Who knew heroes could come in the form of Joe Wicks, Sir Patrick Stewart and Carol Vorderman?! These are just some of the well-known faces who are putting time and effort into entertaining and educating our kids. Celebrities from a variety of different backgrounds are all offering online classes your kids will love – PE, music, maths, cooking, drawing and more are all covered. So, check out these fun celebrity lessons and activities you can enjoy while stuck at home!
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Filling the days and doing vaguely educational things can be tough at the moment, so cut yourself some slack and transform screen time into school time!
With COVID-19 school closures in place, parents around the world are looking for ways to entertain the kids. While we are all in favour of free play time, reading and fresh air in the garden, sometimes a regular activity in your day can help keep things as ‘normal’ as possible.
We will continue to add to this list as we come across more celebrity lessons and activities – please let us know in the comments if you have any suggestions!
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Your Schedule of Celebrity Lessons and Activities
PE With Joe Wicks
When: Weekdays at 9am (GMT)
Joe Wicks, aka The Body Coach, launched a daily 30-minute PE class for kids during the COVID-19 school closures. The live streams take place daily each weekday at 9am, but can be accessed at any time on The Body Coach TV YouTube channel.
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Myleene’s Music Klass
When: Mondays and Fridays at 10am (GMT) and Wednesdays at 6.30pm (GMT)
Join television star, singer and classically-trained pianist Myleene Klass and her daughters Ava and Hero for an online music class. No instruments are needed, just tune in on Myleene’s YouTube channel.
“For the foreseeable future, let me teach your children music. We’ll look at rhythms, how to read music, make instruments and just have fun.”
Myleene will also be doing a weekly lullaby session for little ones on Wednesday evenings.
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#DrawWithRob with Rob Biddulph
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10am (GMT)
Rob Biddulph is an internationally bestselling and multi award-winning children’s author and illustrator. He is also the official World Book Day Illustrator for 2019, 2020 and 2021.
Rob launched a draw-along for children during school closures, saying “I decided to post a draw-along video every Tuesday and Thursday at 10am GMT that parents could watch with their kids and, hopefully, make some nice pictures.”
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Elevenses With The World of David Walliams
When: Weekdays at 11am (GMT)
Meet some of David Walliams’ most eccentric and hilarious characters with a daily story from The World’s Worst Children series.
You can listen to the daily track at The World of David Walliams. Each story takes about 20 minutes and is only available for one day.
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Dancing With Oti Mabuse
When: Weekdays at 11.30am (GMT)
Theo Cooks With Kids
When: Mondays and Wednesdays at 4pm (GMT)
“I decided to help out a little and host a couple of live cook-alongs each week. It’ll be simple store cupboard type meals that the kids can get involved in. Each week I’ll post the ingredients you need and equipment (pots, pans, etc) just so you can be prepared for when we all start cooking together!”
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The Adventure & Wilderness Lesson With Ben Fogle
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Mums and Dads. Fancy a break from homeschooling? Grab a cuppa and I’ll entertain the kids (and grown ups too) for half an hour. I’ll be doing another live lesson in adventure and the wilderness today at 4pm, here in Instagram stories Live. As of tomorrow I will be extending to YouTube as well and for people in the Southern Hemisphere I will do a special live edition for you all on Thursday (details to be confirmed) Leave your questions here or ask them live at 4pm See you all shortly #wenotme
When: Weekdays at 4pm (GMT)
Join British broadcaster, writer and adventurer Ben Fogle for a daily adventure and wilderness lesson on Instagram.
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Doodles with Mo Willems
When: Weekdays at 5pm (GMT) / 1pm (EST)
Acclaimed children’s author, illustrator and The Kennedy Center’s first-ever Education Artist-in-Residence Mo Willems is hosting a daily doodles session for kids. You can join in on The Kennedy Center’s YouTube channel.
“With millions of learners attempting to grow and educate themselves in new circumstances, I have decided to invite everyone into my studio once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons. We are going to doodle together and explore ways of writing and making.”
