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 die)
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 – here are some good home experiments to try:
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 our 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; here’s a recipe:
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.