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KS3 Activities

Draw a picture of what you can see from a window in your house         

Redesign a cover for your favourite book         

Design a poster for your favourite film    

Design a poster for your favourite game 

Design a poster for your favourite YouTuber   

Follow a recipe – make flapjacks, cookies       

Have a daily/weekly money allowance – create a snack shop a home where you can purchase items, (parents to agree price and items – make sure there are healthy options too!) – Remember to make sure you have enough money for the end of the week – careful budgeting required!             

Go on a scavenger hunt – pick a theme – things beginning with a letter, a colour, natural and manmade items etc        

Make a drink/snack for your family

Lego challenge – can you build something useful – to keep your pens in, a box to protect your snacks etc

Help with the laundry – sorting into colours/whites, following instructions to use the washing machine, hanging up and folding when dry! (Are there any odd socks?)    

Create a fitness activity that you can teach your family – maybe a dance, ball skills or an obstacle course! 

Play a board game      

Design and make a new board game – a new version of snakes and ladders or a new version of Monopoly?  

Alphabet – pick a theme and make a list of things beginning with each letter – animals, food, characters? 

Paper aeroplane challenge – what is the best paper to use? Do larger planes fly further than smaller? Can you think of different designs? Have a family aeroplane competition – whose plane went the furthest?       

Keep a diary – it could include the weather, what you ate as well as what you have done and how you are feeling  

If you were a superhero what would your outfit look like? What would your superpowers be? Draw a picture of what you would look like.  

What can you improve? How many times you can skip, catch a ball, throw a ball into a net (or an empty bucket or laundry basket), star jumps etc. Keep a note of how many you could do on day one. Set yourself a time – 5 minutes, 10 minutes or more? Then record your improvements     

Sit and listen to the noises you hear around you.  You could sit in a garden if you have one, on your front door step and make a list of what you hear then, draw a picture of what you hear.        

Create a map of you home – hide some ‘treasure’ and mark on the map an X where it is hidden.  Challenge your family to find the ‘treasure’.  

Create and decorate a memory box        

Interview members of your family – can you find out anything about them that you didn’t already know?         

Collect fallen leaves, petals and stick to make some environment art.    

Make lunch so that you and your family can have a picnic in the lounge or the garden.  

Play catch 

Make a card for someone you haven’t been able to see    

Send your card to that person        

Help with one job at home (i.e. washing up)    

Write a set of instructions for this job to teach someone how to do that job.     

Verbally review a film with your family

•         Who was the main character

•         What happened

•         What was your favourite part

•         Did any characters change? How?

How many Isle of Wight towns can you name

Find objects in your house that come in pairs  

Hold a family quiz night         

Write out a set of instructions on how to make your favourite snack          

Make a list of the all the personal hygiene products in your house, what are they used for?        

Make salt dough Easter decorations       

Take a photo or draw a picture of something you can find of every colour of the rainbow   

With your family each write 5 of your favourite books, films, TV shows and songs. Then use the lists to play charades.      

With someone else in your house, draw a picture each. Then swap pictures and colour them in. 

Make up a dance to your favourite song.

See if you can find something around your house starting with every letter of the alphabet.   

Imagine you are going on Dragon’s Den! Think about what you would invent and what it would do. Draw it or make it using junk modelling! Then pitch your idea to an adult at home – would they invest?       

With your family make up a story by saying one line each at a time. See how funny you can make it!    

Design your ideal house.

Go on a bug hunt

Draw a picture of the bug      

Look for flowers (don’t pick them without permission)        

Draw or paint a picture of a flower you see      

Listen for birdsong                 

Make a playdoh model of a bug you see

Make playdough  – follow the recipe then make the bugs above!

How to make Playdough without cream of tartar


1 cup flour
1/4 cup salt
3/4 cup of water minus 3 tablespoons
3 tablespoons of lemon juice
1 tablespoon cooking oil

Food colouring – optional


Measure the water and lemon juice into a heatproof, microwavable 2-cup measuring cup. Heat in the microwave until just boiling, about three minutes. Meanwhile, mix together the flour and salt.

Slowly pour the liquid (add food colouring to the liquid if using) into the flour and salt mixture, and stir with a wooden paddle until it just barely begins to form a dough.

Drizzle the tablespoon of cooking oil over the dough and stir again until it forms a ball. At this point, you may want to knead the dough with your hands

It may feel a bit sticky, too, but DO NOT add more flour. As the dough cools it will thicken and become less sticky. (Just like how gravy turns to sludge once refrigerated).

Now, once the dough is completely cooled, you may add flour a tablespoon at a time until it is the perfect consistency.

Keep in an airtight container