Whether you’re choosing to self-isolate due to Coronavirus or simply have no choice, you might be looking for some fun ideas of things you can do with the kids that doesn’t just involve screens. Of course, your kids’ health and safety is paramount, but keeping your little ones entertained for hours on end is probably also vital for your own sanity.
But BEFORE you start going on a ‘Pinning’ spree (and collect a billion resources to keep your kids entertained), I want to remind you of something…
While we can’t control what is happening around us, we can control how we respond.
Sometimes scrolling the socials can make you feel like we need to DO more (have more, set up more, buy more)…but at their very core, our kiddos just want to feel connected with us 🤗👩👧
*Especially* in times like this.
They’re looking to us to model for them how to respond to what’s happening in the world around them.
And so an incredible opportunity presents itself.
Here are a few things to consider:
1. Lean into family time
Invite your children to help with daily tasks (even if they don’t do them ‘right’). Bake with them and stock up the freezer.
Invite them to ‘help you’ sort the odd socks. (Seriously, where do the partners GO?!)
Keeping things relatively ‘normal’ helps keep the calm amongst the uncertainty.
2. Boredom is the birthplace of imagination
Despite what social media is often showing us – you don’t need to be your child’s entertainment coordinator! Of course, have a few ideas up your sleeve (and you can use our huge list below) but don’t feel the pressure to DO, DO, DO.
3. Keep it simple!
Dance parties, balloon games (aka ‘keepy uppy’ Bluey style!), making cubbies/couch forts, playing hide and seek… Don’t undervalue those simple, timeless games!
4. Check in with YOURSELF
How are you feeling? Are you doing things that fill your own cup? Because the better you feel, the better you show up for yourself AND the people around you. (Make sure you check our list of ideas to take care of you in iso here)
50+ activities, recommendations, and ideas to help you stay in and keep the kids entertained.
In an effort to make the next few weeks a little easier on you, we came up with a list of activities for kids that will keep their minds and hands busy while stuck at home, whether you’re stocked up on crafting supplies or not.
We will try to keep this list up to date and refresh it regularly.
If you want to add an idea to this list send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Make fresh pasta at home
- Colouring in activities. Download and print these cute artworks from Rachel Castle which say things like “Wash Your Hands”
- Roll out some butchers paper and try painting or colouring in on the floor for a change of location and scenery
- Organise pom poms by colour and glue in lines
- DIY play-doh: Combine 1 cup flour, 1/4 cup salt, 3/4 cup water, 3 tbsp. lemon juice, 1 tbsp. vegetable oil, and food colouring for homemade Play-Doh!
- Make slime: This recipe is great.
- Make stories up about things you see outside: Listen to Story Salad on ABC Kids Listen for inspiration.
- Stack Magnatiles: Who can build the tallest tower?
- Practice writing and penmanship in activity books
- Make sandwiches into fun shapes
- Read a book
- Movie Marathon and make fresh popcorn
- Pizza picnic in the lounge room
- Build a cubby house
- Put on a puppet show: Make the puppets out of old socks
- Scavenger hunt around the house with a prize at the end
- Baking soda and vinegar volcano: This is a pretty simple way to do it.
- Bin basketball
- Paint homemade cards and write letters to friends and family
- Teddy Bear Picnic
- Flash Cards
- Hide and Seek
- Hide and Seek Maths: Find out how simple it is here.
- Star Jumps
- Balloon Keepy Uppy: Bluey is the ultimate creative inspo
- Yoga: Check out Cosmic Kids on youtube or download the app
- Bath time
- Duplo Bath: It’s as basic as it sounds but is a great way to kill some time and change up the routine for your kids.
- Dance Party
- Make Anzac Cookies: Our favourite recipe is here
- Shadow Puppets
- Make a feely bag
- Virtually see the penguins being fed at the aquarium: And sharks, and dugongs and more. It’s all happening at the Sydney Aquarium.
- Do a learn to draw class
- Go for a walk and play spot the teddy bears: Children are doing it all around the world.
- Go for a walk and collect leaves and flowers to take home and make an artwork out of it.
- Paint a still life picture of your lunch
- Set up a virtual play date
- Make some banana bread: Our favourite recipe is here.
- Chalk drawings on the footpath and leave messages for passers by
- Learn a language: The Duolingo app for kids great and will get them telling you that the “milk is in the fridge” in french in no time. Seriously…. this happened to me.
- Make a vision board: Set them up with some old magazines and find out what they want to do and achieve when all this iso is over.
- Get them to make you lunch for a change: Just be prepared for a Vegemite sandwich.
- Watch the ballet: Go behind the scenes of Swan Lake performed at the Palais Garnier in Paris straight to your tv
- Get sweaty and do PE with Joe in your lounge room: His Spiderman episode is a particular favourite in this house.
- Set up a shower water play area: If it sounds simple, that’s because it is. All you need is a shower space, some Tupperware with a bit of water in it, and a few toys—anything you already have on hand will work as long as it’s water-safe. Pants optional.
- Draw a toy: and make mum guess what it is.
- Maths scavenger hunt: Find 1 orange crayon, 2 spoons and 4 socks. How many items do you have? Now take away 3 items? How many items are left? And so on….