How’s lockdown going with you and the kids?

You need to do something creative or artistic to fill in the hours when going outdoor is not an option as we are all spending a lot more time at home at the moment and need to keep the children entertained.

There is so much more from audio stories or YouTube fitness classes that kids can benefit from.  Here are some activities that can be done in the comfort of your own home or backyard.

 

  1. Free activity sheets from Orchard Toys 
  2. Bake a Cake

This is a great way to teach your child the basics of baking and is sure to go down a treat.

  1. Play hide and seek

If you make sure to make all the nooks and crannies in your home as child-safe as possible before playing, this will provide fun for all the family.

  1. Make salt dough jewelry

Salt dough jewellery is an inexpensive way to let your child expand its fashion choices

  1. Make scented playdough

Making your own playdough not only saves you money but also provides great family fun both during and after the activity.

  1. Play fetch with the dog

Use your exercise time to play a simple game of fetch with your family’s best friend.

  1. Make a healthy smoothie

Follow these easy yummy recipes together, to enjoy the sunny weather with a healthy smoothie in hand

  1. Facetime the grandparents

Many of us are missing our Grandparents during lockdown. Even a quick call is sure to keep your children and your parents happy. Afterall, a virtual hug from grandma is better than no hug at all.

  1. Homemade Ice cream

Learn how to make homemade ice cream with my easy 2-ingredient ice cream recipe - no ice cream machine required - and enjoy any flavor you want!

  1. Build a website

Why not learn to code? Code Academy offers free coding classes online. You could build your first ecommerce site, or start a blog!

  1. Just Dance

To be fair, my daughter will happily spend 2 hours exercising if it’s on Just Dance. Her younger brother will join in too, although we’ve had to buy the latest version, because she was beating him hands down on our 2014 version. And you don’t want yet another reason for a sibling meltdown.

  1. Origami

This can keep the kids entertained for hours (especially if you make their favourite animals) and it makes very little mess. Win-win.

  1.  Create plastic bottle rockets

If your child is less than interested in science at school, this experiment could certainly change that.