We’re all living in pretty uncertain times right now. With school out for the foreseeable future and the UK on lockdown, if you’re struggling to think of ways to entertain your kids you’re definitely not alone! Don’t worry, though; if you’re stuck for ideas on how to stop the squabbles and entertain your little ones, whilst learning something at the same time, check out these seven super boredom-busting activities that the whole family will love. From scavenger hunts and self-care to kids market research, these activities are sure to keep everyone entertained.
Plan an indoor scavenger hunt
Who said scavenger hunts have to be outdoors? Just because you’re stuck inside, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a good old scavenger hunt. Kids love finding hidden objects (especially when there’s a prize at the end!) so simply write your clues on some pieces of paper and get creative! Leave as many clues as you want all around the house (and in the garden if you have one) making a trail to the final clue and the prize – which could be anything from chocolate to a colouring book, a magazine, a new DVD or a couple of coins to add to their piggy bank.
Have a self-care day
Life is pretty stressful at the moment and self-care is more important than ever. But who said self-care is only for grown-ups? Having a self-care day with your kids is a great way to pamper everyone and also spend some quality time with your little ones away from the madness of juggling working from home with homeschooling. From meditation to yoga (there are some fab family-friendly classes online) to making your own bath bombs and face masks or even just giving each other back massages, dedicate a day to relaxing and pampering and we guarantee you’ll all feel much better for it!
Put on a play
Does anyone else remember putting together and performing plays for their family when they were little? Putting on a play is a fantastic free activity to keep kids entertained, so get ready to raid the dressing up box! It’s a great way to get them all playing together nicely and encouraging them to use their imagination and get creative. Once they’ve practised their performance, why not set up a makeshift stage so they can really put on a show?
Get creative in the kitchen
Getting your kids to help out in the kitchen is a great way to keep them entertained whilst also teaching them about healthy eating at the same time – and if you’re struggling to teach the kids maths from home, you can make it fun in the kitchen by getting them to help with measuring out foods. It also provides a good chance to get creative and use up all of those ingredients in the cupboards! Whether you encourage them to help you with dinner every night or want to whip up some delicious sweet treats, the kitchen is the perfect place to get all the family involved in an activity together.
Make a stained glass window
You’ve probably already seen paintings of rainbows put up in windows across the country to cheer people up during the coronavirus outbreak – but in addition to a colourful rainbow, why not go one step further and create your own stained glass window to spread a little joy? All you need is paper, glue, and squares of tissue paper for a simple, fun and effective indoor activity! Find out how to do it (and discover other fun tissue-paper craft activities!) here.
What kid doesn’t like camping? If you can’t get outside – no problem – just set up a tent in the living room or your kids’ bedroom Don’t have a tent? No worries – get creative and make a den with blankets, sheets, and fairy lights. It’s the perfect place to snuggle up and read some books by torchlight – and if you’re feeling crafty, you could even paint some toilet rolls and use tissue paper to make a fake campfire!
Grow a herb garden
If you and the family are stuck indoors and don’t have any outside space, growing a herb garden is a great way to stay connected to the outdoors. All you need is a sunny windowsill, plastic trays (the ones that tomatoes and mushrooms come in will do fine!) and some compost. Why not try to grow salad leaf seeds such as pea shoots and rocket too? Keep the soil moist with an old spray bottle and voila – get ready to teach your kids the magic of homegrown!
Check out online resources
One of the biggest positives to come out of this troubling time is how the world is coming together to help each other through. As a result, there are a number of online resources that can offer fun, free activities to keep your kids happy and entertained. From Joe Wicks’ morning PE classes to Tumble Tots online streamed from Facebook and to online interactive storytimes and even virtual museum tours, there are loads of free resources out there.
Bonus activity – take part in paid market research
Another fun activity that you can do in the comfort of your own home is taking part in paid kids market research! At Angelfish, we work with some of the country’s biggest brands who want to know what you think about their products and services, so make sure you keep a look out for the studies we’ve got coming up. The best bit? With online methodologies such as mobile communities and digital ethnography, you and the family can take part in kids market research without leaving the house. Fancy getting involved? Simply sign up here to find out more!