Days Out Selby, Tadcaster and Goole

Support and Resources for Staying Indoors and Social Distancing

We are seeing some wonderful pictures being created and we are sure there will be lots more to come over the coming weeks and we wanted to try and do something special. Once your mini mumbler has drawn one, (including their name, age and town or village if you wish) email it to us at and we’ll add them to our Mini Mumbler Hall of Fame, along with all the others, as well as featuring them on their very own webpage.

If you’ve decided to spend more time indoors this week – then this blog is for you!

If, like ours, your Mini Mumblers are already asking for snacks every 5 minutes, why not try our little suggestion? 

We took our blackboard, created a snack shop list and told the kids that they could spend 50p per day in the shop. “Once your 50p has gone, it’s gone, so spend it carefully.”

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All-Star Tutors Online

* Online Classroom *

We have extended our services, to provide one to one online tuition for students age 4-16.

Our online classroom is easily accessible on a phone, tablet, laptop or PC and incorporates:

– An on screen whiteboard that both the student and teacher can write on/see live

– Video link; enabling the student and teacher to see each other face to face

– Voice over; enabling the student and teacher to hear/speak to each other

– Screen share capabilities; enabling the student and teacher to see each other’s screen

– File sharing

Please contact us if you would like to arrange an online lesson with any of our specialist teachers. We have the following specialists available:

– Primary School Teachers

– Maths, English and Science Secondary/A Level Teachers

– Special Educational Needs Teachers

No contracts, flexible lesson times and competitive prices!


📞 07816 581737 – Vicki Smith (Managing Director)

Easter can be a super time for getting the whole family involved in fun, Easter crafts and egg hunting adventures. Everyone celebrates differently and don’t put pressure on yourself, whatever you get up to, we hope you have a super time.

Top 5 Favourite Easter Craft Ideas

1.An Easter Wreath by

2. Easter bookmarks by the wonderfully talented Cori at Let’s make stuff

3. Easter Bunny Headband by I Heart Crafty Things  It’s a wonderful site, we use it all the time.

4. Sock Bunnies by A Pumpkin and a Princess

5. Bunny Bunting by Paper Mill Direct


10 Easter Egg Hunt Hiding Clues as used at STAG HQ

1. With this clue, you’ll have to follow your nose, where does mummy put all your stinky clothes?

2. In this place, daddy puts his toes, take a big breathe though and cover your nose!

3. In this place you’ll find hundreds of pages, reading them all would take you ages!

4. In this place it’s very cold, “Close the door properly!!” you’re always being told

5. In this place, it’s very wet, it’s where you and the duckies very first met

6. In this place we’re supposed to rub our feet, open the door to see who to greet

7. Where do you go when it’s time for sleep? Take a look here, there’s some treats to keep

8. You put this on when you’re feeling cold ‘Fasten it up properly” you’re always being told

9. You tell her to play it when you want a song, she doesnt understand what you’re asking for, so always get’s it wrong

10. This is where you eat you’re dinner, find the hidden clue and you’re the winner!

Unable to do it in person, the wonderful Sam from My Baby Can Dance Selby Goole and Surrounding Area has taken her sessions online, as well as offering free bedtime stories…… what a woman!  Our Mini Mumblers joined in this week and loved it!.


Link to Parent’s Facebook Group here

For any parents worrying about how to support children’s learning while at home, this list was put together by the home ed community.

I’ve just updated this blog, first published during National Children’s Gardening week 2019. I thought it may be useful now as there is never a better time to get outside in the fresh air.

Super video for showing children how effective soap is for getting rid of germs


For everybody now at home and unable to attend their local exercise or leisure centre, East Riding Leisure have teamed up with world leading exercise class provider LES MILLS for an exclusive offer of free workouts for 60 days with LES MILLS On Demand.

There are over 800 workouts available, including LES MILLS Born to Move range – fun online kids’ classes suitable for toddlers to teens, along with the LES MILLS popular range of classes including: BODYCOMBAT,SH’BAM, BODYBALANCE, and BARRE, as well as more traditional-based classes, and mindfulness.

