burst into life ready to display in your window to say ‘hello’ to the outside world.

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