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Cooking With Jamie Oliver
When: Weekdays at 5.30pm (GMT)
Jamie Oliver is back with a range of easy-to-follow, super-flexible recipes with lots of useful swaps and tips to help feed the family in these unique times. Get the kids involved, and celebrate freezer faves, big up the store cupboard and get creative with whatever you have to hand.
You can watch Jamie’s Keep Cooking and Carry On show on Channel 4 each weekday evening at 5.30pm, or catch up on Jamie’s website.
Stay At Home Storytime With Oliver Jeffers
When: Weekdays at 6pm (GMT) / 2pm (EST) / 11am (PST)
Oliver Jeffers is the acclaimed author of children’s books like Lost and Found, The Incredible Book-Eating Boy, How to Catch a Star, and lots more.
These stunningly illustrated children’s books have won an incredible array of awards, including the The New York Times Best Illustrated Books, Smarties Award, Irish Book of the Year, The Red House Book Award, British Book Design Award, and The Blue Peter Book of the Year.
“I will be reading one of my books every weekday, and talking about some of the things that went into making it. We are all at home, but none of us are alone. Let’s be bored together.”
National Geographic Explorer Classroom
When: Weekdays at 6pm (GMT) / 2pm (EST)
The National Geographic Explorer Classroom gives students a chance to hear real stories from real explorers – cutting-edge scientists and researchers, transformative educators and powerful storytellers.
These live video events connect students with National Geographic Explorers across all seven continents to bring exploration to life.
Events are free and open to the public. Register for a chance at one of six on-camera spots to ask Explorers your questions face to face!
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More Great Celebrity Lessons to Enjoy
The Great Indoors Activities with Bear Grylls
Former SAS serviceman and adventurer Bear Grylls is Chief Ambassador to World Scouting, and normally a vocal advocate of the great outdoors. However, in an effort to encourage home-based fun, he has compiled 100 indoor activities that still encourage learning new skills.
The Great Indoors will be a weekly live video feed and activities include making twig rafts, an origami challenge, and a whole range of various ideas.
Shakespeare With Sir Patrick Stewart
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It has led me to undertake what follows. When I was a child in the 1940s, my mother would cut up slices of fruit for me (there wasn’t much) and as she put it in front of me she would say: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” How about, “A sonnet a day keeps the doctor away”? So…here we go: Sonnet 1.
Indulge in some literary genius with a daily Shakespeare sonnet – and better still, have it read aloud by none other than the legendary Sir Patrick Stewart!
You can watch (or catch up on previous sonnets) on Sir Patrick’s instagram.
Math With Carol Vorderman
Carol Vorderman’s maths school, The Maths Factor, is a specially designed programme for children aged 4-12 years that teaches in line with the national curriculum.
The course contains over 1,000 maths sessions, and Carol Vorderman teaches each topic through a fun and lively video, with practice sessions to build your child’s knowledge and confidence in maths. During school closures, The Maths Factor is available for free.
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#WeWillDraw With Will Sliney
— Will Sliney (@WillSliney) March 24, 2020
Will Sliney, artist for Marvel’s Star Wars, Spider-Man and Everton, launched the #WeWillDraw art challenge on his Twitter account when schools closed.
Will posts a daily theme (e.g. superheroes, Star Wars, etc) and children all around the world can join in by sharing their art with the #WeWillDraw tag.
Dancing With Dianne Buswell
Another Strictly Come Dancing pro, Dianne Buswell, has taken to Instagram with a series of dance tutorials, teaching how to do the Cha Cha, the Charleston, hip hop, jive and more.
Drum Lessons With Harry Judd
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McFly drummer Harry Judd is holding drum lessons on Instagram as he teaches his own son Kit how to play. No equipment required!
Quarantine Cooking With Joanna Gaines
Interiors guru and HGTV favourite Joanna Gaines and her family are posting quarantine cooking videos from their (absolutely stunning!) kitchen. You can watch along on Joanna’s Magnolia YouTube channel to see what’s cooking – chocolate chip cookies and chilli so far!
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Are your kids tuning in to any of these celebrity lessons and activities? Leave a comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!