If you’re worried about finding enough to do while the schools are closed you’re not alone. Never before have I had such awe and respect for homeschool moms!
Here are some ideas to keep the kids (and yourself) entertained while at home.
1. Movie night – A classic for a reason. Choose a family friendly film and open the popcorn.
2. Indoor picnic – Kids LOVE this one, and it’s great for a rainy day. Pop a blanket on the floor and lay out some snacks and picnic food.
3. Build a fort – always a winner with kids of all ages, let them loose with sheets and blankets and see what they come up with.
4. Play board games – Crack out your board games and enjoy some family game time
5. Charades – An oldie but a goodie; a game of charades is always good for some laughs
6. Get baking – Aprons and rolling pins at the ready! Get the kids involved with baking cakes and cookies. Or if supplies are running low it’s a great time to teach them how to make their own bread.
7. T shirt decorating – You can order fabric pens or get creative with tie-dying (food colouring will work too if you don’t have fabric dye)
8. Lego building – Have a contest to see who can come up with the best Lego creation.
9. Reading – Curl up with some favourite stories.
10. Do some science experiments – how about making some glitter slime or trying out these home experiments:
11. Make salt dough – have a go at making your own salt dough creations – here’s a recipe.
12. Have a dance party – bad day? Crack on the music and have a family dance party to get rid of the blues
13. Make balloon animals – learn how to make your own balloon animals
14. Have an Easter egg hunt – who said it needed to be Easter Day for an egg hunt?
15. Make a family time capsule – One day we’ll want to think back to these times and what better way than with your own family time capsule of memories.
16. Make your own pizza – make dinner time fun by creating your own pizzas. Set up a topping station and let everyone design their own pizza.
17. Have a family talent show – everyone gets their own time to practice and perform.
18. Puppet show – Help the kids make their own puppet show with socks and cardboard boxes then be the audience for their show.
19. Do some yoga – Cosmic Kids on Youtube is brilliant for making yoga fun with popular stories and shows.
20. Do some jigsaw puzzles – work together on a puzzle.
21. Start your own vegetable garden – Get your hands dirty and work together to start your own vegetable patch in the garden. If you don’t have a garden why not try growing some herbs indoors.
22. Handprint crafts – Try some of these handprint crafts for kids.
23. Write letters – While we can’t get out to visit people in person, writing letters is a great way to keep in touch and let people know you’re thinking of them.
24. FaceTime with family and friends – video calls are another great way to keep in contact.
25. Play card games – Snap, Pairs and Uno are family favourites.
26. Make homemade playdough – fun to make and fun to play with; try this fab playdough recipe from Just A Simple Home.
27. Make your own story book – Get the kids to write and illustrate their own stories and stick the pages together to make into a book.
28. Bubbles – Break out the bubbles, always a winner.
29. Painting – Let the kids get creative – don’t forget to put newspaper down first!
30. Paper aeroplanes – make paper aeroplanes and see how they fly.
31. Learn a language – Try learning a language together – apps like Duolingo are great for this!
32. Make a fairy garden – use things from around the house to build a fairy garden
33. Play ‘will it float’ – little ones will love this – fill up the bath or container with water and collect various household items, they then have to guess ‘will it float?’
34. The floor is lava – A great game for burning off energy, throw down and scatter some cushions and keep those feet off the floor!
35. Make a scavenger hunt – Hide things around the house and garden and create your own clues for the kids to follow.
If you’re looking for more toddler friendly activities, check out this great list of 40 indoor activities for toddlers from Cabinet of Thoughts.