For use on up to four devices, this is a chance to work out at home at a time that suits the whole family.

To activate a 60 days free trial, visit:

Calling all Mumblers, we need you. 

We saw this wonderful idea on Facebook (source unknown) but what an amazing idea!!! We are asking you to join us and do the same. So get painting your rainbows or whatever else takes your Mini Mumblers’ fancy and when you have, take a pic and post it on our Facebook Chat Group and keep sharing this super initiative. #spreadtherainbow


In these unprecedented time with schools/nurseries closing diddi dance York has moved online to steam LIVE daily classes!

* LIVE Classes to your Living Room everyday….plus catch up at anytime
* Plus craft ideas and LIVE bedtime stories starting next week

We hope to provide you with some fun over the next few weeks….also the benefits are huge:
👍 Movement and exercise which we will all need to do!
👍Continuing little one’s development
👍Engaging and stimulating
👍LOTS OF FUN!!!!!!!!!

The first LIVE class was amazing and everybody had so much fun!


We will get though this the only way we know how……
Please contact for information on how to sign up to Online Classes

We know that a lot of parents are concerned about how they can help their children with their learning.

We can give you that peace of mind that you can keep your child on track with their learning.

You may find yourself asking:
* What are the most recent maths methods used in schools?
* What do the grammar terms mean?
* How do I teach reading and reading comprehension?
* How will I engage my children in learning?
* What is a number bond, subordinate clause, CVC?!?

Our qualified primary teachers can help during a one to one, online session dedicated to help parents understand the best way to help their children with learning tasks.

We offer this service at a very reasonable price for a 30 minute session.

Contact us today for further details and to book a session.

Stay well x

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Support for others

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The A-Z Game

This kept our mini mumbler busy for hours!!

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Tips for Home Working

The government announced last night, Monday 16th March 2020,  that everyone who can, should home work.  Working in a different environment can be challenging, especially when you are not used to it, so I have put together some tips for you!

I already home work, with Mumbler and organising events, so for me it is no change. I am used to home working, and after the joy of not having to commute has worn off, it can be very isolating!

Here’s some tips I have learnt along the way of being a home worker for 17 years:

  • If you can try and allocate an area that is separate from your family life to work in, as it is so easy to keep working longer than you normally would of an evening.
  • Ideas for home offices are using a dining room, putting a desk in your kids bedroom whilst they are at school, using a spare bedroom.
  • Set up your desk so you are comfortable, try a different number of chairs from around the house until you feel comfortable
  • The height of a screen is key to making sure you don’t get back problems. It could be as easy as using some books to raise the screen to the correct level!
  • I would definitely recommend getting out of your PJs every morning. It is so easy to not get changed but it makes you feel so much better
  • Ensure you get a change of scenery every day, whether this is going for a walk or sitting in the back garden
  • Keep in contact with colleagues in a daily basis via video calls or whats app
  • Take regular breaks. When you work from home your step count is rubbish!! Make sure you get up, do something to make you stop and take a rest. As you’re at home, this could be putting the washing on, tidying a room, going yup and down your stairs a few times or going for a walk around the block!
  • Take a lunch break, it’s so easy to just have 10 minutes when you’re homeworking!
  • Keep in communication with your friends!
  • If you are fit and healthy, look for ideas to keep up with other local families in the area of a weekend, make sure you’ve got something planned to look forward too – check the Wakefield Mumbler blog for lots of ideas!
  • Keep talking and share your experiences with others!

Special thanks to Wakefield Mumbler for sharing

What on earth is Hygge we hear you ask?

If you haven’t discovered it yet, it’s an absolute must! We first discovered it a year or so ago and just love everything it stands for.

Oxford Dictionaries describe Hygge as ‘A quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture)’.

STAG Mumbler describes it as ‘An opportunity to break the routine of normal life, spend quality time together as a family, doing the things you might not normally make time to do…..all wrapped up in the ultimate of cosyness.’

The cold, dark nights are coming and the shops are already taking the wrapping off their Christmas delights.  While we know some mumblers are yearning the summer back, here at STAG we just adore winter, it’s probably why we have two Christmas babies. December is certainly our favourite time of the year.

