Last week, we shared some activities you could be doing to keep busy at home. This week, the kids are in for a treat (with adult supervision and mutual enjoyment of course!)
With the current limitations on spending longer periods of time outdoors, or in the absence of an outside space to run around in, your children will almost certainly be missing the open playground and also their daily sports classes, where they get to exert some of their excess energy.
So, we’ve come up with some worthy indoor substitutes and these are not only fun but also educational, playing a solid part in their growth and development.
Did you know that a child’s future mindset can be largely attributed to how they were taught to solve problems? These activities will help them to understand that there is a solution to everything.
A fun activity for all the family and could fast become a favourite hobby (even career!). If baking is a success, there are endless lists of delicious treats that can be baked at home every day and even at weekends. Other than the fun element, decorating cakes and other edible treats encourages children to express their creativity – this will benefit their cognitive development.
Cooking can be compared to a Chemistry class. It helps children learn how to follow instructions, to mix ingredients for a desired outcome, as well as being an important way to prepare them for the independence of adulthood. If you need some inspiration on what to cook, head over to Cheval Collection’s Home Cook Recipes to discover some meals the kids can get involved with. Alternatively, making pizza is a great starting point (and also a nice weekend treat)!
Junior Home Olympics
If you have a garden, this could be the fun outdoor activity you’ve been waiting for. Introducing the junior home Olympics, consisting of some fun yet challenging activities to generate some healthy competition between siblings:
- Paper planes – each team folds a piece of paper into a plane and attempts to fly it the furthest (just as much of a physics lesson as an outdoor activity!)
- Basketball – with your ball and hoop set up, score into the hoop from various distances
- Mini golf – you’ll need a club and a golf ball or a ping pong ball for this. Set up your mini-golf course in the garden (or even around the house) using cups on their sides as the holes
- Hula Hoops – who can keep the hoop up for the longest?
- Sack Race – use a bin bag as the sack (advisable activity for older children)
- Frisbee discuss – if you have enough space, see who can throw the furthest. If you’re limited, try setting up a target and see who has the best aim
- Hurdles – use soft furnishings like cushions and pillows to set up some hurdles in your back garden and begin the race.
Before the games begin, put your family into teams. Take the Olympics one step further by adding an initial round of creativity: Round 1: Designing the team uniforms.
Board games are sometimes reserved for special occasions such as Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter. But why not reach into your dusty cupboard and hold a Saturday afternoon board game extravaganza! Board games keep your mind active, promotes problem-solving, teamwork, and creative thinking, as well as bring everyone together away from the glare of the TV.
Magical magic dough
Create your own playdough using some simple ingredients from the cupboard. Allowing the kids to express their creativity using a moldable material is a great way to keep them busy. Magic dough allows them to bring their imagination to life.
See below for an easy to follow recipe:
- 3dl plain flour
- 1.5 dl salt
- 1.5 dl water
- 1 tbsp oil
Mix together the flour and salt, then add the oil. Use your hands to combine the mixture until it forms a dough.
You can make whatever you like and then even bake your creations at 125C for about an hour. Once cool you spend some time painting and decorating them.
Jigsaw puzzles help to improve a child’s memory and can also keep them distracted for hours! Problem-solving, concentration as well as logical reasoning are some of the skills your children can develop by completing puzzles. Allow them to choose a puzzle of their choice to solve and reward them after they solved the whole puzzle. Progress to larger puzzles with smaller pieces to increase the difficulty level.
Kids love to dance and have fun so why not put together a playlist and hold a dance-off in the living room? To throw a dance party, we suggest hanging some colourful fairy lights and laying out some healthy snacks to keep them fueled.
Put on your superstar hat and bring on the Karaoke Family Factor night! If you’re a family that enjoys singing, this activity is a no brainer. Karaoke is also scientifically proven to help reduce stress and a good way to exercise your lungs.
Introduce yoga to your kids with easy to follow guidance from a YouTube channel, click here for a great option. Yoga helps kids with body awareness, calm, concentration and other benefits like enhancing strengths and flexibility.
If your kids have been looking for a new hobby or an additional skill, ballet is great for improving posture and strength. Click here for some free online ballet lessons on Instagram.
Become a fashion designer
Look for some old plain t-shirts, together with some arts and craft materials in the house to become a home-designer! Bring your dream t-shirt design to life using fabric, buttons, sequins, paint, even tie-dye, and remember to draw a record of your creation in a scrapbook, which leads us onto our next activity.
Create a vision board or scrapbook
Scrapbook making provides a distraction from the outside world and enables your child to focus on the creativity in front of them. Turn theirs into a diary of their time at home, allowing them to artfully document the fun and memorable times they spent indoors, so they have something positive to look back at. Take some photos of all your fun activities and include them in the scrapbook too.
Make an instant Ice-cream
Doesn’t this sound like a dream? The Science Museum shared directions on how to make an instant ice-cream from the comfort of your own home. Other than becoming an ice-cream connoisseur, your kids can add all the toppings they like so their ultimate ice-cream can be served without having to leave the house.
P.E lessons with Joe Wicks
Joe Wicks has recently been labelled the Nation’s P.E teacher and for good reason. His exercise lessons are addictive and providing a lot of fun for the family. Head to YouTube to follow his P.E lessons for free. They’re family friendly and a great way to stay active indoors!
Keep a daily educational routine while schools are closed
Here’s a great example of the kind of timetable you can put together with your children to keep them busy whilst they’re out of school – all of which can be found online. Simply click on the links for each lesson.
9.00am P.E with Joe Wicks
10.00am – Maths with Carol Vorderman
11.00am – English with David Walliams
12.00pm – Lunch (cooking with Jamie Oliver)
1.00pm – Music with Myleene Klass
1.30pm – Dance with Darcey Bussel
Non-daily events include:
For older kids, here are 50 free revision resources for 11+, GCSEs and A-Levels
Free Online Resources
There are now 4 online resources you can use for free:
Listen to David Walliams’s daily audio story
According to Good Housekeeping, children’s author David Walliams is releasing a free children’s audio story every day in April at 11am. Audiobooks help kids to develop the skills for more advanced reading as it develops key imaginative and concentration skills, allowing them to keep track of the characters by following the story without the aid of a visual.