Activities and Ideas for the Family 2021

The Family Information Service have compiled a list of activities and ideas.


Vale Cricket Camps - 9.30am - 3.30pm Tuesday 1 June - Friday 4 June 2021

For more information please contact Carys:


Online Ideas for Families


Vale Play Team - We provide all children with a child-centred, challenging, friendly and fun place to play.  We encourage and
support all children to explore, experiment, experience and discover all aspects of play provided.


Play in a Pandemic - "During times of crisis, play has a significant therapeutic role helping children recover a sense of normality and joy”  – International Play Association


Home learning Educational Websites

Cbeebies – catch up on their favourite programmes, games and learning.

Cbeebies - Pre-schoolers present. 

BBC Lessons during lockdown - BBC TWO and CBBC will show content from Primary and Secondary Pupils to watch without the internet

Twinkl – free home learning resources. Enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS 

Classroom Secrets – Math and reading home learning. 

BBC Bitesize – online learning for all ages 

White Rose Maths – Home Math learning  

Mrs Mactivity – Online learning resources from Early Years to Year 6 

ICT Games – free educational online games 

Science Bob - Videos and experiments you can try at home  

Brain Pop – Free online resources for home learning 

Elevenses – Daily audio stories with David Walliams 

The Maths Factor – Free online maths lessons with Carol Vorderman

The Royal Mint - From Science and Literature to crafts and games featuring well known characters - our Kids Hub is here to educate and entertain during lockdown.

Outdoor Learning


Wales Council for Outdoor Learning - Plenty of activities for outdoor learning – where Covid transmission is much lower.


Cyw – Games. Learning and fun


Criw Celf – Arts and crafts


Cymraeg i Blant Bro Morgannwg - Stories and nursery rhyme sessions for preschool children learning Welsh


Cymraeg i blant - Online Groups - From Baby Massage to Welsh Story and Rhymetime Groups


Menter Iaith Bro Morgannwg - A range of online sessions including dance, drama, singing, yoga, Brwlwm, for all ages


Amser Stori – Storytime


Urdd Criw – Activities for children aged 4+


Ffa La La - Free live online Welsh singing for pre-school children

Indoor Play Ideas

Lego – Online games, videos and play ideas


Bear Grylls – The Great Indoors


Learning 4 Kids – Sensory Play Ideas


Suessville – online games and reading


Today’s Parent – Play and game ideas


What do we do all day - activities for all ages you can try at home


Playful Childhoods - Our homes are great places for children to play


Sing Up - Songs for learning and life

Garden Play Ideas

Earth Easy – Gardening with children


BBC – Gardening play and learning


Imagine Forest – Garden play ideas


Wales Council for Outdoor Learning - Ranging from Animals, Habitiats and biodervisty to Expressive arts.

Food a Fact of Life - Free resources - A wide range of activities about where food comes from, cooking and healthy eating. Resources from ages 3-16. 


Top Marks - A variety of links to activities related to healthy eating (Note: links to English Healthy Schools scheme, not Welsh).


Change 4 Life - Includes food facts, recipes, activities, apps, currently has ideas of ‘how to stay healthy at home!’


Veg Power - ‘Get your kids eating more veg’. The website has resources that include downloads, reward charts, lesson plans with printable worksheets and activities.


Cooking together Wales - Cooking Together Wales are streaming nutritional and fun cook-along videos. 


The Kid's Kitchen - The Kids’ Kitchen Facebook page is running free live online cooking sessions for children.

Fitness, Health and Wellbeing

Cosmic Yoga – Yoga and mindfulness for kids


BBC Supermovers – Fun interactive learning with movement and songs


Go Noodle – movement and mindfulness


Disability Sports Wales - Ideas on adaptive exercise and games


Cardiff City Foundation - A free web portal has been developed for ‘Primary Stars (Foundation Phase ages 4-7)’ and ‘Primary Stars (KS2 ages 7-11)’. 


Jump Start Jonny - Fun workouts (and chill out) videos to help keep children fit and active.


CBeebies Andy’s Wild Workouts - CBeebies’ Andy travels the world to amazing places and learns to move like the animals he meets on his wild adventure. Ideal for younger children. 


Change 4 Life - Has a range of activities to get you moving, including Disney themed indoor activities, along with how to keep healthy and eat well. 


Action for Happiness - The monthly calendars are packed with actions you can take to help create a happier and kinder world. Include a new ‘Coping Calendar’ - 30 actions to look after ourselves and each other as we face this global crisis together.


