With many more weeks of home schooling to go, Becky Cranham's tips might save your sanity...\r\nOne week down, lots more to go. As it sinks in that schools probably won\u2019t re-open until September, parents of young children are finding it difficult to keep-up with home schooling and trying to work out the best way to cope.\r\n\r\nIf your children are at home with you and you\u2019re concerned that they keep up with their school work, our tips from PlanBee could help you embed learning in fun and free activities. As well as our daily free lessons on YouTube, (last week these lessons had over 5000 views) there are lots more online to help kids keep busy, active and learning!\r\n\r\n\r\nWhat\u2019s cooking?\r\nBaking provides a wealth of learning opportunities \u00ad\u2013 and produces delicious results! Working through a simple recipe with your child will help develop measuring skills (Maths), following instructions (English) and can help them understand reversible and irreversible changes (Science).\r\n\r\nTop tip: Ask your child questions as you work through the recipe, such as \u2018What do we need to do next?\u2019, \u2018How does our mixture look different now to before we added the flour\/butter\/sugar?\u2019.\r\nNurture nature\r\nPlanting seeds and watching them sprout and grow is always rewarding. And you don\u2019t need a garden. Pop some multi-purpose compost in a plant pot, plastic cup or old yogurt pot, sprinkle the seeds in and cover with compost. Encourage your child to take responsibility for making sure the plant has enough water and sunlight, and challenge them to record what happens to the seed each day.\r\n\r\nTop tip: Fast growers include mung beans (2-5 days), cress (3-7 days), lima beans (4-7), sprouting seeds (4-12), radishes (7-14), pumpkin (7-21), nasturtium (14-21). Lettuce, basil, chives, mint and parsley are also relatively easy to grow.\r\nMake them an expert\r\nAre they crazy about LEGO? Challenge them to find out when it was invented, by who and how it became so popular. Do they love singing and dancing? Challenge them to write and perform their own songs, or even create a music video. Crazy about science? Challenge them to put together a demonstration or presentation about their favourite scientist.\r\n\r\nTop tip: Give your child the role of the \u2018teacher\u2019. If they feel like experts in a particular field showing off their knowledge to others, it\u2019s more likely to keep them on track.\r\nKeep them moving\r\nYouTube is an endless source of great exercise and dance videos for young children, if you\u2019re looking for something additional to Joe Wicks, there\u2019s...\r\n\r\nDance \u2018n Beats for fun dance routines\r\n\r\nJust Dance: more challenging videos for older children.\r\n\r\nCosmic Kids Yoga: tie them in knots!\r\n\r\nJump Start Jonny: free high-energy workouts\r\n\r\nTop tip: Make sure children warm up and warm down before and after each workout session.\r\nCode with confidence\r\nThis is much easier than it may sound. One of our favourites is Scratch. Children can program their own interactive stories, games and animations while learning a bunch of key skills along the way.\r\n\r\nTop tip: The main Scratch site is designed for children aged 8-16, but there is also an easier version called ScratchJr for 5-to-7s.\r\nTelling a story\r\nAsk children to pick a main character, a setting and a special object and let their imaginations run riot! To present them to the world too, they could stick with the good old traditional pen and paper or try creating an eBook. Book Creator is a great free app.\r\n\r\nTop tip: Encourage your child to use this handy formula for story writing: SOMEBODY (a space ranger) WANTED (to save the world from an evil alien lord) BUT (their space ship broke down) SO (they hitched a ride with a friendly alien) THEN (they made it just in time to destroy the evil alien lord).\r\nKeep reading\r\nCheck out Epic, which has access to 35,000 children\u2019s books, learning videos, quizzes and more. You can try it free for 30 days. Encourage your child to act out the finished story or create a puppet show.\r\n\r\nTop tip: Ask them about what they have read. Use a free Reading Question Matrix.\r\nModel making\r\nUse playdough or modelling clay to make a model of the solar system or to show the animals and plants in a habitat or food chain. Or use recycled objects, such as boxes, food packaging, bubble wrap, newspaper to make a medieval castle, a space ship, a dinosaur or a Tudor galleon. \r\n\r\nTop tip: Get your child to test ways of joining materials before they begin. Glue or masking tape, staples or glue?\r\nGetting creative\r\nHere are our top fuss-free art activities that don\u2019t require too much equipment (or mess!).\r\n\r\n \tRock painting: grab some small rocks or pebbles next time you go out for a walk and paint them as animals to create pet rocks!\r\n \tPhoto cut-outs: Print off any picture and cut it in half using zigzag lines. Stick one onto a plain sheet of paper and challenge your child to complete the picture.\r\n \tCopy the old masters \u2013 or \u2018modern\u2019 ones such as Piet Mondrian or Kandinsky.\r\n \tStill life: plop an apple, a vase, a glass or a flower in front of them and ask your child to draw what they see.\r\n \tSquiggle art: use curvy or straight lines. Challenge your child to turn it into a drawing.\r\n\r\nTop tip: For additional arty inspiration, Pinterest is an excellent port of call.\r\nAnd finally\u2026\r\n\r\n \tTreasure hunts: Hide challenges or calculations around your home which have to be found and solved to get a prize.\r\n \tSorting objects: Gather household objects and challenge your child to sort them into groups. How many ways can you sort them? What criteria can you use?\r\n \tCreate a board game: get your child to make their own version of snakes and ladders, or a quiz game.\r\n \tCreate puzzles: can your child devise a Maths puzzle or secret code to email to a friend?\r\n \tTurn the tables: Invite your child to be the teacher and teach you something you don\u2019t know!\r\n\r\nVisit PlanBee for great free resources and lesson plans to use at home.\r\n\r\nBecky Cranham is an education expert and former primary school teacher. She is a director of PlanBee.