As we find ourselves in lockdown, for those stuck at home with kids – these four weeks can be a little daunting with trying to find things to keep your children entertained. We’ve put together some ways to keep the fun going.
1. Make a cardboard fort
So simple but the fun can last for hours. Put any boxes you have out in the garage to good use. Don’t have boxes to spare? A sheet fort using chairs and bedsheets can be just as fun.
2. Set up a treasure hunt
Treasure hunts are pretty easy and depending on how many items there are, could last a while. Hide anywhere from 10 to 20 items around the house or outside to keep kids occupied for a few hours. Especially with easter coming up, a backyard easter egg hunt is a great way to keep the kids occupied.
3. Take them to a virtual aquarium
Aquariums are a great way to learn about the underwater world, and also a great way to relax the kids at the end of the day as fish can have a calming effect. Check out a bunch of virtual tours of aquariums from all around the world here.
4. Read-at-home bingo
Get the kids reading more with a read-at-home bingo activity. Here is a great one that you can print out and the kids can cross off as they go. This activity works well if you have siblings around the same age so they can have some healthy competition with who can complete their bingo grid first.
5. Virtually visit the Louvre
Transport you and your family to Paris, France by taking a digital tour of one of the most famous international museums, the Louvre.
6. Bake together
Cookies, cakes, brownies. Anything! Baking is a great lesson in measuring, ingredients, and of course, making delicious goodies.
7. Sign up to Crikey Club
If you’ve got an animal lover in your life, we recommend signing them up to Crikey Club. This fun online club run by Iriwns and Australian Zoo is a fun way to learn about conservation, with virtual zoo tours, activities and education all in one.
8. Have a picnic
Grab a sheet, whatever food you have, and enjoy a living room picnic or take the fun out into the backyard if you are able. You can even play that memory game at the same time: “I’m going to a picnic and I’m bringing…” Each person takes turns remembering (in order) what everyone is bringing and then adds one thing each turn.
9. Train the dog
If you’ve got a family dog , why not use this time to teach it a few new tricks. Start with the basics and move onto more complicated ones. Even an hour a day can make such a difference.
10. Film TikToks
Quarantine? It’s perfect time to choreograph and film TikToks.
11. Keep to a schedule
Schools may be closed but one of the ways to keep things running efficiently at home is to stick to a schedule. Not only will this help to keep your household running smoothly, but can also give the kids things to look forward to during the week.
12. Listen to Olaf read stories on Twitter
Josh Gad just gets it. (He’s a dad, after all.) To make it easier on all of us, the voice of Olaf has been broadcasting readings of different kids’ stories over on his Twitter.
13. Join a Facebook Live dance party with DJ Mel
DJ Mel in Austin, Texas, is hosting a weekly kid-friendly “Living Room Dance Party” on his Facebook page. Join the fun here! Thousands have been tuning in, so get ready for fun. There’s also lots of fun dance videos on youtube for all different levels. For little ones, we love Jump Jam.
14. Make a space for learning
This won’t keep kids entertained, but it will make learning from home all the more easier. Set up a designated homework/schoolwork area. Whether it’s a desk or a specific place at the kitchen table, having a workspace can really help kids focus.
15. Do give them a break
Setting a schedule and focusing on educational tasks is awesome, but you should take time to focus on some playtime too. After a few educational tasks, make sure to focus on some backyard time too.
16. Write a letter
Break out the envelopes, the stamps, the pens, and paper. No, we’re not talking e-mails; we’re talking old-fashion snail mail. Write a mail a letter to someone you love, like grandma and grandpa, or a family member who lives far away.
17. FaceTime family members
FaceTime is another meaningful way to connect with family and friends while practicing “social distancing.” Use it to check in on family members and to socialise, even if it’s just over the phone.
18. Do some spring cleaning or organising
We know cleaning isn’t exactly “fun,” but with everyone off from school and off from work, the house is bound to get messy, and pretty quickly at that. Carve out a few minutes, even if it’s just 15, each day to prioritize organization.
19. Play cards
Uno, Go Fish, Solitare… Any game you can think of!
20. Break out the board games
Scrabble, Monopoly, Candy Land, Checkers, Chess, Snakes and Ladders…
21. Put a puzzle together
Break out the jigsaw puzzle!
22. Go for a walk
It costs nothing, and it’s important to keep exercising during this time. Just remember your social distancing.
23. Play charades
No talking. Just you and your fam acting something out. It’s a classic boredom-saver.
24. Practice mindfulness
You can practice mindfulness using an app, sitting quietly, or with a few worksheets. We really like these ones by thecreativeclassroom to help get you started.
25. Set up indoor hopscotch
If you can’t get outside, grab some painter’s tape and map out your hopscotch indoors.
26. Do Yoga
The YouTube account Cosmic Kids Yoga has all kinds of yoga-for-kids videos. It’s not just for kids, either; you can all do yoga together as a family!
27. Create an animal fact sheet
Have your child pick an animal. Can they make a fact sheet, listing everything they know about that animal? Now, do some research. After learning a little bit more about that animal, have your child add new facts to the sheet about what they learned.
28. Try origami
Might as well hone our origami skills, right? Learn how to make dozens of origamis: dinosaurs, swans, frogs, and more.
29. Listen to But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids
Does your kid always ask ‘but, why?!” This site has some great kid-friendly podcasts that answer some of those questions. There’s even some great resources here on ways you can explain the Coronavirus sitation to your little ones. Tune in here!
30. Don’t forget about Disney+!
When all else fails and you crack on the screentime rules, don’t forget Frozen 2 is now streaming on Disney+.