Welsh Medium Meditation app: Ap Cwtsch i-phone 

Welsh Medium Meditation app: Ap Cwtsch android phone - 

App Cwtsh introduces methods that promote health and well-being, such as indigenous Welsh meditations. App Cwtsh features brand new reflection sessions that reflect our language, history and culture.


Vale Sports and Play 

Vale Play Team 

Vale Sports Team 

Early Years

Phonics Bloom –Interactive online phonics games


Teach Your Monster To Read – Interactive games to help learning


Buds and Blooms - Have 2 sessions a week.  One on a Monday afternoon at 2pm with Parkside House care home in Penarth and the other on a Thursday afternoon at 2pm for 45 minutes to an hour.  Sessions are currently free of charge. If you would like to attend please contact Buds and Blooms via their facebook page and they will send you all the details for setting up zoom and signing into the sessions.  


BBC Tiny Happy People - Activities and ideas to improve your child's communication skills, from pregnancy up to children age 5 years


Printable Work Sheets

Big Activities


Barnardo's Vale School Counselling Service 


Barnardo's See, Hear, Respond  - service for children, young people and families.  For people struggling due to COVID.

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board - Need help managing your mental health & wellbeing? You're not alone.  People aged 16+ in Wales, experiencing mild to moderate anxiety, depression or stress, you can now sign-up for a free, 12-week course of online therapy without waiting to be referred by your GP.


Mindfulness in Action - Mindfulness in Action are offering a programme of free daily 1 hour online sessions by Zoom. 

New Horizon - Guided meditation audio tracks for children

Heartfulness Primary School Children - Relaxation and contemplation audio tracks for both primary and secondary school children

Heartfulness Secondary School Children 

Mental Health Tool Kit - The Young Person’s Mental Health Toolkit directs young people, aged 11 to 25, to a variety of online resources which can help them through the lockdown and beyond. In each of the six sections there are websites, apps, helplines, and more which support mental health and wellbeing. 

In our Place - Free mental health sessions for parents, carers and staff.  Access codes: South Wales SWSOL and North Wales NWSOL Create an account and start right now!

CEOP (Child Explitation and online protection) Parents - 

Families can make a report to CEOP if they are worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communication with a child online. Also there are free downloadable home activity packs for all ages, including parents and carer help sheets.


CEOP Safety Centre 


UK Safer Internet Centre - Online safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe online.


Childnet - A range of games, books and information about staying safe online. Filters allow you to select the appropriate age. Primary and Secondary.


BBC Own It App (Apple Store)

BBC Own It App (Google Play Store)

For children and young people who have a mobile phone to support safeguarding and wellbeing - The Own It app will help you to make smart choices, feel more confident and get advice when you need it.  Available for all smart phones. 


School Beat - A bilingual site from the All Wales School Liaison Core Programme. The website that focuses on the three main themes of the Programme: drug and substance misuse, personal safety and safeguarding, and social behavior and community. Ages 5yrs - 16yrs


E-bug - Use the Antibiotic Guardian Youth badge to support home schooling. Help your child learn how to prevent the spread of infection.


There is also a section for students which is divided into three sub-sections – Junior, Senior and Young Adult. Young Adult is available in English only. Each sub-sections contains information and activities that can be accessed at home by students with the support of parents and carers. E-bug


NSPCC PANTS Undewear rule - 

With the help of the friendly dinosaur Pantosaurus, PANTS is a simple way to talk to your child about staying safe from sexual abuse.


Explore Live Camera's


Eco Schools - Follow @EcoSchoolsWales on Twitter to see their weekly #EcoSchoolsAtHome theme.


RSPB - There are loads of great ideas and resources to help kids and families connect with nature, with some simple activities they can do at home.

In the “Fun and Learning” area there is a section for children that gives step by step guides to make bird feeders and “Spot it” sheets. There are also interactive games, stories and competitions. 


Wildlife Trust - The focus on this website is looking after yourself and nature, and has lots of activities and ideas for all ages, whether they are indoors or in the garden.


Scouts - “While we normally love the great outdoors, we’ve pulled together some inspired indoor activity ideas to keep your kids learning new skills and having fun.” There are inclusive and accessible activities suitable for all age groups 6-8yrs (Beavers), 8-10yrs (Cubs) and 10-14yrs (Scouts). There are clear instructions including some videos and the equipment required is mostly available around the house or in the garden. Some examples include:Beavers  & Cubs – Lolly stick catapults / Leaf animals / Book marks / Tiny bug rafts / Snap happy (camera) / Creating a tornado.Scouts – Origami / creating a diary / Switch off challenge. 


National Children's Gardening Week - A range of activities related to nature and gardening.