If you’d like to give a Hygge night a go, here’s some ideas and inspiration from us.

  1. Choose a room to get cosy. It could be the lounge or a bedroom perhaps, the choice is yours.
  2. Do everything you can to make it look and feel different. We opt for the lounge, bringing downstairs lots and lots of blankets, duvets and fluffy pillows and laying them on the floor.
  3. Lighting is key.  Whether you opt for cosy lamps, candles or fairy lights, they are all perfect.
  4. Why not make a den and all climb in? Mini Mumblers love dens, but us adults can
    enjoy them too, it’s a super way of reliving your childhood.
  5. Ensure you all put on your cosiest of clothes.  Whether it be your favourite PJ’s, comfy sweatpants or perhaps even some cosy matching socks, the choice is yours.
  6. Grab dinner or some yummy snacks. Whether you choose to eat dinner from your new location, have a picnic, or simply some treats in a bowl, it will all add to the excitement. Perhaps you could all bake something. Hot chocolate and marshmallows or marshmallows and strawberries dipped in chocolate are a STAG favourite!
  7. Choose your entertainment – We’re sure traditional hygge may not encourage watching TV, but if you have a Saturday night favourite, such as X factor or Strictly, or perhaps a favourite family film, simply watching that together as a family in your new cosy hygge environment will still be a real treat. You could opt for traditional board games, telling ghost stories, sharing your favourite memories of the year, chatting about your dream holiday and what it might look like, telling jokes, playing with lego, making Christmas cards, singing your favourite songs, playing the guitar….the list is endless.
  8. Take photos.  We are sure you’ll have a super evening and it’s great to have memories to treasure.
  9. Write about your experience. Encourage the children to write about their Hygge night or draw a picture.  It would be great for the memory book or story for show and tell at school.
  10. Finally……relax and enjoy! Life can be busy, life can be tough, life can go by far too fast and we can forget to treasure the special times or even make time for them.  Your Hygge night might be a one off, or you may aim to make it a regular occurrence.  Whichever you choose, just enjoy precious time together, cuddling those babies (no matter how old they might be now) and remembering what family is really all about.



50+ Easy Indoor Activities for Kids

If you’re looking for fun things to do indoors, here’s some great suggestions from hell, Wonderful

A note to parents

Source unknown, but so what we all need to hear right now – thank you, whoever you are!

“Dear parents with school aged children
You might be inclined to create a minute by minute schedule for your kids. You have high hopes of hours of learning, including online activities, science experiments, and book reports. You’ll limit technology until everything is done! But here’s the thing…
Our kids are just as scared as we are right now. Our kids not only can hear everything that is going on around them, but they feel our constant tension and anxiety. They have never experienced anything like this before. Although the idea of being off of school for 4 weeks sounds awesome, they are probably picturing a fun time like summer break, not the reality of being trapped at home and not seeing their friends.
Over the coming weeks, you will see an increase in behavior issues with your kids. Whether it’s anxiety, or anger, or protest that they can’t do things normally – it will happen. You’ll see more meltdowns, tantrums, and oppositional behavior in the coming weeks. This is normal and expected under these circumstances.
What kids need right now is to feel comforted and loved. To feel like it’s all going to be ok. And that might mean that you tear up your perfect schedule and love on your kids a bit more. Play outside and go on walks. Bake cookies and paint pictures. Play board games and watch movies. Do a science experiment together or find virtual field trips of the zoo. Start a book and read together as a family. Snuggle under warm blankets and do nothing.
Don’t worry about them regressing in school. Every single kid is in this boat and they all will be ok. When we are back in the classroom, we will all course correct and meet them where they are. Teachers are experts at this! Don’t pick fights with your kids because they don’t want to do math. Don’t scream at your kids for not following the schedule. Don’t mandate 2 hours of learning time if they are resisting it.
If I can leave you with one thing, it’s this: at the end of all of this, your kids’ mental health will be more important than their academic skills. And how they felt during this time will stay with them long after the memory of what they did during those 4 weeks is long gone. So keep that in mind, every single day.
Stay safe. X”

🙋‍♀️This and all our Mumbler support for staying indoors or socially distancing can be found here

Andrew Lloyd Webber – Free Musicals online

“Andrew Lloyd Webber will be streaming his musicals for free online in a new series for West End and Broadway fans.

