Last week I wrote a post on things that you can do while you’re staying home and indoors. Now all of them were really great ideas but I also realised that there are a lot of parents who are sitting at home all day with their children. This could mean that you might soon run out of ideas of things to do. Due to this, this week I decided to do a post full of ideas of things that you can do…with your children.
You can bake with your child, no matter how old they are and there are so many recipes that do not even require using an oven. This is great for smaller children, in particular, because you don’t have to worry about them getting burnt. There are hundreds of recipes out there for you to try but here are two sites full of recipes for you.
Have A Dance Party
YouTube has so many fun children’s workout videos. The Just Dance videos are great because they combine dancing and songs that your children will be familiar with. Also, it’ll help them get rid of some of their energy.
Even if you cannot leave your house, you can do a scavenger hunt indoors. There are some amazing scavenger hunts that other people have already made – you just need to adapt them to suit what you have at home! If you have a garden you can also take the hunt outdoors! Without a doubt, this could take some time so here are some ideas to get you started.
Yes, this one might seem obvious, but I don’t just mean put a movie on and sit back and watch it. Along with putting a movie on you could make popcorn, get fun drinks, get snacks, create a fort in front of the TV. Make watching a movie into a fun and exciting adventure! It would make it especially fun if you gave your children coupons and let them “buy” the snacks of their choice.
I guarantee that you have toilet rolls lying around your house. They can be used to make some of the best crafts! There are so many ideas floating around on the internet – luckily for you I’m going to save you some time by leading you straight to them. There are also a lot of other craft ideas that you only need to use paper for. Did anyone say…ORIGAMI?!
You can set up an indoor or outdoor obstacle course using things that you have at home. Make your children climb over/under chairs and tables, make them do 5 star jumps or 5 burpees when they arrive at a certain point. There are so many different ideas for this! Obviously it requires some set up but it could stay up for a few days.
I know what you’re thinking…I’m sure this has already been on the list? But no, it has not. Instead of just asking your children to find something give them clues and make them work out the clues to find a prize. You can also make this more educational by giving them Maths problems instead of written clues. You could even make the ‘treasure’ their lunch, dinner or their treasure could be their allocated snacks for the day.
Teddy Bears Picnic
If your child has toys that they love to play with, why not set up a Teddy Bears Picnic (or Super Hero picnic…basically call it whatever works for your child). Give them their lunch or snacks but allow them to share it with their cuddly friends. The great thing about this is that it can be done indoors or outdoors.
Water Wall Painting
This one is perfect for younger children. If you have wooden walls or a fence in your garden this one would work quite well. Give your child a paintbrush and some water and let them “paint” the fence/walls. This way they get to do something crafty but it has very little mess. You can even take pictures when they have finished so you can remember their artwork.
If you have a lot of cushions at home and you don’t mind putting them on the floor then this is another great activity for younger children. Arrange them in a path or a pattern and help your child walk over them one at a time. Holding their hand might be best, in case they lose their balance.
If you have any plastic bottles, containers, or anything that can hold water then set up a water play station. Give your child some water and all of these items and let them play and experiment. If you want to make it even more exciting you can colour the water with food colouring. To make it trickier you could even put a sieve in there and, depending on your child’s age, ask your child to come up with ways to stop so much water from dripping through!
The best thing about this activity is that it is actually a 2-in-1. You can spend time together by making the playdough and then your child can enjoy hours of fun with it. You can make different colours for even more fun.
Colouring in is a great activity. It can provide hours of entertainment and can even be done as a family. If you want your child to have something a little bit more educational you can also get worksheets like Colour by Sums, Colour by Sight Words, and Colour by Numbers. There are a lot of these resources out there for FREE.
Depending on where you are in the world your child may or may not be doing school work at the moment. If you are worried about your child missing out you can always download some resources and give them things to do at home. Honestly there are so many teaching websites where you can find resources for your children. I’ve linked you to a FREE Letter A Writing Sample but there are so many other free resources as well. You don’t have to pay a fortune!
Finally, you can read to your children, let them read alone, or let them read to you. It doesn’t matter which form you choose because reading itself is a great thing to do. This is because it is one of those wonderful things that really opens up the imagination of children. You can also download audio books so your children are still getting a story but someone else is doing the reading.
Do you think that any of these ideas would be helpful for your children? How have you been keeping your children entertained? Would you like to see more posts like this one? Let me know in the comments below!