You may feel a little lost, as times are uncertain and routines have changed. Most schools are closed, and most of the kids will be at home. So, maybe you wonder how to keep your little ones entertained. That’s why we’ve put together a list of some fascinating and creative ideas for moving their bodies, working their minds, and connecting their families.
Sadly you can’t go to any camping sites, let’s camp out in the garden! Why don’t you build your own little camping trip in your back garden? Or, perhaps indoors! Set up a small or medium-sized tent like a Qube Tent or a Pod Tent in your garden, fill it with airbeds, sleeping bags, lamps and blankets. This backyard mini-vacation will entertain the entire family; it’s the perfect weekend activity to look forward to, especially during lock down!
We’re heading towards summer, and it’s starting to get a little warmer, so what better way is there to celebrate than a good old BBQ in the garden with the kids? There’s a lot of different ways to cook and eat outside, whether it’s a disposable barbecue, a gas barbecue or a portable grill. So, cook some sausages, get some music on and enjoy a good time with the family!
Since most of your kids won’t take part in their regular PE lessons when they’re at school anyway, how about creating your own mini sports day. Set up a collection of activities you need to do, such as a sleeping bag or pillowcase sack race, tug of war or an egg and spoon race (if you want to avoid the mess, we’ve got the perfect egg and spoon race set). Get the whole family involved in the game, keep yourselves fit and have lots of fun. There could even be a prize for the winner; after all, there’s nothing like a healthy competition!
Schools are closed, and most kids are at home, so you might wonder how to feed the minds of your little ones. Okay, how about doing something educational with them, like learning to read a map? This way, at the same time, they can learn and have fun. You can choose from a wide variety of maps and map equipment online and then use the beginner’s reading manual for the Ordnance Survey Map.
Get into the garden, create a checklist on nature and see what your kids can find! This fun activity will encourage children to explore, have fun and learn all at once, from bugs to plants, rock and soil. Depending on how old the kids are, you can make various lists, so that the different ages will get involved.
If you have younger kids, then why not have a teddy bear picnic? Make a lunch buffet style and arrange indoors or outdoors. The kids will love getting involved in their toys while spending time with you. And if your children are older, have a picnic without the toys!
Children love to explore, to work out puzzles and being rewarded; a treasure hunt does all that in one! You can set up indoor, outdoor or both! Clues can either be made on your own, or they can easily be found online. And even by leaving questions about Maths, English or other subjects along the way, you could make your search educational. Whatever you do, make sure the treasure is left at the end!
Get into the garden, and do some jobs. Spend some time pulling up weeds with your children, clearing twigs and leaves, watering the flowers and even planting some new ones! Children love getting involved, so get your little helpers ready and enjoy work together on this job.
Painting, drawing, cutting, sticking, and the list continues. Let your kids imaginations run wild with a day of arts and crafts, indoors or outdoors. They might paint pictures, paint stones or even paint each other! When the weather is gloomy, or you don’t have a garden, then you can easily do the arts and crafts inside-they can do some painting or make pictures from painted pasta shells.
When your children are at home, use the time wisely and include them in some of the activities. Washing the car is the task that requires the most fun (anyway, for them). So, pick up some sponges, a bucket and water and let the fun start! And if you’ve got older kids, you might even get them to help you scrub the inside. That will make the job more enjoyable for yourself too!