A young boy plays with a tabby kitten on a brown sofa

Indoor activities for kids

During the coronavirus outbreak we’re all being asked to spend more time indoors, and school is closed for the majority of children.

Our Education Team usually visits schools giving talks on pet welfare and safety, but now we’re providing free online activities, ideas and resources to help parents keep children entertained and homeschooled.

Homeschooling

Our free homeschooling resources are here for parents to help their children keep on top of schoolwork while schools are shut. Our virtual lessons are based on the national curriculum and our huge experience in visiting schools around the UK. Browse by your child’s key stage below and download our PDF resources.

Google Classroom

Blue Cross has produced short, bite-sized online lessons to help children and young people learn about looking after pets. All curriculum-linked tasks have quizzes and activities to keep the session fun. They're free to join.

All lessons are categorised by age and key stage with an indication of how long it will take, to help you find the most suitable one for your child. You may need to help younger children set up Google Classroom and supervise where necessary. 

Below are simple instructions on how to take part. You will need a Gmail account to access Google Classroom, it is easy to set one up if you don’t currently have one.

How to log into Google Classroom 

  1. Log into your Google account 
  2. Click on the Google apps icon which has nine dots. This can be found in the top right-hand corner of the screen.
  3. Scroll all the way down and click on Google classroom (if the green and yellow Google Classroom icon doesn’t appear select 'more' until visible)
  4. Click on ‘join class’
  5. Enter the code for the lesson you'd like to join. You can find lessons and joining codes below in each key stage section. Simply copy and paste the code.
  6. Enjoy. You can share any extra work or let us know your feedback by emailing [email protected]

Foundation stage: ages three to five years

Activity ideas for three, four, and five-year-olds

Key stage 1: ages five to seven

Google Classroom

Pets – reading and speaking. Lesson code: hwt6qxa (30 mins)
Pets – science. Lesson code: m3loqav (20 mins)
History of Blue Cross and animals in war. Lesson code: 6zk7map (40 mins)
Keeping pets happy. Lesson code: w5jviws (20 mins)

Lesson plans

Betty's story will help children with their English skills.

How to have a happy pet will help children learning about science.

Key stage 2: ages seven to 11 years

Google Classroom

Pets and our wellbeing. Suitable for ages nine to 11 years. Lesson code: dah6dwd (20 mins)
First World War and Blue Cross. Suitable for ages seven to 11 years. Lesson code: orqraws (40 mins)
Second World War and Blue Cross. Suitable for ages seven to 12 years. Lesson code: 5nqhqcu (40 mins)
Canine Choice. Suitable for ages 10 to 14 years. Lesson code: me26lja (30 mins)

Responsible dog ownership. Suitable for ages nine to 11 years. Lesson code: fwtiol6 (30 mins)
Pet care. Suitable for ages seven to 11 years. Lesson code: r3gjpv3 (20 mins)
Pets: Money management. Suitable for ages seven to 11 years. Lesson code: 3inut4o (30 mins)
Pets: Reading and poetry. Suitable for ages seven to 11 years. Lesson code: ll4dako (30 mins)

Lessons

Pet shopping list will help children with their maths skills.

The five welfare needs will help children with both their science and English skills.

Key stage 3: ages 11 to 14 years

Google Classroom

Canine Choice. Suitable for ages 10 to 14 years. Lesson code: me26lja (30 mins)
Responsible dog ownership. Suitable for ages 11 to 21 years. Lesson code: npx6zdj (30 mins)
Pets and our wellbeing. Suitable for ages 11 to 25 years. Lesson code: rvl53it (20 mins)

Key stage 4: ages 14 to 16

Google Classroom

Pets and our wellbeing. Suitable for ages 11 to 25 years. Lesson code: rvl53it (20 mins)

Responsible dog ownership. Suitable for ages 11 to 21 years. Lesson code: npx6zdj (30 mins)

— Page last updated 27/04/2020