Our Media Cubs mini reporters have been one step ahead to prepare for today’s full lockdown.

Before the schools closed they had some great ideas on what they would want to do while having to isolate at home – here we have compiled that list for you to try out yourselves – transforming your homes into newsrooms!  

  • Read a book or re-read one of your favourites – and write a book review on it
  • Contact your friends regularly so they don’t get lonely (You can use Facetime, Skype or simply text) and this helps with your communication and tech skills
  • Get fresh air in the garden and daily exercise – every good news reporter needs a break
  • Spend time on your hobbies, like crafts – which you may not have had time for in schooltime
  • Create some new TikTok reports or dances to keep friends informed and entertained
  • Practise your photography skills in the garden and with family members
  • Watch TV – and keep up with the latest news on Newsround
  • Watch videos on the Media Cubs YouTube channel 
  • Do a comic strip or design a front page
  • Write a blog, news report or keep a diary on your experience of being isolated
  • Practice your presenting skills and get a family member to record you
  • Put all of these ideas in a jar and do them on different day

Kirsty Day, Media Cubs project leader, said: “The Media Cubbers came up with some fantastic ideas when thinking about what it would be like to be on lockdown. It was great to hear that they wanted to keep up with their news reporting skills.

“And although we won’t be changing classrooms into newsrooms for a while, there is nothing stopping our young reporters from transforming their homes into newsrooms – so look out for our upcoming challenges that you can get involved in – starting this week.”

For more links and tips from educators and some of our favourite celebs during lockdown click here.