It can go without saying that the UK-wide lockdown has affected everyone, especially our little ones who have never experienced anything like this before. We appreciate how difficult these unprecedented times are for parents and children. So we have put together a list of 7 fun activities to keep kids entertained during the lockdown.
These activities require very few materials, most of which you can find at home.
We hope you enjoy the activities we have come up with, and make sure to leave a comment below to tell us what activities you have been doing with your kids in lockdown.
Create a rainbow poster
While shopping or doing your daily exercise, you may have noticed the windows of most houses are full of bright and colourful drawings of rainbows and ‘Thank You NHS/Key Workers’ posters.
Children across the country have been doing their part to cheer the nation up, say thank you to our vital workers and remind the public to stay at home.
Illustrator, Ticketyboo Studio has plenty of downloadable templates you can print off for your little ones to colour in and stick in the windows of your home.
As an extra challenge, your child could design their own template to colour in.
Stay fit with Joe Wicks
Joe Wicks, also known as ‘The Body Coach’ is an online fitness instructor and produces free fitness videos on YouTube so you and your family can keep fit indoors.
Every weekday at 9am, Joe publishes 30 minute ‘PE at home’ videos where he guides you through easy home workout routines to get your body moving and heart pumping.
If you are homeschooling your child during the lockdown, these videos are a great way to break up their day, provide some structure and burn off some energy.
A time capsule is a fantastic way for your child to look back and reflect on this period of their life when they are older. They are very easy to make and can be put together with common household items.
If you have never made a time capsule before, you will need the following items:
- A sturdy container (such as a cardboard box or glass jar)
- Interesting newspaper cuttings and magazine cuttings from this period (even better if you have cuttings featuring your family and friends)
- Encourage your child to write a letter to their future self and note what activities they have been doing and how they have felt.
- ‘Personal Creations’ has made a list of even more items you can include in a time capsule over on their blog.
Build an awesome fort
Creating a super-secret hiding spot to read and play is a fun and exciting challenge for all and can be done just about anywhere in the house. The more pillows, blankets and duvets the better!
Buzzfeed has created an amazing video guide which shows you step-by-step how to build the coziest pillow fort
Encouraging your child to write stories will help develop their imagination and creative writing skills, and leave them with some super-creative tales to share with their friends and family.
‘Reading Eggspress’ has put together an informative step-by-step guide on how to write a story with your child and covers character creation, and story development through the beginning, middle, conflict and resolution framework.
If your child loves animals and is a David Attenborough in-the-making, observing nature in your garden can be a super-fun activity.
Eden has created a guide which details how to attract wildlife to your garden and the Homeschool Scientist has put together a guide to help your child create their first nature journal and what to include.
Camping from home
As we approach the start of the holiday and camping season, you may feel deflated that your getaway has been cancelled. But don’t despair!
Pitching a tent in your back garden brings the magic of camping home – all while following lockdown rules.
Decorate your garden with fairy lights, flags and other cool decorations to make it extra special.
In conclusion, if you are stuck for ideas to keep your child entertained during the lockdown, and don’t want to turn to Disney+ and Netflix just yet, make sure to give a few of the ideas on our list a go!
We hope it won’t be too long until we can open our nursery doors again and welcome back our wonderful children.
But until then, keep safe.