Entitled “The Shows Must Go On”, the series will start with the 2000 adaptation of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat starring Donny Osmond, Maria Friedman, Richard Attenborough and Joan Collins.” WOS, April 20


Are you interested in providing your children with opportunities to make art with things you already have in the house? VISIT WEBSITE


BBC Teach

Whether you’re at home or at school, you can use BBC Teach for free. Our website is home to thousands of free curriculum-mapped videos, arranged by age-group and subject. Visit website.

Family Fit UK CIC

 Family Fit UK CIC are posting  #DoTryThisAtHome series of family games & activities.

Free Audio Stories from David Wallliams

The brilliant follow-up to David Walliams’ bestseller The World’s Worst Children! Ten more stories about a brand new gang of hilariously horrible kids from everyone’s favourite children’s author.

If you thought you had read about the World’s Worst Children already, you’re in for a rather nasty shock. The beastly boys and gruesome girls in this book are even ruder, even more disgusting and WORSE than you could ever imagine!

This glorious collection of ten stories from the master himself, David Walliams, will make you snort with laughter and thank your lucky stars that you don’t know anyone like Gruesome Griselda or Fussy Frankie in real life. It also features a special appearance from fan-favourite Raj! The World’s Worst Children 2 is a side-splitting companion to David’s blockbuster hit, The World’s Worst Children, perfect for fans aged 9 and up.

Click here to begin listening

Free e-books, e-audiobooks and e-magazines

East Riding Libraries are reminding people that EBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines are all available to download free for East Riding Library members, even though all East Riding Libraries and Customer Service Centres are now temporarily closed.

Thousands of customers have already registered to use this free service, offering thousands of eBooks and eAudiobooks, plus over 50 popular magazine titles free of charge. Many more titles have now been added to the online catalogue.

Reading is found to decrease blood pressure, lower heart rate, and reduce stress to significant degrees. According to a 2009 study at the University of Sussex, stress is reduced up to 68% just by reading.

To join East Riding Libraries free, or have a look at the catalogue, visit

During the closure period, East Riding Libraries are reminding customers that fines for books borrowed will not be charged.

Free Sign Language Course for Key Workers and Under 18’s

Course Discount

During this difficult time, as more of us are finding ourselves in self-isolation or spending longer periods at home, we would like to provide the opportunity for you to use this time to learn British Sign Language.  Our 20hr course can be studied at your own pace and is a comprehensive introduction to BSL.

Under 18

If you are under 18 then we will cover the entire cost of the course (including 20hr CPD certification) – you can sign up for free by providing proof of age on the final checkout page.

Key Workers

If you are one of the key workers doing an incredible job at helping to keep us all safe then we will subsidise your training by offering you our entire course (including 20hr CPD certification) for just £10. Please provide proof of employment on the final checkout page when booking your place.

Please note that we are a commercial organisation and we receive no external grants or funding.  We are funding these course placements ourselves so please don’t abuse this offer.

Home Education UK School Closure Support Forum on Facebook

A place where families affected, or potentially affected, by school closures due to the Corona virus crisis can get FREE support and advice from the experts and experienced home educators.

Horrible Histories

Here you can watch episodes and clips, play games, and even sing along to your favourite Horrible Histories songs!

Little Bunny Bakers Online Baking Videos

So the next Little Bunny Bakers: Let’s Bake…Smartie Cookies has been recorded and is ready, I’ll upload it at 8am tomorrow morning so watch this space! I’m really enjoying making these, I hope you enjoy it too.

As a small self employed business owner, as I’m sure you can imagine, this is an extremely nerve wracking time, as it for so many other people. If you are enjoying my social media content and videos and would like to make a donation to my pot, I’ve set up a GoFundMe page, thank you for any donation for enjoying what I’m doing, Saskia at Little Bunny Bakers x…

Museum and Gallery Virtual Tours

Stuck in and looking for something to do? Why not take a virtual tour of some of the top Galleries and Museums in the world?

