Updated: Mar 8
Children are hard to occupy at the best of times never mind during the current lockdown situation. Are you a parent who is at their wits’ end, pulling their hair out and not knowing how they can manage one more day? If you answered yes, yes and YES to that then I recommend that you keep on reading. There’s so much pressure at the moment to keep on top of education, activities and everything else in between.
Just remember that we are all in the same boat and sometimes you just need to take a step back. If you are getting yourself overly stressed then hopefully this post will help. Here are 7 of our most favorite activities that you can do with your children at home. All of which are very simple, affordable and fun activities that you can to do together.
Edible paint is a fantastic idea for engaging younger children. It is a perfectly safe activity for both babies and toddlers to get involved in (6-18 months). Not only is it a great first introduction to arts and crafts but it’s also a lot safer than using normal paint. Children within this age group are much more likely to put the paint in their mouth making this version much safer! I am still yet to try this one out with my daughter Alexis but I’ve seen many of my mummy friends getting involved. The best bit about this activity is that it doesn’t stain clothing, is super easy to clean and can provide you with hours of fun.
4 Simple Ingredients:
Food coloring (whichever colors you desire) 1/3 cup corn starch flour. 2 cups water. 2 tablespoons of sugar.
Ice Cube Sensory Play:
Here is another super cool activity that you can do with your children during isolation. Although, this is probably one for the warmer days rather than the colder ones. You don’t want to be catching a fever now, do you?
Ice cubes aren’t just for cooling down your drinks in the summer! they also make the perfect sensory material. The amount of different things you can do with ice is actually endless. Whether you want to incorporate lots of colors or you want to freeze specific items. Our favorite is to freeze items such as flower petals and pom pom balls. It’s a very simple activity that can be prepared the night before ready for the morning. Then when you wake up you can have lots of fun playing around with them in your tuff tray.
And to make it even better… ICE IS FREE!
You just can’t go wrong with a bit of family time and a good old board game. I won’t lie I am more inclined to the more traditional games such as; Monopoly, Connect 4 and Trivial Pursuit. However, I am partial to the odd kiddy game or two. The ones we have found the most fun over the years have been from a fantastic company called Orchard Toys. Not only are they educational but they are great fun too. They have created fun learning games for all ages so there’s something for everyone. They start at preschool and go all the way up to key stage 2 (1-8 years old).
Creating Cards For Family & Friends:
What better time to send your loved ones a little something in the post than right now. Children love their arts and crafts so why not let them get creative. They would absolutely love spending time making cards to show their friends and family how much they are missing them. This is a great activity that you can also combine it with your daily bit of fresh air. Spend the morning making their masterpieces and then take a walk to the post-box in the afternoon. It’s the perfect activity to follow the social distancing rule whilst giving your children something exciting to do.
Afternoon Tea Party/Picnic:
My daughter and I absolutely love setting up little picnics indoors. We invite along all her teddies and make it super cozy. If it’s nice weather we always take it outside which makes it that little bit more exciting! This is something that we’ve been doing a lot of during the COVID-19 lockdown. If you are feeling really fancy you can always bake your own cakes to bring along. There are so many simple baking recipes that take minimal ingredients that you could do together. I can ensure you that your kids would really enjoy making, baking and then eating their own treats.
Personally, I could not think of anything worse but kids are completely and utterly disgusting. They love anything that requires them to go on an adventure and get dirty. For this activity, all you need is a telescope which can be easily made out of a toilet roll cylinder. Then just like any other explorer, you will need a notebook and pen. The parent’s job is to name some very common insects and plants and see if they can find them in the garden. If you do not have access to a garden you can always buy a bundle of plastic insects and bugs for kids online and do this indoors. Once your child manages to find the one they are looking for they can give it a big check mark.
Homemade Cloud Dough:
Cloud dough (also known as moon dough) is a homemade flour and oil-based duplicate for sand. It’s great fun, easy to make and fantastic for sensory play. I know what you’re thinking! Wouldn’t it just be easier to use sand? Yes, probably but you know what babies are like everything goes straight into their mouth. By using these ingredients, you are making sure that it won’t harm them if they happen to taste a bit. Believe me, they will definitely be tasting it! I don’t suppose that oil, flour and food coloring is the tastiest combination but it’s obviously a lot safer.
Just like the edible paint this activity also requires a minimal amount of ingredients to make it. All of which are very common products that the majority of households should already have hidden in their cupboards. All you need is four basic products, mix them all together and you’re ready to go! If you want to make a variety of different colors, then you can always add oil-based food coloring to the mix. Unfortunately, we didn’t have any at the time so we just went for the plain and simple option, but I do think that adding color is a fantastic idea!
Flour (4 cups) Oil – can be cooking or baby (1 cup) Food Coloring for a variety of color Mixing bowl
These are just 7 of the many fun activities you can do with your children whilst being at home. The list of things you can all do together is endless. In all honesty, your kids don’t need anything spectacular they just want to feel a part of whatever you’ve planned. Regardless of how much money, effort and time you put into things I’m sure they’ll love every minute of it. Set aside all of your stress and worries and live in the moment.
Use this lock down as a chance to bond with your children in a way you normally would not have time to. Of course, if you have any other activities that we can do at home. Make sure you share them with us all in the comment section below!
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