If you’re getting a bit stuck with how to keep kids entertained during the lockdown, you’re not alone. Try these 26 fun activities you can make, bake and do in lockdown to keep the kids entertained.
- Teach your kids the importance of family by getting them to design their Family Tree. Martha Stewart has seven awesome Family Tree ideas or print out a template and get cracking.
- Magazine cut-outs, old newspapers, stickers and other paper scraps can be put to excellent use with a Picasso inspired collage.
- Make a lava lamp with a few household items – your kids (and partner) will be amazed.
- Why not join thousands of other families and draw or paint a rainbow? Stick it in your window to spread some cheer and remind your neighbours to stay positive!
- Wack out the old-school board games like Mouse Trap and Battleships. If you don’t have any old games, let them play solo or against friends and family online on Board Game Arena or tabletopia.
- Build a den! Grab as many blankets and pillows as you can and spend the afternoon changing your living room into a massive pillow fort.
- Head to the Artful Parent for over 500 creative and crafty ideas to keep your kids entertained for hours.
- Set your kids loose in the back garden and get them inspired by nature! Pick up bits of bark, leaves and twigs and create your very own Art Bugs by the Craft Train.
- Have fun in the sun while teaching your children to tell the time with a homemade sundial. It might sound complicated, but all they will need is a good stick, a paper plate and some Playdough…
- Build a simple but colourful bee hotel out of recycled materials in your garden to give these fuzzy creatures somewhere to rest.
- Encourage healthy eating by letting your kids be part of the growing process. Grow your own fruit and vegetables at home by repurposing your kitchen scraps. It will save you at least a few trips to Tesco….
- Entice more birds into your garden with this simple bird feeder made from a plastic bottle. Make it bright and colourful by letting your kids decorate it with felt-tip pens.
- Get your kids heart pumping with Joe Wicks’s PE lessons. He does a new 30-minute class every week on YouTube.
- Grab some coloured chalk and decorate the garden wall, driveway or pavement.
- Show your kids the wonders of our universe by doing some stargazing. There are plenty of apps to help you identify stars, planets, moons and more! We like SkyView® Lite, available on the app store and Google play.
Easy things to bake and make
- Half science experiment, half treat. Get your kids making their own vanilla ice-cream in less than 20 minutes.
- Need a quick and easy snack? Create your own yummy cinnamon swirls with this no-bake recipe. No-bake = no energy.
- Got a slow cooker to hand? Here’s the easiest bread recipe ever, which only has 3 steps.
- Make a batch of Playdough using simple household ingredients. It can last up to four weeks in the freezer.
- Make these tasty Chocolatey microwave flapjacks from Smart Energy GB. They will only cost you 3p in energy to make.
Home learning tools and resources
- Best for all ages and subjects, BBC Bitesize supports the national curriculum and has a range of daily lessons, revision resources and activities.
- Get them reading with free e-books for kids aged between 3 and 11. Oxford Owl also has educational games, maths activity sheets, guides and advice for parents teaching at home.
- Learn about our sacred planet with National Geographic for kids. Great free resources for young kids with topics on animals, countries and science.
- Need to brush up on language skills? Duolingo Kids is a free online language learning app teaching basic French and Spanish to young readers and writers. Older children can use normal Duolingo, which has over 30 languages available.
- Learn how to make your own game, build your own app and other computer science activities at code.org.
- Make history interactive by exploring a museum from the comfort of your couch. Google Arts & Culture teamed up with over 2000 museums worldwide to offer virtual tours and online exhibits. Discover artefacts from The British Museum, take a virtual tour of The MET in New York or stroll around Freida Kahlo’s House in Mexico.