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If you’re tearing your hair out wondering how your going to keep your kids entertained for however long we’re going to be stuck at home, you’re not alone!
I have ZERO clue how mums who homeschool manage it, it’s been two weeks and I swear, I’m just not cut out for it.
The kids miss school, I miss school, and considering how hard it usually is to get them up and out in the morning they seem to have forgotten that just a few days ago they were excited at the thought of staying home with their mum!
From breakfast to bored in zero point five seconds. Hopefully your kids are a little more focused than mine, but if you’re looking for some extra inspiration to keep them occupied, here are a few suggestions for home play.
1. Movie night – A classic! Choose a family friendly film and open the popcorn. Substitute night for literally any time of day – we’ve started Monday Morning Movies (sorry Joe Wicks – just couldn’t hack it.)
2. Indoor picnic – Kids LOVE this one, and it’s great for a rainy day. Pop a blanket on the floor and lay out some snacks and picnic food.
3. Build a fort – a winner with kids of all ages, let them loose with sheets and blankets and see what they come up with.
4. Play board games – Crack out your board games and enjoy some family game time. We’re loving Snakes and Ladders and Connect 4 at the moment!
5. Charades – An oldie but a goodie; a game of charades is always good for some laughs
6. Get baking – Aprons and rolling pins at the ready! Get the kids involved with baking cakes and cookies. Or if supplies are running low it’s a great time to teach them how to make their own bread. That’s if you can find any yeast. Or flour. (Where are the hoarders hiding it all?!)
7. T shirt decorating – You can order fabric pens or get creative with tie-dying (food colouring will work too if you don’t have fabric dye)
8. Lego building – Have a contest to see who can come up with the best Lego creation. Just make sure you get them to tidy it away. Accidentally standing on that stuff HURTS.
9. Reading – Curl up with some favourite stories. Read to them, let them read to you.
10. Do some science experiments – here are some good home experiments to try:
11. Make salt dough – have a go at making your own salt dough creations – here’s a recipe.
12. Have a dance party – bad day? Crack on the music and have a family dance party to get rid of the blues
13. Make balloon animals – learn how to make your own balloon animals – Google it!
14. Have an Easter egg hunt – who said it needed to be Easter Day for an egg hunt? There’s never a bad day for chocolate.
15. Make a family time capsule – One day we’ll want (maybe) to think back to these times and what better way than with your own family time capsule of memories.
16. Make your own pizza – make dinner time fun by creating your own pizzas. Set up a topping station and let everyone design their own pizza.
17. Have a family talent show – everyone gets their own time to practice and perform.
18. Puppet show – Help the kids make their own puppet show with socks and cardboard boxes then be the audience for their show.
19. Do some yoga – Cosmic Kids on Youtube is brilliant for making yoga fun with popular stories and shows. Seriously. It’s amazing. Stick it on for the kids and get a cuppa.
20. Do some jigsaw puzzles – work together on a puzzle.
21. Start your own vegetable garden – Get your hands dirty and work together to start your own vegetable patch in the garden. If you don’t have a garden why not try growing some herbs indoors.
22. Handprint crafts – Try some of these handprint crafts for kids.
23. Write letters – While we can’t get out to visit people in person, writing letters is a great way to keep in touch and let people know you’re thinking of them.
24. FaceTime with family and friends – video calls are another great way to keep in contact.
25. Play card games – Snap, Pairs and Uno are family favourites.
26. Make homemade playdough – fun to make and fun to play with; here’s a recipe:
27. Make your own story book – Get the kids to write and illustrate their own stories and stick the pages together to make into a book.
28. Bubbles – Break out the bubbles, always a winner.
29. Painting – Let the kids get creative – don’t forget to put newspaper down first!
30. Paper aeroplanes – make paper aeroplanes and see how they fly.
31. Learn a language – Try learning a language together – apps like Duolingo are great for this!
32. Make a fairy garden – use things from around the house to build a fairy garden.
33. Play ‘will it float’ – little ones will love this – fill up the bath or container with water and collect various household items, they then have to guess ‘will it float?’
34. The floor is lava – A great game for burning off energy, throw down and scatter some cushions and keep those feet off the floor!
35. Make a scavenger hunt – Hide things around the house and garden and create your own clues for the kids to follow.
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