Complete Control would like to share with you ten fun activities if you are looking for that extra bit of help when planning/refreshing your ‘stay at home timetable’ with the kids.
We’ve put the list together based on a mixture of resources that we found imaginative, playful and fun and all hopefully helpful for you and your children. We will be regularly posting new Playground lists, so don't forget to subscribe to get the latest updates.
We hope you and your kids enjoy the activities. If you need any help or new recommendations for children’s digital content, then do contact us at email@example.com or share your question on our Facebook page.
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The Perfect Profile Picture
Children love making avatars, don’t we all, so now is a perfect time for your children to help you make a new profile picture. This could be for your working from home tools such as Slack/WhatsApp/Video Messaging to give you a fun new look. Children can make themselves, friends, teachers and family too, and save a digital image to a gallery, plus kids can put their creations into a Bebods game.
Almost 75,000 Bebods have already been created by people around the world – let's try and get it to a 100,000 while everyone is off school.
LEGO Puzzle Game
LEGO Bits and Bricks is a puzzle game that teaches children logical programming skills with LEGO blocks. It is a mini-module from LEGO that can be used to teach children the basics of coding using simple algorithms all set within a story narrative to hold children’s attention.
The Lego Bits and Bricks game forms part of the Hour of Code initiative aimed towards kids as young as 5 and 6 to get them excited about computer coding.
Can you help us design some dinosaurs?
Complete Control's designer Alice would love your children's help and inspiration to help her create a dinosaur. Alice needs to think of what a dinosaur would look like in today's world and the special powers it could possibly have! Can you help us? Alice will share her process over the next month and share on Facebook how she is getting on.
To help with this exercise, check out what illustrator Rob Biddulph has done by creating an amazing series of draw-along videos to teach and inspire kids how to make their own brilliant creations.
Design a Rainbow
We are starting to see lovely children’s rainbow paintings/pictures pop up in windows of houses to help spread hope and show a positive spirit from children. A creative way to do a creative activity that has a positive message and can be physically shared on your window for others to see. This rainbow is from artist Freddie Hardy, age 13 – nice one Freddie
The rainbows are also a sign sending a message to the elderly people to say we are thinking of you and hopefully it will give them some joy too.
Ninja Spelling Training
Check out 'Karate Cats' – a super fun game aimed at junior school kids that helps improve their spelling, punctuation and grammar. Perfect to keep your little ones entertained, while gently keeping them educated and prepared for when they go back to school.
David Tennant, Star of Doctor Who, recorded the voice of Sensei in the game.
Sing-a-long when washing your hands
The very talented Nick Cope – children's singer/songwriter extraordinare – has created this super catchy hand-washing song for your little ones to sing when preventing the spread of germs. It's exactly 20 seconds long so perfect to make sure you've done it just right!
Keep an eye out for Nick's new TV show called 'Nick Cope's Popcast' which is coming to BBC iPlayer on 25th April 2020, and CBeebies soon after.
For as long as schools are closed, we’re open
Audible is making hundreds of titles available for free to help people cope with self-isolation during the coronavirus pandemic. The audiobook platform announced that anyone can listen to a vast selection of its titles for free, for as long as schools remain closed.
Audible says kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.
Step up your dance skills
A 3D dance game that gives kids a chance to become the head of their very own fantasy dance troupe with The Next Step crew. Play the game and then get some screen downtime by busting some moves around the living room!
The game was designed from the ground-up to be fully accessible for players who have a visual impairment. The super-simple game mechanic, combined with key trigger sounds, genuinely assists visually impaired users to play and complete levels just like players who are fully sighted.
Too much screentime
Forest provides a really creative solution to save you from Internet addiction. You can plant a seed in Forest. In the next 30 minutes, this seed will gradually grow into a tree. However, if you cannot resist the temptation and start to browse the websites on your Blacklist, your tree will wither away.
NOT a kids app but we love this app and wanted to include it as it is playful, clever and simple. With all the demand for being online at the moment, this is something really different and encourages time away from the screen. Try to stay away from your smartphone, stay focused on your work and do more active pursuits with the family for a good positive screen time message.
Join our testing team?
Complete Control are always looking for young helpers to play test some of the new games we're working on right now - and need children to help us. Let us know on FaceBook if your child would like to help us test the latest games we are working before and they will be the first children to play them before they are released to the public. Super COOL!
We will send you links to new games as and when they are ready to play test at home - but once the coronavirus has blown away we also invite parents and children to the Complete Control studio to play the games and get free goodies - and is always such fun.
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