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Educating Erin at home was never something I had planned. I’m sure it’s something a lot of us didn’t plan for our children. However, we were thrown into a strange situation very quickly and this meant that a lot of our children wasn’t able to go to school for quite some time. I am not a teacher, and I don’t really know much about what Erin should be learning at age 4. With her due to start in Reception in September I was keen to make sure we did at least something every day but I quickly realised that sitting at the dining table and making Erin practice her handwriting was never going to work. She needed a more fun way of learning and I realised I needed to do something different. When we were offered a trial subscription to Busy Things I couldn’t wait to see how it would work for us.
If you haven’t heard about Busy Things before, here’s a bit more information:
Busy Things is a website offering fun and educational games for children aged 3-11. There are various account options such as for schools or families. If you’re a family, like us, you can subscribe either monthly for £4.49 but a whole year only costs £34.99. If you have more than 1 child the great thing is that you can have up to 5 profiles for children so there are no extra costs for extra children.
We decided to use our Busy Things subscription on Erin’s Kindle Fire tablet. We have the children’s version and Erin’s account doesn’t have a browser on it so we have to switch to my profile for this. If you were using a regular tablet then you can just use your normal browser to access the site. From the homepage you have the option to look at the newest activities, the top 40 or you can search for something else. You can also make it a fullscreen as well if you don’t want the tabs up at the top of the screen.
As an educational tool for children, I really liked that the activities are set up into different categories so you can find what you’re looking for easily. Different categories include literacy, communication and language, mathematics and understanding the world, just to name a few. Busy Things has developed games and tasks in fun ways to make learning more fun for children.
The activities on Busy Things are really varied so there’s always something fun for children to do. We started off slow with some of the more ‘fun’ activities such as making a troll look beautiful, colouring sheets and making a pizza! This really helped Erin get used to the website and how things worked before we took on some of the more educational activities.
We hadn’t previously used a website or app like this before and honestly, I didn’t know how Erin would take to it. We have been quite relaxed on the homeschooling front during lockdown mostly because I just don’t know what to do with Erin. She’s only in nursery at the minute so we haven’t been putting too much pressure on her to do ‘school’ work. However, I want to be able to help Erin at home but by doing something more fun that sitting down and filling in work sheets. I really think that Busy Things offers this for us.
We have been really impressed with Busy Things and we love that a whole year only costs £34.99. At less than £3 a month (when you subscribe for a year) this is such good value for money and there is so much for children to do.
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