As we find ourselves in week seven of the lockdown, for those of you at home with children – these past few weeks have possibly felt a little daunting with trying to find things to keep your children entertained. We’ve put together some fun and educational ways to keep the entertainment flowing.
Make a cardboard fort
So simple but the fun can last for hours. Put any boxes you have out in the garage to good use. Don’t have boxes to spare? A sheet fort using chairs and bedsheets can be just as fun.
Set up a treasure hunt
Treasure hunts are quite easy to do and depending on how many items there are, could last a while. Hide anywhere from 10 to 20 items around the house or outside to keep your children occupied for a few hours. You could even help them along by drawing a map.
Cookies, cakes, brownies. Anything! Baking is a great lesson in measuring, ingredients, and of course, making delicious goodies!
Have a picnic
Grab a blanket, whatever food you have, and enjoy a living room picnic or take the fun out into the garden if you are able. You can even play that memory game at the same time: “I’m going to a picnic and I’m bringing…” Each person takes turns remembering (in order) what everyone is bringing and then adds one thing each turn.
Just download the TikTok app onto your smart phone and learn some dance moves, it is also a great way to keep fit.
Listen to Olaf read stories on Twitter
Josh Gad the voice of Olaf from Frozen is broadcasting readings of different children's stories over on his Twitter account. Why don’t you take a look and see if your children will enjoy them too?
Make a space for learning
This will make learning from home all the more easier. Set up a designated homework/schoolwork area. Whether it’s a desk or a specific place at the kitchen table, having a workspace can really help your children to focus on their school work.
Write a letter
Write a letter to someone you love, like your grandma and grandpa, or a family member who lives far away.
FaceTime or video call family members
FaceTime is another meaningful way to connect with family and friends while practicing “social distancing.” Use it to check in on family members and to socialise, even if it’s just over the phone
Make a pizza
It’s miscellaneous toppings night. Whatever you have laying around the house, that’s what’s going on your homemade pizza!
Create an animal fact sheet
Ask your child to choose an animal. Can they make a fact sheet, listing everything they know about that animal? Now, do some research. After learning a little bit more about that animal, ask your child to add new facts to the sheet about what they have learned.
Practice another language
Listen to audio recordings of other languages (like Spanish, for example) on slow. Repeat to practice the pronunciation.
We’d love to hear your stories about what other activities you have been doing with your children during the lockdown, please share your photos with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and you might appear on our Facebook page!