My Baby Can Dance goes online

Keep your Mini Mumblers entertained with these super online videos, the feedback so far has been wonderful. For an even better viewing experience, stream the videos to your TV and let your little ones takeover the lounge.


Special thanks to Learning and Exploring through play for these suggestions

School closures are in place for some already with more schools set to close very soon. I have put together a list of sites that you may find useful to keep the children busy and learning whilst at home…..

Learning and Exploring Through Play
Huge bank of activity ideas – arts, crafts, printables, sensory play.

Learning and Exploring Through Play Group
Search for us and I will accept you into the group.
Gain inspiration from fellow parents/teachers who share copious amounts of ideas daily. Share your own, ask for advice and connect with like minded people.

Learning and Exploring Through Play on Instagram-
We share lots of free and easy ideas over on Instagram. Frequently have a natter over on stories too and my inbox is always open for anyone who fancies a chat about anything 💛

Family Days Tried and Tested.

Messy Little Monster

Preschool Inspirations

Teach Preschool

Red Ted Art

Music with Nancy

Imagination Tree

Best Ideas for Kids


The Kids Should See This

BBC Learning

National Geographic Kids


Oxford Owl for Home


Ted Ed

Mystery Science


Cbeebies Radio

Nature Detectives

British Council

Super downloads for colouring

Here you’ll find some free PDF downloads for colouring in. Save the PDF, print it out and get colouring!

All the links below will open as high resolution PDF files, to the standard A4 size for printers.

Click to visit the site

Support from the Scouting Community

We know the coming days and weeks are going to be difficult for families across the UK, as the spread of Covid-19 causes schools to close. As the experts in developing skills and bringing adventure to young people, we want to do what we can to help.

While we normally love the great outdoors, we’ve pulled together some inspired indoor activity ideas (if we do say so ourselves). Keep your kids learning new skills and having fun (and avoid hearing ‘I’m bored’ every 30 seconds) all in #TheGreatIndoors.

Click here to visit the site

TaleGate Theatre Productions – Free musicals to watch

We at TaleGate wanted to give something back to all our wonderful audiences during this time.

TaleGate Cinema will be open whilst theatres and cinemas across the UK are closed. You can watch our two musicals ‘Father Christmas Needs a Wee!’ and ‘Father Christmas Comes Up Trumps!’ for FREE. Both were filmed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2015 and 2017 respectively. Original books by Nicholas Allan. If you feel like making a donation, however big or small, there is a button below. All money raised will go to actors and creatives who have lost their self-employed work during the closures. Full detail & watch links here:

Tate Kids from the Tate Gallery

Play free games and quizzes, find art activities, explore homework help and share your art with Tate Kids. Visit website.

Walking Bingo

Found on Facebook….what a super idea!!

White Rose Maths

Visit their website for a huge range of maths learning resources

York Stage School – On screen!

York Stage School… on Screen is a new programme where we are going to be sending out weekly Acting, Singing and Musical Theatre briefs, scripts and stimuli to children via email and through videos from both our regular teachers and special weekly industry-professional guest tutors.
Students will then have six days to WATCH the videos, EXPLORE the stimuli given and then REACT and CREATE their own video’s at home. These will then be sent back to us at York Stage School HQ. Children will then receive feedback on their creations via email and video calls from our staff and each week we will celebrate their work across our social channels with weekly industry recognition from our guest tutors.


All students need to take part is either a phone, tablet or PC which has a built in camera and microphone; an internet connection and an email address (can be their own or a parents).

Whilst we will be using the York Stage School social media channels to celebrate students work (if parents are happy for their child’s image to be broadcast) access to these are not needed to actually take part in the project.


The first issue of York Stage School…on Screen is being given away free of charge in order for you to decide if this programme is something your child will enjoy and genuinely benefit from.

After this initial week there will be a weekly charge of £10 to take part.


Head over to the York Stage School… on Screen website HERE and register Now