I want to start this by saying that these are unprecedented extraordinary times. Our main priority is to get through the next through weeks/months as best we can. We are not being asked to replicate school at home or to create mini geniuses whilst simultaneously working a full week, and keeping our sanity.
But I know lots of us are looking for ideas to keep our children entertained and hopefully educate them in the process. There are so many learning resources being shared online, but I know a lot of parents who don’t speak much Welsh and whose children are in Welsh medium education have an added worry of keeping the language active while the schools are closed.
I’ve started rounding up the online resources I can find, from live art sessions and storytime sessions to educational TV shows and even learning the ukulele all through Cymraeg. I’d love to keep adding to this so do let me know of any ideas you come across and I’ll list them below.
You can post them on my Cardiff Mummy Says Facebook page, tag me @cardiffmummy on Twitter or cardiffmummysays on Instagram.
If you’re looking for ideas for Welsh language and bilingual books, you might like this article 26 Welsh language books for children age 0-11 and this one 14 bilingual Welsh and English language picture books my children love here.
Huw Aaron Criw Celf (art club)
Cartoonist and illustrator is offering live daily art sessions on his YouTube channel, giving children step-by-step guides to drawing familiar characters and comics, cartoons, doodles and more.
Do Re Mi Cardiff
Do Re Mi usually run Welsh language pre-school classes in Cardiff – but you can currently tune into their Facebook page or YouTube channel for Welsh language storytime, singing sessions, and lullaby time. Great for pre-schoolers and key stage one children.
Ukelele lessons with Mei Gwynedd
Musician and music producer Mei Gwynedd is sharing lessons in how to play the ukelele on his YouTube channel, suitable for complete beginners. Obviously you’ll need a ukulele but you can buy one for less than £20 on Amazon. Lessons take place every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 10.30am.
Educational TV programmes on Cyw, S4C
Cyw has rounded up all its educational Welsh language TV shows here, with options for different age groups. There’s everything from Abadas, the animated series to develop letters and language skills and Blociau Rhif, helping foundation stage children with numeracy, to Amser Maith Yn Ol, a historical drama series, exploring what life was like for children during Celtic, Tudor and Victorian times, as well as during the First World War, and Heini, which offers movement, dancing and physical exercise for children. Plus lots more.
Amser Stori, Amser Canu efo Bethan
Experienced Cylch Meithrin teacher Bethan is going live daily in her Facebook group with a storytime and singing session. Books she’s read so far include Plentyn y Gruffalo (The Gruffalo’s Child) and Y Falwen Hy a’r Morfil Cry (The Snail and the Whale) both by Julia Donaldson.
Amser Stori Atebol
Atebol’s YouTube channel features Welsh language storytime featuring books such as Yr Hip Cyntaf ar y Lleuad, the Welsh language translation of David Walliams’ The First Hippo on the Moon; Cwtsh, a translation of David Melling’s Hugless Douglas; Deg Deinosor Bach/10 Little Dinosaurs, and more.
I mentioned Cwy’s TV shows above, but they also have plenty of songs that support learning on their YouTube channel or you can listen to the Caneuon Cyw playlist on music apps such as Spotify. This song is all about the time.
Urdd Criw – Educational Resources
Videos, worksheets, puzzles, and even cookery videos and vlogs for primary and secondary school-aged children, with options for second language Welsh learners as well as those in Welsh medium education